After qualifying third in stroke play with rounds of 72-67, and winning his first three matches handily, Bill defeated Matthew Schneider, 8 and 6, in the quarterfinals and Kenneth McCready, 2 and 1, in the semifinals. Bill’s great run ended in the 36-hole final match against McCoy.
“Mike did what he had to do,” said Bill. “He’s such a good player, and I’m happy for him.” He continued, “I didn’t putt as well as I wanted. The greens were tough, and the pins were in tough spots. The ball just didn’t go in.” (Quote courtesy of ESPN.com)
In his prior appearances at the USGA Mid-Am tournament, Bill’s best finish was qualifying to round 16, which he accomplished in 2006. He was competing in his 8th USGA championship while McCoy was competing in his 38th USGA championship, including 14 Mid-Amateurs.
As a finalist, Bill receives a three-year exemption into the U.S. Mid-Amateur, an exemption into the 2014 U.S. Amateur and an exemption into U.S. Open Sectional qualifying in 2014. As the champion, McCoy receives, among other things, a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Mid-Amateur and a likely invitation into the 2014 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
While golf provides an enjoyable outlet for competition, Bill’s primary focus is his law practice where he works in the areas of real estate law, corporate law and entity formation, estate planning, probate and general business law. He counsels businesses in a full-range of matters, including entity selection and formation, finance, capital structure and general contractual matters. Bill was named a 2012 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine®.