ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Defending champion Mike Miller of Elmsford's Knollwood Country Club will lead a field of top golfers when the 110th Met Amateur Golf Championship opens play Thursday at Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, N.J.
When you come home and look at the trophy and look at the names, it definitely means a lot, said Miller, describing his year as the Met Amateur champion. Its one of the biggest events the MGA [Metropolitan Golf Association] runs. To be on the trophy with a bunch of high-caliber names, its something that Ill cherish and hopefully be able to defend."
Miller, who is also the MGA Player of the Year, hopes to become the first repeat champion since PGA Tour star Johnson Wagner won the Met in 2001 and 2002. Players must survive 36 holes of stroke play in order to advance to the 16-man match play portion of the MGAs oldest championship
The fast-rising 20-year-old has already captured the Westchester Amateur Championship, tied for 2nd at the Sunnehanna Amateur and Terra Cotta Invitational (both national amateur events), and also finished second in the NYC Amateur this season. He also had top-five finishes at the Ike and Westchester Open, and qualified for the upcoming U.S. Amateur for the third time.
Miller is currently No. 52 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is pleased with the growth of his game and his approach.
I used to be real hard on myself, Miller said. Over the past six months, Ive just really improved more than I thought I would. Mentally Im more prepared and more into it this year.
Sleepy Hollow Golf Club teenager Cameron Young, of Briarcliff Manor, will also pose a threat to the top players that include Westchester's two-time champion Greg Rolhf of Winged Foot (99,07), Ken Bakst of Friars Head (96), Mike Stamberger of Spring Lake (03) and Peter Van Ingen of Deepdale (81).
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