Former Hoyas Matthew Busa and Tristan Lewis Qualify for USGA Mid-Am
Sep 4, 2013
The careers of former Georgetown men's golfers Tristan Lewis and Matt Busa did not overlap on the Hilltop, as Lewis graduated from the McDonough School of Business two years before Busa arrived on campus. But the pair of Ohio natives were pulling for each other, as both qualified for the United States Golf Association (USGA) Mid-Amateur at Lakewood Country Club.
Busa shot a two-under 69 to medal, while Lewis placed among the top five, to move on to play in the 33rd Annual Mid-Am, the leading annual golf tournament in the U.S. for post-college and amateur golfers. The Mid-Am is scheduled to be held at The Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama from October 5-10.
A 2007 Georgetown graduate, Busa was a member of the Hoyas 2004 team that advanced to the NCAA Regionals at Yale and qualified for the Mid-Am for the second consecutive year, doing so on a course very close to where he grew up.
"I grew up just two-miles from the Lakewood Country Club, where the tournament was held, so I was very familiar with the course layout," Busa said. "As for my round, I got off to a very fast start getting to four-under par through six holes. I gave myself a lot of good birdie opportunities early in the round. On the back nine, I managed to survive some windy conditions with solid ball-striking and holing several crucial putts from inside 15-feet. It's been several years since my last win, so it felt good to be back in the winner's circle."
For Lewis, a 2002 graduate from the McDonough School of Business and a member of the first GU squad to earn a BIG EAST Conference Championship in 1998, it is the third USGA event and second Mid-Am he has qualified for since 2006. Making the honor sweeter for Lewis, a partner at Objective Capital Management, is that he was able to qualify despite the other priorities that require his time, including family.
"I definitely don't have the time to work on my game as I did during the Georgetown years," Lewis said. "But I still aim to compete in amateur events at the national level. Much more of a balancing act these days with a growing business, marriage and three little ones at home! Qualifying for a USGA event is never easy. When it happens, probably the most satisfying,exciting feeling for an amateur. There is nothing quite like competing in a national championship."
The Ohio natives did not play in the same group, but they were able to talk and will have much more time to catch up when they travel to Birmingham in October for the Mid-Am.
"It was great to reconnect with Matt and welcome a fellow Hoya back to Northeast Ohio," Lewis said. "I look forward to representing Georgetown along with Matt this fall in Alabama!"
"I was excited to see that Tristan will be joining me in Birmingham," Busa said. "He has been a great player for a long time, and it is exciting to have the Hoyas well-represented this year."
Busa and Lewis will continue to prepare for the Mid-Am in early October, but for the pair just to qualify will help Georgetown Men's Golf Head Coach Tommy Hunter, who coached both during their time on the Hilltop, motivate the 2013-14 squad, as they prepare for the U.S. Naval Academy Invite in Annapolis, Md. this weekend.
"I'm very proud of Matt and Tristan," Hunter said. "Two of Georgetown's finest "going to battle" - sure makes the young guys realize they have a lot of catching up to do. We will be following their play for sure. Like we always used to say - Play the golf course, the rest will fall in line!"