Des Moines | Inducted 2011 | Category: Amateur Golfer

The sheer volume of Mike McCoy’s accomplishments in competitive amateur golf, both within the borders of the state of Iowa and on the national scene is amazing.  He has played in 62 USGA Championships including 20 U.S. Amateurs and 20 U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He has won the Iowa Amateur five times and the Iowa Mid-Amateur six times but because he has played such an extensive national schedule he missed competing in both of those events many times.

Since the inception of the IGA Player of the Year award in 1960, no other player has won it more than three times. McCoy won his first in 1983 and his tenth 27 years later in 2010.

2013 marked one of McCoy’s best years as a amateur golfer. In his 38th try, McCoy claimed the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Birmingham. That win gave him a sweep of the IGA Player of the Year and IGA Senior Player of the Year awards, making him the first person do so. In capturing the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy, he also virtually assured himself a spot at The Masters in 2014.

He is Iowa’s best known amateur player, advancing to the Semi-finals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur three times (2005, 2008 & 2013). He has won the Trans-Mississippi Championship twice (2000 and 2008), the and is a four-time winner of the Crump Cup at Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey.

In a letter supporting McCoy’s nomination two-time Walker Cup Captain George (Buddy) Marucci, Jr. said: “The excellence of his game is obvious. What may not be so obvious to those who have not played with him is just how well he handles himself, win or lose.  The game of golf is still and will always be a gentleman’s game, and Mike is the best example I know.  He has been a great representative of the State of Iowa.”

Career Highlights

  • 11-time Iowa Player of the Year – ’83,’92,’93,’94,’96,’01,’05,’08,’09,’10,’13
  • IGA Senior Player of the Year – 2013
  • 6-time Iowa Mid-Amateur Champion – ’93,’95,’97,’03,’05,’06
  • 6-time Iowa Amateur Champion – ’92,’95,’96,’98,’10,’15
  • 4-time Herman Sani Invitation Champion – ’91,’92,’96,’02
  • 3-time Fort Dodge Amateur Champion – ’93,’94,’00
  • 2012 Iowa Masters Champion
  • Participated in 62 USGA Championships
    • 20 U.S. Amateurs
    • 21 U.S. Mid-Amateurs – Semifinalist in ’05 and ’08
    • U.S. Amateur Public Links – 1982, 1983
    • U.S. Four-Ball Championship – 2015, 2019
    • U.S. Senior Open – 2013, 2014 (Low Am), 2015 (Low Am), 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
    • U.S. Senior Amateur – 2018, 2019
    • USGA Men’s State Team – 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016
  • 4-time Crump Cup Champion at Pine Valley – ’04,’05,’07,’10
  • 2-time Trans-Mississippi Champion – ’00,’08
  • 2-time Coleman Invitational Champion at Seminole Golf Club – 2011, ’13
  • 2012 Trans-Miss Four-Ball Champion (with Gene Elliott)
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