KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship: Rocco Mediate’s Career Path

Benton Harbor — Rocco Mediate still fondly remembers his father Tony’s Cadillac driving down the Pokagon Highway, away from the Hampshire Country Club near Dowagiac, as if it were yesterday.

About 39 years ago—August 1, 1983, to be exact—Rocco, then 20, and his father, a hairdresser in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, were trying to get to Oldwood Point Golf and Country Club. Shot a 74 in Hampshire this morning to show his invitation card for the afternoon practice round before the 81st Western Amateur Golf Championship.

The Pokagon Highway is a two-lane country road that runs from Hampshire across a pig farm across the road, and the Mediates eventually head to the M-140, which takes them north on Territorial Road and west through the hamlet of Fort Mill , to Roslin Road and Point O’Woods, designed by the famous late golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr.

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