U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Championship

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The U.S. Mid-Amateur, often called the Mid-Am for short, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for post-college amateur golfers, organized by the USGA.

It was first played in 1981 at Bellerive Country Club in Creve Coeur, Missouri, near St. Louis. The Mid-Am was the first new USGA championship in 19 years, since the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur was added in 1962.

Qualifications for the Mid-Am are similar to those for the U.S. Amateur, except for the following:

  • Competitors must be at least 25 years old as of the opening day of the main tournament.
  • Competitors must have a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or lower, as opposed to 2.4 or lower for the U.S. Amateur.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur does not have a gender restriction, but there has never been a female champion. The USGA's analogous event for women only is the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, first played in 1987.

The USGA specifically intended the Mid-Am as a championship for post-college golfers who were not pursuing golf as a career, as virtually all golfers who pursue a professional career decide to do so no later than their early twenties. This was most likely a response to the fact that less than half of all U.S. Amateur qualifiers are 25 or older, and most older golfers found themselves disadvantaged in competing against college golfers who typically play much more often.

Like the U.S. Amateur, the Mid-Am consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a knockout competition held at match play to decide the champion. The profile of Mid-Am champions, with respect to age, is somewhat similar to that of U.S. Amateur champions before World War II. In that era, more top-level golfers chose to remain amateur, and the average age of U.S. Amateur Champions was higher.

While the list of winners is considerably less illustrious than that of the U.S. Amateur, one notable winner was Jay Sigel, a three-time winner of this event and a two-time U.S. Amateur champion who went on to play the Champions Tour. The winner receives an automatic invitation to play in the Masters Tournament.

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner-up
2016 Stonewall Links Stewart Hagestad  United States 37 holes United States Scott Harvey
2015 John's Island Club Sammy Schmitz  United States 3 & 2 United States Marc Dull
2014 Saucon Valley Country Club Scott Harvey  United States 6 & 5 United States Brad Nurski
2013 Country Club of Birmington Mike McCoy  United States 8 & 6 United States Bill Williamson
2012 Conway Farms Golf Club Nathan Smith (4)  United States 1 up Canada Garrett Rank
2011 Shadow Hawk Golf Club Randal Lewis  United States 3 & 2 United States Kenny Cook
2010 Atlantic Golf Club Nathan Smith (3)  United States 7 & 5 United States Tim Hogarth
2009 The Kiawah Island Club Nathan Smith (2)  United States 7 & 6 United States Tim Spitz
2008 Milwaukee Country Club Steve Wilson  United States 5 & 4 United States Todd Mitchell
2007 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Trip Kuehne  United States 9 & 7 United States Dan Whitaker
2006 Forest Highlands Golf Club Dave Womack  United States 1 up United States Ryan Hybl
2005 The Honors Course Kevin Marsh  United States 10 & 9 United States Carlton Forrester
2004 Sea Island Golf Club Austin Eaton III  United States 1 up United States Josh Dennis
2003 Wilmington Country Club Nathan Smith  United States 9 holes* United States Bryan Norton
2002 The Stanwich Club George Zahringer  United States 3 & 2 United States Jerry Courville, Jr.
2001 San Joaquin Country Club Tim Jackson (2)  United States 1 up United States George Zahringer
2000 The Homestead Greg Puga  United States 3 & 1 United States Wayne Raath
1999 Old Warson Country Club Danny Green  United States 2 & 1 United States Jerry Courville, Jr.
1998 NCR Country Club John "Spider" Miller (2)  United States 1 up United States Chip Halcombe
1997 Dallas Athletic Club Ken Bakst  United States 1 up United States Rick Stimmel
1996 Hartford Golf Club John "Spider" Miller  United States 3 & 2 United States Randal Lewis
1995 Caves Valley Golf Club Jerry Courville, Jr.  United States 1 up Canada Warren Sye
1994 Hazeltine National Golf Club Tim Jackson  United States 1 up United States Tommy Brennan
1993 Eugene Country Club Jeff Thomas  United States 1 up United States Joey Ferrari
1992 Detroit Golf Club Danny Yates  United States 1 up United States David Lind
1991 Long Cove Club Jim Stuart (2)  United States 1 up United States Bert Atkinson
1990 Troon Golf & Country Club Jim Stuart  United States 1 up United States Mark Sollenberger
1989 Crooked Stick Golf Club James Taylor  United States 4 & 3 United States Bill Hadden
1988 Prairie Dunes Country Club David Eger  United States 2 & 1 United States Scott Mayne
1987 Brook Hollow Golf Club Jay Sigel (3)  United States 20 holes United States David Lind
1986 Annandale Golf Club Bill Loeffler  United States 4 & 3 United States Charles Pinkard
1985 The Vintage Club Jay Sigel (2)  United States 3 & 2 United States O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
1984 Atlanta Athletic Club Michael Podolak  United States 5 & 4 United States Bob Lewis, Jr.
1983 Cherry Hills Country Club Jay Sigel  United States 1 up United States Randy Sonnier
1982 Knollwood Club William Hoffer  United States 3 & 2 United States Jeffrey Ellis
1981 Bellerive Country Club Jim Holtgrieve  United States 2 up United States Bob Lewis, Jr.

* Match was conceded due to injury

Multiple winners[edit]

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