In 1981, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Mid-Amateur, a national championship for golfers at least 25 years of age. Before the Mid-Amateur’s arrival, the post-college player found himself at a disadvantage in the U.S. Amateur. Since 1980, only four mid-amateurs have won the U.S. Amateur, the last coming in 1993 by John Harris.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur has proved to be a great forum for those golfers who have careers and family, but still seek national and international caliber competition. Since 1988, every U.S. Mid-Amateur champion has been invited to The Masters and many have represented the USA in the biennial Walker Cup.
Pennsylvanians Jay Sigel (three) and Nathan Smith (four) are the only two golfers to have won three or more U.S. Mid-Amateur titles. In 1983 Sigel became the first golfer in 53 years to win two USGA Championships in the same year when he added the Mid-Amateur Championship to the U.S. Amateur Championship he had won just 32 days earlier.