What, or rather, who is a Mid-Am?
We were deliriously hoping it was for folks with a middle of the road handicap like ours (an 18-ish, yeah, that works):
- player must be 25 years (or older) when the competition starts, no age maximum
- a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or lower (one point higher than the US Amateur)
- opportunity for slightly older golfers to compete at a high level
- removes college players/younger amateurs who have plenty of strong competitions
- winner gets a Masters and US Open invite as well as the next two US Amateurs
Stewart Hagestad won this year’s contest, the same lanky stalk that won the event in 2016. With a record of 20-3 in this event, he’s more clinical than the proctologist who’s appointment you keep avoiding.
- Played numerous US Amateurs, played in every one since he was in college
- Played in 3 US Opens (2017-19)
- Played in 2017 Masters, first Mid-Am qualifier to make the cut (finished T-36)
- Currently completing his MBA at USC after a career in
They are business folk, they are often family-centric, and they can be linked by one attribute - they can beat the living daylights out of virtually any amateur player their age in the world.
A smattering of the jobs and some descriptions of the modes of employments these folks have:
- Property manager - “although (I) don’t work a whole lot”
- Financial planner - very common job, and of course, clients love meeting “on course”
- Sales rep - flexible time to work on their game
- Insurance business
- Tour manager for punk rock band
These folks all work, then practice like it’s a second paying job, all without the glory of a million-dollar payday or endorsement deal.