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.
In 2017, the USGA announced that the U.S. Mid-Amateur champion would receive an exemption into the following year's U.S. Open Championship. Matt Parziale became the first to achieve that feat with his victory at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in suburban Atlanta.
Since 1988, every champion has been invited to play in The Masters, and many champions have also been selected to represent the USA in the biennial Walker Cup Match.
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.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is coming to Sleepy Hollow Country Club and Fenway Golf Club September 9-14, 2023. This national championship features amateur golfers 25 years and older whose Handicap Index does not exceed 3.4. Following the first two rounds of stoke play, the 264-player field is cut to the low 64 scorers that qualify for match play.
2021 Champion Stewart Hagestad earned a spot in the 2022 U.S. Open thanks to winning a second U.S. Mid-Amateur title in five years.