LAKE FOREST, ILL. — Nathan Smith won the U.S. Mid-Amateur for the record fourth time Thursday, beating Canadian hockey referee Garrett Rank 1-up in the 36-hole final.
The tournament winner traditionally receives a spot in the Masters.
The 34-year-old Smith, from Pittsburgh, also won the event for players 25 and older in 2003, 2009 and 2010. He broke a tie with Jay Sigel for the tournament victory record.
The 25-year-old Rank, a referee in the Ontario Hockey League who trains out of the Golf Performance Center at Whistle Bear with Coach Dave Smallwood, won the 31st, 32nd and 33rd hole to square the match. They halved the 34th, Smith regained the lead with a par on the par-3 35th, and won when they halved the par-5 36th with pars
" We are all so proud of Garrett, he has made some tremendous advances and has had some great experiences this summer. The runner up finish will allow him many more opportunities to compete against the world best players" quotes Smallwood. Garrett who is a member of the Canadian National Team and has already won individual titles at the OUA Championship and Canadian University Championship this season.