Mid-Amateur Champ Seals Win, Masters Spot, With Par-4 Ace

Tuesday October 13th, 2015
Sammy Schmitz won the 2015 USGA Mid-Amateur at in stunning style at John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla.
USGA/Chris Keane

The most impressive shot of 2015 thus far may have occurred while the PGA Tour was in the midst of its week-long offseason.

During the finals of the USGA Mid-Amateur at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, Sammy Schmitz was 2 UP with four holes to play against Marc Dull. Schmitz had just lost the 14th hole (the 32nd in the 36-hole final match) but hit an incredibly rare tee shot on the 290-yard par-4 15th that just happened to find the cup. Schmitz, a regional director for a health care services company in Minnesota, would close out the 3&2 victory on the ensuing hole.

Perhaps most impressive isn’t the shot itself, but the spoils of the victory it helped seal. As the USGA Mid-Am champ, Schmitz earned a spot in the 2016 Masters field.

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We don’t have video footage of the shot itself, but the reaction tells the story.

The ace is believed to be the second on a par 4 in USGA competition; the first was made by PGA Tour winner Derek Ernst on the 300-yard par-4 eighth hole at Bandon Trails.

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