Mid-Am Champ Raises $25K for Masters, Ends GoFundMe Page

October 21, 2015

Only three days after starting a GoFundMe page to help finance his trip to play in the 2016 Masters, U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Sammy Schmitz has raised $25,000 and closed the page.

The page initially stated a goal of $30,000 to find multiple trips to Augusta National throughout the winter and was reportedly started by Schmitz’s wife, who wrote a short note on the site that includes the following:

“As exciting of a time this is for my family, it has also become one of concern due to the high costs of travel, lodging, entry fees, caddies, etc during this amazing journey. Being a father of two beautiful girls, catching up on medical bills and daily expenses has made it very difficult to find the additional income to make his dreams come true.”

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Schmitz is a regional director for a health care company in Wisconsin. He updated the GoFundMe page Wednesday, writing, “I have decided not to accept any more donations until further necessary. I started this fund less than three days ago and can’t believe how much support we received locally and nationally. I changed the financial goal in order to make sure my estimated spending was below the dollars spent as opposed to having a surplus.”

When halted, the page had raised $25,242 from a total of 228 people.