The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Oct. 5, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. The deadline for entries was Aug. 7. The USGA accepted 4,238 entries for 2013.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 36-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th. The field will then be reduced from 264 players to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play.
The first round of matches will be held on Monday, October 7th, while the second and third-round matches will be contested on Tuesday, October 8th. On Wednesday, October 9th the quarterfinals and semifinal matches will take place while the championship match will be staged on Thursday, October 10th. All matches will be 18 holes, except the championship match which will be a 36-hole match.
CHAMPION REWARDS: The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Robert T. Jones Jr Memorial Trophy for the ensuing year. The champion receives an exemption from local qualifying at the next three U.S. Opens, if still an amateur; an exemption from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Amateurs, if still an amateur; a 10-year exemption for the Mid-Amateur; A probable invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur; an exemption from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, if eligible; an exemption from sectional qualifying at the next two USGA Senior Amateur, if eligible.
HISTORY: Played at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., in 1981, the first Mid-Amateur drew 1,638 entries. The field included three former Amateur champions: Gary Cowan (1966, 1971), Marvin "Vinny" Giles III (1972) and Fred Ridley (1975). Jim Holtgrieve, 33, of Des Peres, Mo., defeated fellow 1981 USA Walker Cup Team member Bob Lewis Jr., 37, of Warren, Ohio, in the final, 2 up.
TROPHY: The Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Mid-Amateur Trophy was presented in 1981 by the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Georgia State Golf Association. The most famous of all amateurs, Jones won five U.S. Amateur and four U.S. Open titles for a total of nine USGA championships, more than any golfer.