Virginia Beach, Virginia
Winner: George C. Thomas Invitational
Runner-Up: Coleman Invitational
Winner: Eastern Amateur
After his pro career was cut short by a devastating back injury, Beck has emerged as one of the best mid-am golf storylines of the past two years. He lost the Coleman after a final-round 74, but the former Wake Forest standout would later rebound with a playoff win at the Thomas. Strong local play included a win in the Eastern Amateur and Virginia Mid-Am. One has to think that Beck has a realistic path to making the U.S. Walker Cup team, especially as Stewart Hagestad seems likely to play less golf in 2023.
Top 5: Avondale Amateur
Top 25: Southern Amateur
Top 20: Australian Amateur
Bolton played D-II college golf and is now splitting his time between the U.S. and Australia. He had a top 5 against a good field in the Avondale Amateur, a tie for 21st in the highly competitive Southern Amateur, reached match play in the U.S. Mid-Am, had a top 5 in the South Australia Amateur and a top 20 in the Australian Amateur.
Morristown, New Jersey
Top 5: Coleman Invitational
Round of 16: U.S. Mid-Am
Top 5: New Jersey Open (Pro)
Costanza has fully established himself as one of the top mid-ams in the game. He backed up his runner-up showing with another good run in the U.S. Mid-Am, lost in a playoff to reach match play in the U.S. Amateur, had a third-place finish in the Coleman and registered three more top-5 finishes in big Northeast events. Just for good measure, he was also one of the driving forces behind the Met Golf Association's victory in the 20th annual French-American Challenge.
Runner-Up: Gasparilla Invitational
Top 10: Azalea Invitational
Top 10: George C. Thomas Invitational
Deraney wasn’t nearly at the level of his incredible 2019 season, but he remains among the most dependable American mid-ams. A runner-up in the Gasparilla — which had the fourth-best strength of field for a mid-am event — complemented a top 10 against younger competition in the Azalea and top-10 results in the Carlton Woods and the Thomas.
Runner-Up: U.S. Mid-Am
Winner: South of Ireland Amateur
Winner: North of Ireland Amateur
Foley turned 25 in May, so we are giving him credit for not only his runner-up in the U.S. Mid-Am but also his wins in the South of Ireland and North of Ireland amateurs. He also nearly won the Scottish Men’s Open and Irish Amateur Close. We will be interested to see how long Foley remains a mid-am, given his patience in turning pro.
Newport Beach, California
Made Cut: U.S. Open (Pro)
Winner: Coleman Invitational
Quarterfinals: U.S. Amateur
What more could be said about Hagestad, the undisputed No. 1 mid-am in the world for the past several years? He was one of four amateurs to make the cut at Brookline for the U.S. Open before making strong runs in both the U.S. Am and U.S. Mid-Am. He also got his name on the wall at Seminole by winning his first Coleman, edging Beck by two strokes.
Co-Medalist: U.S. Mid-Am
Top 20: Trans-Miss Amateur
Top 15: Asia-Pacific Amateur
The former University of West Georgia player stuck out as a strong performer in 2022. Jones was a co-medalist in the U.S. Mid-Am, had a top-20 against flat bellies in the Trans-Miss Am, placed 13th in the Asia-Pacific Amateur and put up some outrageously low numbers in both professional and amateur competition in his home country of New Zealand. We appreciated the Kiwi’s willingness to play against top college players in the summer.
Winner: Pacific Coast Amateur
Made Cut: International Series Singapore (Pro)
In an unusual situation, Leow played high-level college golf at Arizona State while being 25 years old. The reason for that was a mandatory military service in Singapore — plus a year lost to injury — that pushed his college golf timeline back well beyond the norm. We are not going to give mid-amateurs credit for college accomplishments, but Leow did win the Pacific Coast in the summer. That is an Elite Amateur Golf Series event with a field strength equal to a deep college tournament. Leow also had a nice run in the U.S. Mid-Am and made the cut in an Asian Tour event. He did not advance through Korn Ferry Tour Q-School, so Leow’s pro aspirations remain up in the air.
Winner: U.S. Mid-Am
Top 5: Brabazon Trophy
Top 5: Irish Amateur Open
McClean arrived at Erin Hills with friend Hugh Foley on a bit of a whim, and he left by beating his good mate in the dramatic finale to capture the U.S. Mid-Am. Suddenly, the licensed optometrist was booking his major championship accommodations for Augusta National and Los Angeles Country Club. The performance capped a strong year in which the Irishman got into contention at the Brabazon Trophy, Lytham Trophy, Irish Amateur Open and Irish Amateur Close.
Winner: Westchester Open (Pro)
Winner: Met Amateur
Winner: The Farrell
Tilley remains among the strongest Northeast mid-ams after winning the Westchester Open, Met Amateur and the inaugural edition of The Farrell this year. The former Virginia Cavalier also registered a top 5 in the Coleman and reached the quarterfinals of the Crump.
Winner: Crump Cup
Round of 64: U.S. Mid-Am
Top 30: Azalea Invitational
Kernersville, North Carolina
Quarterfinalist: U.S. Mid-Am
Medalist: Crump Cup
Winner: Carlton Woods Invitational
Winner: The Berkeley Cup
Top 10: Florida Azalea Amateur
San Francisco, California
Winner: Stocker Cup
Runner-Up: George C. Thomas Invitational
Winner: San Francisco City Championship
Quarterfinalist: The Amateur
Winner: Irish Mid-Am
Runner-Up: South of Ireland Amateur