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Nathan Smith earns 4th Mid-Amateur access into Masters

on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 9:59pm
The Associated Press


LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Nathan Smith won the U.S. Mid-Amateur for a record fourth time on Thursday, beating Canadian hockey referee Garrett Rank 1-up in the 36-hole final.


The tournament winner traditionally receives a spot in the Masters, bringing Smith back to Augusta National for the third April in the last four years.


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, 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.