The Masters is underway today, and generally the tournament is regarded as the toughest to even get invited to because of a list of stringent requirements and only 96 open spots (some of which are taken up by old-timers like Gary Player and Ray Floyd). But the Masters does extend an invitation to the winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship every year, which is a tournament for amateurs who are over the age of 25 (in other words, true amateurs rather than youngsters who haven’t turned pro yet).
This year’s qualifier is a 39-year-old guy named Steve Wilson, who basically gave up on golf a bunch of times (and came back just as many times) before catching lightning in a bottle at the Mid-Am. In fact, some members of his family didn’t even know he was playing in the tournament last fall. He had regained amateur status after a middling 10-year stint on the Nationwide Tour and was only playing a couple of amateur tournaments every year in Mississippi. Today, he played Augusta with Tom Watson.