A Minnesota golfer has qualified for the 2016 Masters after winning the the 36-hole U.S. Mid-Amateur final on Thursday in Vero Beach, Florida.
Farmington's Sammy Schmitz picked up a 3&2 win over Marc Dull in the final match of the tournament on the West Course at John's Island Club. In doing so, he received the Masters invite that comes with victory.
Schmitz held a 2-up lead going into the final four holes, but as the Star Tribune notes, he put the match away in style when he got an extremely improbable hole-in-one on the the 290-yard Par-4 15th hole, to lock up the win.
Schmitz also has gained exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Amateur and sectional qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Open.
To get into the finals, the 35-year-old Schmitz defeated Joshua Irving of Dallas 4&3 in the morning quarterfinals then edged Brad Wilder of Kentucky, 1 up in the afternoon semifinals.
Golfchannel.com ranks the former St. John's standout as No. 3,724 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.