The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sep. 8, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. The deadline for entries was July 18. In 2010, the USGA accepted 3,860 entries.
FORMAT: Two days worth of 36-hole, qualifying stroke-play will be contested on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th. 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, September 10th, while the second and third-round matches will be contested on Tuesday, September 11th. On Wednesday, September 12th the quarterfinals and semifinal matches will take place while the championship match will be staged on Thursday, September 13th. 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.
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.