To the victor goes the spoils.

For the U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, that means a spot in the U.S. Open, a perk added by the USGA in 2017. Matt Parziale took immediate advantage by making the 36-hole cut at Shinnecock Hills. Last June, reigning champion Stewart Hagestad became the second to play the weekend at a U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open exemption has been the perfect incentive for the 25-and-older contingent, especially since it has been increasingly more difficult for this elite group to make a Walker Cup Team due to the quality of today’s collegians.

On Sept. 14 at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y., a spot in the field at Pinehurst No. 2 will go to one deserving player.