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Smith wins Mid-Amateur title

Updated: October 9, 2009, 6:08 PM ET
Associated Press

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Nathan Smith can't wait to return to Augusta National next April. And Smith's latest U.S. Mid-Amateur victory might make Phil Mickelson feel pretty good about his Masters chances, too.

Smith built a big lead early on Friday and cruised to a 7-and-6 victory over Tim Spitz for his second title at the USGA event.

Smith, the 2003 champion, was 3 up after five holes and never let Spitz back in it over 30 holes at Cassique at The Kiawah Island Club.

Smith's victory ...

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