Schmitz halts Masters GoFundMe after raising $25K

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U.S. Mid-Amateur champ Sammy Schmitz has stopped accepting donations to help fund his Masters preparation after raising more than $25,000 in less than three days. 

Schmitz, 35, lives in River Falls, Wis., and is a regional director for a health care company. He had planned to put his clubs away for the winter before a surprise Mid-Am victory earlier this month earned him a spot in the Masters.

His wife, Natalie, launched a GoFundMe page on behalf of her husband over the weekend, asking for donations to help support his practice and trips to Augusta National, where he can now play practice rounds throughout the winter.

While the page originally listed a donation goal of $30,000, Schmitz later revised it to $25,000 "in order to make sure my estimated spending was below dollars spent as opposed to having a surplus."

By Wednesday morning, the page indicated $25,242 had been raised from a total of 228 donations, leading Schmitz to bring the effort to a halt.

"I have decided not to accept any more donations until further necessary," he wrote in an update on the page. "I started this fund less than three days ago and can't believe how much support we received locally and nationally."

The page indicates that all money will be "governed" by the Minnesota Golf Association. Schmitz will fund his expenses through them, with any unused money then donated to the MGA. The page also requested that donors choose to chip in anonymously per USGA regulations, adding "this has been approved by the USGA."