Namola bows in overtime at U.S. Senior Amateur
Stan Namola, Beaver, qualified last month for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in the area’s Sectional Qualifying at Lone Pone Country Club, Washington with 73.
The championship is being played at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.
Namola qualified for match play this past weekend with 76-74—150. The cut for the 64-player match play draw was 151.
In his first round match against Mike Hughettt, Owasso, Okla, Namola lost in 19 holes. Hughett made a 10-foot putt to force extra holes, and then made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole to win the match. (more)
Miller’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur showing best of season
Katie Miller, Jeannette, advanced to the quarterfinals in the 30th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kahkwa Club in Erie this week, her best finish among the eight USGA championships in which she has competed.
Miller earned a tenth seed in stroke play qualifying in the 64-player match play draw with rounds of 75-76—151. While advancing to the quarterfinals she defeated Tiffany Maurycy of Denver 5 & 3 in the first round, Kristyl Underman of McDonough, Ga., 1-up in the second round, and 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Marta Leach, of Hebron, Ky., 7 & 5 in the round of sixteen.
Miller’s finish at Kahkwa is the best showing by an area golfer in USGA championships this season. (more)
Nathan Smith adds another title
Nathan Smith knows about winning. He’s won five USGA championships, his name is featured prominently throughout West Penn Golf Association’s record book, which shows him to have 24 WPGA victories coming into 2016.
He’s added Nos. 25 and 26 this year, first at the Spring Stroke Play Championship and the most recent came last week at the Mid-Amateur Championship at Wildwood Country Club.
Smith put rounds of 69 and 71 together on his home course and that was enough to beat Mike Marron by two strokes and get his name on the championship trophy for the third time.
“Wildwood played very hard, was firm and fast and it seemed like you were always one swing away from big trouble,"" Smith said. "It's an honor to have won there." (more)
Eleven advance to U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships
Five women with roots in Western Pennsylvania will compete in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kahkwa Club in Erie, while six men will tee it up at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall Links, Elverson, PA.
Both championships will be conducted September 10-15.
Katie Miller, Jeannette, was medalist in Sectional Qualifier at Fox Chapel Golf Club with 73. Miller has reached the round of 16 previously at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship last spring with Amber Marsh Elliott, and in 2016 with Kristen Obush.
Jordan Craig, Connellsville, qualified with 76 at the Fox Chapel qualifier. She has qualified previously for match play in this championship. (more)
Nathan Smith wins third West Penn Mid-Am
Nathan Smith has made his mark on Mid-Amateur tournaments over the years.
On Tuesday at his home course of Wildwood Golf Club he did do so again in the West Penn Mid-Amateur Championship.
The firm rolling terrain of Wildwood tested the area’s finest golfers age 25 and over. There were just seven rounds under par over the thirty-six hole competition.
Rick Stimmel fired a 4-under 68 in the morning and held a one-stroke lead over Smith and a two stroke lead over Mike Marron heading into the afternoon round. (more)