Nathan Smith highlights Mid-Am field

Posted May 22, 2007 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Nathan Smith, the 2003 USGA Mid-Amateur champion and defending West Penn Mid-Am winner, heads a strong field of 72 for this year's version at The Country Club, Meadville, on May 31. Smith, an NCAA Division III All-American for Allegheny College, is very familiar with The Country Club, Allegheny's home course. Last year's runner-up and 2005 West Penn Am Champion, Scott Phillis, Meadville, lost to Smith in a playoff at Nevillewood. The former Penn State golf team captain is a member at the host site. Another former Allegheny College standout, John Jones, has won three Mid-Ams in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Other WPGA and Pennsylvania GA individual tournament winners in the field include John Benson, Punxsutawney, David Brown, Upper St. Clair, Jim Bryan, Latrobe, Don Erickson, III, Dubois, Sean Knapp, Oakmont and Paul Schlachter, Bridgeville. Former Erie District champions include Ron Coleman and Dave Hewett.

The Country Club is a par-72 layout that plays just under 6600 yards.