Smith plays in US Open Sectional - in England

Posted June 4, 2007 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

When Pittsburgh amateur Nathan Smith shot 70 in the USGA Open Local at Indiana CC on May 9, little did he know his score would involve a trip across the Atlantic Ocean. In a playoff for the last spot, Smith was second alternate. The USGA assigns alternates to Sectionals as places open due to withdrawals.

When as exempt player withdrew from the recently established Sectional in England for European Tour players, the preset schedule called for the alternate from Indiana to be called. Several site were ahead of Indiana, but their players declined the opportunity. When Smith was called, he accepted and flew to London to compete at Walton Heath GC, Surrey, one of England's great courses.

In the Sectional, Smith shot 72-75—147. A score of 139 or better was needed to gain one of the nine spots for the 52 contestants, three of those from the USA.