Smith repeats as Mid-Am Champion

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

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, the 2003 USGA Mid-Amateur champion, won his second straight WPGA Mid-Am, firing 66-66 - 132 at The Country Club, Meadville, on May 31. Smith edged four-time champion Sean Knapp, Oakmont, by two strokes, as Knapp recorded 70-64 - 134. Third was Meadville’s Scott Phillis, the 2005 West Penn Amateur winner, with 70-68—138.

Smith’s 132 was one stroke from Knapp’s 64-67—131 Mid-Am record, in 1994 at Beaver Lakes. Knapp’s 64 equaled his first round score of 1994. All three leaders, Smith at 132, Knapp at 134, and Phillis at 138, are among the top five scores recorded in the 22-year history of this championship. Knapp’s winning 131 at Beaver Lakes and 137 at Fox Chapel in 1999 are the other two.

Smith also won this spring’s Tournament of Champions at Hannastown with 66-71—137 beating 2006 West Penn Amateur champion William Miller by three strokes.