Field set for West Penn Amateur

Posted June 17, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

The 78th and final player in the West Penn Amateur field was Brookville’s C.G. Mercatoris, IV, whose victory in the Tri-State Amateur on June 17 at Cranberry Highlands gave him exempt status. He is part of a strong field of 78 for the Championship to be played at Bedford Springs, June 23-24.

The field is led by defending champion, Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, also winner of the 2003 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, and Sean Knapp, Oakmont, who won six straight Amateurs, 1998-2003. Knapp won the West Penn Mid-Amateur last month for the sixth time. Other top players include.

Brendan Borst, Pittsburgh, winner, 2006 West Penn Junior, Sectional Qualifier, 2008 USGA Amateur Public Links
Sean Brannan, Hollidaysburg, semi-finalist, 2007 USGA Junior Amateur
David Brown, St. Clair, winner, 2004 Amateur
Ryan Castanet, McDonald, medalist, 2008 Amateur Public Links Sectional
Ron Coleman, Erie, winner of all three major titles in Erie last year, plus the 2007 WPGA Public Links
Dave Denezza, Greensburg, winner, 2008 West Penn Senior Amateur
Artie Fink, Altoona, runner-up, 2008 West Penn Mid-Amateur
Adam Hofmann, Pittsburgh, winner, 2007 Pennsylvania Amateur
John Jones, Lower Burrell, winner 1994 West Penn Open, ’92, ’96, ’00 West Penn Mid-Amateur
William Miller, Venetia, winner, 2006 West Penn Amateur, 2008 Tournament of Champions
Ryan Prokay, Grove City, winner, 2008 West Penn Junior Amateur
Nathan Sutherland, Oakmont, Local Qualifier, 2008 USGA Open