Knapp advances to semi-finals in US Mid-Am

Posted September 10, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, won his quarter-final match in the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship this morning at Milwaukee Country Club, defeating Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, MI, 2 & 1. In a match where both players were off form, Knapp rallied from a 3-down margin, winning the last four holes.

Knapp qualified easily for match play, shooting 68-74—142. He then beat Eric Spencer, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2-up, Ryan McDonald, Rocklin, CA, 1-up, and Josh Gregory, Augusta, GA, 1-up.

Also qualifying for match play was 2003 USGA Mid-Amateur Champion, Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, with 70-71—141. He lost in the first round to Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, IN, one-up, losing #17 & #18, after taking the lead on #16.

Knapp faces Mitchell in the semi-final. This is Knapp’s best showing in the Mid-Amateur, with three other appearances in the quarter-finals.

At the USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur, played at Barton Hills CC, Ann Arbor, Sewickley’s Carol Semple Thompson qualified easily with 151 as the playoff number was 160.

She beat Mary Jane Hiestand, Naples, FL, 2 & 1, Marci Zweifel, Orlando, 2-up, before losing in the third round to Corrie Tayman, Bethesda, MD, 3&2.