Smith, Schlachter and Renwick named Players of the Year

Posted October 7, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

During the Fall Players Dinner at Montour Heights on October 2, Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh. was named Player of the Year. Smith, a member at Wildwood, had an outstanding season highlighted by winning both the West Penn Amateur and West Penn Open, the fourth player to do so. Smith also played well in major amateur competitions like the Sunnehanna and Northeast Amateurs, and was runner-up in both the Pennsylvania Amateur and Open, both times to Mike VanSickle. Smith’s outstanding play enabled him to be the first player ever to reach 1000 points on the WPGA Honor Roll. This is the fourth year that Smith has been the area’s number one amateur golfer.

In senior golf, Paul Schlachter, Bridgeville, was named Player of the Year for the fifth straight year, matching Bill Baloh, Herminie, who did the same, 1999-2003. Schlachter, a member at Nevillewood, was consistently ranked by Golfweek Magazine among the nation’s top ten senior amateur golfers. Schlachter, who won the Pennsylvania Match play, and was runner-up in the West Penn Senior Amateur, edged Greensburg;’s Dave DeNezza, a member at Totteridge, for the #1 spot on the Senior Honor Roll.

Easton Renwick, Punxsutawney, edged Christopher Resnick, Venetia, and Gregor Orlando, Erie, to take Junior Player of the Year honors. Renwick, whose home club is Punxsutawney CC, won the WPGA;’s Boys and C.R.Miller Match Play titles, and played on the Association’s Williamson Cup team.