Nathan Smith wins Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational

Posted July 8, 2009 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Steady play by Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, all rounds 69-72, resulted in his winning the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational, for the second time at Pittsburgh Field Club. His 70-71-69-72 - 282 edged John Aber, Allegheny, and Ryan Sikora, Pittsburgh National, by two strokes. Finishing fourth was Greensburg amateur Arnold Cutrell with 72-73-72-71 - 288, in his first competition of the year. Other invited amateurs were first day leader Nathan Sutherland, Oakmont, 5th, Sean Knapp, Oakmont; t-10th, and David Brown, Upper St. Clair, 20th, as the contingent finished in the top half of the field.

Smith has now won the WPGA's Spring Invitational and Amateur, as well as the Fuhrer. He and Sikora were on the same 1996 Williamson Cup team, another event sponsored by Frank Fuhrer, Jr., for the Association. The WPGA team finished one stroke shy of the victory. Other members were Andy Latowski, who played for Penn State, and Jon Smarelli, New Castle, who played college golf at Bowling Green. Smith played at Allegheny, and Sikora, at Indiana University, Pennsylvania, and all four had strong college careers.