Sean Knapp & Nathan Smith add to their trophy collections

Posted June 4, 2012 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact



Sean Knapp teeing off at the West Penn Amateur

After losing out in a playoff as teammates in the Fred Brand Foursomes Championship earlier in the month, Sean Knapp & Nathan Smith rallied in the first two individual West Penn Championships of the season each garnering another West Penn Individual Championship.

Conditions weren’t as ideal as anyone would have liked, but the weather couldn’t stop Sean Knapp from cruising his way to his seventh West Penn Mid-Amateur Championship. Westmoreland County Country was in great condition and held up through the strong rain for most of the 36-hole championship and forced a long delay in the second round. Knapp started the day with a first round 68 as did Nathan Smith. Then unaffected by the rain, Knapp followed with an identical second round of 68 for a 136 total. Rick Stimmel and Nathan Smith, who each ended the championship at 1-under par, 141 totals, followed Knapp as the co-runner-ups.

Nathan Smith putting at the Fred Brand Foursomes

Weather has been an issue all spring on the West Penn Golf Association championship schedule but didn’t seem to slow Nathan Smith as he cruised to a 27- hole total of 99. He started the day with a score of 67 and headed to the second round with a 2 stroke lead. As the weather hit, the delay was to long and forced the second round to be stipulated to 9 holes. After the first round Smith was followed closely by Sean Knapp (69), and David Brown (70). With hopes of catching Smith in only 9 holes the field went to work on the back nine which proved to play to Smith’s advantage. He finished the round with a 4 under par 32, to finish with a 27 hole total of 99. Smith made 18 par’s and 9 birdie’s while only missing one green all day. Brown was the runner-up with a second round 33, which put him at 103 for the championship. Smith’s victory at Nevillewood marks the fifth time he has won the Spring Stroke Play Championship.