Dan Thompson wins West Penn Amateur in record fashion

Posted June 21, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Dan Thompson hits a shot in the final round of the West Penn Amateur. Photo Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

Sometimes saving par with a lengthy putt on a par-5 can help make a champion. Johnstown’s Dan Thompson made that putt on the ninth hole of the final round, and went on to shoot 66 to become the 116th West Penn Amateur champion on the par-72 Old Course at Bedford Springs Resort.

Thompson posted an opening round 71 and followed with rounds of 68 and 66 for a championship record in relation to par 11-under total of 205, and a four-stroke victory over Arnold Cutrell, Adam Hofmann, and Luke Miller.

David Brown holds the championship scoring record of 202 on the par-70 Nemacolin Country Club in 2004.

Thompson made 15 birdies and 4 bogeys during the championship. He parred the tenth in the second round, and proceeded to birdie six of his final eight holes for a championship record 29 on the inward nine in nearly 90 degree heat.

The West Penn Amateur is played over two days with 36-holes played on the first day, and the final round conducted on the second day.

Playing the five par-5s 1-under and the five par-3s 2-under, Thompson dominated the par-4s. He made birdie on eight and never made a bogey.

Thompson joins Vince Zachetti (1991, 1992, 1994) as the only players to have won the West Penn Amateur after being reinstated to amateur status. Thompson won the first amateur event in which he competed after being reinstated, and is the first to win the West Penn Amateur after previously winning the West Penn Open.

Thompson won the West Penn Open in 2007, 2009, and 2012 as a professional.

15-year-old Brady Pevarnik of Latrobe, who holds the record as the youngest golfer to make the cut in the West Penn Amateur at age 14 last year at St. Clair Country Club, made a run for the championship and finished t-5 with 36-hole leader Darin Kowalski, and Sean Knapp, Thomas Steve, and Matt Holuta, with a 6-under total of 210.

Defending C.R. Miller champion, Palmer Jackson, 15-years-old, also made the cut.

A record seven junior golfers qualified for the championship.