Eleven advance to U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships

Posted September 9, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Jordan Craig competing at the 2013 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship. (Photo courtesy of USGA)

Five women with roots in Western Pennsylvania will compete in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kahkwa Club in Erie, while six men will tee it up at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall Links, Elverson, PA.

Both championships will be conducted September 10-15.

Katie Miller, Jeannette, was medalist in Sectional Qualifier at Fox Chapel Golf Club with 73. Miller has reached the round of 16 previously at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship last spring with Amber Marsh Elliott, and in 2016 with Kristen Obush.

Jordan Craig, Connellsville, qualified with 76 at the Fox Chapel qualifier. She has qualified previously for match play in this championship.

Staci Creech, Bangor, Maine, qualified with 75 in the Boston area sectional. The daughter of longtime USGA official, John M. Aber, MD, and brother of Allegheny Country Club professional John A. Aber, Creech won the 2014 and 2015 Maine Women’s Amateur.

Katrin Wolfe, Johnstown, qualified with 75 at Elyria Country Club in Ohio. She also competed at Kahkwa in the 2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur and once qualified for match play in the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

Danielle Proctor, Sewickley, an alternate at Fox Chapel with 79, made it into the starting field due to withdrawals of players who had qualified.

Arnold Cutrell, Greensburg, shot 71 in Setional Qualifying at the Pittsburgh Field Club and advanced to the championship after a playoff with two others. He has qualified for seven previous U.S. Mid-Amateurs, advancing to match play in six. He also qualified for the U.S. Senior Open earlier this summer. Cutrell has won 16 WPGA conducted championships.

Andy Latowski, San Francisco, CA, qualified at Philadelphia Cricket Club with 67. He previously qualified for the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Forest Highlands GC in Flagstaff, Arizona. He won the 1996 WPGA Junior Championship.

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia, originally from Erie, was medalist with a 66 at Philadelphia Cricket Club. He won the 2007 PIAA High School Championship and was runner-up in 2008.

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, won the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2003, 2009, 2010, and 2012. Smith is exempt from sectional qualifying. He has won 26 WPGA conducted championships.

Rick Stimmel, Pittsburgh, shot 70 at the Pittsburgh Field Club Sectional. He was runner-up in the 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Dallas Athletic Club.

Nathan Sutherland, Wyomissing, qualified at Country Club of Harrisburg with 72. Recently reinstated to amateur golf, he is a member at Oakmont Country Club.