Brown takes medalist honors in U.S. Senior Amateur Championship
By WPGA • August 28, 2017
After 36-holes of stroke play, Ligonier’s David Brown posted a 6-under total of 138 on rounds of 68-70 to claim the top spot in the match play draw that begins today at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, MN by two shots. Brown will face Scott Smith of Houston this morning in the first round.
This is the first time Brown has competed in the U.S. Senior Amateur after having qualified at Ledgerock Golf Club in Mohnton, PA where he was also the medalist.
Brown has won six different WPGA championships and 10 titles, including the West Penn Amateur three times, the Mid-Amateur twice and the Senior Amateur once. He has previously qualified for the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Mid-Amateur five times.
Prior to this year, Brown has only made match play in a USGA championship one other time, at the 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur where he advanced to the Round of 16 after claiming the final spot for the draw in a playoff.
Brown will be inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in September as part of the Class of 2017.
Sean Knapp also qualified for match play and in his first year of eligibility after posting a 3-over total of147 on rounds of 76-71. Knapp faces Duke Delcher of Bluffton, SC this morning in the Round of 64.
This is the 42nd USGA championship Knapp has qualified for. He was medalist in the 1989 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. with a score of 135, a stroke play scoring record that stood until 1997.
Knapp was part of the victorious Pennsylvania team along with Nathan Smith and Mike VanSickle in the 2009 USGA State Team.
A winner of 36 WPGA titles, Knapp was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.
Update 8:00 PM - Round of 64
Brown found himself 2-down to Smith after the front nine but rallied to win five of the next seven holes to win 3 & 2. He will face the 33rd seed, John McClure of Los Angeles, in the Round of 32 Tuesday morning.
Knapp was 2-up early in his match against Delcher, but Delcher rallied to square the match on hole eleventh hole. He won 13 and 16 and after a halve on hole #17, Knapp won his match 2 & 1. Knapp, the 25th seed, will face Scott Thomas of Chesterfield, Mo., the 57th seed.
Update 8/29/17, 1:55 PM - Round of 32
After winning the second hole to square the match against McClure, Brown was unable to rally and lost his second round match 3 & 2.
Knapp dominated his match against Thomas, winning the seven of the first 12 holes to claim a 6 & 5 victory. He will face Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga. in the Round of 16 this afternoon.
Update 8/30/17, 9:13 AM - Round of 16
In a closely played match again Hanzel, Knapp got to 2-up through nine. After loosing the par-3 11th, Knapp won the 13th and halved the remaining holes to claim a 2n & 1 victory in the Round of 16. Knapp will face David Nocar of Millersville, Md. in the quarterfinals this morning.
Update 8/30/17, 1:47 PM - Quarterfinals
Knapp won the first three holes of his quarterfinal match against Nocar but turned to the back nine only 1 up. After wins on the 13th and 14th holes, Knapp won 2 & 1 to advance to the semifinals. Knapp will face Dave Ryan of Taylorville, Ill. this afternoon.
Update 8/30/17, 6:43 PM - Semifinals
Knapp advanced to the finals in the tight match that reached the 18th hole against Ryan, the defending champion. Knapp will face two-time U.S. Senior Amateur champion, Paul Simpson of Raleigh, NC, tomorrow morning for the championship.
Update 8/31/17, 12:37 PM - Finals
And Sean Knapp claims the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship with a 2 & 1 win over Paul Simpson in the finals.
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