One of the strongest seasons any amateur from this area has ever recorded resulted in Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith being named to the USA’s Walker Cup team. The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee announced eight team members on August 9. The match will be played at Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, September 12-13. In addition to his local titles, including the West Penn Amateur for the third straight year, Smith recorded top tens or their equivalents in such prestigious amateur competitions as the Sunnehanna, Northeast, Western, and Southern, plus a tie 13th in the Porter Cup.
Smith is the first golfer named to the Walker Cup team from Western Pennsylvania since Dick VonTacky and Frank Fuhrer, III. Both made the 1981 squad. Other Walker Cuppers include Jim Simons, Butler, 1971; S. Davidson Herron, Allegheny, 1923, and Oakmont’s William C. Fownes, playing captain in 1922 and a team member 1924. Curtis Cup team members include Carol Semple Thompson, eleven appearances, 1974-2002; Judy Oliver, Allegheny, 1978, 1980, and 1982, and Jane Fassinger, New Castle, 1970.