For the second straight year, Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Paul Schlachter, Bridgeville, and Easton Renwick, Punxsutawney, were named Amateur, Senior Amateur, and Junior Players of the Year by the Western Pennsylvani Golf Association. They were honored on October 14 during the Association’s Fall Players Dinner at Hill Crest Country Club in Lower Burrell.
Smith’s spectacular season was highlighted by winning the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship for the second time, being part of the winning USGA State Team Championship team along with Sean Knapp, Oakmont; and Mike Van Sickle,
Gibsonia; and being a member of the USA’s Walker Cup team. He also won the West Penn Amateur and Spring Invitational conducted by the WPGA, and the Jay Sigel Match Play and Pennsylvania Amateur run by the Pennsylvania Golf Association. In other competitions he recorded strong showings in the Sunnehanna Amateur, Southern Amateur, and Western Amateur.
Schlachter has been Senior Player of the Year for six straight seasons, 2004-09. In this season he won the West Penn Senior Amateur Amateur and the Jay Sigel Senior Match Play. He also qualified for match play in the USGA Senior Amateur. The retired teacher has been one of the highest ranked senior amateur golfers in the nation for several years.