USGA Mid-Am defending champion, Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, co-medalist in this year’s edition, beat Tim Spitz, Rochester, NY, 5&4. Smith also
defeated Spitz in last year’s final on his way to the title.
Sean Knapp, Oakmont, also advanced with a 5&3 win over Brian Grossman, Mansfield, TX. Knapp, who was one up after eleven holes, won the last four holes with pars. Knapp was one stroke behind Smith in qualifying for match play, tying for 4th.
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