After losing out in a playoff as teammates in the Fred Brand Foursomes Championship earlier in the month, Sean Knapp & Nathan Smith rallied in the first two individual West Penn Championships of the season each garnering another West Penn Individual Championship.
Export, PA – Conditions weren’t as ideal as anyone would have liked, but the weather couldn’t stop Sean Knapp from cruising his way to his seventh West Penn Mid-Amateur Championship. Westmoreland County Country was in great condition and held up through the strong rain for most of the 36-hole championship and forced a long delay in the second round. Knapp started the day with a first round 68 as did Nathan Smith. Then unaffected by the rain, Knapp followed with an identical second round of 68 for a 136 total. Rick Stimmel and Nathan Smith, who each ended the championship at 1-under par, 141 totals, followed Knapp as the co-runner-ups.
Nevillewood, PA – Weather has been an issue all spring on the West Penn Golf Association championship schedule but didn’t seem to slow Nathan Smith as he cruised to a 27- hole total of 99. He started the day with a score of 67 and headed to the second round with a 2 stroke lead. As the weather hit, the delay was to long and forced the second round to be stipulated to 9 holes. After the first round Smith was followed closely by Sean Knapp (69), and David Brown (70). With hopes of catching Smith in only 9 holes the field went to work on the back nine which proved to play to Smith’s advantage. He finished the round with a 4 under par 32, to finish with a 27 hole total of 99. Smith made 18 par’s and 9 birdie’s while only missing one green all day. Brown was the runner-up with a second round 33, which put him at 103 for the championship. Smith’s victory at Nevillewood marks the fifth time he has won the Spring Stroke Play Championship.