Since 1981 the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship has been the premier competition for amateur golfers over 25 throughout the country and the world. Golfers from Western Pennysylvania have distinguished themselves led by Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith with three titles in 2003, 2009, and 2010. Rick Stimmel, Pittsburgh, was runner-up in 1997 while Oakmont’s Sean Knapp advanced to the semi-finals in 2008 and 2010, plus a medalist honor in 1989. John Jones, Lower Burrell, reached the quarterfinals in 1988, as did Frank Fuhrer, III, in 1996.
For this year’s Mid-Amateur to be played at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, IL, north of Chicago, September 8-13. Joining Conway Farms for stroke play qualifying is Knollwood Club, also in Lake Forest, site of the 1982 Mid-Amateur Championship. Smith and Knapp are exempt from qualifying. Four more area golfers qualified in sectionals: Barry Erenrich at Willowbrook locally, Ron DuNunzio and Erik Bertrand, at Carlisle, PA, and Doug Stadler in Columbus, OH.
Six golfers in one USGA championship is the most since 2003 when nine area players competed at the US Amateur Championship during stroke play qualifying at Oakmont and Pittsburgh Field Club.