Justin Smith, St. Paul, MN, who lived in Franklin and Pittsburgh, during his high school and college career, advanced at Florence CC, SC, with 68-68-68-70–274, tied for 3rd. Smith twice received the Frank Fuhrer Award for outstanding collegiate play, once as a member of the NCAA Championship University of Minnesota team. He won the Association’s C.R. Miller Junior Match Play Championships in 1998 and 1999.
At Callaway Gardens, GA, Bobby MacWhinnie recorded 69-67-67-72–275, tied for ninth. MacWhinnie won the WPGA Junior Championships in 1999 and 2000. He played collegiate golf at University of Maryland.
The following golfers with area ties played in the First Stage and did not qualify for the Second Stage.
Mike VanSickle, Wexford, recorded 281 at Irish Creek GC, Kannapolis, NC; he missed by two strokes
Dan Obremski, Irwin, recorded 281 at Irish Creek GC, Kannapolis, NC; he missed by two strokes.
Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg, recorded 280 at Grasslands G&CC, Lakeland, FL; he missed by four strokes.
Nathan Sutherland, Wyomissing, an Oakmont member, recorded 295, at the PGA Wanamaker Course, Port St. Lucie, FL; he missed by eight strokes.
Mike Adamson, a native of Waynesburg, recorded 299 at the PGA Wanamaker Course, Port St. Lucie, FL; he missed by twelve strokes.