Defending champion Greg Podufal leads a field of 72 into the 2013 West Penn Amateur Championship July 1-2 at Butler Country Club. The Erie native shot a 54-hole total 3-under 207 at The Kahkwa Club to claim the trophy by four shots over Easton Renwick.
This is the third Amateur Championship Butler has hosted. John Birmingham was a top player in the 1960’s when he won the first in 1968, and Sean Knapp won the 2001 championship in the middle of his six-year Amateur winning streak from 1998-2003.
Joining Knapp and Podufal are former Amateur champions David Brown and Rick Stimmel. Brown won titles in 2002 at Nemacolin Country Club and in 2011 at Oakmont Country Club. Stimmel won at the Pittsburgh Field Club in 1997.
Also in the field are 2009 Mid-Amateur champion Rob Cimarolli, 1990 West Penn Open champion and 2005, 2005 and 2011 Mid-Amateur, Arnold Cutrell, 2005 and 2010 Public Links champion, Artie Fink, 2012 & 2013 Senior Amateur champion Perry Graciano, 2012 Public Links champion Evan Lestini, 2012 Junior champion, Tommy Nettles, 2011 Junior champion, Brent Rodgers, and 2001 Junior champion Bennett Smith.
Former Pennsylvania Amateur champions entered are Adam Hofmann, Knapp and Stimmel.
Knapp leads all area golfers with 37 Association titles, and Cutrell is tied for fourth with fourteen.
Four-time winner West Penn Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith did not enter.
Butler was designed by Tom Bendelow more than 90 years ago and will play as a par-70 around 6700 yards.
The format is 54-hole of stroke play with 36 holes on Monday with the low 32 and ties advancing to the third and final round on Tuesday. 72 players will start the championship.