Brown wins third West Penn Amateur

David Brown, Upper St. Clair, won the West Penn Amateur Championship yesterday at Butler Country Club on the second playoff hole over Belle Vernon’s Bo Lustig.

Brown and Lustig finished the championship one-under-par 209.

After tying the first playoff hole, the 18th hole, with pars both Brown and Lustig hit approach shots inside ten feet on the first hole. Brown holed his ten foot uphill putt for birdie while Lustig missed his downhill putt.

This is Brown’s third West Penn Amateur title.

The 54th and final hole was key. Three players started the final hole at one-under.

Lustig finished first with a an up and down for par from behind the green.

Next Oakmont’s Sean Knapp, a seven time Amateur champion, barely missed the green and hit a chip from about sixty feet to five. He then missed the putt for par that would have put him in the playoff.

In the final group, Brown hit the green in regulation and two putted from about forty feet. He holed a putt very similar to Knapp’s for par to remain at one-under and force a playoff.

Brown’s previous Amateur victories were in 2004 at Nemacolin Country Club and in 2011 at Oakmont Country Club. At 52 he is one of the oldest Amateur champions in the competition’s history. He now has two titles since turning 50.

Brown joins John Birmingham, Marshall Marraccini and Vince Zachetti as three-time Amateur champions. William C. Fownes, Jr., leads with eight victories from 1904-1916. Birmingham also won one of his Amateur titles at Butler.

Update: As best as Association records can determine Brown is the oldest Amateur champion ever at 52. It’s highly likely that when Brown won his first Amateur in 2004 he was then among the oldest at age 44. Greensburg’s Vince Zachetti was 44 when he won the 1994 Amateur at Nemacolin and Jack Benson was 43 when he won the 1954 Amateur at South Hills Country Club, his home club. Sean Knapp, Oakmont, was 41 when he won the 2003 Amateur at Westmoreland, his sixth in a row.


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