Karlik wins first Association title at 114th West Penn Amateur Championship

Trent Karlik, Pittsburgh, often a contender in Association championships, broke through with a victory at the West Penn Amateur, June 16-17, at the Penn State Golf Courses. He recorded a 7-under-par 206 on rounds of 69-66-71 for a four-stroke victory over Arnold Cutrell of Greensburg. His performance was the fourth lowest in the championship’s history.

The first round was played on the White Course and the final two rounds were played on the Blue Course.

Cutrell was seeking to become the twelfth player to win both the West Penn Open (1990) and Amateur championships in his career. He shot the low round on the White Course with a 5-under 66 in the first round.

Karlik matched the low round of the championship with a 5-under 66 on the Blue Course in round two.

Easton Renwick, Punxsutawney, William Smith, Newville and Sean Knapp, Oakmont, all made a final round charge with rounds of 4-under 67. Smith finished 1-under, 212, Knapp finished even, 213 and Renwick finished 1-over, 214.

Mid-Amateurs continue dominance in the Amateur. The top six finishers are all Mid-Am eligible. The others are Knapp, Smith, Ronald DeNunzio, Greensburg, and Rick Stimmel, Pittsburgh. All have distinguished themselves in Mid-Ams at the Association, state, and USGA levels. Since 1990, only four players either in high school or college have won the Amateur.

The 36-hole cut of 148 was the second lowest ever. The cut was 146 in 2004 at Nemacolin Country Club.

The 2015 West Penn Amateur is at St. Clair Country Club, and the 2016 version will be played on the Old Course at Bedford Springs Resort.

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