Qualifying Results: Central ; East ; NE ; West
The 99th Amateur Championship Field is Set
After months of tournament play and two weeks worth of
qualifying events, the 99th Amateur Championship field is set. Big
names highlight the 117-man field including PA State Team Points Leader Sean
Knapp, of Pittsburgh National Golf Club, is one of the
hottest golfers in the 2012 Championship Season and continues to get stronger
as the season progresses. After winning this year Public Links Championship,
Knapp has been on a tear including a rare feat of qualifying for two USGA
events in consecutive days last week. Currently he leads the PA State Team
Standings with 1117.5 points, a 192.5 lead over Nathan Smith.
Smith, of Pinecrest Country Club, looks to make a strong
push to capture this year’s championship and overtake Knapp for the State Team
Leader in points. Smith has had a strong season thus far with impressive
performances in the West Penn Golf Association’s (WPGA) 58th Fred
Brand Foursomes Championship (paired with Knapp), a tie for second at the WPGA 27th
Mid-Am Championship, and a first place finish at the WPGA 19th
Stroke Play Championship.
Sitting in third place for the State Team selection points
is Eric Williams. Williams, of Honesdale Golf Club, is 235 points behind Knapp
and only 47.5 points ahead of David Brown. After a 2011 season that saw him win
the Middle-Amateur Championship and share Player of the Year honors with Adam
Hoffman, Williams looks to improve upon last year’s 8th place finish
in the Amateur Championship and bring the hardware back to Honesdale Golf Club.
After taking the Sigel Match Play Championship and finishingin a tie for first at the USGA Senior Open Sectional Qualifying, David Brown
leads all players for the 2012 Player of the Year. With 300 points and a 25-point
lead over Knapp, Brown, of St. Clair Country Club, is eager to solidify his
spot on the State Team with a victory at Rolling Green Golf Club.
WPGA 112th Amateur Champion Greg Podufal is a
strong contender in this year’s field. Coming off of an impressive victory at
The Kahkwa Club, Podufal, of Lakeshore Country Club is looking to show that he
could be a strong contender. After a disappointing tie for 23rd
place in last year’s PA Amateur Championship, look for Podufal to continue this
year’s form at Rolling Green Golf Club.
The 2012 Junior Champion Brandon Matthews from Fox Hill
Country Club played his way into the Championship field.
After taking out Zach Herr on the first playoff hole at the Hershey Country
Club, Matthews will look to add to his trophy case at Rolling Green.
Joining Matthews will be Zach Herr. Herr, of Jericho
National Golf Club, is a three-time runner-up in the Junior Championship and
will look to redeem himself by taking the Amateur Championship. Herr, a
Vanderbilt commit, comes off of a disappointing Junior Championship loss but
has been playing superbly this season. A win at Rolling Green Golf Club will
heal the wound that was reopened at Hershey.
Reigning champion Andrew Mason rounds out the strong field
at this year’s Championship. Mason, of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, will
surely solidify his spot on the State Team with a repeat victory in the 99th
The 99th Amateur Championship will be hosted by
the Rolling Green Golf Club July 30th through August 1st.
The 117-man field is one of the most competitive fields that PA Golf has seen
in years and has plenty of contenders to take this years Championship.