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CC of York's Brandon Knaub captures 90th Amateur Championship

  CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.-A few early birdies and steady all-around play helped Brandon Knaub of the CC of York eliminate any drama from Wednesday's final round of the 90th Amateur Championship at The Country Club of Scranton (Old Course, par 72, 6,780 yards).

  Knaub finished at 12-under-par for the 54 holes (67-68-69) en route to his first Amateur title, four shots clear of the field.

  James Bohn of Bucknell GC, the 2002 state Middle-Amateur champion, finished in second at 8-under-par and Clint Deibert of Doylestown CC grabbed third at 7-under-par.

  "This means a lot," said Knaub, who posted a final round 4-under-par 69. "I was real confident coming in with my game and my swing." And everything worked out.

  Knaub, who played the past three years for the University of Missouri, is set turn pro at the Pennsylvania Open this August. However, his decision may be delayed a few weeks if he qualifies for the U.S. Amateur.

  On Wednesday, Knaub made it clear early that this was his Amateur title to win or lose.

  An aggressive 8-iron on No. 3 (par 3, 182 yards) dropped to six feet. His birdie made him 10 under.

  On No. 4 (par 5, 514 yards), Knaub went under par again, this time knocking a wedge to eight feet left of the flag. A smooth putting stroke bumped his advantage up again.

  Bogeys on No. 5 (par 3, 204 yards) and No. 7 (par 4, 399 yards) steadied his momentum a bit, but a tap-in birdie on No. 8 (par 4, 323 yards) eliminated any doubt.

  A 40-foot birdie bomb on No. 11 (par 3, 161 yards) from the left side of the green started the coronation.

  "That's a nice way to start a round," said Knaub of his early birdies. "Honestly, I didn't look at the scoreboard all day. I just tried to play the golf course."

  Bohn, who started at 4-under-par, five back of Knaub, made an early surge with three birdies in his first five holes - at No. 2 (par 4, 405 yards), No. 4 (par 5, 514 yards) and No. 5 (par 3, 204 yards).

  "I started to get pretty nervous then because I've never really been in that position," said Bohn, 33, of Lewisburg. "My target score for the day was still 4 or 5 under and to see what happened. Realistically, I needed help. I mean he had to shoot a few over par. And that wasn't going to happen."

  Bohn made the turn at 3-under-par 32 after a bogey and another birdie, but posted only a 1-under-par 36 on the back nine for a 68.

  This was Bohn's top finish since the CC of Scranton last hosted the Amateur in 1997. That year he finished fourth.

  Deibert, 21, of Doylestown, eagled No. 12 (par 5, 483 yards) after lofting a 5-iron in close and birdied No. 13 (par 4, 382 yards) and No. 18 (par 5, 482 yards) to get his score to 7-under-par.

  "I'm not surprised [Brandon Knaub] ran away with, he's a great player," said Deibert. "I was playing for second. He wasn't going to fold."

  Robinson and Stewart, who both started the day at 6-under-par and in a tie for second, struggled.

  Robinson, 45, of North Wales, triple bogeyed the second hole to eliminate his chances. He finished 17th. Stewart, 19, of Devon, failed to get out of the greenside bunker on No. 6 and recorded a double bogey. He placed 10th.

  The 2004 Amateur Championship is set for Fox Chapel GC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Name

Club

Rd1

Rd 2

Rd 3

Total

Brandon Knaub

CC of York

67

68

69

204

James Bohn

Bucknell GC

68

72

68

208

Clint Deibert

Doylestown CC

72

69

68

209

Gregory Pieczynski

Irem Temple CC

69

74

68

211

Paul Schlachter

The Club at Nevillewood

71

71

69

211

Christopher Lange

Overbrook GC

73

71

69

213

Michael McDermott

Llanerch CC

71

70

72

213

Nathan Smith

Pinecrest CC

70

72

71

213

Billy Stewart

Llanerch CC

68

70

75

213

Eric Williams

Honesdale GC

68

73

72

213

Christian Davis

Glenmaura National GC

70

72

72

214

James Bryan

Latrobe CC

72

72

71

215

Mike Danner

Lu Lu CC

70

71

74

215

Michael Moffat

Commonwealth National GC

72

69

74

215

Blaine Peffley

Lebanon CC

73

72

70

215

John Robinson

Commonwealth National GC

70

68

77

215

Sean Szerencsits

Blue Ridge CC

72

72

71

215

Mark DiGiacomo

Lebanon CC

73

69

74

216

Alex Knoll

Bethlehem GC

72

73

71

216

Thomas Amendola

Kahkwa Club

71

75

71

217

John Sawin

Philadelphia CC

70

74

73

217

Glenn Smeraglio

Yardley CC

73

69

75

217

P. Chet Walsh

Philadelphia CC

74

69

74

217

John Benson

Totteridge GC

75

71

72

218

John G Jones

Oakmont CC

69

76

73

218

Lynn Thomas Kilduff

Huntsville GC

74

70

74

218

William Mecca

Emanon CC

72

73

73

218

Bennett Smith

Fox Chapel GC

72

73

73

218

Marlin Detweiler

Lancaster CC

75

72

72

219

Andrew Turner

Four Seasons GC

73

72

74

219

Don Erickson, III

Indiana CC

78

69

73

220

John Samaha

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

71

73

76

220

Mike Vassil

CC of Scranton

77

68

76

221

Jeffrey Riems

Alcoma GC

77

70

75

222

Sean Seese

Huntingdon Valley CC

75

72

75

222

Scott Kuhnle

Downingtown CC

74

73

76

223

Logan Terry

Plymouth CC

71

74

79

224

Chris Lilly

Blue Ridge CC

77

70

78

225

Jim Rattigan

Schuylkill CC

69

73

83

225

James Gardas

Honesdale GC

76

69

81

226

Wesley Turiano

Scotch Valley CC

74

73

79

226

Ed Blechschmidt

Whitemarsh Valley CC

74

72

WD

WD

Failed to Qualify

Andrew Achenbach

Lu Lu CC

74

74

148

David Blichar

Blue Ridge CC

75

73

148

Chris Esbenshade

Fairview GC

73

75

148

Brad Flickinger

CC of Scranton

74

74

148

Jeremy Graham

Frosty Valley CC

76

72

148

Robin McCool

Saucon Valley CC

73

75

148

John Mulhern, Jr.

Fox Hill CC

73

75

148

Dan Walters

Meadia Heights GC

73

75

148

Tyler Brewington

Mill Race GC

77

72

149

David Brown

St. Clair CC

76

73

149

Art Brunn, Jr.

Scranton Municipal GC

75

74

149

Len Coleman

Emanon CC

76

73

149

Joseph Cordaro

Edgewood CC

76

73

149

Charles Dowds, III

North Hills CC

76

73

149

Ron Weaver

Meadia Heights GC

72

77

149

Chip Zimmerman

Pittsburgh Field Club

74

75

149

Shawn Hall

Four Seasons GC

74

76

150

Stu Michaels

Clearfield-Curwensville CC

72

78

150

John Sweeney

Conestoga CC

73

77

150

Brian Gillespie

St. Davids GC

76

75

151

Donald Lewis

Sewickley Heights GC

73

78

151

Paul Polinsky

Manufacturers G & CC

73

78

151

Michael Soroka

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

79

72

151

Michael Van Sickle

Treesdale G & CC

80

71

151

Donny Wessner

Downingtown CC

75

76

151

Garrett Basalyga

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

76

76

152

Andrew Bradley

Towanda CC

75

77

152

Scott Ehrlich

Meadowlands CC

73

79

152

Gregory Ferguson

Sinking Valley CC

70

82

152

Nathan Fry

Green Pond CC

76

76

152

King Knox

Meadia Heights GC

75

77

152

Scott Micklewright

Blue Ride CC

78

74

152

John Olszewski

Wyoming Valley CC

75

77

152

Ryan Strickler

Huntingdon CC

79

73

152

Matt Froncek

Elkview CC

77

76

153

Chris Killiany

Elkview CC

79

74

153

Patrick Knipple

Windber CC

79

74

153

Sam McFall

Waynesborough CC

77

76

153

T.J. Ostrom

Copper Beech G & CC

77

76

153

Drew Panebianco

Talamore at Oak Terrace CC

77

76

153

Steve Savor

Alcoma GC

80

73

153

Benjamin Smith

Meadia Heights GC

76

77

153

Wayne Bartolacci

Jericho National GC

77

77

154

Steve Boerner

Silver Creek CC

77

77

154

Anthony Bonargo

Doylestown CC

80

74

154

Donald Crossin

Fox Hill CC

81

73

154

Ryan Franks

Standing Stone GC

78

76

154

Jason Loehrs

Philadelphia Public Links

79

75

154

Richard Thon

The Springhaven Club

79

75

154

Gregory Burkavage

CC of Scranton

77

78

155

Edmund Chylinski

Chester Valley GC

78

77

155

Gary Daniels

Saucon Valley CC

80

75

155

Andrew Hill

Towanda CC

78

77

155

Ed Knoll

Range End GC

80

75

155

Tom Phalin

Lone Pine GC

81

74

155

Ed Strickler

Huntingdon CC

78

77

155

Jason Barkley

Berkleigh CC

82

74

156

Chase Duncan

Meadia Heights GC

76

80

156

William Lawler

Fox Hill CC

77

79

156

Michael Metz

Fox Hill CC

79

77

156

K.J. Stutz, II

Meadia Heights GC

77

79

156

Doug Fugate

Lake View CC

76

81

157

Douglas Nardella

Scranton Municipal GC

79

78

157

David Vallina

Ponderosa GC

73

84

157

Mike Brady

Valley Brook CC

75

83

158

Mike Capotis

Lake View CC

77

81

158

Dom Castrignano

Huntsville GC

80

78

158

Nathan Reck

Four Seasons GC

84

74

158

Todd Vonderheid

Huntsville GC

81

77

158

Herbert Zimmerman, Jr.

Lancaster CC

81

77

158

Ryan Knolles

Towanda CC

80

79

159

Brian McDermott

Llanerch CC

87

72

159

John Alterman

Commonwealth National GC

78

82

160

Ryan Deimel

Kahkwa Club

82

78

160

Elliot Sheftel

Lehigh CC

83

77

160

Daniel Vater

Schenley Park GC

82

78

160

James Dougherty

Glen Oak CC

80

81

161

Bryan Forcino

Waynesborough CC

80

81

161

Jonathan Johasky

Hill Crest CC

77

85

162

Roy King

Butler CC

82

80

162

Shawn Lavin

Sandy Run CC

79

83

162

Edward Gregrczyk

Glenmaura National GC

79

84

163

Chris Kovaly

Deer Run GC

87

78

165

William Vespa

St. Clair CC

84

82

166

Kenneth Reinheimer III

CC of Scranton

84

83

167

Ken Waldron

Buffalo GC

81

86

167

Dario Cipriani

Lake View CC

82

86

168

Zach Ichter

Conestoga CC

84

86

170

Ed Hennigan

Fox Hill CC

WD

Thomas Kaczor

Yardley CC

WD

WD-withdrawal

 

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