Around the region in August: From the desk of Mike Dudurich

Posted September 8, 2016 - By Mike Dudurich,
Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM
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Rick Stimmel hitting a tee shot at Valley Brook Country Club during U.S. Open Local Qualifying.

The WPGA has retained Mike Dudurich to write a blog for its website. The opinions and observations contained within are his own and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the Association.

While the schedule of championship events hosted by the West Penn Golf Association dwindles down to just a few, there have been many notable happenings coming down the stretch.

For example, the team from Hickory Heights Golf Course captured the 2016 Jamison Cup Inter-Club Finals at Olde Stonewall Golf Club, led by the outstanding play of Jimmy Ellis, who posted rounds of 70-68 to capture medalist honors.

Teammate Chad Warmbein was a shot back at 139 (69-70), as was South Hills Country Club’s Darin Kowalski (71-68) and Chartiers Country Club’s Erik Bertrand (71-68). There were the only players to finish two rounds under par.

The other members of the winning team, which finished with a score of 423, were Mark and Rob Cimarolli.

South Hills CC finished second at 442, Sunnehanna was third at 447 in the 13-team field.

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Pittsburgh’s Courtney Myhrum tied for medalist in a U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Lone Pine Country Club. She and Alexandra Frazier of Conshohocken, Pa. shot 78 to grab two of the three qualifying shots for the national event that will be held Sept. 17-22 at Wellesley Country Club in Wellesley, Mass.

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A pair of local women have qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur that starts Saturday at the Kahkwa Club in Erie.

Jeannette’s Katie Miller was the medalist at the Sectional Qualifier at Fox Chapel Golf Club, shooting 73, while Connellsville’s Jordan Craig finished second with a round of 76.

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For the third time, Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith put his name on the West Penn Mid-Am championship trophy after shooting rounds of 69-71 for a 140 total, good for a two-shot victory over Mike Marron of Parker and Rick Stimmel of Pittsburgh, both of whom finished at 142.

Smith previously won the tournament in 2006-07. He joins John Jones and Arnie Cutrell as three-time champions in the event.

Smith, along with Stimmel and Cutrell, are competing this weekend in the U.S. Mid-Amateur, which is being held at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa.

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Qualifying has begun for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and Western Pennsylvania is already assured of having representation in the event when it’s held historic Pinehurst No. 2 May 27-31.

In a qualifier on the Palmer Course at Ogelbay Resort in Wheeling, Jimmy Ellis of Venetia and Chuck Nettles of McMurray lit it up, posting a score of 59. Will Wears (Arnold Palmer’s grandson) of Durham, N.C. and Connor Flach of Ellicott City, Md. also qualified with a 61.

Malcolm Spatz of Pittsburgh and Nathan Sutherland of Mohnton finished as alternates with a 62, as did the team of Christopher Bowen and Brett Young of Bethel Park.

The 5th Annual Feherty Troops First Foundation Benefit Dinner will be held Oct. 19 at Oakmont Country Club.

David Feherty, the long-time CBS commentator and now works for NBC, hosts a show on the Golf Channel and has long worked tirelessly on behalf of would military personnel. His Foundation works to provide programs and specialized events designed for the wounded and their families.

At Oakmont, he’ll be joined by former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) to help raise money for the cause.

More information can be found at Troops First Foundation.