The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

June 10, 2014

Reserve your spot at Sunnehanna | Acclaimed tournament begins Wednesday

JOHNSTOWN — The 61st Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions begins Wednesday in Westmont and runs through Saturday.

If you want to see some of the best golf in your life, without having to travel hundreds of miles and spending a fortune on tickets or hotels, please plan on attending this tournament. It’s free to the public and easily accessible.

Remember, marquee players such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler have all played in this top-notch tournament.  

The Sunnehanna Amateur is definitely a fan-friendly event. You can walk and follow your favorite golfer or you can simply stand at the seventh-hole tee box and watch a long, downhill, 241-yard par-3 tee shot land with deadly accuracy.

Also, from that spot, if you turn slightly left you can watch the uphill approach shot into the par-4 No. 2-hole. Here, golfers must deal with the evil turtle-back, false-front green, cut insidiously close. On their approach, if golfers do not pay homage to the golf gods, and fall short, their approach shot can roll 40 yards or more off the green for another try.

Or from this one spot, you can also watch a blasting tee shot toward the par-4 No. 3 hole. Many will drive this green, while we hackers only dream of doing such.

If you come, and we hope you do, you will see the nation’s top amateurs take to the course, including five members from this year’s Palmer Cup squad and 11 of the nation’s top 25 collegiate golfers.

Defending champion Steve Ihm will return if he does not qualify for this year’s U.S. Open. Scotty Scheffler, the reigning U.S. Junior champion, highlights a robust field of players to watch. Scheffler, who many are pegging as the next Jordan Speith, made the cut at the Byron Nelson classic. ACC player of the year and Georgia Tech standout Oliver Schniederjans returns for his third tour of Sunnehanna.

This year’s tournament currently has a field of 93 players – the largest in Sunnehanna Amateur history – with golfers representing six nations.

Four regional entrants are confirmed for the tournament, with Sunnehanna club champion Derek Hayes and Greater Johns-town Open Champion Nick Sanner leading the local contingent.

Will Wears of Latrobe and Ronald DeNunzio of Greensburg will also be making a short trip to play at Sunnehanna.

We hope you will consider attending this wonderful golf tournament on one, or all, of the days.

We know you will not be disappointed!

 

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