Knapp wins again: Oakmont amateur grabs state senior match play title
It's still Knapp time on the 50-and-older amateur golf circuit.
Only one of the state's most time-honored golfers doesn't appear to be getting tired.
Sean Knapp, the decorated amateur from Oakmont, won another tournament Thursday to continue his impressive run of success that included winning the U.S. Senior Amateur last year at age 55.
Knapp maintained his vise-grip on match-play opponents as he won the 12th Pennsylvania Senior Match Play at Ledgerock Golf Club in Mohnton.
In the championship match against Ed Podufal of The Kakhwa Club, Knapp was 2-down after six holes.
Podufal held off defending champion David Brown, of Ligonier, in 20 holes to reach the final.
Knapp made the turn 1-down and had flipped the advantage to 2-up in his favor through 13. He made par on the par-3 17th to seal the title.
Knapp also won the Sunnehanna Senior Invitational and Tri-State Open last year.
“Winning begets winning,” Knapp told AmateurGolf.com. “Maybe that is a byproduct of winning the Senior Amateur.”
In the semifinals, Knapp's second shot from 240 yards on the par-5 18th was so good that opponent Scott Mayne, who missed his birdie putt on the last hole, conceded Knapp's eagle putt.
Knapp won, 2-up, after making 17 consecutive pars. He took the lead on No. 17 after Mayne made bogey.
For winning the Senior Amateur, Knapp received a 10-year exemption in the event, a two-year exemption in the U.S. Senior Open, a Mid-Am exemption for three years, the U.S. Senior Open for two years and a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open sectional round.
Knapp also was named to the Global Golf Post All-Am Team.