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Fink picked for USGA?competition

August 27, 2010
By Ken Love, For the Mirror

Artie Fink Jr. has been selected to play in the USGA's State Team Championship representing Pennsylvania.

The event will be held Sept. 14-16 at the Mayacama Golf Club north of San Francisco.

The prestigious tournament is an event in which each state (plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) selects their three top amateurs. The two low scores count for each team's total score over the three rounds .

Fink was selected by the Pennsylvania Golf Association based on his play in statewide events over the past two years.

He will be teaming with two of the state's top amateurs. They are Sean Knapp of Oakmont, who is a nationally ranked amateur and has won numerous state titles over the past two decades, and Nathan Smith, a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who played in last year's Masters.

"I was surprised and honored when I got the call," Fink said. "It's not every day that you get a chance to play in a USGA event.

"I've gotten to know Sean and Nathan fairly well over the past couple of years. They're great guys. I'm really looking forward to playing with them and representing Pennsylvania in this event."

Fink will fly to California a few days before the event and will get a few practice rounds in before the tournament starts. Mayacama is a 6,742 yard, par-71 course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Over the next few weeks, Fink plans to work extra hard on his game.

"I'll be beating a lot of balls until then," he said. "I want to do everything I can to get ready."

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