Smith advances to Mid-Amateur semis

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Walker Cup player Nathan Smith advanced to the U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinals Wednesday, winning two matches at The Kiawah Island Club.

Smith, the 2003 winner from Pittsburgh who shared medallist honors in the tournament for players 25 and older, beat Canada's Dave Bunker 4 and 3 in the third round and Chris Marin of Monterey, Calif., 1-up in the quarterfinals on the Cassique course.

"Sometimes, [2003] feels like yesterday and sometimes it feels like 20 years ago," Smith said. "All you can do is play hard. You never know when you are going to get another opportunity."

The 31-year-old investment adviser will face Robert Gerwin of Cincinnati in the semifinals. Gerwin, who works in real estate and will be 43 on Thursday, beat defending champion Steve Wilson of Ocean Springs, Miss., 2-up, in the quarterfinals.

In the other semifinal, Patrick Carter of Huntington, W.Va., will face Tim Spitz of Rochester, N.Y. Carter beat Todd Burgan of Knoxville, Tenn., 4 and 3, and Spitz outlasted Tripp Davis of Norman, Okla., in 20 holes. The 41-year-old Carter is a 12-time West Virginia State Amateur champion. Spitz is 31.