GREENSBURG, PA (May 10, 2006) -- Arnie Cutrell's, hot hand did not cool down over night. The defending champion started this morning's Championship Match with three birdies in his first six holes (holes 1,4 and 6). Nathan Smith the top ranked middle-amateur in the country, age 25 and over, would not go away quietly. Smith's birdies on the par-3 5th and the par -4 9th along with a bogie by Cutrell on the par-3 8th would square the match after nine holes.
After missing a slick 12-foot putt on the 10th hole for birdie to take a 1 up lead, Cutrell would capitalize on the 11th and 13th with birdie three's to regain his two up lead.
Smith's 6-iron on the par-3 16th over shot the green after Cutrell's tee shot ended up on the green 20 feet from the hole. Cutrell would two putt and Smith failed to get up and down. The match ended on 16 with cutrell winning 3 & 2 on his home course.
Cutrell, 41, a graduate of Wake Forest University as is Jay Sigel, seems to have a special talent for match play. Cutrell's has a 11-1record in three attempts for R. Jay Sigel Trophy.