Stuff we missed while on vacation

People who write about golf can't take a week off in the summertime without missing a few timely bits of information.

So here's a review of what has happened in Philadelphia area golf over the past 10 days or so:

--Chip Lutz of Reading captured the British Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, a tournament in which he finished second last year. Lutz, 56, who plays out of LedgeRock Golf Club near Reading, closed the 54-hole event with a pair of 1-under-par 71 scores and finished at 2-under 214, good for a 1-stroke victory. Chris Lange of Overbrook, who like Lutz is a multiple Golf Association of Philadelphia champion, tied for 24th in the event.

--It has been a busy summer for Aurora Kan of Boothwyn, who finished her career at Chichester High School as winner of the 2011 National High School Coaches Association Senior Athlete of the Year award in girls' golf. Kan compiled a 3-1 record in match play to help the East team defeat the West, 32-18, in the AJGA Wyndham Cup at Wilmington, N.C. Last week she finished in a tie for 11th at the Junior PGA Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind. She will attend Purdue University in the fall.

--Zachary Herr of New Hope, who is entering his junior year at Council Rock North High School, captured 22nd place in the boys division of the Junior PGA Championship. However, his final two rounds of 71-71 were among the best final 36 holes of anyone in the field. Herr is competing this week at the AJGA Philadelphia Open at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

--Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh has been named to the U.S. Walker Cup team for the second straight time. Smith, 33, went 2-0 in foursomes (alternate-shot) matches to help lead the United States to the victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the 2009 Walker Cup at Merion Golf Club, a competition that took place a little over a month after he won the 2009 Pennsylvania Amateur at Waynesborough in Paoli. Smith, a three-time winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur, will be part of the 10-man team competing against Great Britain and Ireland on Sept. 10 and 11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

--Joe Juliano