Four selected for induction to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Hall of Fame Committee has selected four outstanding champions and contributors to the game from the region for induction into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame. The Class of 2016 includes John Birmingham, Bob Ford, Frank B. Fuhrer, III, and Marino Parascenzo. This year’s induction ceremony will be held at Oakmont Country Club on October 6.
John Birmingham, one of the area’s top amateurs for nearly two decades, won a total of eleven WPGA titles. A longtime member of Oakmont, Birmingham won three straight West Penn Amateurs from 1966-68, the 1964 and 1972 West Penn Open, and the Tri-State Open in 1966. He also won the Pennsylvania Amateur in 1961 and 1965. In 1977, he won both the Fred Brand Foursomes and Four-Ball championships with fellow inductee, Frank Fuhrer, III. His record in WPGA partner events includes victories in the 1994 Father & Son, the Fred Brand Foursomes in 1968 and 1977, and the Four-Ball in 1965, 1971, 1977 and 1980. (more)
Registration is now open for WPGA Play Days
WPGA Play Days allow all Association members and friends to experience and explore WPGA Member Clubs in a relaxed, enjoyable, and non-competitive environment. WPGA Play Days offer members the opportunity to bring a group of players, large or small, or to come individually, and meet other WPGA Members. Our goal is to provide members of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf at another club that they may not typically have access.
Just $40 per player, these days include 18 holes of golf, cart and a sleeve of golf balls. Individual WPGA Members are welcome to sign up as many players as they choose for a great day of golf. (more information & schedule)
New handicap education requirement for 2016
The USGA Handicap Department has launched a new online initiative to assess the educational awareness of the USGA Handicap System™. This initiative, in partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association, replaces the WPGA Handicap Chair Certification Program that has been in place since 2002. it also replaces the seminar and quite requirement of the USGA Handicap System from the 2012-2015 cycle. (more)
WPGA championship season to start May 2
What promises to be to be an exciting summer of golf in Western Pennsylvania gets underway next week with the 23rd playing of the Spring Stroke Play Championship at St. Clair Country Club on May 2.
The 36-hole kickoff to the West Penn Golf Association's season's has become one of the most popular amateur events in the area and this season's field will be one of the strongest ever.
Star-studded would be a good way to describe the field. Six-time winner Nathan Smith, three-time champion Sean Knapp and two-time winner Rick Stimmel are the headliners.
In addition to that trio, there is plenty of talent throughout the field from juniors to seniors. (more)
Record entry at three area U.S. Open Local sites
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association added a local qualifying site for the 2016 U.S. Open with the championship being held at Oakmont Country Club for a record ninth time June 16-19.
Of the 9,877 entries in the 111 18-hole local qualifying rounds, a record 205 players entered the three qualifying sites to be conducted by WPGA. Of the entrants, 119 amateurs, 83 professionals, and three candidates for reinstatement to amateur status will compete.
This is the third highest number of accepted entries in U.S. Open history. Local qualifying starts on May 2 and will conclude on May 19. (more)
WPGA selects two P.J. Boatwright, Jr. interns
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association has selected two students to serve internships this season as part of the P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Internship Program from the United States Golf Association. Both have a long history and knowledge of the game of golf.
Dylan Marshall will work primarily in championship administration. He is Business Administration and Accounting major at West Virginia University, and grew up playing in WPGA competitions as a junior. He has worked on the grounds staff at Glengarry Golf Club in Latrobe and Pinewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, WV.
Kensey Knapp will also work primarily in championship administration, and will assist in communications. She is studying Business Administration at Penn State University, New Kensington, and has a long family history with the game of golf in the region. (more)
Area Golfers Find Success in College Events:
12 Named to Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List
Each season the WPGA tracks the statistics of collegiate golfers who grew up playing the courses of Western Pennsylvania. The 2015-16 college golf season is beginning to wind down as teams prepare for conference championships and NCAA tournaments. Collegiate golfers from our area are making their mark this season.
Now in its 15th year, the WPGA Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Award is designated to recognize outstanding golf performance from a collegiate player hailing from Western Pennsylvania. Twelve area players are recognized for their successes thus far in the college golf season by being named to the Fuhrer Award Watch List. Six players on the list have been medalist in at least one college tournament this season, while four of those six have been medalist on more than one occasion. Five players on the list have notched a runner-up finish in collegiate competition this season, while three players making the list have previously won the Fuhrer award. Two on the list have previously won WPGA Championships including reigning West Penn Amateur Champion, Easton Renwick. The list’s twelve players have combined for 45 Top 10 finishes in college competition this season. (more)