Gee holes final two putts to win West Penn Open Championship
Devin Gee won a big golf tournament Wednesday and, in the process, took a major step.
The second-year head golf professional at Oakmont Country Club survived a chaotic finish to win the 112th West Penn Open Championship at Longue Vue Club.
After Gee rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th to finish at two-under par, he waited for Waynesburg’s Robert Rohanna, who was also two-under as he stepped onto the 17 tee, to complete his round.
Rohanna proceeded to bogey the 17th and triple-bogey the 18th, a disastrous finish that allowed Gee to join Emil Loeffler Jr., Lew Worsham and Bob Ford as Oakmont professionals whose names are on the Harry Millholland Vase.
“It is special and means a lot,” Gee, who earned $6,800 with the win, said. “It’s great to be on that trophy will Bob and the others and it’s great to win it at one of our neighboring clubs.” (more)
West Penn Open preview, Boys Championship recap: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
The West Penn Golf Association conducts nine individual and nine team competitions each season.
It has been doing so for a long time, as evidenced by the Amateur Championship having been held for the 116th time in June.
Tomorrow another oldie, but goodie, will be contested. The 112th West Penn Open will be contested Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Longue Vue Club.
The Open has an unbelievable history, its winners making a virtual who’s who in Western Pennsylvania golf. Think about this: Winners of the Open have also won 13 USGA national championships and six major titles.
The names include Eben Byers, W.C. Fownes, Jock Hutchinson, Sam Parks, Jim Masserio, Lew Worsham and Arnold Palmer. (more)
Cutrell qualifies for U.S. Senior Open, Hughes wins 96th West Penn Junior: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
It looks as though Greensburg’s Arnie Cutrell will be the lone representative from Western Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Golf Club next month in Columbus, Ohio.
A sectional qualifier was held at Westmoreland Country Club on Wednesday with one spot on the line and that went to Dave Bunker of Woodbridge, Ontario after his round of 70. The first alternate was Kevin Vanderberg of Syracuse who also shot 70, but lost in a playoff.
Joe Boros of Treesdale G&CC is the second alternate after posting 71.
Cole Hughes, a senior-to-be at Indiana High School, used some home-course advantage to win the 96th Junior Championship Wednesday at Indiana Country Club. (more)
Jimmy Lasher receives Frank Fuhrer, III Award
Jimmy Lasher of Allegheny College was named the recipient of the Frank Fuhrer, III Award by the WPGA Championship Committee as the area’s outstanding college player during the 2015-16 season.
Lasher graduated Magna Cum Laude this spring with a double major in Economics and German.
A native of Edinboro, Lasher attended General McLane High School. He was named to the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-Scholar Team, and in June he was named to the CoSida Academic All-America Team. Lasher is the first Allegheny golfer and 35th Gator student-athlete to receive this prestigious honor.
His 2015-16 stroke average of 72.8 for 21 rounds eclipsed Nathan Smith’s Allegheny record of 73.2 during the 1999-2000 season. (more)
Three western Pennsylvania juniors advance to national championships: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
Western Pennsylvania will have a representative in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. July 18-23.
Caroline Wrigley of Wexford put up a round of 34-37-71 at Quicksilver Golf Club in Midway on Thursday to grab the second spot available at this qualifier. Yuka Saso of the Phillipines was a shot better at 70.
Wrigley made a hat trick of birdies (3-4-5) and one on the seventh to shoot 34 on the front. She opened the back nine with a double bogey, but negated that with an eagle on the 15th. (more)