Two (2) spots and two (2) alternates.
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)
VanSickle medalist, four local players advance: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
When it was all said and done, the course at The Club at Nevillewood was the real winner when a local qualifier for the U.S. Open was held there Monday.
Sure, five players advanced to sectional qualifying and two alternates will be waiting for a call to get to the sectionals.
But what a beating the rest of the field took.
Only 30 of the 78 players who turned in cards posted rounds in the 70s. There were none in the 60s. On the other hand, 48 players turned in scores of 80 or higher.
It was cold in Collier Township. Cold enough for the start of play to be delayed for 30 minutes due to frost. It was wet, thanks to recent rainfall. And to top it all off, there was some wind.
Bottom line? It was hard out there. Some flagsticks were in tricky spots and, all in all, it was tough going. (more)
West Penn Foursomes Championships complete, WPGA & USGA kick off Play-9 Days: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
Congratulations are in order to a pair of two-man teams who won prestigious West Penn Golf Association events this week at Longue Vue Club in Verona.
Malcom Spatz and Jonathan Thomas put together rounds of 70-72ó142 on the 6,578-yard, par 70 course to win the 62nd Fred Brand Foursomes by a shot over Grant Engel and Steve Thomas (72-71–143). Six-time Fred Brand champions Sean Knapp and Nathan Smith finished third after rounds of 73-72–145. That duo posted eight bogeys and a double bogey over the course of 36 holes and made just five birdies. Darin Kowalski and Arnold Cutrell tied Knapp and Smith for third. (more)
Nathan Smith wins 8th Spring Stroke Play Championship
Nathan Smith did something earlier this week that he's done eight times in the last 10 years.
He won the West Penn Golf Association's Spring Stroke Play Championship.
"This tournament means a lot to me," he said after posting rounds of 70-71 at St. Clair Country Club for a 141 total, two shots better than the 143 (72-71) total turned in by 19-year-old Zachary Ford of Cochranton, Pa.
"What's amazing to me is how good the fields are. They are getting deeper and deeper each year. And this used to be an older tournament. But it's sure not that way anymore. You can hear the kids and the noises they make their drivers all over the place."
Smith made four birdies and two bogeys in his first round of 70 but had a much tougher time on the putting surfaces in the second round. (more)
WPGA championship season to start May 2: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
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)