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Bergman & Stadler win Four-Ball Championship, McGuire & Ruby claim Senior Four-Ball

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2015 • By Mike Dudurich •  • 

FARMINGTON - Imagine being a two-man team, playing in the 74th edition of a major Four-Ball championship on a course that's capable of biting even the best players, shooting 65-65, and LOSING.

That's what happened to two teams Monday afternoon at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in the 74th West Penn Golf Association Four-Ball and 5th Senior Four-Ball Championships.

And there was not only one team, but two, that suffered the fate of shooting 14-under par for 36 holes and not taking home any hardware.

"It's unbelievable, that score," said Allison Park's Nathan Smith, who teamed with Oakmont's Sean Knapp for one of those 65-65s. "That's some really strong playing by those guys."

Those guys in this instance are Doug Stadler and Brett Bergman, a pair of Wexford residents who managed to make 16 birdies, one eagle and just three bogeys in 36 holes Monday on Nemacolim's Mystic Rock course.

"We just decided we were going to be super-aggressive today," said Stadler. "We were just hunting for birdies. I doubt if either of us would have shot 72 on our own ball today, but ham-and-egged it real well." (more)

Cutrell and DeNezza win state titles, WPGA completes championship season with Four-Ball: From the desk of Mike Dudurich

Posted Thursday, September 25, 2015 •  • 

A pair of Westmoreland County standouts finished their Pennsylvania Golf Association seasons off with a flourish this week.

Greensburg's Arnie Cutrell came back from three shots behind to successfully defend his title at the 11th Art Wall, Jr. Memorial Championship at Schuylkill Country Club. Cutrell made three birdies early in his second round and added another at the 11th hole to get to two-under par and finished his round with five pars.

"I hadn't played a practice round here, and that would have been a big help with the difficulty of these greens. I'm proud of the way I was able to play solid down the stretch and come away with the win," Cutrell said.

Dave DeNezza of Greensburg completed a sweep of 2015 Pennsylvania Super-Senior division championships with a 10-shot victory in the Art Wall, Jr. Memorial.

How's this for a summer? He won the Super-Senior Match Play at Scotch Valley in May; He won the Super-Senior Amateur at Longue Vue Club in a four-hole playoff and then hammered the rest of the field this week. In addition to those events, Denezza won the West Penn Super-Senior Amateur and the Semple Brothers Foursomes with partner Bob Allshouse. He and Allshouse will defend their 2014 West Penn Senior Four-Ball title at Mystic Rock on Monday.

"It's an honor to be able to play in these events and the success I've had is a real treat. Schuylkill is a tough golf course where you need to control the ball and hole putts. It's going to come down to making good par saves and I putted well this week and I think that was the difference," said DeNezza.. (more)

Wheatcroft retains PGA Tour card

Posted Wednesday September 23, 2015 •  • 

Steve Wheatcroft, Washington, PA, earned his PGA Tour card for the third time by finishing 20th on the Tour money list in 2014. He earned $973,024 this season on the PGA Tour and finished 105th on the money list. He retains his card for the upcoming season which begins next month. This is Wheatcroft's first time he has made the top 125 on the PGA Tour.

Wheatcroft played in 28 PGA Tour competitions this year and made 17 cuts. He recorded a second place finish in the Humana Challenge at the PGA West (Palmer Course) in La Quinta, California. Wheatcroft also recorded two top tens and five top 25’s.

Since 2006 he has played on the Tour for seven seasons and three on the PGA Tour. On the Tour he won the 2011 Melwood Prince George’s County Open and the 2014 Albertson’s Boise Open. His total winnings for both tours approach $2,700,000. He also won the 2004 West Penn Open at Westmoreland Country Club. (more)

WPGA defends at Palmer Cup

Posted Friday, September 18, 2015 • By Mike Dudurich •  • 

It's hard to imagine a day possibly being much better than Thursday, especially for the West Penn Golf Association. The best amateurs in this part of the state assembled at Latrobe Country Club for the 20th meeting with the best Tri-State PGA club professionals in the Palmer Cup.

The man for whom the event was named, Arnold Palmer, was on hand, being the gracious host he's always been, just a week past his 86th birthday. His presence has always been a source of inspiration and excitement for the players as it was on this picture-perfect day.

What made it even more special for the guys in the blue shirts was how well they played, so well in fact they knocked off the pros for the second straight year. This year the final score was 10.5 - 6.5, an impressive back-to-back effort, considering the pros had won six of the last 10 prior to last year.

To have a great event like the Palmer Cup has become, it needs to have a great matchup or two. And Thursday's meeting had a great one: two of the best amateurs to ever tee it up in WPGA events, Nathan Smith and Sean Knapp, against arguably the best club professional in the country, Bob Ford, who is now the Director of Golf at Oakmont Country Club and his successor, Devin Gee. (more) - Final Results

Palmer Cup Matches this week, Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer: From the desk of Mike Dudurich

Posted Monday, September 14, 2015 •  • 

Yes, it's darn near mid-September and there is still meaningful golf to be played in Western Pennsylvania. One of the most fun, emotional and meaningful on the West Penn Golf Association schedule will take place Thursday at Latrobe Country Club.

The 20th annual Palmer Cup matches named for golf's greatest ambassador ever, Arnold Palmer, will once again pair the best amateurs from the WPGA against the best pros from the Tri-State PGA in morning singles and afternoon Four-Ball matches.

There are great matchups throughout the event, which gets underway at 8 a.m.

Some of those include: Sean Knapp vs. Roy Vucinich (8:45); David Brown vs. Jason Martin (8:54); Nathan Smith vs. Kevin Shields (9:12) in the singles. In the afternoon, how about Sean Knapp and Nathan Smith against the Oakmont Country Club duo of Director of Golf Bob Ford and Golf Professional Devin Gee? Or Jimmy Ellis and Rick Stimmel against Allegheny pro John Aber and former assistant and now South Hills pro Tony Traci? (more)

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