Three (3) qualifying spots.

Twelve (12) qualifying spots.

Seven selected into Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Posted Friday May 29, 2015 •   • 

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Hall of Fame Committee has selected seven outstanding players and personalities for this year’s class at their May 21 meeting. Eben Byers, Bobby Cruickshank, Donald "Doc" Giffin, Sean Knapp, Judy Oliver, Sam Parks and Nathan Smith make up the Class of 2015. The induction dinner will be held at Chartiers Country Club on October 14.

Eben Byers (1881-1932) was the area’s first USGA champion winning the 1906 U.S. Amateur at Englewood Golf Club in New Jersey. He was also runner-up in 1902 & 1903 and advanced to the semi-finals in 1907 - thus reaching at least the semis four times in six years. Byers qualified for every U.S. Amateur but one from 1900-1919 and he reached the round of sixteen on ten different occasions. His most famous match in the U.S. Amateur may have taken place at Merion Golf Club in 1916 when he lost to a fourteen year-old Bob Jones 3 and 1 in the first round. Locally Byers won six West Penn Amateurs and two West Penn Opens, winning both titles in 1905. His West Penn Amateur victory total is exceeded only by William C. Fownes, Jr. with eight (Inaugural Class of 2013)and Sean Knapp with seven (Class of 2015).

Bobby Cruickshank (1894-1975) was an outstanding player and club professional for three decades before leaving Virginia to accept the position at Chartiers Country Club in 1949 at age 55. (more)

Perry Graciano captures 2015 West Penn Senior Amateur Championship

Posted Wednesday May 27, 2015 •   • 

VERONA - Perry Graciano knew exactly what he needed to do after shooting an opening-round 75 in the West Penn Golf Association’s Senior Amateur at Green Oaks Country Club Tuesday.

“I was trying to shoot anything in the 60s,” Graciano said. “I had to make a bunch of birdies.”

And that’s what he did. He made five in the afternoon round but also made three bogeys and a double, but that combination (71) was good enough for a three-shot victory over Paul Schlachter and four better than Don Lewis in the 84th West Penn Senior Amateur.

The win was his third in four years and inched him closer to the all-time greats in the Senior Amateur. Dr. George T. Gregg, Joe M. Wells and Paul Schlachter all have won the event five times.

“I got off to a quick start in the afternoon,” Graciano said. “I hit it to a foot on No. 1 and four inches on No. 2. But then I made double bogey on the third.” (more)

West Penn Amateur entries approach 200

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 •   • 

A total of 194 contestants have entered this year’s West Penn Amateur with the championship scheduled for June 8-9 at St. Clair Country Club. This is the highest number of Amateur entries other than 1999 and 2011 when the championship was contested at Oakmont Country Club.

In 2006, the competition attracted 192 when Fox Chapel Golf Club hosted the Amateur.

Four qualifying rounds over the next two weeks will identify 52 players. Each will join 26 contestants exempt from preliminary qualifying for a starting field of 78 at St. Clair.

On May 27 at Latrobe Elks Golf Club in Latrobe, 42 will compete for 13 spots.
On June 1 at Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, ten will compete for three spots.
On June 1 at Hill Crest Country Club in Lower Burrell, 41 will compete for twelve spots.
On June 3 at Lone Pine Country Club in Washington, 75 will compete for 24 spots. (more)

Rachel Rohanna finishes t-3 on Symetra Tour

Posted Monday, May 25, 2015 •   • 

Waynesburg's Rachel Rohanna backed up a win on the Symetra Tour earlier this spring with a 3rd place tie in the Symetra Classic, May 21-23, at Raintree CC, Charlotte, NC. She shot 69-68-67--204, missing the playoff for first place by one stroke.

Rohanna is 5th on the Symetra Tour money list with $31,290. Her steady play is backed up with being third in on the tour in greens in regulation at 72.9% and fourth in driving distance at 266.65 yards. She has an excellent chance to gain an LPGA Tour card for 2016 as the top players on the Symetra Tour money list advance. (more)