Five inducted into Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame
At a dinner held on October 16 at Oakmont Country Club with just over 170 on hand, the Class of 2014 was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame. The 2014 class includes Frank Fuhrer, Jr., Dorothy Campbell Hurd, Carl Kauffmann, Jim Simons, and Roy Vucinich.
Fuhrer and Vucinich attended, accepted their mementos and commented upon their being honored. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette golf writer Gerry Dulac emceed the Hall of Fame program and introduced Mr. Fuhrer. Hall of Fame committee chair Jim Toras introduced Roy Vucinich.
The Class of 2014 are joined by William C. Fownes, Jock Hutchison, Arnold Palmer, Carol Semple Thompson and Lew Worsham.
Prior to dinner and following the opening reception, this year’s players of note were honored. Players of the year were Nicklaus Cuny, Junior, Don Erickson, III, and Paul Schlachter, Senior, and Nathan Smith, Player of the Year. Champions, Honor Roll players, and others who distinguished themselves were recognized. (more)
Hall of Fame Committee selects 2014 class.
Tim Fitzgerald begins WPGA presidency
During the Association’s annual meeting at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown on October 8, Tim Fitzgerald, Oakmont, was elected as WPGA Prsident during the Delegates Meeting. The officers are Ron Moehler, Chartiers, Vice-President, Mark Caliendo, Montour Heights, Secretary, and Claudette Graham, Diamond Run, Treasurer.
Newly elected to the Executive Committee are Jim Beck, Butler, and Ken Flisek, Nevillewood.
Leaving the Executive Committee are Paul Gerlach, Shannopin (2008-14) and Don Lamb St. Clair (2006-14). Retiring President Jim Boughner, Youghiogheny, served ten years in the Association’s official family after joining the Executive Committee in 2004.. (more)
WPGA takes back the Palmer Cup
For the first 12 years of the Palmer Cup Matches against the Tri-State Section, PGA of America, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association had never won the Palmer Cup. Since the competition was first held at Latrobe Country Club in 1996 the Tri-State record is 15-3-1.
But the last seven years have been a different story. The WPGA’s record on this period is even with the Tri-State at 3-3-1. The teams halved in 2008.
With the WPGA down in nearly all of the afternoon matches it looked like a monumental comeback was imminent by the Tri-State. The WPGA teams of Nathan Smith and David Brown, and Perry Graciano & Doug Gradwell, won crucial points to secure no worse than a tie with 8 points.
Nine points are needed to win the Palmer Cup outright.
The Tri-State has dominated the Four-Ball matches over the years and this year was no different. The WPGA needed just two points of the seven available in the afternoon to secure a victory and take back the Palmer Cup for the first time since 2011. (more)
Sam Saunders earns PGA Tour card
Sam Saunders, Fort Collins, CO, will play the PGA Tour in the 2014-15 season that starts next month. Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer.
In the top 40 on the Web.com Tour money list most of the year, the former Clemson University golfer played very well down the stretch. His season was highlighted by five top tens and a 69.96 scoring average. He earned $201,392.
Saunders joins Washington, PA, native Steve Wheatcroft, who gained his card by finishing in the top 25 on the regular season money list. Wheatcroft won the Albertson’s Boise Open, his second Web.Com Tour victory, and earned $193,219.
Saunders is ranked 13 and Wheatcroft is 36 among the 50 Web.Com Tour players who received their PGA Tour cards.
Rankings determine how many competitions players earning their PGA Tour Card such as can enter during the first part of the new season. This is Saunders’ first season on the PGA Tour and Wheatcroft’s fourth. (more)
Nathan Smith's quarterfinal finish in U.S. Amateur best this century
When Nathan Smith advanced to the quarterfinals in the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club August 11-17, he was the first since Sean Knapp in 1998 at Oak Hill Country Club near Rochester.
Korea's Gunn Yang won this year's championship.
U.S. Amateur champions from Western Pennsylvania are Arnold Palmer, 1954 at Country Club of Detroit, S. Davidson Herron, 1919 at Oakmont Country Club, William C. Fownes, 1910 at The Country Club, and Eben Byers, 1906 at Englewood Golf Club.
Other top finishers in the Amateur:
1905 - D. P. Fredericks, semifinals at Baltusrol Golf Club
1907 - William C. Fownes and Eben Byers, semifinals at Euclid Golf Club
1914 - William C. Fownes, semifinals at Ekwanok Golf Club (more)
The 2014 championship season has ended. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you all next season.