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Advancing in professional golf
No area golfer has qualified for either the PGA Tour or Web.com Tour in the last fifteen years except for Greensburg’s Rocco Mediate and Washington native Steve Wheatcroft.
Mediate won six titles on the PGA Tour where he was exempt until 2012. Since 2013, he has played on the Champions Tour and won three times including this year’s Senior PGA Championship, his first major.
In 2017, Wheatcroft will divide time between the PGA and Web.com Tours after finishing 134th in the FedExCup rankings on the PGA Tour in 2015-16 with over $600,000 in earnings. Wheatcroft retains some PGA Tour status by finishing 126-150 on last year’s money list. He has played in two events this new season and recorded t-29 in the Sanderson Farms Championship, Jackson, Miss., October 24-27. Wheatcroft won the 2004 West Penn Open Championship. (more)
Eighty-six years of major championship playoff history
Six major championship playoffs involved area golfers. Three of these competitions are among the game’s most famous, and only Lew Worsham and Jock Hutchion emerged with championship titles.
Among the most famous U.S. Open playoffs ever involved Worsham, Arnold Palmer and Rocco Mediate, featuring all time greats Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as their competition.
Tiger Woods birdied the home hole in the final round the 2008 U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. to force an 18-hole playoff with Greensburg native Rocco Mediate. After tying at even-par 71, Woods prevailed with a par on the first extra hole to Mediate’s bogey. The 2008 U.S. Open was Woods’ last major title. (more)
WPGA and WGAWP announce strategic partnership
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association and the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania have signed a management services agreement to better service the game of golf. The partnership will enhance the golfer experience for members of each golf association.
The agreement went into effect on October 1, 2016.
The WPGA headquarters in Pittsburgh will now also be the official office of WGAWP. The WPGA will continue to provide full championship administration support and assistance in the conduct of WGAWP Championships, provide phone support and voice mail access, and preserve the WGAWP’s historical records. (more)
WPGA Senior Series established
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Executive Committee has voted to create the WPGA Senior Series to provide additional competitive opportunities for all golfers age 55 and above.
This series will consist of four 18-hole events throughout the season, and will culminate in October with the West Penn Senior Amateur and Super Senior Amateur Championships at Allegheny Country Club in 2017. Contestants in each of these championships need not compete in the WPGA Senior Series to enter the Senior Amateur or Super Senior Amateur.
Each event will consist of Senior and Super Senior divisions that will be run concurrently. Each will identify an overall gross champion in both divisions. (more)
West Penn Public Links and Senior Public Links Championships discontinued
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association conducted the Inaugural West Penn Public Links Championship at Chestnut Ridge Resort, Tom’s Run Course, in 2000. The West Penn Senior Public Links Championship was started in 2015.
After careful consideration, the Association has decided to discontinue both championships this year.
The Association created and the WPGA Senior Series to better serve senior golf, and a Men’s and Women’s Net Championship to provide more competitive opportunities for anyone with a Handicap Index. Both will begin in 2017. (more)
- The 2016 championship season is complete. Thanks to all who participated and to our Member Clubs who supported the WPGA. See you all next season.