WPGA Membership Workshop, 2/22/14
"Help Us Improve the Game & business of Golf in the Region"
We cordially invite you to attend and bring others to the Association’s first open forum. It will take place at Fox
Chapel Golf Club on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The meeting will start with registration/continental breakfast at 8:30
and will conclude with lunch. The whole activity should be concluded around 12:30 PM.
The morning will begin with an opening session, followed by breakouts that will cover key Association programs:
championships, handicapping & course rating, membership initiatives & services, scholarship, and member participation.
The morning will provide an inside look at WPGA operations.
The meeting’s goals include seeking information from those we’ve invited and sharing information so Association
customers have a better idea of what we do and why. The meeting is complimentary to all. Attendees are asked to be
equipped with suggestions and feedback on Association programs and that they confirm attendance by January 31, 2014 so
we can plan the day both in terms of logistics and items to cover.
The WPGA’s membership and finances are sound and stable. We’re generally pleased with overall programming but we know
we can do better. Providing an environment where ideas, concerns, and questions can be openly exchanged is the morning’s
Review the accompanying materials, sign up, and bring others. We look forward to your attendance and
Palmer's grandson advances to Web.com finals. Other local players miss.
Sam Saunders, Fort Collins, Colorado, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, moved solidly through the first two stages of
the Web.com Tour Qualifying Schools and advanced to the finals in Palm Springs, California, on December 12-17 at PGA
West's TPC Stadium and Nicklaus courses.
Three other players with local ties played in the second stage and did not qualify.
Association changes Local Rules
The WPGA Championship Committee will implement the following Local Rules for the upcoming season in all Association
conducted competitions. These changes were approved at the Committee's November 21 meeting.
The changes do not apply to USGA Qualifying Rounds conducted by the Association.
1. The so-called "One Ball Rule" will no longer be in effect.
2. The Groove Condition effective for all USGA Amateur Championships starting in 2014 will not be implemented in
Association conducted championships.
Upcoming Amateur sites finalized
The West Penn Amateur, first played in 1899, has finalized the championship sites for 2014-2016.
In 2014, the Amateur will be played at Penn State for the first time, June 16-17. In 2015, St. Clair will host the
championship for the first time since 1945, June 15-16. The 2016 edition will occur at the Bedford Springs Resort Old
Course, June 20-21, where Nathan Smith won the 2008 championship.
"We're pleased to hold the Amateur at such excellent courses all with wonderful history," commented WPGA Executive
Director Jeff Rivard.
Fall is survey season
A key element of the Association's information programming is two surveys, the Green and Club Operations.
Questionnaires have recently been sent to clubs for return by the end of the year.
The annual Green Operations Survey, published annually, covers issues such as budgets, irrigation, maintenance
practices, rainfall, staff size and water use. The Club Operations Survey, published every three years, addresses dues
and initiation fees, facilities, food and beverage, membership demographics, policies and rounds played.
Publication is scheduled for around March 1.
The 2013 championship season is now complete. Thank you to everyone who supported our championships this season, and
thank you to our Member Clubs for hosting our events. Please check Championship Central for a recap of the season.