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Western Pennsylvania Junior Golf Night
Presented by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Oakmont Country Club

Posted Friday, January 29, 2016 •  • 

Now sold out. New registrants will be placed on a wait list in the event space becomes available.

All Western Pennsylvania junior golfers (ages 11-18), parents and high school golf coaches are invited to attend WPGA Junior Golf Night at the Oakmont Country Club, host of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship. The evening is complimentary, space is limited and registration must be done online. In order to accommodate the most number of junior golfers, we ask that no more than one adult accompany any registrant or group of registrants.

The program will be focused on providing attendees information on how to best prepare themselves to be a better player and what opportunities may be ahead of them in the game of golf. The evening will be interactive, and attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance via email. The panel will share their experiences and knowledge of golf.  The panel will focus on answering questions about championship preparations, scheduling, routines, opportunities in the game golf, and balancing the game with life. (more)

Van Sickle to enter Marquette Hall of Fame

Posted Monday, January 4, 2015 •  • 

Mike Van Sickle, McKees Rocks, has been named as a member of Marquette University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He will inducted along with six other athletes on February 12 during campus ceremonies. He is the first golfer ever selected to Marquette’s Hall of Fame. Van Sickle played 2005-09, winning twelve collegiate tournaments, more than any golfer from Western Pennsylvania. He finished in the top-five in 24 of 48 collegiate events he competed. He was a multiple All Big East selection, an All-American and received the 2008-09 Byron Nelson Award as the NCAA’s top collegiate golfer and student. He was also an academic All-American. Van Sickle led Marquette to its first Big East Conference championship in 2008. (more)

In Memoriam: Members of the golf community we lost in 2015

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2015 •  • 

The Association has learned of the passing of the following members of the area’s golf community during this past year.

John Aber, MD, Greensburg. A highly respected Rules of Golf official, Dr. Aber served on the USGA Regional Affairs Committee for more than a decade and officiated at several U.S. Opens. He had recently officiated for the Tri-State PGA Section as their primary decision maker. He was the father of John, Jr., the golf professional at Allegheny Country Club, and one of the area’s top players whose titles include the 1999 West Penn Open, and daughter Stacy, who played collegiate golf at Louisiana State University. He and John, Jr., played in numerous WPGA Father & Son competitions.

Richard Fuhrer, Oakmont. Mr. Fuhrer was a long-time member of Oakmont Country Club and was president of the club during the 1983 US Open. (more)

Weekend costly for Mike Van Sickle

Posted Monday, December 14, 2015 •  • 

Wexford native Mike Van Sickle was in excellent position to secure Web.com privileges next year for the first time after opening with 66-71–137. During the second round he rallied on the back nine from a three-hole stretch that he played in 4-over par to get back to even.

The competition was played at PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, (Champions and Fazio Courses), December 10-13.

Van Sickle won the West Penn Open Championship in 2013 and 2105.

During the final round three bad swings resulted in three double-bogeys and indifferent putting were costly over the weekend as Van Sickle recorded 74-77. The back nine on the Champions Course Sunday was particularly costly as VanSickle recorded 5-over 40. (more)

Fallon renominated to USGA Executive Committee

Posted Monday, October 20, 2015 •  • 

William E. Fallon, Oakmont, a member of the USGA Executive Committee since 2012, was nominated to a one-year term last month, his fifth. The new term is effective at the USGA’s Annual Meeting in San Diego on February 6. Prior to service on the Executive Committee, Fallon served on the USGA’s Regional Affairs Committee. He has worked at many USGA championships, often assisting on scoreboards with Mark Passey, USGA staff, a Regional Affairs Director. Fallon has served on numerous USGA committees during his Executive Committee tenure, including serving as the Chair of the 2013 and 2014 Amateur Public Links Championships and the 2015 Junior Amateur Championship. In addition, he is the Chair of Equipment Standards as well as serving on the Joint Equipment Standards, Finance and Rules of Golf committees. (more)