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Nathan Smith wins Spring Stroke Play for the ninth time

Posted May 17, 2017 - By Mike Dudurich, Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeDudurich •  • 

BEALLSVILLE – It turns out the Masters isn’t the only annual rite of spring.

Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith won the West Penn Golf Association’s Spring Stroke Play Championship at Nemacolin Country Club Tuesday.

The two-shot victory over four players tied for second was his third straight in the event, his fifth in the last six years and his ninth overall. This championship has now been played 24 times and Smith has won a third of those.

Sean Knapp has won it three times (1998, 2000 and 2001) and Rick Stimmel (1996 and 2014) are the only other multiple winners.

Smith couldn’t come up with an explanation for yet another win after he signed his scorecard, which showed him posting rounds of 69-68 for a three-under par total. (more)

Team component added to Net Championships

Posted May 12, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

The WPGA Handicap Committee has voted to add a team component to the Men’s and Women’s Net Championships. The competitions will be held on Tuesday, September 5, at South Hills Country Club.

The format for each will be 18 holes of Net Stableford Stroke Play. Each player’s Handicap Index® as of September 1 will be used for the competition.

All golfers entered into either competition will also be representing their home club as part of the Member Club Challenge. The three highest point earners from each club will count toward the club’s score. Prizes will be awarded to the team champions. Contestants in both the men's and women's competitions from the same club will be competing together for their home club. (more)

Five scholarships awarded for 2017-2018

Posted May 8, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association has awarded scholarships to five WPGA Member Club employees for the next school year.

Adam Brueggman has worked at South Hills Country Club for the past four years in the golf shop and bag room, and as a caddie. He will graduate from Baldwin High School and attend Duquesne University in the fall to study business and finance.

A caddie at Nemacolin Country Club since 2013, Nathaniel Luketich will graduate from California Area High School and he will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study biomedical engineering. (more)

Brief history of the WPGA Annual Meeting

Posted May 3, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

Like most state and regional golf associations, the West Penn Golf Association’s Annual Meeting is the occasion when elections take place for Officers and members of the Executive Committee. Other agenda items include committee reports and Association updates.

Records indicate that Member Club club delegates first attended the WPGA Annual Meeting in 1913. These were usually evening meetings held at facilities like the Duquesne Club, Pittsburgh Athletic Association and University Club.

In the 1950’s, the meeting moved to Member Clubs and included golf for attendees. The site is regularly the home club of the retiring president.

Turnout reached as large as 375 well into the 1970’s. One year the meeting was at Pittsburgh Field Club, and the Association also had to secure Longue Vue Club and Fox Chapel Golf Club to accommodate everyone. (more)

A borrowed putter leads to a win

Posted April 24, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

George Bilowick arrived at the first WPGA event of the season without his putter. He borrowed one from a club staff member at Diamond Run Golf Club and shot an even-par 72 to win the Super Senior Division in the first WPGA Senior Series event.

Bilowick, a Butler native, beat his age by four shots. He last won an Association event in 2000 in the West Penn Senior Amateur Championship at Nemacolin Country Club.

Greensburg’s Dave DeNezza, 2008 West Penn Senior Amateur champion, finished second with a 1-over par 73.

The event was the first of four in the inaugural WPGA Senior Series to be conducted this season. Conditions were difficult with high winds and temperatures in the low 50s.

Bob Crnjarich, Glenshaw, won the Senior Division with a 3-under 69. He made five birdies on the back nine and one bogey to card a 4-under 33 and a three-shot victory. (more)

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