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Friend posts best finish on Champions Tour
Bob Friend, among a handful of area golfers who have won both the West Penn Amateur (1984 & 1985), and West Penn Open (2006), recorded an 8th place tie finish on the Champions Tour last weekend.
Friend shot 68-70-69 - 207 in the in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open at En Joie Golf Club in Endicott, NY, formerly a PGA Tour stop.
Friend is tied for 66th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings this season, 93rd on the Champions Tour money list with just under $60,000 in winnings. He has competed in four events during 2015. (more)
Miller and Semple Thompson win State Amateur titles, High School golf begins: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
Things couldn't have worked out better for the WPGA when the Pennsylvania State Women's Golf Association's Amateur and Senior Amateur Championship came to Sewickley Heights Golf Club.
Jeannette native Katie Miller won the Amateur title for the second time (the other came in 2007) and Carol Semple Thompson won the Senior Amateur title for the first time. Of course, she's won 22 Amateur titles, too.
Both women came from behind in their final matches. Miller was down two holes after the 13th, but made birdies on 16, 17 and 18 to win by two.
Thompson came to the 18th hole down one, but won that hole and won the first playoff hole as well to grab the title. (more)
Sunnehanna wins Jamison Cup, Major Championship recap: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
There is constant chatter from "experts" about the health of golf on all levels. And that chatter is warranted on the grass roots level as public courses and lower-level country clubs struggle to keep their doors open.
At the game's highest level, such is not the case. The best players in the world, the PGA Tour and all that surrounds it are flush with goodness.
If you hadn't realized that, all you needed to do was watch this year's major championships.
Professional golf has turned a page. It is now in the hands of young superstars that fans of the game can actually like as people instead of just admire for their accomplishments on the course.
Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day are the real deal, having now won five of the last six majors. They are the new Big Three, but there's nearly a dozen other young very good players who make the game as strong as it ever was.
It's been quite a while since fans around the world began the wait for next year's Masters feeling as good as they do right now.
Golf's ruling bodies should be as thrilled as fans are. The game, at its highest level, is at a great level and has shined brightest at the biggest moments of the year. (more)
Williamson Cup Matches to begin, professional tours update: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
There’s something good going on in Western Pennsylvania golf. It may be in its infancy, but there is growing evidence that a resurgence is starting to take place in boys golf.
It’s been a while since there have been dominant young golfers in the WPGA, but the tide might be turning in that regard.
There are a pair of 14-year-olds who have raised eyebrows across the landscape of the West Penn Golf Association and, as good as they are at this age, the future looks very bright. Brady Pevarnik of Latrobe and Palmer Jackson of Murrysville are first and second in the WPGA Junior Honor Roll, but there a good number of other youngsters who are showing much potential as well.
Pevarnik became the youngest golfer to make the cut in the West Penn Amateur a couple months ago, and Jackson won the C.R Miller Memorial Junior Match Play Invitational at Sewickley Heights last week.
What these youngsters have accomplished borders on amazing and is hopefully the harbinger of things to come for them and the WPGA. They along with Mark Goetz of Greensburg and Jason Li of Sewickley will represent Western Pennsylvania for the WPGA in the 2015 Williamson Cup Matches at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA next week. They will take on junior teams from 10 other Golf Associations from around the Northeast and Canada. (more)
West Penn Open anecdote, Brothers Championship approaching: From the desk of Mike Dudurich
Sitting behind the ninth green watching players come through, a golf cart pulled up next to mine, driven by an older gentleman.
"I played in this 70 years ago," the gentleman said.
That obviously piqued my interest and I went over to his cart and introduced myself. I found out he was Bill Kramer, a St. Clair CC member who won the club championship there 16 times.
Kramer is 94 and said he enjoyed watch today's young players perform.
"I played against Arnold Palmer in the West Penn Am in the semifinals and he beat me," Kramer said with a smile. "That was the year he won the U.S. Amateur (1954)."
Kramer is a legend at SCCC and it was great to see him out there watching. (more)