Nathan Smith's quarterfinal finish in U.S. Amateur best this century

Posted Monday, August 18, 2014 •   • 

TWhen Nathan Smith advanced to the quarterfinals in the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club August 11-17, he was the first since Sean Knapp in 1998 at Oak Hill Country Club near Rochester.

Korea's Gunn Yang won this year's championship.

U.S. Amateur champions from Western Pennsylvania are Arnold Palmer, 1954 at Country Club of Detroit, S. Davidson Herron, 1919 at Oakmont Country Club, William C. Fownes, 1910 at The Country Club, and Eben Byers, 1906 at Englewood Golf Club.

Other top finishers in the Amateur:
1905 - D. P. Fredericks, semifinals at Baltusrol Golf Club
1907 - William C. Fownes and Eben Byers, semifinals at Euclid Golf Club
1914 - William C. Fownes, semifinals at Ekwanok Golf Club (more)

Mills wins 110th West Penn Open at Indiana

Posted Wednesday, July 9 19, 2014 •   • 

Jon Mills entered the final round of the 2014 PNC West Penn Open Championship with a three-stroke lead over John Popeck and Zack Kempa after shooting a championship record 9-under par 62 at Indiana Country Club in the second round.

Mills finished with a 9-under score of 204 on rounds of 71-62-71 for a three-stroke victory over 1999 West Penn Open Champion, John Aber, 71-70-66, and Zack Kempa, 67-69-71.

His second round 62 is the competitive course record at Indiana. It also score matches William Miller’s 62 at Fox Chapel in the 2006 West Penn Amateur as the lowest 18-hole score in Association championship history.

Mills made two double bogeys in the middle of his final round and was tied with Aber and Kempa when he reached the 16th tee. He then rallied with birdies on 16, 17 & 18 to regain the lead he held heading into the final round. (more)

Rinker receives Fuhrer recognition

Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 •   • 

Brett Rinker, Slippery Rock, who has completed his freshman year at Bowling Green State University, has been named the recipient of the Frank Fuhrer, III, Award given annually to the area’s outstanding collegiate golfer.

Rinker averaged 73.3 strokes for 31 competitive rounds with five top ten individual finished. He recorder four rounds in the 60’s, and finished the season strong with a 9th place showing in Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate and a 5th place in the Mid-American Conference Championship. He was selected the conference’s Freshman of the Year.

Also under consideration was last year’s recipient, Joshua Stauffer, Bradford, a sophomore at St. Bonaventure, Olean, NY, and Garret Browning, Coraopolis, who will be a junior at Robert Morris University. (more)

Hall of Fame Committee selects 2014 class

Posted Monday, June 9, 2014 •   • 

At its May 13 meeting, the Hall of Fame Committee selected five standouts for this year’s class. The honorees are Frank Fuhrer Jr., Dorothy Campbell Hurd, Carl Kaufmann, Jim Simons and Roy Vucinich. This group will be formally recognized at the WPGA’s Fall Players Dinner in October.

Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr.

Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr., has shown love and deep interest in golf since he was a boy in East Brady. His father founded Ridgeview Golf Club, now known as St. Jude. A lifelong golfer with a handicap as low as three, he and his brother Richard won the 1960 WPGA Brothers Championship. He played golf, soccer, basketball and baseball at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where he earned thirteen varsity letters and his bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh Katz Business School for graduate work and earned a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior in 1951. He has generously supported both schools financially as a major part of his philanthropic profile. In golf, he is the area’s premier financial benefactor. His significant support includes both the Tri-State PGA Section and the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. The Fuhrer Invitational is the top purse for area golf professionals. He has sponsored the Association’s team matches with other golf associations since 1994. In addition to supporting local golf, he sponsored the Family House Invitational from 1984-1997, a two-day event that brought PGA Tour stars to the area. The event raised over $3 million for Family House. (more)

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