Steve Wheatcroft returns to the Tour

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

With 50 players gaining PGA Tour cards in the Tour Finals series of four events, Washington, PA native Steve Wheatcroft had a good chance of retaining 2017 privileges. He has played the PGA Tour the past two seasons. Standing 65th on the list of 150, $10,000 away from #50, a strong performance in the final tournament would have kept him on the PGA Tour for 2016-17.

Hurricane Matthew changed all of that. The Tour fourth and final competition, scheduled October 6-9, at Atlantic Beach Country Club near Jacksonville, was cancelled due to the approaching hurricane. The results of the previous three events are final for determining the upcoming PGA Tour cards.

Wheatcroft has full privileges on the Tour for the 2017 season and conditional status on the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season. He has played both tours since 2006, five on the PGA Tour and six on the Tour. He has recorded two victories on the Tour. Locally, he won the 2003 Pennsylvania Open and the 2004 West Penn Open. (more)

Barbara Romack, 1954 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion at Allegheny, 1932-2016

Posted Wednesday, Octber 19, 2016 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

Barbara Romack, who defeated Mickey Wright, 4 &2, in the finals during the 1954 USGA Women’s Amateur at Allegheny Country Club, died at age 83 in Florida earlier this week.

Romack's victory at Allegheny occurred the same year as Arnold Palmer’s win in the US Amateur at Country Club of Detroit. Her amateur career featured several wins, such as the 1952 Women’s North & South, 1953 Canadian Women’s Amateur, and three California state championships. She was a member of three Curtis Cup teams. (more)

Remembering Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016

Posted Monday, September 26, 2016 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

The greatest golfer from Western Pennsylvania died yesterday at the age of 87. Arnold Palmer was one of the most charismatic and popular athletes in the history of sports.

Palmer’s dedication and contributions to the game are unparalleled. The time he spent giving back to the game will long be remembered, and the impact he had on the game helped turn it into what it is today.

It earned him the nickname “The King.”

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Mr. Palmer,” Executive Director Terry Teasdale said. “He helped to put golf in western Pennsylvania on the map and brought countless golfers to the game. The game is in a better place because of his efforts. He will be missed greatly.”

Both as a player and as an ambassador, Palmer brought the game to the masses and greatly increased the game’s reach for both amateurs and professionals. In this spirit, the WPGA and the Tri-State Section, PGA of America, compete annually at Latrobe Country Club in the Palmer Cup Matches.

In 1971, the United States Golf Association awarded him its highest honor by naming him the recipient of the Bob Jones Award in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. (more)

Team WPGA wins third straight Palmer Cup Matches

Posted Monday, September 26, 2016 - By Mike Dudurich,
Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM
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The team of West Pennsylvania Golf Association amateurs is starting to get used to this winning thing.

For the third straight year, the amateurs knocked off the Tri-State PGA Section professionals in the annual Palmer Cup matches at Latrobe Country Club Thursday. This time, the score was 10-7.

The matches are played in a Ryder Cup-style format, with 10 singles matches in the morning and seven four-ball matches in the afternoon.

The rosters were filled with the best players from both sides, something that doesn’t always happen every year because of other commitments, other events, etc.

Thursday’s play featured a handful of really good, competitive matches and a little more than a handful of lopsided ones. (more)

Namola bows in overtime at U.S. Senior Amateur

Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

Stan Namola, Beaver, qualified last month for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in the area’s Sectional Qualifying at Lone Pone Country Club, Washington with 73.

The championship is being played at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.

Namola qualified for match play this past weekend with 76-74—150. The cut for the 64-player match play draw was 151.

In his first round match against Mike Hughettt, Owasso, Okla, Namola lost in 19 holes. Hughett made a 10-foot putt to force extra holes, and then made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole to win the match. (more)

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