Team WPGA finishes 4th in Williamson Cup & weekly recap: From the desk of Mike Dudurich

Posted August 12, 2016 - By Mike Dudurich,
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Brady Pevarnik putts for birdie on the 35th hole of the Williamson Cup

The WPGA has retained Mike Dudurich to write a blog for its website. The opinions and observations contained within are his own and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the Association.

Congratulations to the West Penn Golf Association team of Cole Hughes, Jason Li, Louis Olsakovsky and Brady Pevarnik which finished fourth in the annual Williamson Cup matches at Bellevue Country Club near Syracuse, New York.

While the West Penn team finished behind the Golf Association of Ontario, the Metropolitan Golf Association and the Pennsylvania Golf Association in the field of 11 teams, WPGA finished the competition with one of the individual medalists.

Pevarnik, a sophomore-to-be at Greater Latrobe High School, put up matching rounds of 72 for a 144 total, one of three players at that number.

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Jacob and James Augustine lit up Diamond Run Golf Club and won the 93rd Father & Son Championship. The duo made eight birdies and two eagles and somehow managed to post a pair of bogeys for that 62.

Brent and Parker Johnson finished two shots back at 64 and Hunter Bruce and Robert Allan Bruce finished at 66.

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The U.S. Amateur will be played next week at Oakland Hills Country Club in Detroit. Western Pennsylvania will be represented by two players: Nathan Smith and Kevin Fajt.

Smith, of Pittsburgh, is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion who holds the record for most match-play victories in that event. This will be his 37th USGA championship, including 15 U.S. Ams. His best finish in the Am was when he advanced to the final eight at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 2014.

Fajt, of Greensburg, qualified by shooting 69 and 72 at Willowbrook Country Club to grab one of three available spots.

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Congratulations to amateurs Jimmy Ellis, Mitch Mercer and Luke Miller for their top-10 finishes in the Pennsylvania Open at the Club at Nevillewood this week.

Ellis, of McMurray, finished as low amateur at 2-under on rounds of 70-71-70—211 to finish tied for sixth.

Mercer, of Wexford, posted rounds of 74-67-71—212 to tie for eighth and Miller, of Valentia, shot 58-70-75 for a T10.

There’s still time to get involved with the WPGA Scholarship Fund Outing Sept. 12 at the Club at Nevillewood. Players can enter until Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.

The fund has provided financial assistance to over 600 employees of WPGA member clubs.

Registration will be at 10:30 a.m., lunch is at 11 a.m. followed by a noon shotgun start.

Entries can be made on the WPGA website with a valid email address and WPGA account, as well as in person at the WPGA office.