Century Foursomes renamed

Posted October 9, 2005 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

The Semple Brothers Century Foursomes Trophy

The Fred Brand Foursomes started in 1954, and it's been the Association's most popular partners competition. In 1996, a Century Division was begun for teams with combined ages exceeding 100. In 2004, the Brand Century Foursomes was first played at its own site, Allegheny, rather than at Longue Vue, home of the Fred Brand for over two decades. Allegheny was the previous Brand location for just as long.

In a recent vote, the Executive Committee approved renaming the Fred Brand Century Foursomes to the Semple Brothers Century Foursomes. This designation honors Bud and Richard Semple, who won four of the first eight Brands, 1955-62. They also won the inaugural WPGA Brothers in 1950. The Semples were a formidable team for decades winning many area invitationals and other four-balls. Harton S. "Bud" Semple, Allegheny, was USGA President, 1974-75, and qualified for several USGA Amateur Championships. His brother Richard won the 1957 West Penn Amateur among his numerous golf achievements. Both won club championships at Allegheny as well.