Fred Brand Foursomes eligibility to change

Posted October 30, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Since 1954 when Jack and Fred Brand began the Fred Brand Foursomes in memory of their father, Fred Brand, longtime professional at Allegheny, partners were required to be from the same club. The Brand has been played at two clubs, each for twenty years plus at Allegheny and Longue Vue. Due to declining entries and other factors the WPGA Championship Committee has established the following conditions for entry in the 2009 version.

1. The field will be limited to 48 teams
2. Teams with partners from the same club will be given first priority.
3. Other teams may enter with partners from different clubs. The committee reserves the right to select these teams in an   effort to develop the strongest field.
4. All contestants must be affiliated with a WPGA Member Club as of April 1.

“We realize the Fred Brand Foursomes has much tradition, and one of them is teams being from the same club. The most important traditions are that the Brand is for players from Member Clubs and the format is 36 holes of foursomes stroke play. These will continue,” commented Executive Director Jeff Rivard. “Golf and the WPGA have changed since the Brand began. We’re concerned about teams where one partner leaves a given club, thus making a veteran team ineligible. We don’t want that. Golfers are more likely to change club affiliations in these times as well, so the Championship Committee wants to make this popular event available to those who want to play while retaining the format and spirit of the competition.”