Area Golfers Find Success in College Events:
12 Named to Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List

Posted April 22, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact



Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr. & Frank Fuhrer III at the West Penn Father & Son Championship

Each season the WPGA tracks the statistics of collegiate golfers who grew up playing the courses of Western Pennsylvania. The 2015-16 college golf season is beginning to wind down as teams prepare for conference championships and NCAA tournaments. Collegiate golfers from our area are making their mark this season.

Now in its 15th year, the WPGA Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Award is designated to recognize outstanding golf performance from a collegiate player hailing from Western Pennsylvania. Twelve area players are recognized for their successes thus far in the college golf season by being named to the Fuhrer Award Watch List. Six players on the list have been medalist in at least one college tournament this season, while four of those six have been medalist on more than one occasion. Five players on the list have notched a runner-up finish in collegiate competition this season, while three players making the list have previously won the Fuhrer award. Two on the list have previously won WPGA Championships including reigning West Penn Amateur Champion, Easton Renwick. The list’s twelve players have combined for 45 Top 10 finishes in college competition this season.

2015-16 Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List

  • Josh Bartley, Valencia, PA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Sophomore
      One Medalist Finish, One Runner-Up Finish, Three Top 10 Finishes
  • Will Betts, Leechburg, PA (University of Hartford), Senior
      Two Top 10 Finishes; 2014-15 Fuhrer Award Recipient
  • Easton Renwick, Defending West Penn Amateur Champion & West Virginia University senior

  • Garrett Browning, Coraopolis, PA (Robert Morris University), Senior
      Two Medalist Finishes, Four Top 10 Finishes
  • Sean Edgar, Bethel Park, PA (Clarion University),Junior
      One Runner-Up Finish, Three Top 10 Finishes
  • Matt Holuta, Indiana, PA (Rutgers University), Sophomore
      Two Top 10 Finishes
  • Max Kirsch, Ebensburg, PA (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Junior
      Five Top 10 Finishes
  • Christopher Kupniewski, Erie, PA (Mercyhurst University),Junior
      Two Medalist Finishes, Six Top 10 Finishes
  • Jimmy Lasher, Edinboro, PA (Allegheny College), Senior
      Three Medalist Finishes, Seven Top 10 Finishes
  • Kirby Manown, Belle Vernon, PA (California University of Pennsylvania), Junior
      Two Medalist Finishes, One Runner-Up Finish, Six Top 10 Finishes
  • Easton Renwick, Punxsutawney, PA (West Virginia University),Senior
      Two Top 10 Finishes
  • Brett Rinker, Slippery Rock, PA (Bowling Green University), Junior
      One Runner-Up Finish, Two Top 10 Finishes, 2013-14 Fuhrer Award Recipient
  • Joshua Stauffer, Bradford, PA (St. Bonaventure University), Junior
      One Medalist Finish, One Runner-Up Finish, Three Top 10 Finishes, 2012-13 Fuhrer Award Recipient

The 2015-16 season watch list includes 4 seniors, 6 juniors and 2 sophomores with student athletes competing at colleges in the states of Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Other players may be added to the watch list prior to the selection of finalists based on continued season performance.

The Fuhrer Award is named in honor of Frank Fuhrer III. Now a businessman in Pittsburgh, Mr. Fuhrer’s accomplishments on the golf course include being named All-American at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill from 1979-1981, All ACC 1979-1981, named to the 1981 U.S. Walker Cup team, winner of the 1981 Western Amateur and the winner of 11 Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Championships. Mr. Fuhrer and Arnold Palmer are the only two players in the Association’s history to win the WPGA Junior, Amateur and Open Championships in a career. Mr. Fuhrer was the #2 ranked Amateur in the United States in 1981 and is one of the leading supporters of the WPGA. Previous recipients include Mike Van Sickle, Justin Smith, Rachel Rohanna and Robert Rohanna.

More information on the Frank Fuhrer III Award.