West Penn Public Links and Senior Public Links Championships discontinued
Posted October 28, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact
Carl Kauffmann, U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion, 1927-29. Kauffmann was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association conducted the Inaugural West Penn Public Links Championship at Chestnut Ridge Resort, Tom’s Run Course, in 2000. The West Penn Senior Public Links Championship was started in 2015.
After careful consideration, the Association has decided to discontinue both championships this year.
The Association created and the WPGA Senior Series to better serve senior golf, and a Men’s and Women’s Net Championship to provide more competitive opportunities for anyone with a Handicap Index. Both will begin in 2017.
“We will continue to evaluate our competition program and continue to explore opportunities to better serve all golfers,” Executive Director Terry Teasdale said.
Since its creation there have been 12 different champions. Many names that appear throughout the Association’s championship history have won the Public Links including Sean Knapp, whose victory in 2011 was one of the record 35 WPGA championships he has won.
The championship was started to strengthen the Association’s connection to public golf. The trophy for Low Gross Score Qualifying Round for the West Penn Amateur Championship was rechristened the Carl Kauffmann Memorial Trophy after one of the most prominent public golfers of the 1920s ad 1930s and presented to the winner each year.
Carl Kauffmann, nicknamed “The Schenley Sphinx,” played golf at Schenley Park Golf Course and won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship three straight times from 1927-29. Mr. Kauffmann was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.