A borrowed putter leads to a win

Posted April 24, 2017 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

George Bilowick, WPGA Senior Series #1, Super Senior champion

George Bilowick arrived at the first WPGA event of the season without his putter. He borrowed one from a club staff member at Diamond Run Golf Club and shot an even-par 72 to win the Super Senior Division in the first WPGA Senior Series event.

Bilowick, a Butler native, beat his age by four shots. He last won an Association event in 2000 at the West Penn Senior Amateur Championship at Nemacolin Country Club.

Greensburg’s Dave DeNezza, 2008 West Penn Senior Amateur champion, finished second with a 1-over par 73.

The event was the first of four in the inaugural WPGA Senior Series to be conducted this season. Conditions were difficult with high winds and temperatures in the low 50s.

Bob Crnjarich, Glenshaw, won the Senior Division with a 3-under 69. He made five birdies on the back nine and one bogey to card a 4-under 33 and a three-shot victory.

Finishing second was 14-time WPGA Player of the Year and 2015 Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Sean Knapp of Oakmont, with an even-par 72 in his first senior event.

Three Diamond Run members finished in the top-5 in the Senior Division. In addition to Crnjarich, Sewickley’s John Rodney finished third with a 1-over 73, and Master Kong, Mars, finished fourth with 74.

Bridgeville’s Paul Schlachter, a five-time West Penn Senior Amateur champion and eleven-time WPGA Senior Player of the Year, finished T-6 with 76. Bob Paris, Erie, 2010 West Penn Senior Amateur champion, finished T-7 with 77.

The WPGA Senior Series consists of four 18-hole events throughout the season.

WPGA Senior Series #1 champion, Bob Crnjarich

The second series event will be conducted at Greensburg Country Club on June 6, followed by the third at Sunnehanna Country Club on August 15, and the fourth at Hannastown Golf club on September 25.

Each event will identify an overall gross champion in both divisions. Participants will be competing for the season-long Senior Series Champion.

The Senior Series will culminate with the West Penn Senior Amateur and Super Senior Amateur Championships on October 9 and October 10 at Allegheny Country Club.

The top third on the Senior Series points list will have preferred acceptance into the Senior Amateur and Super Senior Amateur respectively in the event of oversubscription.