Jackson, Knapp and Smith named Players of the Year

Posted October 19, 2017 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact



WPGA Junior Player of the Year, Palmer Jackson

Each year, the WPGA Honor Roll tabulates points based on player performance in regional, state and national golf tournaments. At the conclusion of the season, Western Pennsylvania Players of the Year awards are presented to the top point getters in the categories of Men, Senior and Junior.

The 2017 WPGA Players of the Year are Nathan Smith (Men), Sean Knapp (Senior), and Palmer Jackson (Junior).

Murrysville native Palmer Jackson, a junior in Franklin Regional High School, either won or contended in every major junior championship in Pennsylvania this season. Jackson claimed victory in the Pennsylvania Junior Championship and C.R. Miller Match Play Invitational, finished runner-up in the Western Pennsylvania Junior and in the Williamson Cup Matches, and finished t-8 in the Pennsylvania Amateur. Jackson, along with Brady Pevarnik, were the youngest players selected to represent the WPGA in the Palmer Cup Matches.

Sean Knapp, WPGA Senior Player of the Year


Sean Knapp, Oakmont, was named Senior Player of the Year in his first year of eligibility. His season was highlighted by winning the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at the Minikahda Club in September. Knapp won Tri-State Open, and had took lead into the final round of the West Penn Amateur before finishing tied for third. The fourteen-time Men’s Player of Year finished second on the Men’s Honor Roll as well.

The Men’s Player of the Year for the fourth straight year, and ninth overall, is Pittsburgh's Nathan Smith. His season highlights include winning the WPGA Spring Stroke Play for the ninth time, and Jay Sigel Match Play for the fifth time. Smith finished runner-up at the Pennsylvania Mid-Amateur, and he and his partner, Todd White, made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Pinehurst.

WPGA Player of the Year, Nathan Smith

The Inaugural WPGA Series crowned series champions in both Senior and Super-Senior divisions at Allegheny Country Club. Bob Crnjarich of Sewickley edged Erie's Bob Paris to win the season-long Series made up of performance in six WPGA events throughout the season. Crnjarich was victorious in two WPGA Series events and finished fourth in Western PA Senior Amateur Championship.

In the Super-Senior Series, Greensburg’s Dave DeNezza was named Super-Senior Series champ. His stellar play included wins in a Super-Senior Series event and the Super-Senior Four-Ball. DeNezza finished runner-up at three remaining Super-Senior Series events and the Super-Senior Amateur Championship.

Congratulations to all the award winners for their great performances and accomplishments in 2017.