Rick Stimmel playing into the 18th green

Stimmel leads going into final round of Senior Amateur

September 19, 2023
By Mike Dudurich

What a first day of competition in the 92nd West Penn Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship!

For starters, nobody, yes, nobody, broke par. Thirty-five men above the age of 50 played 18 holes at Chartiers Country Club and the closest anyone finished to par was the leader, Rick Stimmel, who posted a one-over 71.

Seventeen seniors didn’t break 80 and those who did knew they had been in a battle when they walked off the 18th green.

Even Stimmel, who has had a terrific summer both regionally and nationally, had his moments.

He made bogeys on three of the first four holes and recovered with one birdie on the front nine to shoot 37. On the back, there were two two birdies and a bogey for a 34 that added up to a 71.

Team WPGA at Latrobe Country Club with the Palmer Cup

Team WPGA recaptures Palmer Cup

September 18, 2023
By Mike Dudurich

Both teams come into the Palmer Cup every year with clear and totally equal goals in mind.

The team of professionals from the Tri-State Section PGA wants to beat the West Penn Golf Association amateurs every time they tee it up.

And the WPGA team would like nothing better than to flex their muscles and knock off the guys who play golf for a living.

The event was held again at Latrobe Country Club, as it has been since 1996. While the man for whom the annual event is named was not present (Arnold Palmer), his spirit remains and is definitely felt by the competitors.

“They played well and we didn’t,” said John Aber, the golf professional at Allegheny Country Club after his team came up a few points short.

Neal Shipley with caddie, Carter Pitcairn, after winning his semi-final match in the U.S. Amateur. Photo courtesy of Back of the Range.

Neal Shipley's amazing summer

August 21, 2023
By Mike Dudurich

Neal Shipley is an unabashed free spirit. If you didn’t know him and were looking for clues to that, start with his hair. The long locks he wears are definitely those of a guy who marches to his own drummer.

Another clue can be found in how he attacks the game of golf. Yes, he "plays" golf, but with a definite attacking style. He’s a see-ball, hit-ball-hard kinda guy, but with the kind of finesse and touch required to win big amateur golf tournaments.

A native of St. Clair, resident of Mt. Lebanon, and graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, Shipley has evolved into one of best elite amateurs in the country and shown that throughout what might go down as a one-of-a-summer on golf courses across the country.


92nd WPGA Senior Amateur Championships
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 19 & 20, 2023

Chartiers Country Club
Event Portal
Notice to Players
Starting Times & Groupings
Tournament Results

Qualifying Rounds

2023 U.S Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying
Monday, October 2, 2023

Westmoreland Country Club
Event Portal
Notice to Players
Starting Times & Groupings
Qualifying Results


WPGA Annual Meeting - Monday, October 9, at The Club at Nevillewood
Report of the 2022-2023 Nominating Committee
WPGA Scholarship Application now available • Cover Letter • Application


Thank you to the supporters of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.

Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr.

Hall of Fame

Western Pennsylvania has a lengthy, rich and storied history.

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association celebrated its centennial in 1998. Part of this celebration was to recognize area golfers and contributors who had an impact on our history. The Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to celebrate this history. The inaugural class consisted of William C. Fownes, Jr., Jock Hutchison, Arnold Palmer, Carol Semple Thompson, and Lew Worsham.

Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1941, nearly 700 students have received a scholarship.

The WPGA Scholarship Fund was founded in 1941 and awarded two scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh and another to Duquesne University. The first Caddie Welfare Committee surfaced in 1927 and addressed issues to benefit of caddies at the various Member Clubs of the Association. Fourteen years later the movement secured enough money to sponsor its first scholars.