Van Horn elected 100th WPGA president

October 28, 2019

Rud Van Horn, Hickory Heights Golf Club, was elected President during the WPGA Annual Meeting at the Pittsburgh Field Club on October 21. He succeeds Tim Slavish of the Field Club and is the 100th WPGA President in the Association’s storied and lengthy history.

WPGA officers also include Dan Johnston, Treasure Lake, Vice President; Terry Kenny, South Hills, Secretary; and Jim Beck, Hannastown, Treasurer.

Knapp and Erickson repeat in Senior Amateur Championships

October 2, 2019
By Mike Dudurich

There’s a West Penn Golf Association championship that Sean Knapp has only won twice, a puny number compared to the number of victories he’s had in some other of the WPGA’s major events.

Of course, he’s only played in the WPGA Senior Amateur twice.

Knapp dominated the 88th Senior Amateur at The Kahkwa Club in Erie, the only player to finish under par after 36 holes. He posted rounds of 70-70—140.

Jim Ferree & Jeff Rivard to enter Hall of Fame

September 27, 2019
By Mike Dudurich

Among the things the 2019 inductees into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame have in common is their history of giving back to the game.

Jeff Rivard, an English and sometimes math teacher early in his adult professional life, found his way to golf, which led him to becoming the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association for 23 years.

He made profound changes in that organization including, but not limited to, bringing the West Penn Amateur and West Penn Open back to prominence, helping to standardize course ratings for local clubs, led the effort to establish the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame and facilitated the movement to establish handicaps for public course players.

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.


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

Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr.