A borrowed putter leads to a win
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 in 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. (more)
Richard Falchetti, WPGA President in 2002
Richard Falchetti served on the Executive Committee from 1997-2002, and continued to assist the Association in course rating, officiating at WPGA championships and USGA qualifying rounds, and in governance long after his presidency in 2002.
In addition to serving as WPGA President in 2002, Dick also chaired the Handicap Committee. He helped to create and develop the Course Rating Review Committee which he also chaired, and he developed the course rating spread sheets the Association still uses today. He assisted in rating over 100 courses and attended multiple National Course Rating Calibration Seminars. He also attended multiple Rules of Golf workshops.
“Our focus on handicapping and course rating services were developed under Dick’s leadership,” WPGA Executive Director Terry Teasdale said. “And he helped the WPGA conduct championships for many years as an official all over our region. We are a better Association for his service and contributions. He will be missed.”
Mr. Falchetti died on Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was a retired supervisor at West Penn Power Company. He was also a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army having served in the Korean War. (more)
"Let's Be Frank" now available
"Let's Be Frank: The Story of Frank B. Fuhrer Jr." by Gerry Dulac
Filled with many interesting stories and life lessons, "Let's Be Frank" is the story of Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr., businessman and sports enthusiast. In golf, Mr. Fuhrer is the area's premier golf benefactor. His significant support includes both the Tri-State PGA Section and the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. He has sponsored the WPGA's team matches with other golf associations since 1994. His donations completely underwrite the WPGA teams for the Palmer Cup match against the Tri-State PGA, and the Williamson Cup, a junior match with ten other golf associations in the northeast and Canada.
Mr. Fuhrer was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.
The cost of the book is $20 and proceeds go toward supporting junior golf in Western Pennsylvania. Please contact the WPGA Office at 412-826-2180, or purchase online, to secure your copy. (more)
West Penn Women's Amateur returns, Senior Women's Amateurs to begin
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association's Executive Committee has voted to reinstitute the West Penn Women's Amateur Championship, and to start conducting a Senior Women's and Super Senior Women's Amateur Championships in 2017.
The competitions will be held on Wednesday, July 5, at Cranberry Highlands Golf Course. All will be conducted jointly with the Women's Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania.
The Women's Amateur was previously conducted from 1999-2007. Competitors will play for the Judy Oliver Trophy. Judy Oliver was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame on October 14, 2015. (more)
Nine named to Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year watch list
Each season the WPGA tracks the statistics of collegiate golfers who grew up playing the courses of Western Pennsylvania. The spring session of the 2016-17 college golf season is under way, and student athletes from our area are making their mark. Now in its 16th year, the WPGA Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year Award is designated to recognize outstanding golf performance from a collegiate player hailing from Western Pennsylvania. Nine area players are recognized for their success thus far in the college golf season by being named to the Fuhrer Award Watch List. Three players on the list have been medalist in at least one college tournament this season, while three players have notched a runner-up finish. Two on the list have previously won WPGA Championships. The list’s nine players have combined for eleven Top 10 finishes in college competition this season. (more)