VanSickle, Rohanna, fall short in tour qualifying

Posted December 15, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

An opening round 74 was too much for Mike VanSickle, McKees Rocks, to overcome in the Web.com Tour Finals at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. The qualifying rounds were held on the Cattail and Devil's Claw Courses December 7-10. VanSickle shot 74-65-71--279 to finish 9-under par and T-85.

The top 45 and ties earned cards to the 2018 Web.com Tour.

The qualifying score was 14-under par 274. VanSickle finished five shots back. The was his second appearance in the Web.Com Finals after having advanced through the first and second stages. (more)

WPGA partners with Affinity Travel Benefits

Posted October 27, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association announced today that it has partnered with Affinity Travel Benefits, a leading edge, online travel aggregation platform providing exclusive discounts up to 70% off retail rates at hotels and resort properties.

The partnership with Affinity Travel is a part of the WPGA Members Program.

The third-party vendor obtains heavily discounted rates that are not available to the public on travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Trivago, and Orbitz. Affinity also coordinates favorable rates and terms on group lodging management for tournament players, families, fans, and association staff members. Affinity discounts are only available in a private network, such as the WPGA, where members have access to additional benefits. (more)

Jackson, Knapp and Smith named Players of the Year

Posted October 19, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

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. (more)

Claudette Graham elected 98th WPGA president

Posted October 12, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

Seven Past Presidents attended the 2017 Annual Meeting. From left, Mark Caliendo, 2016-2017, Cliff Lyon, 2005-2006, Dario Cipriani, 2010-2011, George Anderson, 2008-2009, Claudette Graham, 2017-2018, Tim Fitzgerald, 2014-2015, Dave Kuhar, 2011-2012, and Jim Boughner, 2013-2014.


Claudette Graham, Allegheny, was elected President during the WPGA Annual Meeting at Montour Heights Country Club on September 19. She succeeds Mark Caliendo of Montour Heights as the 98th WPGA President in the Association’s storied and lengthy history.

Graham is the first woman to serve as WPGA President and the tenth from Allegheny Country Club.

The remaining officers are Tim Slavish, Pittsburgh Field Club, Vice President; Rud VanHorn, Hickory Heights, Secretary; and Dan Johnston, Treasure Lake, Treasurer.

Graham was first elected to the Executive Committee in 2009. She is a long-time volunteer for both the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association, the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association. She has been involved in many Association activities and committees including Handicapping, Hall of Fame, and Governance, and has served as a Course Rating Captain since 2002. For WGAWP, she has served as a board member in 1994-95, chair of Course Rating Committee since 2002, and she served as chair of the 2013 Nominating Committee. And with PSWGA, Graham served as a board member from 2001-04 and as secretary from 2004-06. (more)

Brown repeats as Senior Amateur champion with impressive showing

Posted October 11, 2017 - By Mike Dudurich, Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeDudurich •  • 

SEWICKLEY – There are many ways to win a golf tournament.

A late-round barrage of birdies, an opponent’s collapse, start-to-finish domination or even a final-hole birdie to back door the title are all possibilities.

And then there’s shooting a 29 on the first nine of a 36-hole event and then trying to keep it in play for the last 27 holes.

Say hello to David Brown, the 2017 West Penn Golf Association Senior Amateur champion.

“I was trying to hold on after that first nine,” Brown, of Ligonier, admitted after following up his opening-round 66 with a 69 on Tuesday at the spectacular Allegheny Country Club. He finished with a 10-shot victory over Bob Paris of Erie, who posted rounds of 73-72.

He was in that position because once he got to the final round with a seven-shot advantage over four other seniors, it was evident nobody in the field was capable of making a serious run at him. (more)


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