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WPGA and WGAWP announce strategic partnership
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association and the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania have signed a management services agreement to better service the game of golf. The partnership will enhance the golfer experience for members of each golf association.
The agreement went into effect on October 1, 2016.
The WPGA headquarters in Pittsburgh will now also be the official office of WGAWP. The WPGA will continue to provide full championship administration support and assistance in the conduct of WGAWP Championships, provide phone support and voice mail access, and preserve the WGAWP’s historical records. (more)
Mark Caliendo elected 97th WPGA president
Mark Caliendo, Montour Heights, was elected President during the WPGA Annual Meeting at Chartiers Country Club on October 10. He succeeds Ron Moehler of Chartiers as the 97th WPGA President in the the Association’s storied and lengthy history.
The remaining officers are Claudette Graham, Diamond Run, Vice-President; Tim Slavish, Pittsburgh Field Club, Secretary; and Rud VanHorn, Hickory Heights, Treasurer.
Caliendo was first elected to the Executive Committee in 2007, and is a long-time board member and former president of Montour Heights Country Club. He has been involved in many association activities and committees including Outreach, Hall of Fame, Handicapping and Governance. (more)
MacWhinnie advances, 2017 Web.com Tour hopes end for other local players
Pittsburgh native Bobby MacWhinnie, who won the Association’s 1997 West Penn Boys and the 1999 and 2000 West Penn Junior, advanced through the first stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying. He recorded 72-70-69-74—285, at The Tournament Course, Woodlands, Texas, making the cut on the number.
Six other area golfers did not advance earlier this month.
Mike VanSickle, Wexford, winner of the 2013 and 2015 West Penn Opens, competed at Arbor Links, Nebraska City, Neb., October 4-7. He shot 76-70-71-71—292. The cut for the top 25 and ties was 283.
Also at Arbor Links, Matt Gurska, Hermitage, shot 77-71-77-73—294, and missed the cut by eleven strokes.
Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg, winner of the 2010 and 2016 Pennsylvania Opens, played at Grasslands Golf & Country Club, Lakeland, Fla., October 4-7. He shot 71-72-73-65—281 and missed by one stroke.
Dan Obremski, Irwin, a regular contender in the West Penn Open, played at The Breakers Rees Jones Course, West Palm Beach, Fla., October 12-14. He recorded 69-76-69-76—290, four strokes short of the qualifying score. (more)
Steve Wheatcroft returns to the Web.com Tour
With 50 players gaining PGA Tour cards in the Web.com Tour Finals series of four events, Washington, PA native Steve Wheatcroft had a good chance of retaining 2017 privileges. He has played the PGA Tour the past two seasons. Standing 65th on the list of 150, $10,000 away from #50, a strong performance in the final tournament would have kept him on the PGA Tour for 2016-17.
Hurricane Matthew changed all of that. The Web.com Tour fourth and final competition, scheduled October 6-9, at Atlantic Beach Country Club near Jacksonville, was cancelled due to the approaching hurricane. The results of the previous three events are final for determining the upcoming PGA Tour cards.
Wheatcroft has full privileges on the Web.com Tour for the 2017 season and conditional status on the PGA Tour for the 2016-17 season. He has played both tours since 2006, five on the PGA Tour and six on the Web.com Tour. He has recorded two victories on the Web.com Tour. Locally, he won the 2003 Pennsylvania Open and the 2004 West Penn Open. (more)
Barbara Romack, 1954 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion at Allegheny, 1932-2016
Barbara Romack, who defeated Mickey Wright, 4 &2, in the finals during the 1954 USGA Women’s Amateur at Allegheny Country Club, died at age 83 in Florida earlier this week.
Romack's victory at Allegheny occurred the same year as Arnold Palmer’s win in the US Amateur at Country Club of Detroit. Her amateur career featured several wins, such as the 1952 Women’s North & South, 1953 Canadian Women’s Amateur, and three California state championships. She was a member of three Curtis Cup teams. (more)
- The 2016 championship season is complete. Thanks to all who participated and to our Member Clubs who supported the WPGA. See you all next season.