World Handicap System and New GHIN Platform Launched

January 6, 2020

On January 1, 2020, the World Handicap System officially launched in the United States, delivering the first universal Rules of Handicapping for all golfers. For the first time in the U.S., every Handicap Index will now be computed through a centralized database to ensure consistency and integrity in every number.

On January 6th, golfers will receive their first revision under the World Handicap System. The new calculation will average the 8 best of your most recent 20 differentials. Because of the new calculation, your Handicap Index is likely to have a slight change.

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.



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.