WPGA Announcements Regarding COVID-19

March 15, 2020
By WPGA


New WPGA Competition Season announcement - View Here • Updated May 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM

New Guidance for Golf Courses During COVID-19

Updated May 8, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Effective May 7, 2020, the Governor’s Office added the following clarification for golf courses operating in Pennsylvania.

 • Golf courses are now permitted to allow occupants of the same residence to share a golf cart.
 • Golf courses located in counties that have been designated as being in the Yellow Phase of Reopening may conduct in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public. Please see those guidelines here.

We will continue to update you as we learn more from the Governor’s Office. As always, feel free to reach out to the WPGA with any questions.

Updated May 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM

On March 18, 2020, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued Advisory Notice No. 26, which provided guidance to licensees as to what type of activities were permissible during the state of emergency announced by Governor Wolf in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Generally, that guidance included direction to all licensees that allowing on-premises consumption of alcohol and/or food could result in the suspension of their liquor license. Sales of alcohol and food for off-premises consumption were permitted for those licensees whose licenses authorized such sales.

On March 19, 2020, the Governor ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses, such as golf courses, to close.

On April 27, 2020, the Governor announced that, effective May 1, certain businesses that provide for outdoor activities, such as golf courses and marinas, could reopen.

Please click here for the full updated Guidance from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Guidelines for a Safe Reopening of Golf

Updated April 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf embraces the opportunities for the successful reopening of golf, and maintaining a safe environment for all staff and golfers to maintain our open status during this pandemic. Even in these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 threat affecting all aspects of life as we know it, golf is available as an outlet for people to exercise and provides one of the few respites from the confines of home. With vast areas of open space containing green grass, ponds and trees, a golf course can provide the ability for social distancing.

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf is committed to doing all it can to support our constituents by being a resource of information and a clearinghouse of best practices that will provide guidance to any and all facilities, operators, golf professionals, club officials and stewards of the game. As golfers and industry operators, let’s all do our part to keep the game and our loved ones safe.

Please refer to the document below for a comprehensive guide to help safely reopen your club: Guidelines for a Safe Reopening of Golf (Updated 5/8/20 at 4:15 PM).

We will continue to update you on golf-related topics as we learn more. Feel free to reach out at any time with questions.


Tony Locascio - 232 rounds in 227 days

April 20, 2020
By Mike Dudurich


There are golfers who set high goals each year in terms of rounds played. It’s a badge of honor of sorts.

In all kinds of weather, the target hunters are out on the course doing their best to reach those goals.

Even though he posted 232 rounds during the 227-day West Penn Golf Association active season in 2019, Sewickley’s Tony Locascio is not one of those guys.

“I just like to play, like to walk and carry my bag,” he said. “I always try to do that. I love the game, the exercise. I like to be outside. That’s what motivates me.”


Announcements

Partners

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.