Remembering Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016
The greatest golfer from Western Pennsylvania died yesterday at the age of 87. Arnold Palmer was one of the most charismatic and popular athletes in the history of sports.
Palmer’s dedication and contributions to the game are unparalleled. The time he spent giving back to the game will long be remembered, and the impact he had on the game helped turn it into what it is today.
It earned him the nickname “The King.”
“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Mr. Palmer,” Executive Director Terry Teasdale said. “He helped to put golf in western Pennsylvania on the map and brought countless golfers to the game. The game is in a better place because of his efforts. He will be missed greatly.”
Both as a player and as an ambassador, Palmer brought the game to the masses and greatly increased the game’s reach for both amateurs and professionals. In this spirit, the WPGA and the Tri-State Section, PGA of America, compete annually at Latrobe Country Club in the Palmer Cup Matches.
In 1971, the United States Golf Association awarded him its highest honor by naming him the recipient of the Bob Jones Award in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. (more)
Team WPGA wins third straight Palmer Cup Matches
The team of West Pennsylvania Golf Association amateurs is starting to get used to this winning thing.
For the third straight year, the amateurs knocked off the Tri-State PGA Section professionals in the annual Palmer Cup matches at Latrobe Country Club Thursday. This time, the score was 10-7.
The matches are played in a Ryder Cup-style format, with 10 singles matches in the morning and seven four-ball matches in the afternoon.
The rosters were filled with the best players from both sides, something that doesn’t always happen every year because of other commitments, other events, etc.
Thursday’s play featured a handful of really good, competitive matches and a little more than a handful of lopsided ones. (more)
Namola bows in overtime at U.S. Senior Amateur
Stan Namola, Beaver, qualified last month for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in the area’s Sectional Qualifying at Lone Pone Country Club, Washington with 73.
The championship is being played at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis.
Namola qualified for match play this past weekend with 76-74—150. The cut for the 64-player match play draw was 151.
In his first round match against Mike Hughettt, Owasso, Okla, Namola lost in 19 holes. Hughett made a 10-foot putt to force extra holes, and then made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole to win the match. (more)
Miller’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur showing best of season
Katie Miller, Jeannette, advanced to the quarterfinals in the 30th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kahkwa Club in Erie this week, her best finish among the eight USGA championships in which she has competed.
Miller earned a tenth seed in stroke play qualifying in the 64-player match play draw with rounds of 75-76—151. While advancing to the quarterfinals she defeated Tiffany Maurycy of Denver 5 & 3 in the first round, Kristyl Underman of McDonough, Ga., 1-up in the second round, and 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Marta Leach, of Hebron, Ky., 7 & 5 in the round of sixteen.
Miller’s finish at Kahkwa is the best showing by an area golfer in USGA championships this season. (more)
Nathan Smith adds another title
Nathan Smith knows about winning. He’s won five USGA championships, his name is featured prominently throughout West Penn Golf Association’s record book, which shows him to have 24 WPGA victories coming into 2016.
He’s added Nos. 25 and 26 this year, first at the Spring Stroke Play Championship and the most recent came last week at the Mid-Amateur Championship at Wildwood Country Club.
Smith put rounds of 69 and 71 together on his home course and that was enough to beat Mike Marron by two strokes and get his name on the championship trophy for the third time.
“Wildwood played very hard, was firm and fast and it seemed like you were always one swing away from big trouble,"" Smith said. "It's an honor to have won there." (more)