West Penn Open preview, Boys Championship recap: From the desk of Mike Dudurich

Posted July 17, 2016 - By Mike Dudurich,
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The 18th green and clubhouse at Longue Vue Club

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The West Penn Golf Association conducts nine individual and nine team competitions each season.

It has been doing so for a long time, as evidenced by the Amateur Championship having been held for the 116th time in June.

Tomorrow another oldie, but goodie, will be contested. The 112th West Penn Open will be contested Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Longue Vue Club.

The Open has an unbelievable history, its winners making a virtual who’s who in Western Pennsylvania golf. Think about this: Winners of the Open have also won 13 USGA national championships and six major titles.

The names include Eben Byers, W.C. Fownes, Jock Hutchinson, Sam Parks, Jim Masserio, Lew Worsham and Arnold Palmer.

One of the more memorable championships came in 2005 when Roy Vucinich was dominant in powering his way to the title at very difficult Oakmont Country Club. The win was significant because it tied Vucinich with Hutchinson and Perry DelVecchio for most career victories and also for winning in four separate decades.

The title has been won by amateurs 15 times, including Nathan Smith in 2008.

The field of 78 (which includes 36 amateurs) will play 18 holes each day a cut to the low 32 scores and ties will take place after 36 holes. The purse will be over $30,000.

The defending champion is Mike Van Sickle, who also won the 2013 championship.

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The West Penn Boys Championship was held this week at Allegheny Country Club and the youngsters put up some impressive numbers.

In the 8-10 age group, Dave Fuhrer Jr., Pittsburgh, shot even par to win the nine-hole event.

Carter Hassenplug of North East won the 11-13 group with a 72, Aidan John Oehrle of Pittsburgh posted a 74.

The 14-15 age group was won by Palmer Jackson of Murrysville, who posted a sparkling 68. Gregor A. Meyer of Allison Park and Skyler Fox of Beaver Falls each finished at 71.