Three-time US Amateur Public Links champion, Carl Kaufmann (photo courtesy of United States Golf Association).
The West Penn Public Links Championship inaugural competition was in 2000. The West Penn Senior Public Links was established in 2015.
The trophy is named for Carl Kauffmann, a top golfer of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The “Schenley Sphinx” won the USGA Amateur Public Links three times in a row, 1927-29, and was runner-up in 1926. He also won the 1925 West Penn Amateur, at which time the WPGA Executive Committee banned public golfers from the championship.
Few golfers have ever won three straight USGA titles; only Willie Anderson, Tiger Woods (twice), and Carol Semple Thompson (four in a row) have. The Public Links is a 36-hole stroke play competition.
Carl Kauffmann was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2014.
Both the Public Links and Senior Public Links were discontinued in 2016.