2017 Championship Memo



The 1st hole at Sunnehanna Country Club,
host of the 2017 West Penn Amateur.

As the WPGA prepares for the start of the 2017 season, the Championship Committee and staff have the following information to share with contestants.

The WPGA championship season starts with the first WPGA Senior Series event at Diamond Run Golf Club on April 24, and ends on October 10 at Allegheny Country Club with the final round of the Senior Amateur Championship.

Qualifying for USGA championships begin with U.S. Open Local Qualifying at Wildwood Golf Club on May 3, and concludes with sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Sewickley Heights Golf Club on September 27.

Please note the following for 2017:

Please note the Association's championship policies and note the following for 2016 competitions:
 • Registration for 2017 WPGA championships will begin on January 1.
 • WPGA Schedule
 • USGA Schedule

Renewal of a Handicap Index® as soon as possible is encouraged. Delay in renewal may result in eligibility issues, specifically with regard to entry into USGA qualifying rounds. Early renewal is important if you maintain your Handicap Index® at a club that does not automatically renew.

Scores from individual competitions will be posted by the WPGA to each player's scoring record after the close of competition.

The WPGA will no longer arrange for any type of breakfast on competition days. Lunch will now be available and inclusive of the entry fee for players only on WPGA competition days. Food arrangements for USGA Qualifying Rounds will be communicated to contestants in the Player Information memo.

This season will provide more opportunities for players who may not be eligible for gross competitions conducted by the WPGA. Net Championships for both men and women will be played for the first time at South Hills Country Club on September 5th. Please see the entry forms for the Men’s Net Championship and the Women’s Net Championship for eligibility guidelines. The Father & Son Championship and Brothers Championship continue to offer net competitions to players of all abilities as well.

The Senior Amateur Championship has been changed to a two-day event and moved to the end of the season. The Public Links Championships have been retired and will no longer be conducted. The Father & Son Championship will be changed from a shotgun start to tee times. The Senior Four-Ball Championship will be conducted as an independent event and a division for Super-Seniors has been added.

A four event Senior Series will be available to players age 55 and above. These competitions will be 18-holes of stroke play and will have Senior and Super-Senior divisions. Points accumulated from Senior Series events will be added to points awarded in the Senior Amateur Championship to identify a season-long Senior Series Champion in each division.

Juniors age 18 are now eligible to compete in West Penn Junior Championships, and the U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls Junior Championship qualifying rounds. Please see the applicable entry forms for further information.

The WPGA Pace of Play Policy has been modified to accommodate a four-point checkpoint system and will be in place for many 2017 competitions conducted by the WPGA.

A new Local Rule with regard to the accidental movement of the golf ball on the putting green will be in effect for WPGA Championships and USGA Qualifying Rounds. Visuals and examples of what is permissible, and what constitutes a violation can be found HERE.

Players should be aware of Rules of Amateur Status as it pertains to Playing for Prize Money

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The WPGA’s definition of unbecoming conduct in Championship Policies has been updated.

Thank you for your attention and we look forward to 2017 being filled with great golf competition in the area.