117th Western Pennsylvania Amateur Championship
Sunnehanna Country Club, June 26 & 27

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Sean Knapp takes lead at 117th Amateur Championship

Posted June 26, 2017 - By Mike Dudurich, Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeDudurich •  • 

WESTMONT – An advantage is only valuable if someone uses it wisely.

In this case, that someone is Sean Knapp.

The seven-time West Penn Amateur champion put himself in position become an eight-timer with rounds of 68-68 Monday at Sunnehanna Country Club.

Knapp’s advantage is that, not only has he played in the Sunnehanna Amateur 26 times, but he’s also won a West Penn Amateur at Sunnehanna in 2000 on that A.W. Tillinghast beauty.

“I’m very satisfied with what I did today,” the 55-year-old Knapp said after making nine birdies and five bogeys in 36 holes. “Sure, the experience helps, but you still have to hit good shots and I hit a lot of them today. The fact they didn’t change pin positions between rounds was a reinforcement for me from what I did in the first round.” (more)

117th Amateur Championship returns to Sunnehanna Country Club

Posted June 24, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

A field of 78 will gather at Sunnehanna Country Club to compete for the William C. Fownes Trophy in the 117th Western Pennsylvania Amateur Championship next week.

Sunnehanna will host the West Penn Amateur for the third time, one week after conducting the 64th Sunnehanna Amateur. Oakmont’s Sean Knapp won the first in 2000 during a record streak of six consecutive victories (1998-2003). Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh won the second in 2007 that began a streak of his own with four consecutive championships (2007-2010). (more)

Bob Ford receives Bob Jones Award

Posted June 21, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

It was quite a week for Bob Ford during the U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills.

The long-time head golf professional at Oakmont Country Club was presented with the Bob Jones Award by the United States Golf Association on Tuesday.

The Bob Jones Award is the USGA’s highest honor. Ford is the first PGA club professional to receive it. He joins Arnold Palmer, Fred Brand, Jr., and Carol Semple Thompson as individuals from Western Pennsylvania who have received this award.

Ford also served as the starter on the first tee for all four rounds of the championship, and has been named the starter on the first tee during the U.S. Open for life. (more)

Six move on the path toward Erin Hills

Posted June 2, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

The site of the area’s first U.S. Open Local Qualifying Round of the season has a history of resisting good scores by the region’s top amateurs and professionals.

On May 3rd Wildwood Golf Club was no different. And the U.S. Open Trophy made an appearance on its way to Erin Hills.

A mix of cold, wet, and windy weather, and a traditionally tough golf course with lush rough and fast greens, kept some of the area’s finest players from the low scores they are accustomed to posting.

A field of 40 players, 14 professionals and 26 amateurs, started at Wildwood with the hope of claiming one of the two spots to move one step closer to the championship.

Only 15 players broke 80. (more)

Two P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Interns begin internships with WPGA

Posted May 30, 2017 - By Western Pennsylvania Golf Association •  • 

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association has selected two students to serve internships this season as part of the P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Internship Program from the United States Golf Association. Both have a long history and knowledge of the game of golf.

Kyle Page will work primarily in championship administration. He is a Psychology major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an Evans Scholar. He has worked at St. Clair Country Club for eight years as a caddie.

Chris Chao will also work primarily in championship administration, and will assist in communications. He is a recent graduate of Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, where he majored in music and was president of the university’s club golf team. (more)


upcoming championships


117th Western Pennsylvania Amateur Championship
Sunnehanna Country Club, June 26 & 27

Notice to Competitors • Contestants • Starting Times • Media Guide • Live Scoring


58th Western Pennsylvania Boys Championship

Notice to Competitors • Groupings - Alpha • Groupings - Tee & Time • Live Scoring


97th Western Pennsylvania Junior Championship

Notice to Competitors • Groupings - Alpha • Groupings - Tee & Time • Live Scoring