West Penn Open anecdote, Brothers Championship approaching
From the desk of Mike Dudurich
Posted July 14, 2015 - By Mike Dudurich,
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Mike Van Sickle & Rob McClellan sign their scorecards after the final round of the West Penn Open Championship
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Sitting behind the ninth green watching players come through, a golf cart pulled up next to mine, driven by an older gentleman.
"I played in this 70 years ago," the gentleman said.
That obviously piqued my interest and I went over to his cart and introduced myself. I found out he was Bill Kramer, a St. Clair CC member who won the club championship there 16 times.
Kramer is 94 and said he enjoyed watch today's young players perform.
"I played against Arnold Palmer in the West Penn Am in the semifinals and he beat me," Kramer said with a smile. "That was the year he won the U.S. Amateur (1954)."
Kramer is a legend at SCCC and it was great to see him out there watching.
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They're known in West Penn Golf Association circles as the West Penn Family Championships.
The 66th Brothers Championship July 31 at Shannopin Country Club. Entries are open to teams of brothers, amateur or professional, with at least one being affiliated with a WPGA member club.
The Father & Son Championship will be held Aug. 6. Same rules apply, although fathers wishing to play with more than one son need to enter twice.
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If you're a fan of golf history, you were disappointed by Zach Johnson's victory in the British Open.
Twenty-one-year-old Justin Spieth came close to becoming the first man since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three majors of the year and, had he done so, would have had the chance to win the Grand Slam next month at Whistling Straits.
Were Spieth's chase still alive, the PGA Championship would have become relevant again, but now chances are it will suffer some letdown in excitement and become just another part of the mid-August sports scene that is dominated by football.
It was fun watching Spieth's poise and courage and talent as he made his run at history. The good news? This won't be the last time we marvel as the young man continues to do marvelous things.