Kupniewski named Frank Fuhrer, III Award winner for 2017
By WPGA • July 14, 2017
Christopher Kupniewski of Mercyhurst University has been named the recipient of the Frank Fuhrer, III Award by the WPGA Championship Committee as the area’s outstanding college player during the 2016-17 season.
An Erie native, Kupniewski was awarded Player of the Year honors by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in 2017. He was also named PSAC First-Team for the third straight year, and named to the Division II Ping All-Region team.
Kupniewski is Mercyhurst’s first ever PSAC Individual Champion this year when he qualified for the NCAA II National Championship, and he was named PSAC Men’s Golf Athlete of the Year for the 2016-2017 season.
A perennial PSAC Scholar Athlete, Kupniewski graduated this spring with a dual major in Accounting and Finance.
Kupniewski was medalist in the Howard “Bud” Elwell Tournament (71-71 - 142) and the Mercyhurst Spring Invitational (74-71 - 145). He finished runner-up twice, and nine times in the top 5. He finished in the top 25 in every event this season with the exception of Nationals where he finished T-45. Over the season, his stroke average in 30 rounds and 13 events was 73.8 with a low round of 69.
The award is named for Frank Fuhrer, III, Pittsburgh, a collegiate standout for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977-81. He received several All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and All-American honors, and was a member of the USA’s 1981 Walker Cup team. Fuhrer was recently named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team along with Arnold Palmer, Wake Forest. He was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2016.
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