Palmer Jackson, left, and Rocco Salvitti, right. Photos courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.

Standout West Penn duo passing torch at Notre Dame

April 5, 2024
By Josh Rowntree, Director of Communications


It’s a chilly, windy Midwest night in North-Central Indiana, and a pair of college students — separated by four years — are sitting down in the elder’s South Bend house to connect over a shared interest: the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friends, teammates and fellow Yinzers, Palmer Jackson and Rocco Salvitti are connected through their backgrounds. Through the toughness that shapes young athletes from Western Pennsylvania. Through a love of sport and a desire to be the very best at theirs.

The two student-athletes, who are at opposite ends of their careers with Notre Dame’s men’s golf team, are currently going through a metaphorical passing of the torch, as one standout Pittsburgh-area golfer is set to depart the program this spring while the other is just beginning his journey in college golf.

The 6th green at Sunnehanna Country Club, host of Local Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2024.

U.S. Amateur Qualifying changes

March 13, 2024
By Mike Dudurich


Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur is a challenge. Just ask anybody who’s ever tried to do it.

It has become a grueling, 36-hole test that starts early in the morning and ends when the shadows start to lengthen – if there are no ties, of course.

There has been much conversation about the format over the years and in 2023 changes were finally made in the event, as well as several other events, that will be implemented in 2024.

In a nutshell, the USGA acknowledged that the number of entries and qualifying sites continue to increase, while at the same time pressure also increases the burden on the large number of host clubs and courses for the qualifiers.

New Duquesne Women’s Golf Program to be ‘catalyst’ in Western PA

March 7, 2024
By Josh Rowntree, Director of Communications


Over the last two years, Duquesne University has made several decisions that will almost assuredly positively impact the landscape of girls and women’s golf in Western Pennsylvania.

The University, situated on the doorstep of downtown Pittsburgh, decided in 2022 to sponsor women’s golf as a NCAA Division I sport.

With a lack of Division I women’s programs in the region, the move seemed like a perfect marriage. What has followed continues in the vein.

Colleen Meyers was hired to head the program, bringing years of personal golf experience and a strong coaching background to the Bluff.

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