Youth on Course Partners with Western Pennsylvania Golf Association

November 28, 2023
By YOC Author

Youth on Course is proud to partner with the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association to provide local youth with life-changing opportunities through golf. The partnership with the WPGA marks the 62nd such arrangement with an Allied Golf Association or national governing body for the Monterey, CA based non-profit.

Members will have access to subsidized rounds of golf at local facilities while also becoming eligible to participate in career opportunities through Youth on Course’s internship and college scholarship program.

Jim Boughner, WPGA President in 2014

Jim Boughner, 2014 WPGA President, 1959-2023

November 27, 2023

Jim Boughner, 64, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023.

Jim served as WPGA President in 2014 and was a long-time volunteer and committee member, serving on the Advisory, Audit & Finance, and Championship committees.

A graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he was an attorney, a Certified Public Account, and a Certified Financial Planner.

Revisions Coming to World Handicap System™ in 2024

November 18, 2023
By Janeen Driscoll, USGA

The USGA and The R&A today announced the first update to the World Handicap System™ (WHS™) as part of an ongoing review of the Rules of Handicapping™ and Course Rating System™ with a continued emphasis on accuracy, consistency and equity. The latest revisions will go into effect beginning January 1, 2024.

Many countries have seen significant increases in the number of scores being submitted for handicapping purposes since the WHS was introduced in January 2020, reflecting golf’s broadening appeal. More than 100 million scores have been posted each year, unifying millions of golfers through a standard measure of playing ability. The 2024 update leverages the performance data gathered from around the world, in addition to feedback received from many of the 125 countries now using the system.

Ken Flisek, The Club at Nevillewood, elected WPGA President on October 9, 2023 at Nevillewood.

Flisek elected 104th WPGA president

November 13, 2023

Ken Flisek, The Club at Nevillewood, was elected President during the WPGA Annual Meeting on October 9. He succeeds Jim Beck of Hannastown Golf Club and is the 104th President of the WPGA.

Other Executive Committee members elected include Carol Onufro, Sunnehanna, Vice President; Mary Beth Morrissey, Connoquenessing, Secretary; and Tom Reading, Fox Chapel, Treasurer.

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The 2023 WPGA championship season has ended. We thank all of the players and our Member Clubs for their continued support. See you in 2024.

Qualifying Rounds

Qualifying for USGA Championships has concluded for 2023 in Western Pennsylvania. We thank all of the players and our Member Clubs for their continued support. See you in 2024.


Thank you to the supporters of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.

Frank B. Fuhrer, Jr.

Hall of Fame

Western Pennsylvania has a lengthy, rich and storied history.

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association celebrated its centennial in 1998. Part of this celebration was to recognize area golfers and contributors who had an impact on our history. The Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame was established in 2013 to celebrate this history. The inaugural class consisted of William C. Fownes, Jr., Jock Hutchison, Arnold Palmer, Carol Semple Thompson, and Lew Worsham.

Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1941, nearly 700 students have received a scholarship.

The WPGA Scholarship Fund was founded in 1941 and awarded two scholarships to the University of Pittsburgh and another to Duquesne University. The first Caddie Welfare Committee surfaced in 1927 and addressed issues to benefit of caddies at the various Member Clubs of the Association. Fourteen years later the movement secured enough money to sponsor its first scholars.