Ellis, Knapp, Warden, and Ranaweera crowned WPGA Players of the Year

December 3, 2021

The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is proud to name Jimmy Ellis its 2021 Player of the Year. It has been a long time coming for Ellis, who has been one of the most consistent players in the region over the past few years. And consistency was the name of the game for him again in 2021. Ellis finished 3rd in the 121st WPGA Amateur Championship at Indiana Country Club, which included a bogey-free 4-under par 67 in the final round. He followed that up with a T-4th place finish at the 108th Pennsylvania Amateur Championship at famed Merion Golf Club.

Sunnehanna Amateur makes upward move

November 29, 2021
By Mike Dudurich

It’s long been said you’re known by the company you keep.

And if that’s the case, the Sunnehanna Amateur is one of amateur golf’s elite.

But that’s not news to those involved with the event, which was held for the 69th time a couple months ago.

“It’s a remarkable achievement for an event that’s run by all volunteers,” said John Yerger, Co-Chairman of the event. “Very committed volunteers. We believe we’re one of the best tournaments in not only the country but the world.”

In the latest WAGR rankings of amateur golf events, the Sunnehanna Amateur has moved into the sixth spot.

And just who lives in this neighborhood?

Five to be inducted into Hall of Fame

October 29, 2021
By Mike Dudurich

Regardless of what you did to get there, being named to a Hall of Fame is a special day in someone’s life. And for the eighth time in the storied history of the West Penn Golf Association, it will be so again, this time for five honorees.

The Association’s Class of 2021 (there was no Class of 2020) will be inducted Nov. 4 at Allegheny Country Club and will include Jim Masserio, Bob Reilly, Jodi Renner, Ron Sirak, and Chuck Scally Sr.


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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.