Knapp and Courneen capture Senior Amateur Championships

October 7, 2020
By Mike Dudurich

SEWICKLEY – The second day of the West Penn Senior Amateur was not for the faint of heart. After a first day on a Sewickley Heights Golf Club course that was hard and fast and difficult, a healthy dose of gusty winds was added to the mix for the second round.

And the results were predictable.

Eight players posted scores in the 90s, 16 players posted 80s and only five players were in the 70s.

“No doubt, this was a golf course was really difficult, regardless of what level the players are,” said Sean Knapp, the only man in the field who found a way to get his ball around SHGC in the least number of strokes.

Knapp takes five-shot lead into final round of Senior Amateur

October 6, 2020
By Mike Dudurich

SEWICKLEY – Sean Knapp got a very early indication of what kind of day it was going to be Tuesday at Sewickley Heights Golf Club.

On a brisk morning, Knapp drilled his approach shot on the long opening hole to two feet. An opening birdie in an event that he is the two-time defending champion would have provided a great jump start. Except that the almost-gimme didn’t disappear and he settled for par.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw that,” Knapp said. “That certainly got my attention.”

Two sides advance to U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Chambers Bay

September 28, 2020
By Mike Dudurich

It’s a long way from Apollo, Pa. to University Place, Washington, nearly coast to coast.

But that’s OK for a couple Pittsburgh area golfers who qualified to make that trip Monday. In a qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship, Andrew Hodge and Evan Ruhling, tied for medalist with a round of 64 and qualified for the national event next May at Chambers Bay.

Yes, that Chambers Bay, the one that provided a less-than-Open-like challenge for the U.S. Open in 2015.

“I know Chambers Bay had some issues in that U.S. Open, but I’ve played it since and things have changed there,” Ruhling, who’ll be competing for the first time in a USGA event, said. “The greens were fescue and they’ve been changed to bent grass. I thought it was a good golf course.”


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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.