Seven Past Presidents attended the 2017 Annual Meeting. From left, Mark Caliendo, 2016-2017, Cliff Lyon, 2005-2006, Dario Cipriani, 2010-2011, George Anderson, 2008-2009, Claudette Graham, 2017-2018, Tim Fitzgerald, 2014-2015, Dave Kuhar, 2011-2012, and Jim Boughner, 2013-2014

Claudette Graham elected 98th WPGA president
By WPGA • October 12, 2017

Claudette Graham, Allegheny, was elected President during the WPGA Annual Meeting at Montour Heights Country Club on September 19. She succeeds Mark Caliendo of Montour Heights as the 98th WPGA President in the Association’s storied and lengthy history.

Graham is the first woman to serve as WPGA President and the tenth from Allegheny Country Club.

The remaining officers are Tim Slavish, Pittsburgh Field Club, Vice President; Rud VanHorn, Hickory Heights, Secretary; and Dan Johnston, Treasure Lake, Treasurer.

Graham was first elected to the Executive Committee in 2009. She is a long-time volunteer for both the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association, the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association. She has been involved in many Association activities and committees including Handicapping, Hall of Fame, and Governance, and has served as a Course Rating Captain since 2002. For WGAWP, she has served as a board member in 1994-95, chair of Course Rating Committee since 2002, and she served as chair of the 2013 Nominating Committee. And with PSWGA, Graham served as a board member from 2001-04 and as secretary from 2004-06.

Graham is a retired pharmacist. A native of Derry, she graduated from Derry Area High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received a B.S. in Pharmacy. She was instrumental in merging WGAWP course rating and handicapping responsibilities with the WPGA.

Newly elected to the Executive Committee are Bill Fallon, Oakmont, Mary Beth Morrissey, Connoquenessing, and Lou Tripodi, Pinecrest. In addition to Caliendo, Randy McCombs of Fox Chapel and Tim Nettles of St. Clair also retired from the Executive Committee.

The following members comprise the 2016-17 Executive Committee: James Beck, Butler; Bill Fallon, Oakmont; Ken Flisek, Nevillewood; T.R. Gatti, Indiana; Terry Kenny, South Hills; David Malatak, Sewickley Heights; Glenn Miller, Somerset; Mary Beth Morrissey, Connoquenessing; Carol Onufro, Sunnehanna; Bob Paris, Lawrence Park; Barbara Russell, Edgewood; Jim Toras, St. Clair; Lou Tripodi, Pinecrest; and Craig Walker, Cranberry Highlands.

About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.