Andy Butler named Frank Fuhrer, III Award recipient
By Mike Dudurich • November 15, 2018
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Being honored on and off the golf course is nothing new for Andy Butler.
This year’s Frank Fuhrer III award winner was a three-year letter-winner at Manheim Township High School, a three-time regional qualifier, a starter on the school’s PIAA championship teams in 2011 and 2012 along with an impressive list of other awards.
He chose Villanova University to pursue his engineering major and business minor degrees as well as playing on the Wildcats’ golf team.
Butler put together a solid collegiate career at the suburban Philadelphia school, a career than included an outstanding senior year.
“I was pretty consistent across the board,” Butler said. “I didn’t shoot 75s, but I didn’t go really low either. I put up a lot of rounds at par or one under.”
Butler was chosen as the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Golf Performer of the Year. He was also named to the Inquirer’s Academic All Area Team, the second straight year he earned Academic All-Area honors. He became only the second Wildcat golfer to earn that honor.
He was named to the second-team All-Big East team with a 73.58 stroke average, tying for 10th in the Big East Championships. Season highlights included finishing one-under par at the Coca-Cola Invitational with rounds of 70 and 73 in April, as well as recording a 12th place finish at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in the Wildcats first competition of the fall season.
Butler finished in the top 25 in four of Villanova’s six tournaments in his senior season.
He was also selected to the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING All-Region as one of 25 honorees from the Northeast Region. He was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar for the second time.
Butler and his family moved from Lancaster to Oakmont a month after he graduated from Manheim Township. As a result, he grew to have a greater appreciation of the prestigious award he’ll receive Tuesday night at 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Champions Dinner at the Club at Nevillewood.
“I know he was a top collegiate player,” Butler said. “Frank played at North Carolina, was a top five player in the world, played on the Walker Cup. There’s definitely a lot of history in this award. Some pretty great players have won this award. It’s a great honor.”
Indeed, Fuhrer III was among the game’s elite during his time as a Tar Heel in 1977-81, including several ACC and All-American honors. Fuhrer was recently named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team along with Arnold Palmer, who played at Wake Forest. He was inducted to the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame in 2016.
Butler said that since May, when he graduated from Villanova, he’s been looking for a job. One occupation he doesn’t feel is in his future is that of professional golfer.
“I would love giving professional golf a shot, but becoming a professional is so tough,” Butler said. “It takes a lot of money, a lot of time and effort. And the odds aren’t really the best. My intention is to keep playing amateur stuff.”
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.