Oakmont set to host 119th WPGA Amateur Championship
By WPGA • June 30, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is just days away from kicking off the 119th playing of the WPGA Amateur Championship at historic Oakmont Country Club. On Monday, July 1st, 78 players will tee it up with the goal of hoisting the appropriately named William C. Fownes, Jr. Trophy two days later.
A golf course needing no introduction, Oakmont Country Club will play host to the most prestigious amateur championship in western Pennsylvania for a record 15th time dating back to 1904. An impressive list of champions has emerged from Oakmont, a list that includes Arnold Palmer in 1949. Most recently, another western Pennsylvania Hall of Famer, David Brown, won the WPGA Amateur Championship there in 2011.
“We have an incredible mix of young talent and proven veterans,” said Mac Wolfe, the WPGA’s Director of Competitions. “Oakmont is a terrific test of golf and continues to be among the most difficult courses in the world.”
One of the veterans Wolfe is referring to is Sean Knapp. The over 40-time WPGA champion comes into the event as the defending WPGA Amateur Champion, an event he has won a record 8 times. Knapp’s national resume includes winning the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 2017 and finishing runner-up in the same event last year. Knapp will look to add his 9th title this year at Oakmont, a venue where he won the crown twenty years ago.
Additional players to watch include Palmer Jackson and Connor Schmidt. Jackson, a University of Notre Dame commit, has had a stellar junior golf career that includes twice winning the WPGA C.R. Miller Match Play Invitational and the Pennsylvania Junior Championship in 2017. He finished in a tie for 4th at last year’s WPGA Amateur Championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club. Joining Jackson will be Drexel University standout, Connor Schmidt. Schmidt is coming off a dominant junior campaign for the Dragons that included three individual victories and a scoring average of 71.4. He is also the defending Pennsylvania Amateur Champion, 2018 WPGA Spring Stroke Play Champion, and last year’s WPGA Open Championship Runner-Up, which was hosted by Oakmont Country Club. Both players are seeking their first WPGA Amateur Championship next week.
The Country Club of Meadville, Sinking Valley Country Club, Latrobe Elks Golf Club, and Birdsfoot Golf Club played host to the Championship qualifiers. Alec Stopperich shot a 6-under 66 at Latrobe Elks Golf Club to mark the low round among all qualifiers. Max Kirsch was the only player under par at Sinking Valley Country Club, where six players advanced to Oakmont. At The Country Club of Meadville, Billy Rosemeyer survived a seven player playoff for the twelfth and final spot with a par on the second playoff hole. The lowest cut line of all the qualifiers came at Birdsfoot Golf Club, where it took 1-over or better make the Championship. In total, 44 players qualified across the four sites.
Oakmont Country Club will play roughly 7,000 yards depending on conditions for the 119th WPGA Amateur Championship. The 54-hole competition will take place over three days with a cut to the low 32 players and ties between days two and three. First and second round pairings are now available, and live scoring for the Championship can be found on the WPGA website. For all the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association updates, follow the WPGA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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.