The 10th hole at South Hills Country Club, host of the Inaugural Women's Net Championship.
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association was founded in 1899 to conduct competitions and remains one of the three core functions.
The WPGA has shared not only a region but also a lengthy story with the Women’s Golf Association of Western Pennsylvania (WGAWP) since it’s founding in 1922. In recent years, the two organizations agreed upon a framework to work more closely together. The WPGA now assists WGAWP with tournament administration and in the conduct of championships.
Many players who began their careers competing in WGAWP events have gone on to win on all levels of Amateur and Professional golf. Missie Berteotti won three straight WGAWP Championships before turning professional in 1985, where she would play on the LPGA Tour for 14 years and won the 1993 Ping Welsh’s Championship. West Sunsbury’s Janet Anderson won the U.S. Women Open Championship in 1982 and played on the LPGA Tour for a decade.
In addition to the winning the WGAWP Championship 15 times, Carol Semple Thompson won the Pennsylvania State Women’s Amateur 22 times. Carol has also won seven USGA championships. She is part of an elite group of five players to win three different USGA championships along with Arnold Palmer, JoAnne Career, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
In 2017, the WPGA conducted the West Penn Women’s Amateur for the first time in a decade, and created a Senior Women’s and Super Senior Women’s Amateurs. The West Penn Women’s Net Championship was also created and conducted in 2017. In 2018, the WPGA Parent & Child Net Tournament will be conducted for the first time since 2018. A Girls' Match Play Championship has been created and will be conducted for the first time in 2019.