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117th Western Pennsylvania Amateur Championship
Conducted by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association
Played for the William C. Fownes, Jr. Trophy
Monday & Tuesday, June 26-27, 2017 at Sunnehanna Country Club, Johnstown, PA

FORMAT: 18 holes of stroke play for qualifying rounds. 54 holes of stroke play for championship with a cut to the low 32 scores and ties following round two. The championship will be limited to 78 players. See schedule below.

ELIGIBILITY: Entries are open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4 strokes as follows:

A. Amateur golfers that are affiliated with a WPGA Member Club as of May 1, 2017.
B. Amateur golfers residing in the Western Pennsylvania district as of April 1,2017.

If a player is in doubt to their eligibility for the championship, please contact the Association office. 

Preliminary Qualifying Rounds
A. June 1 – Riverside GC, Cambridge Springs, PA
B. June 8 – Hill Crest CC, Lower Burrell, PA
C. June 13 – Youghiogheny CC, Elizabeth Twp., PA
D. June 15 – Latrobe Elks GC, Latrobe, PA


Championship at Sunnehanna Country Club
A. Monday, June 26 – 36 holes of stroke play.
B. Tuesday, June 27 – 18 holes of stroke play for the low 32 and ties, or anyone within seven strokes of the leader, after 36 holes.

Exempt Player List: Erik Bertrand, David Brown, Arnold Cutrell, Jimmy Ellis, Kevin Fajt, Zachary Ford,  G. Michael Garcia, Perry Graciano, Derek Hayes, Adam Hofmann, Matt Holuta, Cole Hughes, Trent Karlik, Sean Knapp, Darin Kowalski, Christopher Kupniewski, Jason Li, Mike Marron, Mitch Mercer, Luke Miller, Stan Namola, Chuck Nettles, Brady Pevarnik, Greg Podufal, Easton Renwick, Nathan Smith, Thomas Steve, Rick Stimmel, Dan Thompson, Chad Warmbein, Mike Wickett

2017 Western Pennsylvania Amateur Exemptions
2009-2016 Western PA Amateur Champions
2016 WPGA Men’s, Senior & Junior Players of the Year
2014-2016 Western PA Mid-Am Champions
2012-2016 Pennsylvania Amateur Champions
2014-2016 Pennsylvania Middle-Amateur Champions
2015-2016 Western PA Junior Champions
2016 C.R. Miller Champion
2015-2016 Western PA Senior Amateur Champion
2016 Jamison Cup Medalist
2017 WPGA Spring Stroke Play Top 3
2016 Erie District GA Amateur Stroke Play Champion
2016 Western PA Amateur Top 10 & ties
2016 Pennsylvania Amateur Top 10 & ties
2016 Western PA Mid-Amateur Top 3 & ties
2016 Low amateur PNC West Penn Open, any amateur in Top 10
2016 Top 5 WPGA Honor Roll
2017 U.S. Open Local Qualifiers
2016 USGA Championship Match Play qualifiers
2016 WPGA Palmer Cup team members (non-senior)
2016-2017 Frank Fuhrer III Collegiate Player of the Year
2016 Sunnehanna CC Men’s Club Champion
Other players at committee discretion Special exemptions as selected by the WPGA

FUTURE EXEMPTIONS: Next eight Western Pennsylvania Amateurs–Winner.  2017 West Penn Open–Winner.  Palmer Cup Team–Winner.  2018 West Penn Amateur –Top 5 & Ties.

ENTRIES (Form, Fee, Closing Date): Entry and fee of $135.00 must be submitted to the Association by 5:00 P.M. E.D.T., by Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to be considered.  Entry fee includes: Greens Fees, Range Fee, Locker Fee, Prizes, Trophies and lunch.

Online registration – Players must enter online at www.wpga.org. Players must have a valid e-mail address and a WPGA account to register online. Player accounts can be created at www.wpga.org, by contacting the WPGA at 412-826-2180, or by emailing mrusinko@wpga.org with name, address,and e-mail address included. Online entries may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card.

Additional registration options – Entry forms will only be accepted in person at the WPGA office. Make check or money order payable to Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. Entries will not be accepted via telephone or fax.

The committee reserves the right to accept late entries.Late entries will only be accepted via online entry, and these entries will be placed on a waiting list to fill spots if they become available. A fee of$50.00 will be required for all late entries.

Entry fee will be refunded with a $15.00 service charge for withdrawals before the close of entries. Withdrawals after the close of entries will be subject to a $25.00 service charge.  No refunds will be issued for withdraws taking place 48 hours prior to the first tee time.  

PRIZES: A trophy will be awarded to the winning player and runner-up. Prizes will be awarded to the top 15 players and ties. The Amateur Championship is a WPGA Honor Roll and Palmer Cup Team points event.  Prizes will consist of credits in the host club’s golf shop. 


A. Players must walk in all phases of the competition. Players may bring their own caddies or carry their own bags during qualifying rounds or the championship proper.
B. It is a condition of competition that shoes with traditionally designed spikes, regardless of composition, or spikes comprised either entirely or partially of metal, regardless of design, are prohibited during the championship.
C. Play will be governed by the USGA Rules of Golf, conditions stated on the WPGA Rules of Play card, and other Local Rules as posted.
D. Proper attire is mandatory in all phases of the championship. Shirts with collars and sleeves are required. Shorts of Bermuda length or longer are acceptable.
E. A tie for first place shall be decided immediately upon completion of play with a hole-by-hole playoff. F. Players falsifying a Handicap Index may be subject to indefinite suspension from WPGA Championships.
G. Starting times and other information will be available on the WPGA web site (http://www.wpga.org) approximately one week before the championship.  Players unable to retrieve starting times should call the WPGA office (412-826-2180).

NOTICE: By submission of this entry, I agree to thefollowing:

I have read and understand the entry requirements and championship regulations.
I agree that there are certain risks inherent in golf and accept personal and sole liability for such risks including but not limited to health risks.
This entry is subject to rejection at any time (including during the Championship) by the WPGA.  The reason may include unbecoming conduct.
The WPGA may reject an entry application, revoke an accepted application, expel from a Championship and/or suspend a player from future championships if the player engages in conduct detrimental to the integrity and image of the game of golf and/or public confidence in the WPGA. Such conduct may include but is not limited to, damage to the golf course or the players’ equipment, verbal or physical abuse of spectators,officials, volunteers or staff, blatant and excessive profanity, disorderly behavior, failure to abide by club/course rules or any other unbecoming conduct. 
Responsibility for ensuring entry is received by the WPGA prior to the specified deadline is mine alone and that this application may be automatically rejected by the WPGA if received by after such date and time.
Risk of delay or error in transmission is solely with me and that the WPGA has no liability with respect to any such delay or error and the consequences therefrom, including the entry not being accepted.
Any player under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian agree to the WPGA terms and conditions for minors before their application will be accepted.  Parental consent can be done by checking the appropriate box during online registration. If you need additional information, please contact the Association office (412-826-2180).