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113th Western Pennsylvania Open Championship
Conducted by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association
Played for Harry C. Milholland Vase
July 24-26, 2017 at Butler Country Club, Butler, 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 84 players. See schedule below.

ELIGIBILITY: Entries are open to professional and amateur golfers residing in the Western Pennsylvania district as of April 1, 2017 or affiliated with a WPGA Member Club as follows

A. Professional golfers.
B. Golf professionals and apprentice golf professionals in good standing with their respective PGA Sections.
C. Amateur golfers with a Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4 strokes.

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

SCHEDULE:
Preliminary Qualifying Rounds
A. July 11 – Treesdale G & CC, Gibsonia, PA (Tee times begin at 12:00 PM,limited to 84 players)
B. July 13 – Willowbrook CC, Apollo, PA (Tee times begin at 8:30 AM, limited to 84 players)

CONTESTANTS MAY ENTER ONE QUALIFYING ROUND ONLY. 

Championship at Butler Country Club
A. Monday, July 24 – 18 holes of stroke play.
B. Tuesday, July 25 – 18 holes of stroke play.
C. Wednesday, July 26 – 18 holes of stroke play for the low 32 and ties, or anyone within seven strokes of the leader, after 36 holes.

PURSE/PRIZES: A trophy will be awarded to the winning player,runner-up and low amateur. Prizes will be awarded to amateurs in the top 20 and the professional purse (minimum $27,000) will be distributed to all professionals making the cut. Prizes for amateurs will consist of credits in the host club’s golf shop.  The Open Championship is a WPGA Honor Roll and Palmer Cup Team points event.  Please see the Honor Roll Center for applicable points table.

Exempt Player List: John Aber, Will Betts, Joe Boros, Dan Braun, David Brown, Jim Cichra, Arnold Cutrell, Dennis Dolci, Jimmy Ellis, Bob Ford, Bob Friend, Mike Frisina, Devin Gee, Matt Holuta, Trent Karlik, Sean Knapp, James Lasher, Rob McClellan, Spencer Mellon, Pete Micklewright, Luke Miller, Daniel Obremski, Brady Pevarnik, Jon Pratkanis, Easton Renwick, Daniel Rodgers, Robert Rohanna, Kevin Shields, Nathan Smith, Rick Stimmel, Dan Thompson, Tony Traci, Mike Van Sickle, Gordon Vietmeier, Roy Vucinich, Gene Walter, Chad Warmbein, William Wears, Mike Wickett

2017 Western Pennsylvania Open Exemptions
Western PA Open champions—2007-2016
2013-2017 Western PA Amateur champions
2017 Western PA Amateur Runner-Up
2016 Western PA Mid-Amateur champion
2017 WPGA Spring Stroke Play champion
2016 Tri-State PGA Section champion (Based on Eligibility)
2013-2017 Frank Fuhrer Invitational champion (Based on Eligibility)
2017 Tri-State Open Top 3 & ties
2016 Butler CC Men’s Club champion
Butler CC head professional
2016 Top 10 Tri-State PGA points list
2016 WPGA Honor Roll Top 5
2016 Western PA Open Top 10 & ties
2012-2016 PA Open champion (Based on Eligibility)
Top 10 Tri-State PGA points list as of 6/28/2017 (Based on Eligibility)
Top 5 WPGA Men’s Honor Roll as of 6/28/2017
2017 U.S.Open Local Qualifiers
Special exemptions as selected by the WPGA
*Amateur exemptions awarded must retain amateur status

FUTURE EXEMPTIONS: Next Ten West Penn Opens–Winner.  2018 West Penn Open – Top 10 & Ties.  2018 West Penn Amateur—Low Amateur/Any Amateur in Top 10.

ENTRIES (Form, Fee, Closing Date): Entry and fee of $180.00 must be submitted to the Association by 5:00 P.M. E.D.T., by Wednesday, June 28, 2017, to be considered.  Entry fee includes:Greens Fees, Range Fee, Locker Fee, Prizes, Trophies and lunch. Carts are permitted during qualifying rounds only, and such cart fees are included in the entry fee.

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/PURSE: 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. 

REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION:

A. Players must walk for the championship proper and may bring their own caddies or carry their own bags during the championship. Carts are permitted at the qualifying rounds.
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 the following:

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).