Highland Country Club, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest with great traditions, donated $2650 to the WPGA Scholarship Fund, the second largest among WPGA Member Clubs to the Fund this year.
In 1922, the club hired a young pro from Westchester County, NY, who had previously been employed at Titusville Country Club. His name–Gene Sarazen. While employed at Highland, he taught a youngster by the name of Sam Parks, who later won the 1935 US Open at Oakmont. Sarazen took a week off from his duties to win the 1922 US Open at Skokie CC, near Chicago. Upon receiving another job offer after winning the title, he did not return. Other golfers from Highland include George Ormiston, winner of the 1899 and 1903 West Penn Amateurs. He also was the Association’s first Executive Secretary. Another is Bob Reilly, an outstanding WPIAL golfer who was an All-American at the University of Pittsburgh. He won four straight West Penn Amateurs, 1960-63. All four of these golfers are in the WPGA’s History Makers, the top 100 golfers of its centennial.