The William C. Fownes trophy is the West Penn Amateur’s permament memento. This is fitting as the Oakmont legend won the championship eight times 1904-16. His hallmark year was 1910 in which he won the West Penn, Pennsylvania, and US Amateurs in the same year. Oakmont Country Club recently completed a trophy case dedicated to Fownes’ accomplishments, and the Association agreed to display the trophy at Fownes’ home club. This came to fruition due to the efforts of Oakmont’s historian, John Fitzgerald. His son Tim is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee.
In 1927, Fownes was honored with a dinner at the William Penn Hotel, upon concluding his term as USGA President. At that dinner, Fownes donated the trophy to the Association that became the Amateur’s permanent icon. The WPGA recently learned of this during discussions with Oakmont about moving the William C. Fownes trophy to Oakmont for display.