When Rocco Mediate won the Frys.com Open in California earlier this month at Corde Valle GC, San Martin, it was his sixth PGA Tour victory. His career earnings now place him 45th on the all-time money list, and he is 76th on this year’s PGA Tour money list with just under $1.5 million. His performance was somewhat magical as he holed a shot from the fairway in each of his four rounds. His rounds of 64-65-67-73–269 edged two players by one stroke, Alex Prugh and Bo VanPelt.
Other than Arnold Palmer, Mediate can justifiably be considered Western Pennsylvania’s best PGA Tour player with his six victories and overall performance, including his thilling playoff loss to Tiger Woods in the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines GC near San Diego.
Other great players to consider
Bobby Cruickshank, Chartiers, won most of his titles before accepting the Chartiers job in 1949. He was runner-up in the 1923 and 1932 US Opens, and won nearly twenty others on what was the predecessor of the PGA Tour.
Jock Hutchinson, Bob O’Connor GC, resided here for just under a decade and won five West Penn Opens, 1909-15. He was second in the 1916 US Open, won the 1920 PGA Championship, and the 1921 British Open.
Jerry McGhee, Oak Tree, won four PGA Tour events, played the Tour, 1967-81. After leaving the Tour, he was at Oak Tree for twelve seasons.
Jim Simons, Butler, won three PGA Tour competitions, played the Tour, 1972-86.
In addition to Palmer, three other golfers who resided in this area won US Opens–Sam Parks, South Hills/Oakmont, 1935; Lew Worsham, Oakmont, 1947; Ed Furgol, Westmoreland, 1954, and Gene Sarazen, Titusville/Highland, who won all four majors. Janet Anderson, Slippery Rock, won the 1982 USGA Women’s Open.
Other top players who lived here, albeit briefly–Kathy Ahern, Johnny Bulla, Jim Feree, Jay Hebert, and Lionel Hebert. The Hebert brothers, who worked as assistants at Oakmont and as head professionals at Kahkwa, each won the PGA Championship–Lionel in 1957, the last PGA Championship played at match play, and Jay in 1960.