By Mike Dudurich, Freelance writer and host of The Golf Show on 93.7 The Fan Saturday mornings from 7-8 AM – Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeDudurich
The WPGA has retained Mike Dudurich to write a blog for its website. The opinions and observations contained within are his own and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of the Association.
Congratulations to Paul Schlacter and Courtney Myhrum, who’ll be playing in U.S. Senior Amateur championships at the end of the month.
Schlachter, of Nevillewood, earned his spot at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. by beating Don Erickson of DuBois in playoff. Ironically, the two faced each other in a playoff two years ago at Indiana Country Club and Erickson won to get to the Senior Amateur.
Myhrum, who is a member at Fox Chapel and is also on the USGA Women’s Committee, earned her spot in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Edgewood Country Club. She’ll compete at Hillwood Country Club, Nashville, Tenn. Myhrum has attempted to qualify four times and has been successful each time. Both of the national tournaments will be held Sept. 26-Oct. 1.
A big event comes up on the WPGA schedule today with the Mid-Am being contested at Southpointe Golf Club.
The event is a relative youngster by WPGA standards, having been started in 1985. It didn’t take long for long to become one of the most hotly contested events of the year.
The field this year is loaded with eight-time winner Sean Knapp, three-time winner Arnie Cutrell and two-time winners David Brown and Nathan Smith.
Add to that five former West Penn Amateur champions and two former West Penn Open champions and the ingredients for a real shootout seem to be in place.
As of Friday afternoon, the field got a bit of an upgrade when Adam Hofmann of Pittsburgh was the medalist in U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifying at Grove City Country Club. He was a shot better than Greensburg’s Kevin Fajt, who claimed the second spot in a playoff over David DeNunzio of Jeannette. Sean Knapp, who shot 72, is the second alternate.
The annual Palmer Cup matches, which feature singles and four-ball matches between the professionals from the Tri-State Section, PGA, and the West Penn Golf Association amateurs is always an interesting day regardless of which side wins.
The event takes place at Arnold Palmer’s Latrobe Country Club and Palmer is usually on hand to hang with the players. The 2015 edition will be held next Thursday.
One of the most entertaining parts of the day is when team pictures are taken between the morning and afternoon rounds. Palmer is traditionally front and center in both pictures and once each team’s group shot has been snapped, players then approach Palmer, asking for an individual pictures or maybe an autograph. Just like golf fans around the world have done for decades.
The WPGA Frank B. Fuhrer Palmer Cup team has been finalized and will consist of: Erik Bertrand, Tim Bowers, David Brown, Joe Corsi, Jimmy Ellis, Perry Graciano, Doug Gradwell, Sean Knapp, Darin Kowalski, Tommy Leech, Paul Schlachter, Nathan Smith, Rick Stimmel and Chad Warmbein.
Nobody asked me, but:
I think CBS made a major mistake by not coming to a contract agreement with David Feherty, the most-recognized reporter/analyst in televised golf.
Neither side in the spat has commented, but rumors are that Feherty wanted to get off the fairways and get a booth job and also wanted a pay hike. Nick Faldo is the 18th tower analyst with Jim Nantz and that apparently is going to change any time soon.
I like the work Feherty does, I like his sense of humor and his Irish accent is a charming topper.
I also realize he’s not for everyone. A lot of people like NBC’s Johnny Miller, but I’m not one of them.
Off the fairways, Feherty is definitely not for everyone. On his popular Golf Channel show, Feherty, he crosses some lines and is even more provocative during his two-hour comedy show that toured this summer.
Chances are he’ll end up with NBC, since that network and the Golf Channel are connected. NBC’s fairway reporter is veteran Roger Maltbie. It will be an interesting situation if Feherty finds his way to the Big Peacock.