Jim Ferree and Jeff Rivard to enter Hall of Fame
By Mike Dudurich • March 4, 2019
Mike Dudurich is a 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 history of golf in Western Pennsylvania is unparallel as you might expect with Arnold Palmer being the brightest shining star in a galaxy of great players from this area.
In 2013, a Hall of Fame was created to recognize golfers and contributors from the area who had an impact on the sport’s history here. The first class consisted of Palmer, William C. Fownes, Jr., Jock Hutchison, Carol Semple Thompson, and Lew Worsham.
That group, as well as each succeeding class of inductees, had no brick and mortar home, however.
The Western Pennsylvania Golf Association proudly announces the opening of the Frank Fuhrer III Hall of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Hall of Fame. The exhibit is located in the WPGA offices at 930 N. Lincoln Ave., on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
As the name suggests, the Frank Fuhrer III Hall recognizes the outstanding amateur career of Fuhrer, the son of Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s he was the dominant force in amateur golf in the region.
Among his accomplishments was winning what WPGA officials call the career regional grand slam. Those victories included the West Penn Amateur and Open, the Pennsylvania Amateur and the Pennsylvania Open.
Most significant, however, was his 1981 season in which he rose to No. 2 in Golf Digest’s amateur rankings in the country. He became the only player from the region to win perhaps the best national amateur championship, the Western Amateur, and also competed on the United States Walker Cup that year.
“It caught me off guard,” Fuhrer said when asked about having his name attached to the hall. “With the history of western Pennsylvania golf, the great names and players, to have your name on something like that is a great honor.”
Among the memorabilia on display at the Hall is a scrapbook filled with pictures from that 1981 Walker Cup. Among Fuhrer’s teammates were Hal Sutton, Jay Sigel, Corey Pavin, Jodie Mudd and fellow western Pennsylvanian, Dick von Tacky.
There is also a set of irons used by long-time Allegheny Country Club pro Roy Vucinich when he won the West Penn Open in XXXX as well as an ever-growing inventory of other special items.
“I went over there to look at it and it’s very nice,” Fuhrer III said. “They’ve collected a lot of nice items. Again, I’m really honored to be associated with the Hall.”
Just over a year ago, WPGA moved into its new home on the North Side, a classic old building that was refurbished while maintaining the spectacular architecture from years gone by. A keystone to the new office was the Hall of Fame.
About the WPGA
Founded in 1899, the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association is the steward of amateur golf in the region. Started by five Member Clubs, the association now has nearly 200 Member Clubs and 33,000 members. The WPGA conducts 14 individual competitions and 10 team events, and administers the WPGA Scholarship Fund.