Inducted Thursday, October 14, 2015 at Chartiers Country Club
Sean Knapp has been at or near the top of amateur golf in the area for almost thirty years. He has been the Association’s Player of Year fourteen times and has won 35 Association championships. His 18 individual titles and 17 partners’ victories are more than any player in Association history, and include six straight West Penn Amateurs from 1998-2003 and sixteen Fred Brand Foursomes titles with three different partners. He also won the 1997 Pennsylvania Amateur and has recorded several top finishes in the Sunnehanna Amateur held annually at Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, including a runner-up in 1994. Knapp's stellar mid-am record is highlighted by victories in five Pennsylvania Middle-Amateurs and seven West Penn Mid-Amateurs. His U.S. Mid-Amateur record is equally impressive. His 36-hole medalist score of 135 in 1989 stood as the scoring record for more than a decade. A perennial match play qualifier in the U.S. Mid-Am for twenty years, Knapp reached the semi-finals in 2008 & 2010 and the quarter-finals in 1989 and 1998. Knapp’s USGA record is highlighted by either qualifying for or receiving exemptions into 40 USGA championships including the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, and U.S. Senior Open. He advanced to the quarter-finals in the 1998 U.S. Amateur at Oak Hill Country Club near Rochester, NY, and made the cut in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club north of Detroit where he played the third round with Tom Watson. He teamed with Nathan Smith and Mike VanSickle while representing Pennsylvania when the trio won the 2009 USGA State Team Championship, his only USGA title.
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.