Jack Benson with Ben Hogan at South Hill Country Club
Inducted Thursday, September 28, 2017 at St. Clair Country Club
Jack C. Benson won 13 WPGA championships. He won the West Penn Amateur six times in three different decades from 1934-1954. Only two players have won the championship more. An annual contender in Association team competitions, Benson won the inaugural West Penn Four-Ball in 1939 with L.R. Siebert and the team successfully defended in 1940. In 1958, Benson also won the Four-Ball with his son, Jack, Jr. He won the WPGA Father & Son four times, once with his father and with sons Jack, Jr. (twice) and George. A longtime member of South Hills Country Club, Benson, and his son, George, hold the record for most club championships at South Hills with 12. He advanced to the semi-finals of the 1951 U.S. Amateur Championship. The West Penn Spring Stroke Play trophy is named in his honor.
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.