Golf notebook: Oakmont’s Devin Gee leads West Penn Open after 1 round

Golf notebook: Oakmont’s Devin Gee leads West Penn Open after 1 round

Oakmont Country Club head professional Devin Gee shot a 4-under-par 68 on Monday during the opening round of the 119th Annual West Penn Open at the Club at Nevillewood.

Gee had five birdies including three consecutive (holes 6-8).

He holds a one-shot lead against Mt. Lebanon’s Kevin Shields and Peters Township’s Alec Stopperich, each shooting 3-under 69.

Slippery Rock pro Rob McClellan and Hermitage’s Matt Gurska were tied for fourth at 2-under 70.

Amateur Brett Young of Bethel Park and Peters Township’s Jake Sollon and Connor Schmidt were tied for sixth at 1-under.

The field of 78 began the day, and two players were forced to withdraw from the 54-hole event.

Barto claims EDGA title

Leechburg native Matt Barto has reached the Erie District Golf Association Match Play finals twice (2019 and ’20) and come up short.

Barto reached the finals for the third time, and he finally was able to hoist the trophy. He defeated Alex Weir, 2 and 1, in the finals.

Barto entered the tournament as the third seed.

He defeated Mark Noce, 3 and 2, to open match play. He then downed Mike Newcomer, 2 and 1.

In the quarterfinals, he defeated Dave Spitzer, 1-up, and then he beat No. 2-ranked Mike Wolfe, 4 and 2.

Barto was representing Lake View Country Club. He was a WPIAL Class 2A champion in 2013 and 2014.

New hobby for Pryor

Terrelle Pryor has a new favorite hobby: golf. The former Jeannette and Ohio State football star teamed with Hempfield teacher and former Mt. Pleasant football coach Bo Ruffner to win the Westmoreland Country Club Invitational Saturday.

The event used a match-play, alternate-shot best-ball format.

Pryor and Ruffner forced a playoff with a birdie on the final hole of regulation with Pryor hitting an approach shot to 6 feet from 130 yards. Ruffner made the putt to force extra golf, and the twosome went on to victory.

Edgewood CC wins Tri-State event

The Edgewood Country Club group of Elmer Bland, Rick Moorhead, Bernadetta Sgro and Jesse Putt took top honors at the Tri-State Section PGA Latrobe Country Club Classic Pro-3 Am.

The group shot a 16-under 127.

Finishing second was the Treesdale Golf and Country Club team of John Brough, Brad Johnston, Jason Rakers and Jeff Mangone. They shot a 15-under 129.

Fuhrer Jr. Invitational next week

The annual Frank Fuhrer Jr. Invitational will begin June 28 minus one key person: Mr. Fuhrer.

Mr. Fuhrer died May 21.

Also missing from the field of 40 is 2021 champion Chase Koepka, who defeated Patrick Flavin on the first playoff hole.

Among the players in the field are TJ Howe, Mark Goetz, Eric Cole, Mike Van Sickle, Dan Obremski and Spencer Mellon.

The tournament begins Monday at the Pittsburgh Field Club.

Westmoreland County Juniors

The Westmoreland County Golf Association Junior tournament will be held Thursday at Latrobe Country Club.

The field of 39 includes Penn-Trafford’s Nick Turowski, Belle Vernon’s Patrick Bush, Franklin Regional’s Nolan Shilling and Frazier’s Nixen Erdely.

Play begins at 7:50 am

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul by email at or via Twitter .

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