Eben Byers (1881-1932) was the area’s first USGA champion winning the 1906 U.S. Amateur at Englewood Golf Club in New Jersey. He was also runner-up in 1902 & 1903 and advanced to the semi-finals in 1907 – thus reaching at least the semis four times in six years. Byers qualified for every U.S. Amateur but one from 1900-1919 and he reached the round of sixteen on ten different occasions.
His most famous match in the U.S. Amateur may have taken place at Merion Golf Club in 1916 when he lost to a fourteen year-old Bob Jones 3 and 1 in the first round. Locally Byers won six West Penn Amateurs and two West Penn Opens, winning both titles in 1905. His West Penn Amateur victory total is exceeded only by William C. Fownes, Jr. with eight (Inaugural Class of 2013)and Sean Knapp with seven (Class of 2015).