The WPGA Executive Committee has approved the application as a Member Club Skytop Mountain Golf Club in Port Matilda, PA. The new course is an eighteen-hole facility and is a short drive from State College. (more)
Skytop Mountain Golf Club joins Association
Arnold Cutrell given William C. Fownes Award as Pennsylvania's top player
Arnold Cutrell, Greensburg, is the recipient of the 2014 Pennsylvania Golf Association’s William C. Fownes Award as the state’s outstanding amateur player. Cutrell played well in many events the Pennsylvania Golf Association conducts resulting in a significant lead over runner-up Nathan Smith, Wildwood, the WPGA’s Player of the Year, on the Pennsylvania list.
On the WPGA Honor Roll, Smith and Cutrell traded spots. Smith’s top accomplishment was a quarter-final finish in the US Amateur. The highlight of Cutrell’s season locally was a runner-up finish in the West Penn Amateur at Penn State to Trent Karlik. (more)
Rohannas in qualifying school finals
Cousins Robert and Rachel Rohanna, natives of Waynesburg, PA, have reached the final stages of their tour qualifying schools.
Robert also was honored with the Frank Fuhrer, III, Award in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He was a four-year starter at Penn State University and an All Big Ten selection. He won the WPGA Public Links Championships in 2004 and 2005, and reached the quarter-finals of the USGA Public Links Championship in 2007. His money list standings on the Latino America Tour advanced him into the Web.Com Tour Finals. Robert joins Wexford’s Mike VanSickle in the Web.com Tour Finals. Both are former Pennsylvania Open champions. VanSickle won as an amateur in 2007 & 2008, plus the 2013 West Penn Open. Rohanna won the 2010 edition. Both were runners-up in last year’s Pennsylvania Open. Qualifying will be played December 11-16 at PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (more)
Smith, Knapp and Schlachter receive All-Am Team honors
Global Golf Post, an electronic weekly newsletter, named its All-Am Teams in its December 1 edition. More than 200 amateurs from all over the world were recognized for their 2014 accomplishments and named to their respective teams: Amateurs, Mid-Amateurs and Senior Amateurs for both men and women. Three area golfers, Nathan Smith, Sean Knapp and Paul Schlachter were recognized. This is Global Golf Post’s second year of making these selections.
Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh - All Mid-Am First Team
Sean Knapp, Oakmont - All Mid-Am Honorable Mention
Paul Schlachter, Bridgeville—All Senior-Am Second Team (more)
VanSickle in Web.com Tour finals
Mike VanSickle, Wexford, winner of the 2013 PNC West Penn Open Championship at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Mystic Rock course, will compete for a Web.Com Tour card next month. He will play in the Final Qualifying Stage on December 11-16 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
VanSickle advanced through second qualifying stage last month at Southern Hills Plantation, Brookville, Florida, with scores of 66-70-72-71—279. He tied for 8th and qualified by two strokes. Earlier this Fall, VanSickle topped the field in the First Stage Qualifying at Arbor Links GC, Nebraska City, Nebraksa, with 67-68-70-72—277.
VanSickle turned professional in 2009 after a very successful collegiate career at Marquette University. He won twelve collegiate events and was the recipient of the NCAA’s 2009 Byron Nelson Award as the most outstanding collegiate player in Division I. (more)
The 2014 championship season has ended. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you all next season.