Rohanna, Van Sickle, share Fuhrer Award

Posted May 25, 2007 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

In 2002, the WPGA began the Frank Fuhrer, III, Award, for the outstanding area collegiate golfer each season. This season, the committee considered two golfers that each won three tournaments, finished top four or better in their conference championships thus being named to first team All Conference, had multiple top tens in other competitions, finished top twenty in their NCAA Division I Regionals, and were rated 75th and 84th in Golfweek Magazine’s rankings. With two players this close, the Association’s Championship Committee named co-recipients of the 06-07 Fuhrer Award.

Penn State’s Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg, and Marquette’s Mike VanSickle, Gibsonia, share this recognition. For the 2005-06 season Rohanna edged VanSickle for the award, and they were even closer this campaign. Rohanna capped his year by finishing fourth in the Big Ten, winning the Penn State’s Rutherford Invitational, and tying for 19th in the NCAA East Regional. VanSickle won two straight competitions in Florida this winter, was runner-up in the Big East, and finished 17th in the NCAA Central Regional.

The award is named after Frank Fuhrer, III, who as a collegiate player was all ACC and All-American at the University of North Carolina, 1977-81. During 1981, Fuhrer was the #2 ranked amateur in the USA, won the Western Amateur and was named to the USGA’s Walker Cup team. Fuhrer resides in Pittsburgh, where he is President and CEO of Frank Fuhrer Wholesale, a beverage distributor.