Brannan’s semi in US Junior best since 1965

Posted July 30, 2007 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

In 1965, two area golfers won USGA championships, a rare occurrence. Bob Kiersky, Oakmont, won the Senior Amateur at Fox Chapel, and Jim Masserio, Duquesne, won the Junior Amateur at Wilmington CC, (DE). Sean Brannan, Hollidaysburg, reached the semi-final last week in the Junior Amateur Championship, at Boone Valley GC, Augusta, MO, near St. Louis. Brannan lost his semi-final match in extra holes, and he recorded the best showing in the junior by an area golfer since Masserio’s victory.

Other top showings this decade by championship.

Open - Jason Tyska, 1999, T-52nd at Pinehurst (NC)
Senior Open - Roy Vucinich, 1998, T-22nd at Riviera (CA)
Amateur - Sean Knapp, 1998, Quarterfinal at Oak Hill (NY)
Public Links - Robert Rohanna, 2007, Quarterfinal at Catigny (IL)
Senior Amateur - Bill Baloh, 2002, Semi-Final at Timuquana (FL)
Mid-Amateur - Nathan Smith, 2003, Champion at Wilmington (DE)
Women’s Mid-Amateur - Carol Semple Thompson, 1997, Champion at Atlantic City
Girls Junior - Margaret Pentrack, 2006, 2nd round at Carmel CC (Charlotte, NC)
Women’s Amateur Public Links - Kerri Dugan, 2000, 3rd round at Legacy Golf Links, Aberdeen, NC
Women’s Amateur - Carol Semple Thompson, 2001, 3rd round at Flint Hills National (KS) and 2002, 3rd round at Sleepy
  Hollow GC (NY)

In 1998, Knapp also reached the Mid-Amateur quarterfinal at NCR, Dayton, and lost in a playoff for the last spot in the Open Sectional at Sunnehanna, both to Paul Simpson, Raleigh, NC. Carol Semple Thompson won four straight Senior Women’s Amateur titles, 1999-2002.