National Amateur qualifiers from Penn State sectional from two generations

Posted July 23, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg, a Penn State University standout whose Nittany Lion career concluded this Spring, shot 71-69 - 140 on PSU’s Blue Course to take medalist honors in the USGA Amateur Sectional Qualifying Rounds on July 22. Rohanna, who qualified for match play the previous week in the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship, has advanced to both the Amateur Public Links and Amateur in ’07 and ‘08. In the APL, Rohanna won his first round match and lost in the second round.

His cousin Rachel qualified for match play at the USGA Girls Junior, July 21-22, recording 72-73 - 145, at Hartford (CT) Golf Club.

The second qualifier, Keith Stauffer, Bradford, 44, shot 70-71 - 141 to gain the second spot at the Blue Course, beating many college players, including five from the Penn State team. This is the second time Stauffer has qualified for the Amateur, the other in 1986, 22 years ago. Stauffer comes from a golf family; his brothers, Kent and Kirk, both club and teaching professionals, have their strong resumes. Stauffer, on the staff of the Federal Prison in Bradford, also coaches golf at University of Pittsburgh - Bradford. Educated at Indiana University, PA, he was in the starting lineup of one of IUP’s better teams. He roomed with Sean Knapp, nine time WPGA Player of the Year, who took up golf in college, after beginning in IUP athletics as a basketball player.