Tough loss for Rachel Rohanna in USGA Girls' Junior

Posted July 24, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

After qualifying solidly for the USGA Girls’ Junior Championship at Hartford Golf Club (CT) with 72-73 - 145, Waynesburg’s Rachel Rohanna drew the last tee time in the first round on July 23 against Julie Yang, Phoenix, who qualified at 149. The cut was 151. Rohanna was seeded #23, Yang, #45. After several weather delays in this rain plagued championship, Rohanna began her match in the late afternoon at 4:51.

Playing well through the first twelve holes, two under par with routine concessions, Rohanna opened a four-up lead. Yang won four of the next five holes to square the match, before darkness prevailed. Their match was the only one not to finish. Returning the next morning, July 24, the duo halved the 18th hole with pars, then tied the next three holes with bogey, par, and double bogey. Yang parred the fourth extra hole to win the match in 22 holes.

The Rohanna-Yang match was the only one played today, as the USGA suspended second round matches for the rest of the day. However, Rohanna and Yang agreed to play this morning in difficult conditions to finish the first round schedule.