Association’s top four shut out at National Amateur

Posted August 20, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

The top four players on the this season’s WPGA Honor Roll - Nathan Smith, Mike VanSickle, Sean Knapp, and Robert Rohanna - all had their chances to advance to match play in the USGA Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, NC, this week. The cut came at 145, with 26 players competing for the final two positions in the draw, very long odds indeed.

Van Sickle shot 73-73 - 146; Rohanna, 72-76 - 148; Knapp, 75-74 - 149, and Smith, 75-74 - 149.

Van Sickle made a triple bogey 7 on the 12th hole on the #2 course in the second round. He was the only player of the four without a double bogey, but the triple did him in.

Rohanna who started at #10 tee on the #2 course for his second round, played 16-18 in five over par. He played his final nine in 34, one under, playing fifteen holes in one over par in his 76.

Knapp was six over for the Championship with two holes to play on #4 Course, then finished double bogey/bogey. Knapp also made a second double bogey on the sixth hole, but then eagled #9, a par five. Knapp was the only player from here with an eagle.

After his opening 75 on #4 course, Smith made three birdies on #2 in his second round, enough to get back into contention. However, seven bogies knocked him out.

Van Sickle returns to Marquette University for his senior year, ranked as one of the top collegians in the country. Rohanna returns to Penn State to finish his degree, as his eligibility expired last Spring. Knapp and Smith have another chance at a USGA Championship in September, the Mid-Amateur in Milwaukee. Smith won the championship in 2003, and Knapp has reached the quarterfinal twice in 1989 and 1998.