WPGA breaks losing streak with tie in Palmer Cup

Posted September 18, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Since the Palmer Cup, the annual match between the WPGA and the Tri-State Section, PGA of America, began in 1993. The Tri-State won all of them, until yesterday. With several close matches and leads changing hands at Latrobe Country Club, the WPGA managed to tie the Section at 8 1/2 points each. It was close all day as the singles points were halved, five each, as were the afternoon Four-Ball matches with 3 1/2.

Leading the WPGA with wins in both his matches was David Brown, St. Clair, while Gordon Vietmeier did the same for Tri-State PGA. Three halved points were key in the WPGA getting a tie. Robert Rohanna, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, birdied the 18th hole from under a tree holing a twelve foot putt, to tie Dennis Dolci. Trent Karlik, Highland, was two down after 15 holes and caught Jason Martin. Nathan Smith, Wildwood, and Jon Pratkanis, Butler, were three down on the back nine and tied Joe Boros and Adam Corson. Nine of the seventeen matches reached the 18th hole.

The highlight of the day was Arnold Palmer’s playing in the Four-Ball matches, partnered with Butler’s Rob McClellan. Karlik and Rohanna defeated the duo, 3&1. Palmer extended the match with a winning par on the 16th hole.