Degree in hand, Rachel Rohanna turns professional

Posted March 18, 2013 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Rachel Rohanna (photo courtesy of Ohio State University)

Waynesburg's Rachel Rohanna, Ohio State University, graduated last semester after concluding an outstanding college golf career for the Buckeyes. After playing golf on the boys team at Waynesburg High School, she was recruited by several schools prior to choosing Ohio State. At OSU, she was twice named to the All Big-Ten Team, 2009-10 and 2011-12. She was a four-year starter, co-captaining the team her sophomore year. Rohanna won one tournaments, recorded seven top five finishes and numerous rounds under par. She led to team to two consecutive NCAA championship appearances, 2011 and 2012. Rohanna was twice an Academic All-American. Rohanna was twice named All Big-Ten.

In addition to college golf, she distinguished herself in four USGA championships; Girls Junior, Women's Amateur, Women's Amateur Public Links, and Women's Open. Her 65 at Charlotte CC (NC) in the 2010 Women's Amateur is the single round scoring record in that championship. As an amateur last Fall, she advanced through the first stage of LPGA Qualifying School. She was also the first woman in thirty years to compete in the West Penn Amateur and PNC West Penn Open. In the Open, she qualified last year with 72 at Oakview, and made the cut in 2011 at Saint Clair with 75. In these open competitions Rohanna competed from the same tees as her male counterparts. Many consider her to be the best female golfer in the area since Nevillewood's Missie Berteotti, who won on the LPGA Tour in 1993, and among the area's top ten women in the last fifty years.

Since her graduation, Rohanna is playing the LPGA's Symetra Tour, formerly known as the Futures Tour.