MacWhinnie advances, 2017 Tour hopes end for other local players

Posted October 26, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Bobby MacWhinnie at the 2001 West Penn Amateur Championship at Butler Country Club. WPGA file photo.

Pittsburgh native Bobby MacWhinnie, who won the Association’s 1997 West Penn Boys and the 1999 and 2000 West Penn Junior, advanced through the first stage of Tour Qualifying. He recorded 72-70-69-74—285, at The Tournament Course, Woodlands, Texas, making the cut on the number.

Six other area golfers did not advance earlier this month.

Mike VanSickle, Wexford, winner of the 2013 and 2015 West Penn Opens, competed at Arbor Links, Nebraska City, Neb., October 4-7. He shot 76-70-71-71—292. The cut for the top 25 and ties was 283.

Also at Arbor Links, Matt Gurska, Hermitage, shot 77-71-77-73—294, and missed the cut by eleven strokes.

Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg, winner of the 2010 and 2016 Pennsylvania Opens, played at Grasslands Golf & Country Club, Lakeland, Fla., October 4-7. He shot 71-72-73-65—281 and missed by one stroke.

Dan Obremski, Irwin, a regular contender in the West Penn Open, played at The Breakers Rees Jones Course, West Palm Beach, Fla., October 12-14. He recorded 69-76-69-76—290, four strokes short of the qualifying score.

Jon Popeck, Washington, withdrew after shooting 72 in the first round at Sun River Country Club, St. George, Utah.

Sean Brannan, Hollidaysburg, withdrew after three rounds at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Ga.

Washington, PA, native Steve Wheatcroft, who won over $600,000 on the PGA Tour last season, will play the Web.Com Tour in 2017.