VanSickle, Rohanna, fall short in tour qualifying

Posted December 14, 2017 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

VanSickle hitting a bunker shot in the 2017 West Penn Open at Butler Country Club

An opening round 74 was too much for Mike VanSickle, McKees Rocks, to overcome in the Tour Finals at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. The qualifying rounds were held on the Cattail and Devil's Claw Courses December 7-10. VanSickle shot 74-65-71--279 to finish 9-under par and T-85.

The top 45 and ties earned cards to the 2018 Tour.

The qualifying score was 14-under par 274. VanSickle finished five shots back. The was his second appearance in the Web.Com Finals after having advanced through the first and second stages.

VanSickle advanced to the second stage by four shots at Arbor Links, Nebraska City, Neb., October 3-6, where he shot 70-73-70-65--278. In the second stage at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brookville, Fla., November 7-10. He recorded 70-66-69-74--279 to advance to the finals by one stroke.

VanSickle has won both the West Penn Open and Pennsylvania Open championships twice, and qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. An outstanding college player at Marquette University, he was a three-time recipient of the Frank Fuhrer, III Award from 2007-09 as the area's outstanding college player.

Also in the second stage in Brookville was Irwin's Dan Obremski. He missed advancing to the finals by seven strokes after tying for 44th with rounds of 73-70-73-71--287.

In the LPGA Qualifying Finals, Waynesburg's Rachel Rohanna missed the cut for the fifth and final round on the Hills and Jones Courses at LPGA International in Daytona Beath, Fla. November 27 - December 2. She shot rounds of 71-74-80-73--298 and tied for 111th in the field of 166 players.

Rohanna won her second title on the Symetra Tour this fall and finished 11th on the money list, one sport short of earning full privileges on the LPGA Tour for the 2018 season. She will have full status on the Symetra Tour and conditional status on the LPGA Tour for the upcoming season.

Also an outstanding collegiate player at Ohio State University, Rohanna twice received the Frank Fuhrer, III Award .