Waynesburg senior shoots 67 to advance
Waynesburg senior Robert Rohannon lost the PIAA championship on the fourth hole of a playoff with Radnor’s Adam Cohan a year ago.
Rohannon took another step back to the finals when he turned in the best score of the day, shooting a 67 at the par-71 Uniontown Country Club course, one of four sites of the WPIAL boys individual golf semifinals Monday.
The top 10 golfers from each site advanced to the WPIAL finals Oct. 7 at Cedarbrook Golf Course.
Rohannon was four shots under par and four shots ahead of his nearest competitor, Uniontown’s Zach Rockwell, who was at even-par 71.
South Fayette’s Ryan Castanet and Brian DePaul, Geibel’s James McGrath and Mount Pleasant’s Brett Lehman all tied for the last spot at 77.
Latrobe Elks Golf Course — Franklin Regional sophomore Dom Thomas shot a 1-over 73 for the low score at Latrobe.
“Just qualifying (for the finals) is a goal,” Thomas said.
Thomas also made the WPIAL finals as a freshman, finishing two shots away from a PIAA berth.
Upper St. Clair’s Matt Salera shot a 75 and Ken Poremka of Greater Latrobe carded a 76.
Upper St. Clair’s Matt McGinnis qualified with a par on the third playoff hole. Two-time PIAA qualifier Jonathan Pepe was one of three competitors in the playoff that failed to advance.
Birdsfoot Golf Club — North Catholic junior Doug Stadler and Gateway junior Jeff Varga both shot 73 on the par 72 course to share the low scores, one shot ahead of Highlands freshman Brad Cieslinski.
Carlynton junior Drew Ellis won the 10th qualifying spot over alternate Jake Pieczkowski, a junior from North Catholic, in a playoff after both shot 82.
Seven Oaks Country Club — The scores were much higher on the par 72 course at Seven Oaks, played in wet and windy conditions.
North Allegheny senior Ryan Smith’s six-over 78 was the best score of the day, just one shot ahead of Pine-Richland senior John Brumberg.
Neshannock sophomore Andrew Rickard and Blackhawk senior Blake Schutte both qualified out of a seven-man playoff.
Rickard, Schutte and Pine-Richland senior Dustin Hook all parred the first playoff hole as the other four competitors bogeyed. Rickard birdied the second hole while Schutte made par and Hook bogeyed.