Wednesday, October 22, 2008

From the clubhouse

The Varsity Letters spent the previous two days at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, aka the White Rose City, covering the PIAA Golf Championships.

Besides the weather being a bit nippy in the morning - Monday's tee times were pushed back two hours as frost blanketed the area - and overall length of each round - both lasted the better part of six hours, the area was well-represented on the medals stand.

Waynesburg senior Rachel Rohanna finished tied for third.

The Peters Township boys team placed second, only three points behind a talented Cathedral Prep (Erie).

Brittany Andrews, from McDonald, was part of Shady Side Academy's gold-medal winning girls team.

I followed the majority of both of Rohanna's rounds as she attempted to win her third state championship. On both days, Rohanna played in top-notch foursomes. Each made some magical shots on occasion. Afterward, even after Rohanna struggled during the second round, she took ample time to answer my lengthy list of questions with thought, analysis and some humor. The Ohio State women's golf team has a good recruit in Rohanna.

I also got a chance to catch a few holes of the Peters Township boys quest to become the first WPIAL team to win a state team title. (It should be noted the PIAA has only held the team competition for three years and this is the first year the WPIAL participated.)

The second-place finish was impressive enough, but it was nice to see how the Peters Township players support each other.

Head coach David Kuhn started his four seniors - Jon Ross, Corey Martinez, Chris Resnik and Geoffrey Locher - both days. Not only did each golf well, the majority of Peters Township's golf team, many parents and supporters were there in support. To watch guys not participating cheering for teammates like they were playing themselves speaks volumes for the type of student-athletes Kuhn has on his team.

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