U.S. Mid-Am qualifying, West Penn Open, Boys & C.R. Miller complete: From the desk of Mike Dudurich

Posted August 4, 2016 - By Mike Dudurich,
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U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier, Rick Stimmel, putting at the 112th West Penn Open

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Two Western Pennsylvanians have qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur in September.

Rick Stimmel of Pittsburgh and Arnie Cutrell of Greensburg shot 70 and 71, respectively, at the Pittsburgh Field club to grab the third and fourth spots available for the event at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pa., Sept. 10-15.

The co-medalists were Michael Perchak of Alamo, California and Brian Langley of Bluffton, S.C., at 68.

Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith, a four-time winner of the Mid-Am, will also be in the field.

The traditional USGA setup will be in place this year with 264 players playing two rounds of stroke play and the low 64 scores advancing to match play.

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There most likely have not been too many more bizarre finishes to a golf tournament than the one that occurred in the 112th West Penn Open at Longue Vue Club.

Oakmont Country Club head professional Devin Gee birdied his 54th hole to get to two-under par and tie Robert Rohanna, who stepped onto the 17th tee also at two-under and leading the event.

Rohanna, however, bogeyed 17 and hooked his drive into the rough on the 18th. He hit an 8-iron from 175 yards, figuring that would land the ball on the front part of the green and roll toward the back pin.

Instead, the shot landed deep into the green, took one big hop and landed out of bounds behind the green. A second shot also was deep and over, but stayed in bounds.

In the end, he took a 7 and Gee won the title.

Gee, who won by two shots over Mike Van Sickle of McKees Rocks, joined Bob Ford, Lew Worsham and Emil Loeffler, Jr. as OCC pros to have won the Open.

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Brady Pevarnik, a sophomore-to-be at Greater Latrobe High School, joined an impressive list of winners of the C.R. Miller Invitational with his 4 & 3 victory over Tanner Johnson at Sunnehanna Country Club.

Pevarnik fell behind early, going 1-down through five holes. But he birdied the seventh and eighth for a 1-up lead heading to the back.

He then kicked it into high gear, making birdies on 11 and 12 to go 3-up and added another on 14 to go 4-up with four to play. A halve on 15 gave Pevarnik the match, 4 & 3.

“It was pretty surreal looking at that trophy and seeing the names of the great players who have won this,” he said. “Guys like Nathan Smith, Easton Renwick are on there. And then to know that next year I’ll see my name there is pretty cool.”

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Palmer Jackson of Murrysville shot 68 to win by three shots over Gregor Meyer of Allison Park and Skyler Fox of Beaver Falls in the 57th Boys Championship at Allegheny Country Club. Dave Fuhrer Jr. of Pittsburgh shot even par to win the ages 8-10 division and Carter Hassenplug of North East shot 72 to defeat Aidan John Oehrle of Pittsburgh.