Erie’s Ron Coleman made the permanent trophy engraver’s job easier by winning his third straight WPGA Public Links title at Cranberry Highlands. Coleman’s 67-66–133 is the second best total in the championship, eclipsed only by Robert Rohanna’s 67-64–131 at Everett’s Down River GC in 2006. Coleman beat Altoona’s Artie Fink by five strokes as he totaled 138 on 70-68. Fink, who won the Public Links in 2005, opened his second round with an 8 on the tenth hole, but then rallied with five straight threes, three birdies and two pars, on his way to the runner-up slot.
Coleman joined Nathan Smith, who earlier this season won his third straight West Penn Amateur at Allegheny. Coleman recorded eight birdies and an eagle over two rounds, offset by only three bogies in his strong showing at the fescue grass bordered Cranberry Highlands. Few if any escaped without a double bogey or worse.