John Popeck, Nevillewood, who plays for University of Maryland, and Rachel Rohanna, Rohanna’s, Ohio State, were named recipients of the 2009-10 Frank Fuhrer, III, Award for outstanding college performances.
Popeck led all area collegians with a 72.6 scoring average, at least 1.5 strokes better than a strong field. He had five top 15 finishes against strong competition highlighted by a t-2 in the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, 7th in the University of Virginia Classic, and 15th in the ACC.
Rohanna, the Buckeyes #1 player as a freshman, averaged 75.24, and her score counted 31/34 times. She recorded two top five and five top twenty finishes, highlighted by a second in the Lady Buckeye. Her best 54-hole score was 218 at the Lady Northern Invitational hosted by Wisconsin. She made the All Big-Ten first team. As a high school golfer she played on the boys team at Waynesburg High School, plus other girls sports such as softball.
The award is named for Frank Fuhrer, III, an outstanding collegiate player at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977-81. His collegiate honors include all multiple All ACC, All-American, plus the 1981 Walker Cup team. He played the PGA Tour, then was reinstated to amateur golf in 1992, when he promptly won the Pennsylvania State Amateur. Fuhrer has won twelve WPGA championships including last year’s net division in the Father/Son with his 85 year old father, Frank, Jr.