A roller coaster final nine that included three sixes and four birdies, one on the final hole, placed Waynesburg’s Rachel Rohanna in a tie for co-medalist in the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship at Charlotte Country Club. Her 65-73–138 tied her with Jacylyn Sweeney, Andover, MA, and Erynne Lee, Silverdale, WA. Sweeney, an Arizona State University standout playing in her final amateur competition, took the lead with a birdie on the 35th hole but bogeyed the last to fall into a tie with Lee and Rohanna. All three receive gold medals, the first three-way tie in Women’s Amateur history. Rohanna’s 65 is the lowest 18-hole score in Women’s Amateur history. Rohanna played three straight holes in five over par, then made four birdies in her last seven to work her way back to the top of the field.
Rohanna is only the second golfer from Western Pennsylvania who secured medalist honors in the USGA Women’s Amateur. The other was Dorothy Campbell Hurd, Pittsburgh, in 1910, a century ago. Hurd, who won Women’s Amateur titles in 1909, 1910, and 1924, shot 87 at Homewood CC, Flossmoor, IL, to win the medal. She went on to win her second straight championship.
Legendary amateur Carol Semple Thompson won the 1973 Women’s Amateur, and was in contention many times, but she was never medalist. However, she was medalist three times in the Women’s Mid-Amateur and twice in the Women’s Senior Amateur.
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