Shields wins first PNC West Penn Open Championship

A three-hole stretch on the back nine at St. Clair Country Club clinched the 2010 PNC West Penn Open Championship for Kevin Shields. Shields, the Director of Instruction at Sewickley Heights Golf Club, eagled the par-5 14th hole, and birdied the par-3 15th and par-4 16th in route to a 5-under 67.

“I have always wanted to win this championship,” Shields said.

Shields was the first player to enter. His final round score equaled the low round of the tournament posted earlier by David Brown.

Shields finished at 7-under 137 to capture his first Open title by 2 shots over Rob McClellan. McClellan, who recently made his first appearance in a major at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, birdied the final hole to post 5-under 139 and claim runner-up honors alone.

Brown was awarded Low Amateur honors after finishing in a tie for third with Robert Rohanna at 4-under 140.

Rohanna won his first event as a professional earlier this month in the Pennsylvania Open after a stellar collegiate career at Penn State. During his stay he was awarded the WPGA’s Frank Fuhrer III Award for Collegiate Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007.

Shields, McClellan, Rohanna, Bob Friend and Chad Warmbein were tied at 2-under 70 after the first round.

Friend finished fifth at 3-under 141 and Warmbein, playing in his second event as a professional, finished tied for ninth at 4-over 146 with Erik Bertrand and Nick Kirsch after posting a final round score of 76.

Ohio State sophomore and Frank Fuhrer III Award recipient Rachel Rohanna finished T-49 on rounds of 75 and 81 for a 12-over 156. Rohanna recently earned medalist honors in the US Women’s Amateur at Charlotte Country Club and broke the 18-hole scoring record with her first round score of 7-under 65. University of Maryland golfer John Popeck also received the award for outstanding collegiate golfer this year.

After the trophies were awarded and the crowd had dispersed Shields was providing instruction to a young golfer near the practice putting green.

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