Van Sickle wins PNC West Penn Open Championship

Wexford’s Mike Van Sickle carded three scores in the 60’s to finish 12-under par and win the PNC West Penn Open Championship on the Mystic Rock Course at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, PA. His rounds of 67-69-68–204 gave him a six stroke victory margin over Ryan Sikora of Greensburg who shot rounds of 65-79-75–210.

Van Sickle’s first place Open check was $7000.

This is his first win as a professional and second WPGA championship. He won the 2004 C.R. Miller Match Play Invitational at Oakmont Country Club.

Van Sickle is the first champion to record three scores in the 60’s since the Open changed its format to 54 holes last year. 2012 runner-up Bennett Smith recorded scores of 68-69-68–205 at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

Dan Obremski of Irwin recorded his second consecutive top-ten finish in the event with a third place finish on rounds of 66-69-77–212.

Waynesburg’s Robert Rohanna also recorded to a top five finish by finishing tied for fourth. Van Sickle, Sikora and Rohanna are all former Pennsylvania Open champions. VanSickle won the state titles in 2008 and 2009 while he was still an amateur. Sikora won in 2004 and Rohanna in 2010.

Four amateurs finished in the top ten. Austin Romeo and Trent Karlik, who tied with Rohanna, captured Low Amateur honors, while Ron DeNunzio finished eighth and Sean Knapp ninth.

The 36-hole cut was 149 with the low 32 players and ties competing in the final round. The cut at Fox Chapel last year was 147.

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