Jon Mills entered the final round of the 2014 PNC West Penn Open Championship with a three-stroke lead over John Popeck and Zack Kempa after shooting a championship record 9-under par 62 at Indiana Country Club in the second round.
Mills finished with a 9-under score of 204 on rounds of 71-62-71 for a three-stroke victory over 1999 West Penn Open Champion, John Aber, 71-70-66, and Zack Kempa, 67-69-71.
His second round 62 is the competitive course record at Indiana. It also score matches William Miller’s 62 at Fox Chapel in the 2006 West Penn Amateur as the lowest 18-hole score in Association championship history.
Mills made two double bogeys in the middle of his final round and was tied with Aber and Kempa when he reached the 16th tee. He then rallied with birdies on 16, 17 & 18 to regain the lead he held heading into the final round.
Players either from Indiana Country Club or Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), excelled in the championship. Mills is a member there, and his career includes playing both the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, where he recorded wins in 2005 and 2007. Kempa, a recent graduate of IUP, played frequently at Indiana as a member of IUP’s golf team. Kempa recently turned professional. And Doug Gradwell, also a member of the Indiana, tied for low amateur honors with Rick Stimmel.
Defending champion Mike Van Sickle recorded the low round on the final day with a 65 to finish in fourth at 74-69-65–208. Popeck, 65-71-74, finished in a tie with Bob Friend, 71-69-70, for fifth place at 3-under 210.