Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rohanna Polishing His Game on Links

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rohanna Polishing His Game on Links

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Robert Rohanna came as close to winning a PIAA golf championship last fall as one can without actually claiming the crown.

Rohanna, who will be a senior at Waynesburg Central High School this fall, lost to Adam Cohan of Radnor on the fourth playoff hole. Rohanna led by two strokes going into the final round.

It was an opportunity that got away from the Raiders' accomplished golfer. It also serves as motivation for what seemingly will be a determined effort to capture the state title this year.

"[Losing in a playoff] was pretty hard," Rohanna said. "He didn't beat me. I beat myself. I bogeyed two of the last three holes to tie him and I had two double-bogeys the last round. I didn't play very well. Nothing worked right for me and I lost."

Rohanna has been a standout player for Waynesburg the past three years. He is a three-time section champion and three-time PIAA qualifier.

As a freshman in 2000, he tied for ninth in the WPIAL tournament and placed 50th in the state.

A year later, Rohanna finished third in the WPIAL and 46th in the state.

Last season, he tied for fourth in the WPIAL and the Raiders' team finished fourth.

While he's played in a number of important and highly competitive tournaments during the spring and summer, Rohanna is placing quite a bit on the coming scholastic season.

"I won a few local tournaments this summer," he said. "I'm not playing the best of golf. It's not like I have hit my peak yet or anything. I'm not getting many putts to fall for me and that is kind of hurting my game.

"It's not like I'm putting badly. They just won't go in. They're lipping out a lot, or I'm hitting it a little hard or a little easy."

That could change instantly or in other circumstances.

"Just a different week," Rohanna said.

Before the high school season begins, Rohanna has one last summer tournament to play in. He will be among the contenders for this week's Young Guns Thursday at Quicksilver.

"It's a pretty big tournament around here," Rohanna said. …

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