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Penn-Trafford graduate Dan Obremski again in mix at Fuhrer Invitational

Paul Schofield
| Monday, June 19, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Dan Obremski finds himself in a similar position as he was after the first day of last year's Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational: in contention.

But the 30-year-old Penn-Trafford graduate hopes Rounds 3 and 4 go a lot better than they did in 2016 at Pittsburgh Field Club, when he stumbled and finished tied for eighth, eight shots behind winner David Bradshaw.

Obremski is two shots behind 2011 Penn State grad T.J. Howe heading into Day 2. Howe is at 6-under-par 134 after two rounds, and Obremski is at 4-under.

Obremski led after Day 1 in 2016, shooting an 8-under 132. He has competed in numerous minitour events and is playing on the Adams Tour in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Kansas. He admitted his 2017 season has had its ups and downs.

But Monday was good day for the most part.

“I'm working on closing the deal,” said Obremski, who was tied with Howe after Round 1 with a 3-under-par 67.

Obremski started the second round on the front nine and shot 4-under 31 to reach 7-under. But he gave back a couple of shots on the back nine after some errant shots. Overall, he was pleased.

“I've proven I belong in this field,” Obremski said. “Now I have to continue to focus and not get ahead of myself.

“I've never won a multiple-round event. Hopefully this will be the first. I want to be at the top of the leaderboard because I want to win.”

Howe, who nearly made the U.S. Open as an alternate, was the only other player under par. The northern Pennsylvania native needed one other player to withdraw before Thursday's opening round at Erin Hills, Wis., to get an opportunity.

Mike Van Sickle, the 2014 winner, said he was pleased with his 3-over.

“I have to put together a couple good ones,” Van Sickle said. “It's easy to go backwards here.”

Bradshaw, looking to become the first player to win three consecutive titles, will have some work to do. He started slowly in 2016 but shot 5-under over the final two rounds to defeat Michael Gligic on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff with a walk-off hole-in-one.

Bradshaw is tied for fourth at 2-over with two other golfers. Easton Renwick is third.

Waynesburg's Robert Rohanna, who has played on the PGA South American Tour, finished with a pair of 71s and also was at 2-over.

Will Wears, the grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, is tied for ninth at 144.

The 72-hole, no-cut event ends Wednesday. The first-place prize is $40,000.

Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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