Local golf notebook: Experience should give Rohanna edge in U.S. Women's Open

| Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:25 p.m.

Rachel Rohanna will travel to the U.S. Women's Open next month at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., with an eye on winning.

For good reason.

Rohanna's 2011 Open experience should prove invaluable when the Waynesburg High graduate tees it up with the best women players in the world.

Rohanna had been hovering around par — near the top of the leaderboard — after 27 holes two years ago at Broadmoor East in Colorado Springs, Colo. Then her emotions and the thin air doomed her to a disastrous second-round back nine. Rohanna missed the cut after shooting 9-over-par 80.

Rohanna's first 27 holes were more representative of her play, and her opening-round 73 was one shot better than what eventual champion So Yeon Ryu carded.

Rohanna, who turned pro earlier this year, is confident she will do a better job of managing the adrenaline that overwhelmed her.

“Just knowing that I've been there before and I can compete with those players and I can hit the ball as well as them, that definitely gives me confidence,” said Rohanna, who plays on the Symetra Tour, which is a step below the LPGA Tour. “It will probably come down to my short game.”

If Rohanna needs to keep perspective, all she has to remember is that the tournament is not even her biggest event of the summer.

Rohanna is getting married July 6 — six days after the final round.

“Right now I'm mostly worried about my tan lines,” she said with a laugh.

Rohanna will have a couple of weeks to work that out and hone her game after playing in the Friends of Mission Charity Classic in North Carolina this weekend. The Symetra Tour will take a three-week hiatus and Rohanna will come home, though she won't have much down time.

Not with the U.S. Open and a wedding fast approaching.

“I'm hitting the ball pretty well,” Rohanna said, “and well enough that I think I could play a U.S. Open course.”

Bertrand wins at Totteridge

An errant tee shot landed in a water hazard and led to a bogey on the first par 5 that Erik Bertrand played in a 36-hole event Thursday.

It proved to be anything but an omen.

The 38-year-old Pittsburgh resident birdied the final seven par 5s that he played at Totteridge Golf Club, helping him win the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Public Links Championship.

Bertrand shot 7-under-par 137 (67-70) to beat Sean Knapp by four strokes and earn exemptions to the West Penn Amateur and West Penn Open.

“It always seemed like when I made a bogey I had a par 5 coming up,” Bertrand said of the key to his shooting two rounds under par.

Bertrand, an engineer for Mosites Construction, had planned to try to qualify for the West Penn Amateur and West Penn Open. But his win at Totteridge became that much sweeter when he asked Matt Rusinko for qualifying information.

Rusinko, the West Penn Golf Association's championship director, told Bertrand he no longer needed to worry about that.

Short shot

Carnegie Mellon junior Ian Bangor shot 161 (79-82) at the NCAA Division III men's golf championship last week. The Moon resident missed the cut in the same tournament his father, Paul, played in 1985.

St. Vincent qualified for the men's team tournament in Destin, Fla., but it also missed the cut.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ScottBrown_Trib.

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