A chapter has ended and a new one will begin for Greensburg native Mark Goetz in his golf career.
The 2021 United States Golf Association amateur medalist ended his collegiate career by tying for 25and with teammate Logan Perkins at the Big 12 Championship on April 27.
Goetz shot an 8-over 224 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, and was part of WVU history, becoming one of two golfers to finish in the Championship Top 25. . Goetz and Perkins recorded WVU’s fifth-best all-time scores at the Big 12 Championship over par.
“I appreciate the hard work Mark and Logan have put into their WVU careers,” West Virginia coach Sean Covich said. “They joined us in our third year as a program and helped us build year after year.”
Neither golfer qualified for NCAA Regionals.
“I wasn’t worried about qualifying, I was really hoping to improve the team,” Goetz said. “We just came a little short. I was glad to be back for another year.
Goetz will spend time playing amateur tournaments before turning pro to play in the Frank B. Fuhrer Jr. Invitational on June 27.
He will team up with good friend Sean Knapp in the State Four-Ball Championship and play in the Sunnehanna Amateur, which begins June 15.
He will then begin his professional career. Goetz has conditional status on PGA Tour Canada after equalizing for 20and at Q-School USA East in March at the RTJ Golf Trail at Highland Oaks in Dothan, Ala.
“Sunnehanna will be my last amateur event,” Goetz said. “I made my Sunnehanna debut thanks to Sean (Knapp). I learned a lot playing the Q-School event.
“I’m happy to have wet feet. I’m excited about my future, and now I can just focus on my game.”
US Women’s Qualifiers
Waynesburg native Rachel Rohanna Virgili narrowly missed out on qualifying for the 2022 US Open Women’s by finishing sixth in qualifying at Shannopin Country Club in Ben Avon Heights.
She finished tied for sixth with Celeste Valinho with a 144 of 2 over par.
Austin Kim, a senior at Vanderbilt, was the medalist with a 4-under 138. LPGA pro Marissa Steen of Cincinnati was second with a 1-under 141, while Laney Frye, a sophomore from Kentucky, took third place after shooting an even- par 142. Frye edged out first alternate Sanna Nuutinen, who carded a 142.
Rachel Kuehn is the second alternate.
Westmoreland County Calendar
The 2022 Westmoreland County Golf Association Calendar begins May 28 with the three-way scramble at Totteridge Golf Course.
The amateur best-ball event is June 11 at Hannastown Golf Club, the junior amateur is June 23 at Latrobe Country Club, and the Francis Driscoll Parent-Child Tournament is August 20 at Mt. Odin Golf Course.
The Men’s Amateur Tournament will be held July 9-10 at Greensburg Country Club and the final event of the season is the Senior/Super Senior Tournament which will be held August 24 at Latrobe Country Club.
Fuhrer II leads the Isaly junior event
David Fuhrer II shot an over-par 71 to earn medalist honors at the Tri-State PGA Isaly’s Junior Tour event Saturday at the Wheeling (W.Va.) Country Club.
17-18 years old: 1. Kyle Rice 75; 2. Cody Karcher 77; 3. Wes Warden 78; T4. Andrew Patsy, JJ Hufnagel and Ethan Bryne 85.
15-16 years old: 1. Fuhrer II 71; 2. Kai Carlson 77; T3. Griffin Hansberry, Zach Ross and David Kittsley 78.
11-14 years old: 1. Eckstein Faith 78; 2. Carson Kittsley 78; 3. Jonas Schollaert 79 years old; 4.Brady Newman 86; 5. Luke Lamb 88.
16-18 years old: 1. Lindsey Powanda 78; 2.Ava Liburdi 85; 3. Megan Manesiotis 93; 4.Graci Rygelski 94; 5. Angel Epondulan 99.
11-15 years old: 1. Brooke Vowcheck 85; 2. Lily Gedris 86; 3. Ellie Benson 87; T4 Milana Yannascoli and Emily Obara 110.