June 1, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sophomore Maryland men's golfer John Popeck was the male recipient of the Frank Fuhrer III Award which is awarded by the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. The honor is given to one male and one female golfer who is from Western Pennsylvania and had the most outstanding performance amongst players from the region that year. Rachel Rohanna of Ohio State was named the female recipient.
Popeck led all area collegians with a 72.6 scoring average, at least 1.5 strokes better than a strong field. He had five top 15 finishes against strong competition highlighted by a T-2 in the Rehoboth Beach Invitational, seventh in the Cavalier Classic, and 15th in the ACC tournament. Popeck's best round came at the ECU/UNCW River Landing Intercollegiate with a 69. He had a repeat 69 stroke performance at ACC's where he finished one-under-par with a 215.
The Pennsylvania native helped the team claim seven top-10 finishes and finish in the top-20 of all 11 tournaments played. The Terrapins against took the tournament crown at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invite with a 579 (289-290). The team's best round was a 285 in the final round of River Landing in which they finished fifth.
Rohanna, the Buckeyes #1 player as a freshman, averaged 75.24, and her score counted 31/34 times. She recorded two top five and five top twenty finishes, highlighted by a second in the Lady Buckeye. Her best 54-hole score was 218 at the Lady Northern Invitational hosted by Wisconsin. She made the All Big-Ten first team. As a high school golfer she played on the boy's team at Waynesburg High School, plus other girls sports such as softball.
The award is named for Frank Fuhrer, III, an outstanding collegiate player at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977-81. His collegiate honors include all multiple All ACC, All-American, plus the 1981 Walker Cup team. He played the PGA Tour, and then was reinstated to amateur golf in 1992, when he promptly won the Pennsylvania State Amateur. Fuhrer has won twelve WPGA championships including last year's net division in the Father/Son with his 85 year old father, Frank, Jr.