Soon-to-be Radnor High graduate Brynn Walker completed her first try at playing in an LPGA event Saturday in the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a 4-over 75 at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s Bay Course.
It was an uneventful round compared to the wild ride that was her opening-round 80, a tour of the classic Bay Course layout that included such highs as four straight birdies and such lows as the dreaded snowman, a quadruple-bogey eight.
Her two-day total of 13-over 155 was nowhere near the 1-under 141 total it required to make the cut. But the kind of experience the North Carolina-bound Walker gained by competing against the best players in the world is priceless.
Starting on the first hole at the Bay Course, Walker made a double bogey at the fourth and bogeys at five and six before making a birdie at the ninth to make the turn in 3-over 40. After bogeys at the 11th, 14th and 15th holes, Walker finished with a flourish, making birdies at 17 and 18 for a 1-over 35 on the back nine and a 4-over 75 total. Walker finished tied for 136th.
Another two-time PIAA champion, Waynesburg Central’s Rachel Rohanna, finished two shots ahead of Walker in a tie for 133rd after rounds of 74 and 79. Rohanna won her state titles in 2005 and 2007 before going on to a standout career at Ohio State.
Rohanna battled her way onto the LPGA Tour of the Symetra Tour and is still trying to gain a solid foothold at the game’s top level. Walker still has a lot of amateur golf ahead of her, but success at the LPGA level is never guaranteed. Rohanna could tell you that.
When Walker graduates from high school this week, she will have two individual PIAA Class AAA titles, a girls PIAA Class AAA team title and a boys PIAA Class AAA team title as well as participation in six USGA events, including deep runs at the first two U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball championships, twice representing Pennsylvania in the USGA State Team Championship, including a third-place finish last fall, and trips to the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur championships in the summer of 2014. And in the week before graduation, she got a peek at life in the big leagues by qualifying for the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Later this month, Walker will take another shot at trying to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, an event that takes on special significance this year because it will be staged at Rolling Green Golf Club, a course she played in Central League matches with Radnor against Springfield.