Can anyone say freshman phenom?
While Amber Rohrer has continued her golfing success, landing herself on the top of the leaderboard once again, a new lady by the name of Jaimie Wharton has come to town.
Freshman Wharton and junior Rohrer found themselves atop the leaderboard on Thursday at the Pocono Intercollegiate Invitational, the season’s first event, with a score of 85 – one stroke better than Rohrer’s title-winning score in the same tournament last year. Another freshman, Kendal Olear, participated and put up a solid effort for a score of 94.
For Rohrer, the top lady Marauder golfer for the past two years, it was another usual top 10 performance.
After a successful high school career, she took no time to cause some stirs around the PSAC. In her freshman year, she was the best female Millersville golfer, averaging 88.3 strokes per event. In that same year, she posted three top-10 finishes and never finished worse than the 30th spot. She squashed any doubts that were set upon her as she finished 16th overall in the PSAC Championships in 2011.
Rohrer only moved in the positive direction in her sophomore year, maintaining her top spot as far as female Millersville golfers go. Speaking of top spots, she landed in seven of eight top 10’s including the win at last year’s version of the Invitational at Pocono. She averaged a score of 88.4 and placed 25th at the PSAC Championships. Starting off the 2012-13 season with a win will surely spring her to another successful year. However, she might have some unexpected competition as MU’s top lady golfer with Wharton around.
Wharton, who tied for first with Rohrer in her first college tourney on Thursday, was turning her female competitors in high school belly-up so often that she was pitted against boys most of the time. As a senior, she averaged 88.7 and finished 2nd in the Mid-Penn Girls’ Tournament.
With high school success and a college-level event win under her belt, Wharton will have lots of eyeballs upon her as she continues to play throughout the season. Rohrer, a veteran with lots of top finishes, will continue her successful collegiate career. Maybe, just maybe, Millersville might have their own “Big Two” in their hands. Only time will tell as they meet again on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Alvernia Fall Invitational in Reading, Pa.