It was windy, it was wet and it was muddy, but still they played on at the Country Club of York on Tuesday.

When play was finished after the soggy second round of the Allegheny Health Network 98th Pennsylvania Open Championship, only three players were under par on the challenging Donald Ross-designed layout.

Haverford's Nelson Hargrove owned the lead with a two-round total of 4-under-par 136 after posting a 70 on Tuesday. He was one shot ahead of Hawley's John Pillar Sr. and two clear of Waynesburg's Robert Rohanna, the 2010 Pennsylvania Open champion. Rohanna fired the only sub-70 round in Tuesday's rainy conditions, posting a 69. Pillar shot 70.

Pittsburgh's Kevin Shields was fourth at 140.

"It was a tough day out there today, obviously, with the weather we had to deal with," Hargrove said on the Pennsylvania Golf Association website. "It was really difficult with the rain and wind to try to determine what shot to hit."

Former York County Amateur champion Mark Sheftic, who was tied for the lead with Hargrove after Monday's opening-round 66, faltered to a 75 on Tuesday and is tied for fifth at 141 with Saxonburg's Joe Boros. Sheftic formerly worked at the Country Club of York and won the 2011 Pennsylvania Open. He is currently a teaching pro at the prestigious Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia.

Three other players with York ties made the cut, which included the top 40 players in the 100-plus player field.


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York's Brandon Knaub is tied for 25th at 146 after consecutive rounds of 73.

Country Club of York teaching pro Terry Hertzog and West York's Josh Rinehart are tied for 30th at 147. Hertzog had rounds of 73 and 74, while Rinehart had rounds of 71 and 76.

Nine other players with York ties failed to make the cut, which came at 148. They were: York's Steven Bostdorf (150), Spring Grove's Richie Krebs (151), York's Nick Geiman (151), Stewartstown's Alex Hofstrand (151), York College's Ryan Wolbach (152), York's Joe Parrini (153), former York College golfer Nolan Peterson (157), York's Kevin Muldoon (161) and York College's David Boslough (171).

The third-and-final round is set for Wednesday. The purse for the event is $40,000, with the top prize being $10,000. The winner will receive the Arnold Palmer Trophy.

The forecast for Wednesday is considerably better, with a high of around 80 and little chance of rain.

OTHER LOCAL GOLF

Merling moves on: West York High School graduate Aislynn Merling has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Amateur Division Championship Flight at the Pennsylvania State Women's Amateur at Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz, Lancaster County.

Merling, the No. 7 seed, beat No. 10 seed Amy Loughney, 1-up. Merling will face No. 2 seed Brynn Walker on Wednesday.

Victoria Ross, who will be a senior at Spring Grove in the fall, lost her first-round match in the Amateur Division Championship Flight, falling 6&5 to No. 1 seed Shannon Gramley. Ross was seeded No. 16.

In the Amateur Division First Flight, No. 1 seed Amy Kennedy downed No. 16 seed Danielle Dalessandro, 1-up. Kennedy has won six Women's York County Amateur crowns. Also winning 1-up in the First Flight was Julianna Lee, who will be a freshman at Central York in the fall. Lee, seeded 14th, upset No. 3 seed Lisa Poritz. In Wednesday's quarterfinals, Kennedy will face No. 8 seed Lauren Smith and Lee will battle No. 11 seed Brianna LaFoca.

Country Club of York's Connie Shorb grabbed a 4&2 victory over Range End's Ruth Stover in the Senior Division Championship Flight. Shorb is seeded No. 5, while Stover was seeded No. 12. Shorb faces No. 13 seed Kerry Rutan in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Logue advances to match play at U.S. Amateur: Isaiah Logue, who has won the last two York County Amateur championships, has advanced to the match-play competition at the U.S. Amateur.

The Fairfield golfer finished tied for 43rd after stroke-play qualifying at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The top 64 players in the 312-player field advanced to match play.

Logue had rounds of 70 and 74 for a 1-over-par 144 total. The qualifying took place at the Highlands Course and the Riverside Course.

In Wednesday's first round of match play, Logue will face England's Sam Horsfield, who tied for eighth in stroke-play qualifying with a 139 total.

Georgia's Lee McCoy and Oklahoma's Taylor Moore tied for medalist honors in stroke play with 135 totals.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.