John Pillar won a three-way playoff to capture the Pennsylvania Open on Wednesday at the Country Club of York.
John Pillar won a three-way playoff to capture the Pennsylvania Open on Wednesday at the Country Club of York. (BIL BOWDEN PHOTO)

Hawley's John Pillar Sr. captured the Allegheny Health Network 98th Pennsylvania Open Championship on Wednesday at the Country Club of York.

Pillar, who earned $8,000 for his victory, prevailed in a three-way playoff over a pair of former Pennsylvania Open champions, Waynesburg's Robert Rohanna and Wexford's Mike Van Sickle. Pillar birdied the first playoff hole, No. 18, to grab the victory and the Arnold Palmer Trophy.

All three players finished with a three-round total of 2-under-par 208. They were the only three players in the 100-plus player field to finish under par for the week on the challenging Donald Ross-designed layout.

"I'm thrilled. I'm over the moon right now," Pillar said on the Pennsylvania Golf Association website. "It's hard to explain, but I had a really good feeling coming into this event, and a belief that good things would come if I just stayed patient, and that's what happened."

Pillar is the Director of Golf at the Country Club of Woodloch Springs.

Van Sickle shot his way into the playoff with a 5-under 65, which was lowest round of the week. Pillar shot 71 on Wednesday, while Rohanna fired a 70.

Pittsburgh's Kevin Shields took fourth at even-par 210 after shooting a 70 on Wednesday.

Haverford's Nelson Hargrove, who led after each of the first two rounds, struggled to a 75 on Wednesday and finished alone in fifth at 211.


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The top local finisher was Country Club of York teaching professional Terry Hertzog, who ended up tied for 13th with a 7-over 217 total. He shot 70 on Wednesday. Hertzog is a two-time Pennsylvania Open champion.

Former York County Amateur champion Mark Sheftic tied for 17th at 218. The former Country Club of York pro shot 77 Wednesday. He's also a former Pennsylvania Open champion.

West York High School graduate Josh Rinehart fired a 72 on Wednesday to finish at 219. He was tied for 22nd with another Yorker, Brandon Knaub, who shot 73 on Wednesday.

— Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.