Easthom places eighth in Pittsburgh Open; owned lead after Round 1

Mark Martin
Alex Easthom takes the swing during a recent golf tournament.

Alex Easthom said it best when he stated how tough the game of golf can be.

The former Ravenswood High standout and current West Liberty State University golfer learned the hard way earlier this week in the Pittsburgh Open at the South Hills Country Club on the outskirts of the Steel City.

The two-day affair was truly the best and worst of times for the talented Easthom.

After the opening 18 holes of play, Easthom’s name stood at the top of the leaderboard following a sizzling round of 6-under-par 65.

But his hopes of winning the event, which featured professionals, went by the wayside on Tuesday when his second round score ballooned to 80.

It left him with a two-day total of 145 and 3-over-par, placing him in a three-way tie for eighth.

“It’s not that I hit it a lot differently from my first round, but I missed some putts that got me in trouble,” said Easthom of his second round situation.

Easthom tied with a pair of professionals in Roy Vucinich of Moon Township, Pennsylvania and Wheeling’s Jason Robinson.

Amateur Darin Kowalski of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania came away as the champion with back-to-back rounds of 68 to finish at 6-under for the tournament.

Easthom was one of five West Virginians in the event, which had a bevy of local Pittsburgh-area golfers, both pro and amateur, competing. Besides himself and Robinson, the field included professional Ty Roush of nearby Mason, who ended in a four-way tie for 11th at 4-over, amateur Mason Williams of Bridgeport, who tied for 15th at 5-over and amateur Joey Seabright of Wheeling who was one of five in a tie for the 23rd position at 7-over.

While enduring difficult times on the links Tuesday, Easthom enjoyed the experience as he continues making his ascent as one of West Virginia’s top amateur golfers.

“The course was great,” he said. “It was a good time.”

Easthom’s 65 proved to be the top individual round of the tournament and one of only five scores below 70.

Next on the docket from a competition standpoint for Easthom will be the prestigious West Virginia State Amateur at The Greenbrier Resort. The 101st edition of the State Am is set to be played the final week of the month, July 28-31.