The U.S. Open briefly teed off yesterday in suburban Pittsburgh before the weather intervened. Penn State has a number of connections at the event. Behind the scenes, David Delsandro is the Director of U.S. Open Operations & Projects at Oakmont Country Club and Pete Kowalski serves as the Director of Championship Communications for the United States Golf Association. On the course, Penn State has not had a golfer in the U.S. Open since 1999, this year they have a pair. Once freshman roommates, Kevin Foley and T.J. Howe try to make the cut. You can follow along with their rounds live here.
Wall Street’s Greatest Athlete of All-Time: For the fifth straight year, Mark Rubin has earned the title of "Wall Street’s Best Male Athlete" at the New York City Decathlon. The event benefits Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. You can watch portions of the competition on Saturday, June 25 at 1pm on NBCSN.
Baseball Signings: Jim Haley will forgo his final season and instead play ball for the Tampa Bay Rays organization, assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades, which, coincidentally, will be playing the State College Spikes at Medlar Field for a series starting this Sunday. Meanwhile, out west, Jack Anderson signed with the Mariners organization, assigned to the Everett Aquasox.
Athletes of the Year: Raquel Rodriguez and Zain Retherford have been named Penn State’s Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year respectively. The wrestling team has been responsible for the last five male winners and Rocky is potentially still awaiting yet another honor as one of the nominees for Honda Collegiate Woman of the Year to be awarded later this month.
Quick Hits: Former Nittany Lion wrestler Jarrett Freeman has announced he is running for New York state senate. This autumn’s Penn State-Pitt game is an extended topic on this week’s Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody. The Penn State women’s soccer team has five members invited to the U.S. under-20 national team training camp, the most of any school.