The first of six state-wide qualifiers for the 90th West Virginia Open Championship took place Thursday in Shepherdstown at The Club at Cress Creek.  Nearly two dozen golfers teed it up in hopes of obtaining eight spots available today into the final field of the West Virginia Open which will take place at Berry Hills Country Club July 26-28.

“The course is in the best shape in the last five years and it’s always nice seeing folks from the eastern panhandle compete for a state championship,” said John Francisco, head golf professional at The Club at Cress Creek.

Earning Medalist Honors was Francisco who fired a two over par 73.  Other qualifiers were:

  • Jeremy Thompson of Martinsburg;
  • Drew Kessler of Harpers Ferry;
  • Christopher Neighbors of Charles Town;
  • Dylan Carroll of Kearneysville;
  • Ethan Hardy of Charles Town;
  • San Harrison of Stephenson, Va.; and
  • Alix Lewis of Martinsburg.

Alternates are Tanner Elliott of Charles Town and Noah Reasbeck of Martinsburg.

“This Championship showcases the very best golfers in our state,” said West Virginia Golf Association Interim Executive Director Chris Slack. “We are excited to host this year’s Championship at Berry Hills Country Club and to have WVU Medicine as our presenter.”

The WV Open Championship has a rich 89-year history. Legendary professional golfer Sam Snead holds the record for the most WV Open victories at 17. The defending champion is Christian Brand.  The WV Open features the best amateur and professional golfers in West Virginia.

For today’s leaderboard, visit WV Open Qualifier – The Club at Cress Creek.

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