Born and raised near Huntington, W.Va., Patrick D. Carter is one of the most decorated amateur golfers in West Virginia. Born on March 6, 1968, Carter became involved in the game of golf when he was just three years old. He credits his brother, Earl, for introducing him to the game at such a young age.
Carter first competed in the West Virginia Amateur Championship when he was just 15 years old. By 1986, he was finishing in the top ten. Just three years later, 1989, Carter won his first West Virginia Amateur Championship.
Former Marshall University golf coach, Joe Feaganes, recruited Carter to play on what was West Virginia’s flagship college golf team. While competing on the Thundering Herd golf team, Carter was All-Conference his junior and senior years, and was also runner-up in the Southern Conference Tournament his senior year. In 1990 he was inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame.
As of 2013, Carter is a 13-time Champion of the West Virginia Amateur Championship, just two behind the state record, held by fellow Hall of Fame member, William C. Campbell. In addition to his West Virginia Amateur titles, he continues to have success in the West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship, with six titles to this day. He is also a 10-time Champion of the West Virginia Four-Ball Championship and has competed in The Greenbrier Classic—a PGA Tour FedEx Cup Championship.
On the national level, Carter is well-known in the United States Golf Association community, competing in 32 USGA Championships. Among those include making it to quarterfinals in the 2003 U.S. Amateur Championship and advancing to semifinal matches at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.