“Finishing with an eagle on the last hole of the day to shoot EVEN really feels good,” said Hardy.

The first of seven state-wide qualifiers for the 89th West Virginia Open Championship took place Thursday in Shepherdstown at The Club at Cress Creek.  Two dozen golfers teed it up in hopes of obtaining nine spots available today into the final field of the West Virginia Open which will take place at Stonewall Resort later this month.

“The course is in nice shape 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 Tyler Hardy of Charles Town who fired an EVEN par 71.  “Finishing with an eagle on the last hole of the day to shoot EVEN really feels good,” said Hardy.

Other qualifiers were:

  • Dylan Carroll of Kearneysville;
  • Phil Constantino of Charles Town;
  • Tommy Evans of Charles Town;
  • Mason Kidwell of Charles Town;
  • Terry Mumaw of Charles Town;
  • Christopher Neighbors of Charles Town;
  • Van Stemple of Shepherdstown; and
  • Jeremy Thompson of Martinsburg.

“This Championship showcases the very best golfers in our state,” said West Virginia Golf Association Executive Director Brad Ullman. “We are excited to host this year’s Championship at Stonewall Resort for the very first time, and to have Coke as our sponsor.”

The WV OPEN Championship has a rich 88-year history. Legendary professional golfer Sam Snead holds the record for the most WV OPEN victories at 17. The defending champion is 12-time winner David Bradshaw.  The WV OPEN features the best amateur and professional golfers in West Virginia, competing for over $30,000 in prizes.

For today’s leaderboard, visit WV Open Qualifier – Championship Leaderboard | West Virginia Golf A (bluegolf.com).

For more information please visit wvga.org.