West Virginia Golf Association


Since 1913 the game of golf has been contested on the short grasses throughout our wonderful state.  The WVGA has hosted over a century of championships that have produced some amazing results and worthy champions. Please access the database below to learn more.



1933:  Johnny Javins,  the pro at Edgewood  Country Club in Charleston, defeated pro  I. C. “”Rocky”’  Schorr of  Bluefield Country Club in an 18-hole playoff at Kanawha Country Club in South Charleston to win the first West Virginia Open.  Javins shot a 76 in the playoff while Schorr had an 82.  They agreed to split first and second place money but Javins got the trophy donated by George C. Weimer of St. Albans.  Javins and Schorr had tied after 72 holes of  medal play with 302 scores.  Schorr  held a five-stroke lead over the field and an 11-stroke edge over Javins after two rounds but faltered on the second 36-hole day.  Schorr’s troubles started when he took a nine on the par-four third hole, needing five strokes to get out of a trap.  Javins began his comeback with a 69 in the third round to pick up all 11 strokes on Schorr.  The West Virginia Professional Golfers Association was formed in a meeting a month before the tournament, with Schorr the first president.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Schorr 72, by one; second, Schorr  147, by five; third, Javins and Schorr, 227s.

Johnny Javins, Charleston                80-78-69-75–302
I. C. Schorr, Bluefield                          72-75-80-75–302
Rader Jewett, Wheeling                     81-73-77-77–308
a-Alex Larmon, Charleston                86-77-73-72–308
A. J. Chapman, Wheeling                   81-82-75-74–312
Gordon Murray,  Charleston               80-81-72-80–313
Kermit Hutchinson, Charleston        75-85-76-78–314
Joe Fungy, Martinsburg                      73-79-80-83–315
B. R. Maus, Montgomery                    81-81-78-78–318
Archie Loeffler, Weirton                      81-83-78-77–319

1934: Rader Jewett, the pro at the Cedar Rocks club  in Elm Grove, opened with two subpar rounds on the par 70 Wheeling Country Club and led all the way in capturing the second West Virginia Open.  Jewett shot 69 and 68 on the first day to open up a seven-stroke lead.  “”It’s a tough battle all the way and I don’t intend to let down, ” Jewett said.   He did cool off a bit with 73 and 71 rounds on the second day but still added to his lead and wound up with a 281 total — one over par for 72 holes — and a decisive 11-stroke victory.  Wheeling amateur Bobby Rownd finished second with 292.  Parkersburg pro Jules Blanton missed numerous short birdie putts but came in third with 293.   Leaders by rounds: first,  Jewett  69, by two; second,  Jewett 137, by seven; third, Jewett 210, by 10.

Rader Jewett, Wheeling                                    69-68-73-71–281
a-Bobby Rownd, Wheeling                               71-73-76-72–292
Jules Blanton, Parkersburg                              72-72-76-73–293
A. J. Chapman, Wheeling                                  71-75-74-75–295
Horace Brand, Clarksburg                                78-73-73-71–295
a-Alex Larmon, Charleston                               72-74-77-73–296
a-Cap Rohrl, Wheeling                                      71-75-75-76–297
Archie Loeffler, Weirton                                     74-78-75-71–298
Bill  Swing , Huntington                                     77-75-74-74–300
a-Everett Livesay, White Sulphur. Springs    73-75-74-78–300

1935:  Rader Jewett  overcame Clarksburg Country Club pro Horace Brand on the final three holes at Parkersburg  Country Club to successfully defend his West Virginia Open title. Jewett posted a 289 total for 72 holes to win by two strokes over  Brand. The Scottish-born Brand led by three strokes with three holes left before suffering a stroke of bad luck. As Brand prepared to make his second shot to the 16th green, a woman dashed out in front of him, causing him to top a simple niblick shot. Brand took a double-bogey six on the hole while Jewett sank a 10-foot putt for a birdie three to pull even. Jewett took the lead with a seven-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole after Brand missed a 13-footer.  Jewett three-putted the final hole for a bogey five but it didn’t matter as Brand hooked his tee shot into the rough, put his second into a trap and took six.   Bud Rittenhouse, 17, of  Parkersburg was low amateur with 299.   Leaders by rounds: first, Bill Swing 71, by one; second, Brand 144, by one; third, Brand 216, by one.

Rader Jewett, Wheeling                        76-70-71-72–289
Horace Brand, Clarksburg                    72-72-72-75–291
Clem Wiechman, Logan                       72-73-73-79–297
Jules Blanton, Parkersburg                  74-74-71-80–299
a-Bud Rittenhouse, Parkersburg         73-77-75-74–299
Russell Fankhauser, Parkersburg      75-74-76-76–301
I. C.  Schorr, Bluefield                             76-72-75-78–301
a-Jack Hoblitzell, Parkersburg             77-72-78-77–304
a-Everett Livesay, Lewisburg               79-74-77-74–304
Bill Swing, Huntington                           71-80-80-76–307
Kermit Hutchinson, Charleston           72-79-77-79–307

1936:  Sam Snead, a 24-year-old assistant professional at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, won his first West Virginia Open, posting a five-under-par 211 score for three rounds over the Guyan Country Club course in Huntington.  The tournament was reduced from 72 to 54 holes because rain forced cancellation of  the second round on the first day.   Guyan assistant pro Bill Swing took the first round lead with a 70.  Snead charged in front with a 68, featuring seven birdies and an eagle, the next morning.   Snead added four birdies and a 71 score in the final round to win by five strokes and take home the $150 first prize.  Pro Art Clark of  Welch  set the course record with a 67 in the middle round on six birdies to trail Snead by a stroke.  Clark could do no better than  75 in the last round to finish second with a 216 total.  Leaders by rounds: first, Swing 70, by two; second, Snead 140, by one.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs    72-68-71–211
Art Clark, Welch                                        74-67-75–216
a-John Hawkins, Huntington                 76-75-74–225
Russell Fankhauser, Parkersburg       74-74-78–226
Chuck Onoretta, Elm Grove                    77-72-78–227
Bill Swing, Huntington                             70-80-77–227
Horace Brand, Clarksburg                     76-75-76–227
Clem Wiechman, Logan                         75-82-72–229
I. C. Schorr, Bluefield                               78-75-76–229

1937:   Slammin’ Sam Snead shot subpar rounds of  67 and 66 on the first day and  66 and 69 on the second day to retain his West Virginia Open championship by a whopping 12-stroke margin at Kanawha Country Club.   He finished 12-under-par with a 268 total.   That doesn’t include a course-record 64 by Snead in the pro-am preliminary that would have been a 63 if he hadn’t called a stroke on himself for accidentally touching the ball with his putter on a green.  Snead made an amazing 30 birdies in 90 holes for the week.   Snead passed up a $5,000 tour event in New York  and arrived unexpected to defend his title in the $500 State Open.  He drove several par-four holes, including the first and 18th, but missed the eagle putts.   Sam was credited with several 300-yard drives, including a 360-yard blast on the 14th hole.  For the second straight year,  pro Art Clark was even par for the tournament and runnerup to Snead.   Clark had a 66 in the final round.  Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 67, by one; second, Snead 133,  by seven; third, Snead 199, by 14.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs      67-66-66-69–268
Art Clark, Gary                                             71-73-70-66–280
a-Jack Hoblitzell, Parkersburg                74-70-70-70–284
a-Alex Larmon, Charleston                      72-70-72-70–284
Clem Wiechman, Logan                          68-72-73-72–285
Porter George, Bluefield                           73-71-71-70–285
Joe Reposkey, Clarksburg                      74-72-73-67–286
Earl Tolley, White Sulphur Springs        69-74-70-74–287
Bill Swing,  Huntington                             74-74-69-72–289
a-Jack King, Jr., Charleston                    73-72-70-75–290

1938:   Sam Snead gave par another trouncing at the Cedar Rocks course near Wheeling to win his third straight West Virginia Open title.   Snead completed the 72-hole tournament in 280, 12 strokes under par on the par-73 layout and 11 strokes better than runnerup Art Clark of Gary.  It was the third straight year that Snead and Clark finished one-two in the Open.  Snead’s winning check was $125.  He opened with a pair of 73s and trailed Clark by a stroke after the first day but took charge on the final day with 68 and 66 rounds.   Sam had a course record 64 in a tuneup round and shot 69 in the pro-am while playing with 15-year-old amateur partner Billy Campbell. Leaders by rounds: first, Snead and Clark 73s; second, Clark 145, by one;  third, Snead 204, by two.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs      73-73-68-66–280
Art Clark, Gary                                             73-72-71-75–291
Joe Paletti, Clarksburg                             78-73-70-72–293
a-George Hoffer, Wheeling                      78-72-75-75–300
Earl Tolley, White Sulphur Springs        76-75-78-73–302
Bill Swing, Huntington                              74-74-78-79–305
Russ Fankhauser, Parkersburg            75-80-74-77–306
Sam Baker, Charleston                           79-79-77-72–307
a-Jack Hoblitzell, Parkersburg               77-77-77-76–307
Chuck Onoretta, Wheeling                      79-78-75-76–308
Mickey Donoghue, Wheeling                  77-78-80-73–308

1939:   Steady Logan Country Club pro Clem Wiechman led from start to finish in capturing the West Virginia Open at Bluefield Country Club.  His first place prize was $125.  Wiechman posted a 278 total to win by four strokes over pro Earl Tolley, a young protege of Sam Snead, who did not defend his title.   Tolley had the only subpar round of the tournament with a  66 in the final round on the par 68 course.   Arnold Browning of Huntington was second after two rounds and would have tied for fifth at 291  but was disqualified for not going back to the tee to replay his drive after losing a ball in the final round.  The low amateur, John Chenoweth, had to survive a protest that he did not play in his assigned threesome in the third round but the official starter was ruled at fault.  Leaders by rounds: first, Wiechman 69, by one; second, Wiechman 139, by three; third, Wiechman 210, by five.

Clem Wiechman, Logan                         69-70-71-68–278
Earl Tolley, White Sulphur Springs       75-70-71-66–282
Joe Paletti, Clarksburg                            76-69-70-71–286
Rocky Schorr, Bluefield                           73-73-73-68–287
Russell Fankhauser, Parkersburg       76-70-69-76–291
a-John Chenoweth, Charleston            75-68-77-73–293
Porter George,  Bluefield                        75-73-71-75–294
Bill Swing, Huntington                             75-76-74-69–294
a-Frank Crum, Williamson                     76-77-72-71–296
Jules Blanton, Parkersburg                   76-73-72-72–297


1940:  Host pro Bill Swing edged out his assistant, Arnold Browning, by two strokes to capture the West Virginia Open at Guyan Country Club in Huntington.  Swing finished with a 293 total  for the two-day, 72-hole tournament while Browning had 295.  Browning took a four-stroke lead into the final round but his putting faltered and he carded a 78.  Despite a hard rain, Swing shot a 33 on the front nine and wound up making five birdies for a final round 72.  “”That 33 on the outward nine of the afternoon round was the baby that told the tale,” Swing said.  Swing earned $140 and Browning got $100.   Larry Wiechman of Logan was tied for the lead after two rounds and finished in a tie for third with Johnny Javins.  Perry Taylor of Huntington downed Steve Jupinko of  Moundsville in a playoff for low amateur after both posted 309 totals.  Leaders by rounds: first, Javins 69, by three; second, Swing, Browning and Wiechman, 144s; third, Browning  217, by one.

Bill Swing, Huntington                         73-71-77-72–293
Arnold Browning, Huntington             72-72-73-78–295
Larry Wiechman, Logan                      74-70-74-78–296
Johnny Javins, Charleston                  69-77-77-73–296
Jules Blanton, Parkersburg                76-72-75-74–297
Clem Wiechman, Logan                     75-76-74-72–297
Marvin Lamp, Parkersburg                 77-74-73-76–300
Horace Brand, Clarksburg                 77-75-76-78–306
Joe Reposkey, Clarksburg                 75-73-85-75–308
Russell Fankhauser, Parkersburg    75-75-74-84–308

1941:   Clem Wiechman of Logan fired a 67 in the final round on the par-70 Old White course in White Sulphur Springs to overcome a six-stroke lead by Johnny Javins of  Charleston.  Wiechman finished three strokes in front with a 287 total for 72 holes as he won the West Virginia Open for the second time. Wiechman made five birdies in his hot 33-34–67 final round and averaged better than 250 yards on his tee shots.  Javins’ putter deserted him in the final round as he faltered to a 76 and a 290 total for second place.  Pro Joe Kuhn of Gauley Bridge got off to a fast start with an opening 69 and wound up in sixth place.  Young Ray “”The Red” Vaughan of Lewisburg opened with an 82 but recovered to tie for fourth place and take low amateur honors. Leaders by rounds:  first, Kuhn 69, by one;  second, Kuhn and Javins, 141s; third, Javins 214, by six.

Clem Wiechman, Logan                      71-77-72-67–287
Johnny Javins, Charleston                  70-71-73-76–290
I. C. Schorr, Bluefield                            75-71-77-71–294
Jules Blanton, Parkersburg                75-75-72-77–299
a-Ray Vaughan, Lewisburg                82-70-75-72–299
Joe Kuhn, Gauley Bridge                    69-72-82-77–300
Bill Swing, Huntington                         72-79-75-75–301
Marvin Lamp, Parkersburg                 73-72-79-77–301

1942:   Veteran Clem Wiechman took advantage of a last round collapse by amateur Andy Bradley of Charleston to capture his second straight West Virginia Open title and third overall.  Brawley. playing at his home Meadow Brook club, held a six-stroke lead going into the final 18 holes but predicted that he wouldn’t last.  He limped home with an 84 on the rain-drenched course.  Wiechman shot a 76 in the final round to nab the title by one stroke with a 300 total.  He received $100.   Ray Vaughan, Jr., of Lewisburg, who had recently turned pro, took second with a 74-301 score while Brawley settled for third with 302.  “”I didn’t win the Open; Brawley lost it,” Wiechmansaid. Brawley, seeking to become the first amateur to win the Open, began to falter on the 12th hole of the final round when he drove two balls out of bounds for a triple bogey seven. Brawley suffered another seven on the final hole when he needed a par five to tie.  Another Meadow Brook amateur, Roy Blizzard, finished fourth. Private Benny Varda, a former Spencer pro on leave from the Army, was 10th.  Leaders by rounds: first, Brawley and Blizzard, 70s; second, Brawley 144, by one; third, Brawley 218, by six.

Clem Wiechman, Logan                        72-73-79-76–300
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg                71-78-78-74–301
a-Andy Brawley, Charleston                  70-74-74-84–302
a-Roy Blizzard, Charleston                   70-75-81-79–305
Pete Byer, White Sulphur Springs       78-76-75-80–309
John DeVries, South Charleston        79-82-74-74–309
a-Jimmy Loar, Charleston                   78-77-78-76–309
a-Gay Carper, Charleston                    76-74-80-80–310
a-Joe Rugel, Charleston                      73-77-81-79–310
Benny Varda, Spencer                           74-76-81-80–311

1943:  Winning his third straight West Virginia Open and fourth title overall, Logan pro Clem Wiechman finished two strokes ahead of Bluefield amateur D. G. “”Deege” Rangeley in a blistering battle at Black Knight Country Club in Beckley.  Wiechman took the lead for keeps on the 70th hole when Rangeley suffered a seven.   Wiechman shot rounds of  76, 74, 72 and 78 for a 300 total.  Rangeley opened with 70 and 75 rounds to take a five-stroke lead on the first day but could do no better than 78 and 79 on the second day for a 302 total.  Wiechman earned $140 and again took possession of the Charles Midelburg and George Weimer trophies while Rangeley received the A. J. Thompson low amateur trophy and a merchanise award.  Corporal Pete Petroske, a former Connecticut pro stationed at the Ashford General Hospital at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, was third with a 305 total.

Clem Wiechman, Logan                             300
a-D. G. Rangeley,  Bluefield                       302
Pete Petroske, White Sulphur Springs    305
I. C. Schorr, Bluefield                                   306
Arnold Browning, Huntington                     306
Jules Blanton, Charleston                         307
a-Frank Crum, Williamson                        307
a-Andy Brawley, Charleston                      311
a-Clarence Meadows, Beckley                 314
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg                    314
a-Rene Stone, Charleston                        314

(Note:  18-hole scores not available)

1944:   Joe Reposkey, a 32-year-old war veteran and Clarksburg Country Club pro, shot four steady rounds of  73, 73, 74 and 73 for a 293 total to nose out Charleston amateur Andy Brawley by a single stroke in the West Virginia Open at Preston Country Club near Kingwood.  Brawley fired a final round 71 for a 294 total.   Reposkey received $125 in cash for his victory while Brawley got a $25 war bond and a trophy.  Reposkey served two years in the Army as an infantryman.  Huntington pro Arnold Browning was third at 295 while Sgt. Johnny Javins, a former Charleston pro serving in the Army Air Force, was the first round leader with a 71 and finished fourth at 300.  Corporal Pete Petroske was in contention until suffering an 80 on the final round and tying for seventh at 303.   Four-time champion Clem Wiechman moved to Elyria, Ohio, and did not defend his title.

Joe Reposkey, Clarksburg                         293
a-Andy Brawley,  Charleston                      294
Arnold Browning, Huntington                     295
Johnny Javins, Charleston                         300
Pete Byer, White Sulphur Springs            301
a-Jimmy Loar, Charleston                         301
Pete Petroske, White Sulphur Springs    303
Jules Blanton, Charleston                         303
a-Earl  Jones, Charleston                          304
I. C. Schorr, Bluefield                                   304

(Note: 18-hole scores not available)

1945:   In a tournament marked by frayed tempers and controversy, Huntington pro Arnold Browning became the champion with a total of 220 for 54 holes over the Greenbrier Valley Country Club course in Lewisburg.  Browning carded a 73 in the final round to finish two strokes ahead of Charleston pro Jules Blanton, who had a 75 for 222.  The controversy occurred when rain and hail swept the course late in the first round, sending players to shelter and starting a heated discussion in the clubhouse on what to do.  After an hour of debate, the state PGA rules committee voted 2-1 that the course was unplayable and all scores were null and void, reducing the Open from 72 to 54 holes.  Among those upset were defending champion Joe Reposkey, who continued to play in the storm and shot a low round of 71, and Browning, who had a 72. Reposkey withdrew after shooting a 78 the next day. Browning had another 72 in his official first round and went on to win the title and the $200 top prize.   Leaders by rounds: first, Blanton 68, by four; second, Browning and Blanton, 147s.

Arnold Browning, Huntington                      72-75-73–220
Jules Blanton, Charleston                           68-79-75–222
Clem Wiechman, Charleston                     72-77-74–223
Pete Petroske, White Sulphur Springs     75-74-75–224
a-D. G.  Rangeley, Bluefield                        77-75-77–229
I. C. Schorr, Bluefield                                    78-76-76–300
Ray Vaughan, Sr., Lewisburg                     76-76-80–232
Thurston Baker, Kingwood                         80-76-78–234
Dave Cunningham, Oak Hill                       81-80-74–235
a-Gay Carper, Charleston                           81-79-77–237

1946:  Navy veteran Rut Coffey, the pro at Moundsville Country Club, rolled to a 10-stroke victory in the 14th annual Open held at Logan Country Club.  Coffey improved every round in shooting 71, 70, 69 and 68 for a 278 total to earn a $250 first place prize.  Coffey played the last six holes in a rainstorm but he was unperturbed and birdied two of the six holes.  Coffey, 39, spent 31 months in the Navy and was new to the West Virginia golf scene but previously won the 1940 Mid-Atlantic Tournament in Baltimore and was five times the runner-up in the Maryland Open.  Charleston amateur Roy Blizzard, 36, finished second with rounds of  71, 73, 71 and 73 for a 288 total and received a golf bag, complete set of clubs and a cup.  Pro Pete Byers of White Sulphur Springs made a hole-in-one on the 163-yard seventh hole in the second round and tied for third on rounds of 70, 71, 75 and 74 for 290. Wheeling pro George Hoffer shared third with rounds of  74, 74, 68 and 74 for 290. Leaders by rounds: first Byers 70, by one; second, Coffey and Byers 141s; third, Coffey 210, by five.

Rut Coffey, Moundsville                           278
a-Roy Blizzard, Charleston                     288
Pete Byer, White Sulphur Springs         290
George Hoffer, Wheeling                        290
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg                 292
Jules Blanton, Charleston                      294
Benny Varda, Spencer                             294
a-Earl Jones, Charleston                        294
a-Billy Stone, Logan                                 295
Arnold Browning, Huntington                 296
Joe Kuhn, Huntington                              296

(Note: all 18-hole scores not available)

1947:   Pro George Hoffer of Wheeling nosed out defending champion Rut Coffey  by a stroke to capture the West Virginia Open on the Old White course at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.  It was the first tournament held at the famed resort since pre-war days and attracted a record field of 129 golfers.  Hoffer shot a four-under-par 66 in the third round to grab the lead and held on with a 73 in the fourth round to post a 285 total.  Hoffer, 32, the golf instructor for the Wheeling Steel Company, earned the $150 top prize out of a  total  $1,200 purse.  Coffey also finished strong with 69 and 71 rounds to take second at 286.  Actually, the gallery of more than 150 ignoredHoffer and Coffey on the final day to watch the featured threesome of amateurs Bill Campbell and Ed Tutwiler and pro Arnold Browning.  Tutwiler wound up third at 287 after avoiding a two-stroke penalty on the third hole. His tee shot came to rest beyond and to the right of a lone out-of-bounds stake and his contention that there was no second stake for lining up purposes was upheld by the rules committee.  Browning and Campbell shared the second round lead but finished in a tie for fourth with 288 totals.  Leaders by rounds: first, Browning 67, by two;  second, Browning and Campbell, 141s; third, Hoffer 212, by one.

George Hoffer, Wheeling                   69-77-66-73–285
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                      74-72-69-71–286
a-Ed Tutwiler, Mount Hope                75-69-70-73–287
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington              70-71-73-74–288
Arnold Browning, Huntington            67-74-72-75–288
Larry Wiechman, Charleston            74-75-73-71–293
Ralph Igo, Charleston                        74-75-74-71–294
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg            73-75-72-76–296
D. G. Rangeley, Bluefield                   77-77-69-73–296
Clem Wiechman, Logan                    72-76-75-75–298

1948:  Sam Snead opened with a seven-under-par 63 at Wheeling Country Club and led all the way enroute to a 10-stroke victory and his fourth West Virginia Open title.  Snead beat par in every round with 63, 69, 69 and 67 scores for a 268 total — 12 under par — and a 10-stroke margin over defending champion George Hoffer.   Snead won $250.  He had nine birdies in his opening 63, which tied the Wheeling course record set by Tom Bloch.  Snead could have shot 60 if he hadn’t missed a five-foot putt for eagle on the 300-yard first hole and three-putted the 10th and 11th greens.  Hoffer fired a 67 in the second round and finished with a 278 total to edge Rut Coffey (280) for the runner-up spot.  Ed Tutwiler topped Henry McCoy of Sistersville and Bill Campbell for low amateur honors.  Pro Clem Wiechman aced the 162-yard 14th hole with a 4-iron shot in the first round.   Pro Robert Hillis of Weirton shot a 68 in the first round but finished with a 295 total.  Leaders by rounds; first,  Snead 63, by five; second, Snead 132, by five; third, Snead 201, by seven.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs           63-69-69-67–268
George Hoffer, Wheeling                              70-67-71-70–278
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                                70-70-69-71–280
Denny Blair, Huntington                               72-68-70-74–284
a-Ed Tutwiler, Mount Hope                          71-73-73-69–286
Jules Blanton, Charleston                           70-76-71-69–286
a-Henry McCoy, Sistersville                         70-71-75-74–290
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                        73-70-73-76–292
Porter George, White Sulphur Springs      73-74-72-73–292
a-Jack Peck, Logan                                       77-73-73-71–294

1949:  Sam Snead became the first five-time winner of the West Virginia Open with another smashing performance at Spring Valley Country Club  in Huntington.  The Slammer finished 17 under par with a record 263 total and his victory margin of 18 strokes also set a record.  This tournament was practically a repeat of the 1948 Open as Snead once again began with a course-tying record and led every round; Snead, George Hoffer and Rut Coffey finished one-two-three again; and Ed Tutwiler was low amateur.  Snead made seven birdies and two bogeys in an opening 65 to tie Denny Shute’s course record as a gallery that grew steadily to more than 1,000 looked on.  Sam went on to shoot two more 65s and a 68 on the hilly Spring Valley course to break his own 72-hole record for the Open.   The gallery gave him a tremendous ovation on the final hole.  Hoffer kept the pressure on Snead by posting three subpar rounds of 68, 67 and 68 before fading to 78 in the final round but held onto second at 281.  Coffey had a steady 284 score.  Tutwiler finished fourth at 287 and was low amateur for the third straight year, finishing two strokes ahead of Bill Campbell.  Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 65, by three; second, Snead 130, by five; third, Snead 195, by eight.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs         65-65-65-68–263
George Hoffer, Wheeling                            68-67-68-78–281
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                               69-73-71-71–284
a-Ed Tutwiler, Mount Hope                         72-73-71-71–287
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                       77-72-70-70–289
Denny Blair, Huntington                               74-73-78-70–295
Pete Byer, White Sulphur Springs              73-72-76-77–298
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg                      75-73-74-76–298
Quinton Stewart, Charleston                       78-74-70-76–298

Jules Blanton, Charleston                         79-73-74-74—300


1950:   Bill Campbell put on a blazing finish with rounds of 68 and 65 on the final day at Parkersburg Country Club and became the first amateur to win the West Virginia Open in the 18-year history of  the tournament.  Campbell ended up with a 72-hole total of 274, 14 under par, and finished 13 strokes ahead of runnerup Larry Wiechman.  Campbell’s brilliant 33-32–65 round equalled the amateur course record which he already shared with Jack Hoblitzell of Parkersburg.  Bill Loving, an Air Force staff sergeant recruiter,  held a two-stroke lead over Campbell after 36 holes but faded with 81 and 75 rounds on the last day to finish tied for seventh at 295.  Wiechmancame on strong with 70 and 68 the final day to post a 287 score and take the top pro prize of $250.  Finishing third at 289 was Campbell’s arch amateur rival, Ed Tutwiler.  Campbell won the State Amateur earlier in the year. Leaders by rounds: first, Campbell and Loving, 69s; second, Loving 139, by two; third, Campbell 209, by eight.

a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                    69-72-68-65–274
Larry Wiechman, Charleston                  75-74-70-68–287
a-Ed Tutwiler, Mount Hope                      70-73-74-72–289
George Hoffer, Huntington                      76-74-72-68–290
a-Jack Peck, Logan                                  76-73-73-70–292
a-Phil Wiechman, Logan                         78-71-75-70–294
a-Bill Loving, White Sulphur Springs     69-70-81-75–295
Benny Varda, Parkersburg                      75-71-74-75–295
Stan Zontek, Buckhannon                       73-75-75-73–296
P. O. Hart, Parkersburg                            80-72-75-72–299

1951:  Ed Tutwiler became the second amateur to capture the West Virginia Open by staging a final day charge at White Oak Country Club in Oak Hill for a six-stroke victory.  Tutwiler began the last day two strokes behind pro Ray Vaughan, Jr., but took command on his home course with a four-under-par 66 in the morning and finished up with a 68 for a 276 total.  Tutwiler, who said the Open title was the thing he wanted most, accepted his trophy from Gov. Okey Patteson.  Vaughan ran in an eight-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish second at 282 and take the top pro prize of $300.  Pro Rut Coffey also birdied the last hole to finish third at 283 and pick up $200. Defending champion Bill Campbell got off to a poor start with a 42 on his first nine holes but came back with a 31 to salvage an opening 73 and eventually finished tied for fifth with a 290 total.  Pro Lorn Parrish shot a 66 in the second round.  Leaders by rounds: first, Vaughan and Herb Shreves 71s; second, Vaughan 140, by two; third, Tutwiler 208, by three.

a-Ed Tutwiler, Mount Hope                       73-69-66-68–276
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg                   71-69-71-71–282
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                             74-68-73-68–283
a-Jack Peck, Logan                                    73-72-72-72–289
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                     73-70-71-76–290
Deege Rangeley, Bluefield                       73-71-76-70–290
a-Frank Harned, Huntington                     76-71-71-73–291
George Hoffer, Huntington                        75-71-73-72–291
Lorn Parrish, Parkersburg                        76-66-72-79–293
Joe Kuhn, Gary                                            74-76-72-72–294

1952:  Sam Snead missed a lot of makable putts but it didn’t really matter as he still rolled to his sixth West Virginia Open title in as many attempts.   Snead strung together rounds of  68, 68, 70 and 66 on a course he knew very well, the par 70 Old White at The Greenbrier.   His 272 total gave him a nine-stroke victory over defending champion Ed Tutwiler and earned him a $500 check.   Snead displayed his usual brilliant tee shots and generally good approach shots but failed to make numerous six and seven-foot putts, causing him to observe that he couldn’t remember when he had been worse on the greens.  Tutwiler fired a 67 in the second round and ended with a 281 total to take low amateur honors for the fourth time in five years.  Pro L. B. “”Dazzy” Vance canned birdie putts on the last two holes to shoot a 68 and finish at 282, good for a $300 check.  A new Sam Snead trophy for the low net score among amateurs went to John Hess of Fairmont, who had a 16-stroke handicap, a gross of 338 and a net of 274.  Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 68, by three; second, Snead 136, by four;  third, Snead 206, by five.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs               68-68-70-66–272
a-Ed Tutwiler, Mount Hope                                73-67-71-70–281
Dazzy Vance, White Sulphur Springs              71-71-72-68–282
Ray Vaughan, Jr., Lewisburg                           72-68-71-73–284
George Hoffer, Huntington                               71-74-70-70–285
Arnold Browning, Huntington                          74-68-73-74–289
Stan Zontek, Richwood                                    75-71-74-73–293
Eddie Thompson, White Sulphur Springs   76-72-72-73–293
Benny Varda, Spencer                                     73-78-74-71–296
a-Phil Wiechman, Logan                                71-71-76-80–298
Ben Wiechman, Man                                       72-77-77-72–298

1953:  Amateur Bill Campbell became the first golfer to beat Sam Snead in the West Virginia Open, holding off the Slammer for a four-stroke victory at Parkersburg Country Club.  Campbell opened with a 65 and maintained a slim lead over Snead after every round to capture his second Open title.  Campbell was 17 under par at 271, Snead was 13 under at 275 and pro Joe Taylor was 10 under at 278 for third.   Trailing by four strokes with nine holes left, Snead made a bid for the lead with an eagle three on the 10th hole and a birdie four on the 12th hole.  But his chances died with bogeys on two of the final three holes.   Campbell started his final round with four straight birdies, added another on the ninth hole and then played careful, steady par on the final nine holes to shoot a clinching 67.   It was Snead’s first non-victory in seven Open attempts but he did take the top pro prize of  $500.  Snead and playing partners Dave Clovis and Leonard Crawley had trouble on the very first hole of  the Open when a small boy dashed out onto the fairway, picked up their balls and ran. A stern Snead caught the boy and gave him a lecture.   Leaders by rounds: first, Campbell 65. by two; second, Campbell 134, by one; third, Campbell 204, by two.

a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                       65-69-70-67–271
Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs        67-68-71-69–275
Joe Taylor, Charleston                                70-68-71-69–278
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                              72-70-72-72–286
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                          69-73-74-71–287
George Hoffer, Huntington                        71-72-74-71–288
a-Dave Clovis, Parkersburg                      73-73-70-72–288
Gary Nixon, White Sulphur Springs         72-74-74-71–291
Herb Shreves, Weirton                               72-76-72-73–293
P. O. Hart, Buckhannon                              75-73-73-72–293

1954:   Charleston pro Joe Taylor played a cautious, deliberate game over a tough Williams Country Club course in Weirton to win the West Virginia Open by a 10-stroke margin over runnerup Ed Tutwiler.  Taylor finished strong with a three-under-par 70, the best round of the tournament, and ended up with an even par total of 292.  He sank putts of 30 and 20 feet on two of the last four holes to cap his victory.  Taylor, the pro at Berry Hills Country Club, took home $500.  He twice finished second in the Tennessee Open before moving to West Virginia. “”I played with a good man,” Taylor said, nudging Tutwiler, “”and he inspired me on.”  Tutwiler, talking to the fans and his ball on every shot, matched par 73 in his final round to finish at 302.  The Williams course, with its narrow fairways, played so difficult that there were only two subpar rounds: Taylor’s 70 and host pro Chuck Onoretta’s 72.  Charleston pro Buddy Viar disqualified himself in the first round when he discovered that he had 15 clubs — one over the limit — in his bag.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Herb Shreves 74, by one; second, Taylor 149, by three; third, Taylor 222, by seven.

Joe Taylor, Charleston                           76-73-73-70–292
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                      75-79-75-73–302
Benny Varda, Spencer                            77-75-79-76–307
Sims Browning, Logan                           81-76-74-76–307
Herb Shreves, Weirton                           74-79-78-76–307
Chuck Onoretta, Weirton                        79-82-78-72–311
a-Jack Peck, Logan                                 80-76-76-81–313
a-Dick Foutche, Charleston                   80-80-76-77–313
Gary Nixon, White Sulphur Springs      81-81-76-76–314
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                           78-79-82-76–315
a-Evo Petri, Wheeling                              79-82-76-78–315

1955:   The state’s two premier amateur golfers battled it out and Bill Campbell took advantage of  his home course knowledge to finish five strokes ahead of Ed Tutwiler at Guyan Country Club in Huntington.  It was the third West Virginia Open title for Campbell in six years.  Campbell took command from the start with 67 and 66 rounds and held on for a 274 total, six under par.  Tutwiler posted a 279 score.  A 69 by Tut on the morning of the final day cut Campbell’s lead from six to three strokes.   Campbell assured victory with birdies on the 10th and 16th holes to shoot a closing 69 while Tutwiler settled for a 71.  After Tut had birdied the 15th hole with a 20-foot putt, he conceded that  “”I can’t beat him now.”   Campbell repeated his 1950 feat of winning both the State Amateur and State Open crowns.  Defending champion Joe Taylor lost his trophy but he did finish third at 286 and earn the low pro prize of $500.  Taylor trailed pro Buddy Viar by seven strokes going into the last round but made four straight birdies to fire a 68 and finish two strokes ahead of Viar.  Leaders by rounds: first, Campbell 67, by three; second, Campbell 133, by six; third, Campbell 205, by three.

a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                 67-66-72-69–274
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                     71-68-69-71–279
Joe Taylor, Charleston                          70-72-76-68–286
Buddy Viar, Charleston                         71-71-69-77–288
a-Dave Clovis, Parkersburg                  72-71-72-74–289
a-Jack Peck, Logan                                 77-69-73-72–291
George Hoffer, Huntington                   73-69-75-75–292
Herb Shreves, Sistersville                     73-73-73-75–294
George Smith, Parkersburg                   74-79-72-71–296
a-P. T. Taylor, Huntington                   74-73-75-75–297
a-Linden Meade, Chapmanville           74-75-73-75–297
a-Bill Rendleman, Huntington              78-74-72-73–297

1956:  Ed Tutwiler put together four rounds of near-perfect golf  at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs to notch his second West Virginia Open triumph. Tutwiler finished with a three-under-par total of 277 and wound up seven strokes ahead of runnerup Joe Taylor.  Tut was both the State Amateur and State Open champion that year.  The first, third and fourth rounds of the Open were held on the Old White course and the second round on the Greenbrier course.  Tutwiler made seven birdies and four bogeys during the tournament, showing the steadiness of his play.  He was sharp with his drives and iron shots but had trouble making putts as rain plagued the last two rounds.  Tut’s winning prize was a set of irons which he said he would give to his wife.  Taylor earned the top pro prize of $400 for his 284 score while host pro Gary Nixon was third at 288.  Defending champion Bill Campbell didn’t play because of a back injury.  Leaders by rounds: first, Tutwiler and Rut Coffey, 70s; second, Tutwiler 138, by three; third, Tutwiler 206, by five.

a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                                 70-68-68-71–277
Joe Taylor, Charleston                                      72-73-68-71–284
Gary Nixon, White Sulphur Springs                73-68-70-77–288
Dazzy Vance, Bridgeport                                   73-76-69-72–290
a-Dave Clovis, Parkersburg                             73-71-77-71–292
Charles Beverage, White Sulphur Springs   73-75-72-73–293
Rut Coffey, Moundsville                                     70-76-73-75–294
Herb Shreves, Weirton                                       77-74-76-73–300
a-Arch Knighton, White Sulphur Springs        77-75-76-73–301
Joe Kuhn, Gary                                                    75-72-78-78–303
a-Linden Meade, Logan                                    78-71-79-75–303

1957:  Sam Snead finished an incredible 22 strokes ahead of his nearest competitor in the 54-hole West Virginia Open at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston.  The Slammer shot 66, 67 and 66 on the par 70 course for a 199total  — 11 under par .  He had 14 birdies and an eagle over the three rounds and was putting for birdies on 41 of 54 holes.  It was Snead’s seventh State Open title in eight attempts.  He took first place money of $300, pocket change for him, and didn’t waste any time making his getaway.  He was whisked away by helicopter from in front of the clubhouse to Kanawha Airport where he began a journey to Japan for an international tournament.  The Open was held in October and none of the other golfers found Berry Hills easy at all.  Morgantown pro Mike Krak was the runnerup at 221 — 11 over par.  Nobody except Snead could  shoot a subpar round and Charleston amateur Dick Foutche had the only even par round of 70.  Bill Campbell and Ed Tutwiler played with Snead the last day and both carded 71s.  Host pro Joe Taylor didn’t play because of an injury.   Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 66, by seven; second, Snead 133, by 12.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs           66-67-66–199
Mike Krak, Morgantown                                 74-71-76–221
Monty Onoretta, Weirton                                73-78-71–222
Buddy Viar,  South Charleston                    74-71-77–222
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                        77-75-71–223
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                            74-79-71–224
a-Dick Foutche, Charleston                         77-70-78–225
Jack Ratcliffe, Huntington                            75-71-79–225
a-Bill Rendleman, Huntington                    75-77-78–230
George Hoffer, Huntington                          77-77-78–232

1958:  Sam Snead shot a pair of  67 rounds at Lakeview Country Club near Morgantown to notch his eighth West Virginia Open victory.  The scheduled 54-hole tournament was cut to 36 holes because of heavy rain which washed out the second day’s round.   Snead, seeing the par 71 Lakeview course for the first time, fired a 67 in the opening round to break the course record of  70 held by club pro Mike Krak.  Playing partner Ed Tutwiler said he had never seen Snead call his shots the way he did that day.  “”He would say he was going to hook the ball to a certain spot — that’s where she would hook.  It was unbelievable,” Tutwiler said.  Snead posted another 67 two days later.   He had four birdies and 14 pars in each round without a single bogey.  His 134 total for 36 holes was 14 strokes better than runnerup Bill Campbell’s 148.  The victory was worth $300 to Snead.  He finished in time to grab a plane for Pittsburgh and then flew to Miami for a series of exhibitions. Because of Snead’s commitments, Open officials were unable to schedule 36 holes on the final day.   Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 67, by four.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs        67-67–134
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                      71-77–148
a-Dick Foutche, Charleston                       73-77–150
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                          76-75–151
Joe Taylor, Charleston                               78-73–151
Buddy Viar, South Charleston                  76-77–153
Joe Kuhn, Gary                                            78-76-154
Herb Shreves, Weirton                              77-78–155
Reggie Spencer, Morgantown                 76-79–155
Mike Krak, Morgantown                             79-77–156
a-Vince Martino, Clarksburg                     81-75–156

1959: Tournament not played.


1960:  Famed touring pros Arnold Palmer and Art Wall played in the West Virginia Open at Spring Valley Country Club in Huntington but the championship was won by an old, familiar name, Sam Snead.  The Slammer put together rounds of  64, 64 (including 29 on the back nine) and 67 on the hilly par-70 course for a 195 total and a one-stroke victory over Wall and a four-stroke margin over Palmer.  Snead, who won the State Open for the ninth time, didn’t stay around to collect the $1,200 first prize because he thought Wall was going to win.  Wall shot a course-record 62 to take the first round lead and was tied with Snead at 128 after the second round.  Wall started two hours later than Snead in the final round and was a stroke behind with eight holes left. “”Wall’s got this thing going away,” Snead said before hopping in his car.  However, Wall seemed to lose his putting touch and finished with eight straight pars for a 68 and 196 total, good for a $750 check.  Palmer, the 1960 Masters and U.S. Open champion, helped lure a crowd estimated at 3,500 on the final day of the $5,000 Open. Palmer didn’t putt especially well but stayed in contention with rounds of 66, 67 and 66 for a 199 total and a $450 prize.  Young pro Tom Nichols of  South Charleston fired a final round 64 to take fourth place at 203.  Leaders by rounds: first, Wall 62, by two; second, Snead and Wall, 128s.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs    64-64-67–195
Art Wall, Pocono Manor, Pa.                  62-66-68–196
Arnold Palmer, Ligonier, Pa.                 66-67-66–199
Tom Nichols, South Charleston           72-67-64–203
Joe Taylor, Charleston                           71-69-66–206
Don Shock, Columbus, Ohio                70-66-70–206
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                      67-72-67–206
Al Atkins, Ashland, Ky.                            70-70-67–207
Roy Shreves, Sistersville                       73-71-65–209
Jim Barber, Winchester, Ky.                  69-67-74–210

1961:  Sam Snead, rolling along like the Ohio River that borders the Riviera Country Club near Huntington, finished 19 under par for 54 holes and captured his 10th West Virginia Open crown.  Snead shot rounds of 65, 63 and 63 for a 191 total on the par-70 Riviera course and finished five strokes ahead of runnerup Al Atkins of Ashland, Ky.   Snead birdied four of  the first five holes in the final round to pull away.  Snead’s total doesn’t include a course record 61, including three eagles and three birdies, that he fired in a practice round the first time he saw the course.  Snead was not the only golfer burning up the short, flat course.  Atkins,  the 1961 Kentucky PGA champion and 1960 Kentucky Open winner, posted a 62 in the second round and took second at 196.  Young pro Roy Shreves, 24, of Sistersville had a 64 to take the first round lead and finished third at 197.  Denny Shute, a Huntington native and currently a pro in Akron, Ohio, shot a final round 64 to tie for fourth at 199 with Joe Taylor of Charleston.  Pro George Hoffer fired a 63 and amateur Ed Tutwiler a 64 in the second round. A field of  122 players from six states took part.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Shreves 64, by one; second, Snead 128, by one.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs     65-63-63–191
Al Atkins, Ashland, Ky.                              69-62-65–196
Roy Shreves, Sistersville                         64-65-68–197
Joe Taylor, Charleston                             67-65-67–199
Denny Shute, Akron, Ohio                       69-66-64–199
George Hoffer, Hurricane                        67-63-70–200
Jack Radcliff,  Columbus, Ohio              68-67-66–201
a-Don Stickney, Columbus, Ohio           66-70-65–201
a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                        67-64-71–202
a-Jim Ward, Huntington                           66-67-69–202

1962:   Amateur Ed Tutwiler won his third West Virginia Open title at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane despite a record-breaking round by pro Joe Taylor.  Tutwiler put together  rounds of 71 and 67 for a winning total of 138. Taylor broke the Sleepy Hollow course record with a 65 in the final round to finish a stroke behind at 139.  The tournament was reduced from 54 to 36 holes because rain, snow and near-freezing temperature in late October caused cancellation of the first day’s round.  The players completed their rounds the next day despite temperature in the mid-30s.  Bill Campbell carried a hand-warmer in each pocket and wore heavy mittens between shots.  The temperature warmed up for the final day and so did Taylor, who eagled the par-five No. 2 and No. 7 holes and birdied No. 5, No. 11 and No. 14. for his 65.  Tutwiler had five birdies of his own to hold onto the lead.   Tom Weiskopf, an amateur from Columbus who later became a famous pro, tied for eighth place.  John Shelton, a black golfer and the captain of the West Virginia State College team, was denied the right to play in the tournament.  Leaders by rounds: first, Tutwiler 71, by one.

a-Ed Tutwiler, Charleston                        71-67–138
Joe Taylor, Charleston                             74-65–139
Adolph Popp, Keyser                                75-69–144
Dennis Bradley, Rocky River, Ohio        76-68–144
Don Spears, Columbus, Ohio                73-72–145
Linden Meade, Man                                  72-73–145
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                   74-72–146
Al Atkins, Ashland, Ky.                             74-73–147
Jack Radcliff, Columbus, Ohio              76-71–147
Gene Thompson, Oak Hill                      77-70–147
a-Tom Weiskopf, Columbus, Ohio       75-72–147

1963:  Young pro Linden Meade, 26, of  Man led all the way at Kanawha Country Club in South Charleston to win his first West Virginia Open title and become just the second state golfer to outshoot Sam Snead in an Open.  Meade fired an opening round 65 with five birdies and added 69 and 71 scores for a 205 total, five under par.  Pro Don Stickney of Columbus, Ohio, finished a stroke back at 206 while Snead came in third at 207.  Meade thought the 11th hole in the final round was the most crucial.  Leading Stickney by one and Snead by two strokes, Meade hooked his drive out of bounds.  Meade then switched to a three-wood, drove down the middle, punched a five-iron shot to eight feet and made the putt for a bogey five. Snead three-putted and Stickney took three from the fringe for bogeys, failing to gain any ground.  Bill Campbell congratulated Meade after the win, “”You beat Sam — the greatest in the world.  To me, just to see him swing the club is a joy.”  Snead had putting woes in the Open, missing nine putts of six feet or less and three more of  from eight to 10 feet.   Leaders by rounds: first, Meade 65, by two; second, Meade 134, by one.

Linden Meade, Man                                 65-69-71–205
Don Stickney, Columbus, Ohio             69-68-69–206
Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs    67-68-72–207
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                   69-71-68–208
Joe Taylor, Charleston                            72-69-68–209
Al Atkins, Ashland, Ky.                             73-74-64–211
a-Bob Johnson, Charleston                  73-68-71–212
Adolph Popp, Oak Hill                            75-68-69–212
Tom Nichols, South Charleston          71-73-68–212
a-Chuck Smith, Columbus, Ohio        71-73-68–212

1964:  Pro George Hoffer of Hurricane had to play the last three holes in the dark with the aid of automobile headlights but still rolled to an eight-stroke victory at the Par Mar Pines course in Parkersburg to claim his second West Virginia Open title.  Hoffer began the tournament with a 77 to fall 10 strokes back but got into contention with a course record 65 in the second round.  Hoffer trailed Joe Taylor by four strokes going into the final day but shot a 70 in the morning to grab a one-stroke lead.  Hoffer then fired a 67 in the afternoon despite rain and darkness descending on his foursome.  Hoffer ended up with a 72-hole total of 279, one under par for the Par Mar Pines course.  Taylor led after the first two rounds with 67 and 71 scores but had problems in the rain on the final day for 75 and 74 rounds and a 287 total as the runnerup.  Ohio Open champion Don Stickney tied for third with Billy Capps and Jerry McFerren with 290 scores.  Herman Keiser of  Copley, Ohio, the 1946 Masters champion, tied for seventh.  Sam Snead was unable to play because of a virus and Bill Campbell and Ed Tutwiler also missed the tournament.  Leaders by rounds: first, Taylor 67, by two; second, Taylor 138, by one; third, Hoffer 212, by one.

George Hoffer, Hurricane                       77-65-70-67–279
Joe Taylor, Charleston                           67-71-75-74–287
Billy Capps, Beckley                               69-70-76-75–290
Don Stickney, Columbus, Ohio            77-68-72-73–290
a-Jerry McFerren, Silver Spring, Md.    71-69-77-73–290
Tom Cassady, Circleville, Ohio            75-69-72-76–292
Herman Keiser, Copley, Ohio               70-73-74-76–293
Jack Radcliff, Columbus, Ohio             76-74-70-73–293
Don Spears, Columbus, Ohio              71-77-69-77–294
Reggie Spencer, Morgantown              77-71-73-74–295
Dominick Capatosta, Akron, Ohio        71-73-72-79–295
Tim DeBaufre, Pittsburgh, Pa.              73-73-76-73–295

1965:  Joe Taylor took command of the tournament with a 69 in the second round and breezed to a 10-stroke victory in the Open at Lakeview Country Club near Morgantown.  Taylor earned $500 in nabbing his second     Open title.  He posted an even par 213 total for 54 holes in outplaying defending champion George Hoffer, who came in second with a 223 score. Taylor shared the first round lead with Adolph Popp with 72s but then built a seven-stroke lead on the second day with his 69, the tournament’s best round on the tough Lakeview course.  Taylor coasted to victory on the third day with a closing 72.  Hoffer carded a 73 in the final round to edge Reggie Spencer for second place.  Popp faltered the last two rounds and tied for fourth.  Jim Hess of Morgantown was the low amateur with a 238 total and earned $200, the maximum prize for an amateur.  Tournament officials decided to shorten the Open from 72 to 54 holes to prevent a recurrence of  the 1964 tournament which finished in the dark.  Leaders by rounds: first, Taylor and Popp 72s; second, Taylor 141, by seven.

Joe Taylor, Charleston                                     72-69-72–213
George Hoffer, Hurricane                                75-75-73–223
Reggie Spencer, Morgantown                        76-74-75–225
Adolph Popp, Oak Hill                                      72-79-75–226
Ray Grabowski, Monongahela Valley, Pa.   77-75-74–226
Bill Durniak, Pittsburgh, Pa.                            75-73-79–227
Charles Smith, Cleveland, Ohio                     77-78-74–229
Chuck Scally, Pittsburgh, Pa.                          80-77-73–230
Linden Meade, Man                                           74-77-79–230
Frank Sluciak, Morgantown                             82-81-70–233

1966:   Sam Snead led from start to finish at South Hills Golf Club in Parkersburg in locking up his 11th West Virginia Open championship.   He increased his lead after every round in posting a 199 total — 11 under par — for 54 holes and winning by 10 strokes.  Snead earned the top prize of  $500 out of  the total $3,000 purse.     He shook off a double bogey six in the first round in shooting a 67 and then pulled away from the field with a competitive course record of 32-32–64 in the second round.  Sam clipped two more strokes off par with a 68 in the final round, managing four birdies despite chilly 50-degree October breezes.  Pro Tom Cassady of Marietta, Ohio, finished second at 209 ahead of Billy Capps (211) of Beckley and defending champion Joe Taylor (212) of  Charleston.  The low amateur was Ken Doyle, a sophomore at Morris Harvey College who was the West Virginia Conference golf champion the past school year.  Doyle finished in a tie for seventh at 215.  Being late at the tee cost pro Norm Rack of Elizabeth, Pa., a two-stroke penalty and $100.  He tied for seventh at 215 and won $150 instead of $250. Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 67, by one; second. Snead 131, by seven.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs        67-64-68–199
Tom Cassady, Marietta, Ohio                    70-68-71–209
Billy Capps, Beckley                                    68-71-72–211
Joe Taylor, Charleston                                70-70-72–212
Jim Keim, Jr., Erie, Pa.                                72-67-74–213
Horace Ervin, Charleston                           70-71-73–214
Billy Collins, Columbus, Ohio                   70-71-74–215
a-Ken Doyle, Charleston                            71-73-71–215
Norm Rack, Elizabeth, Pa.                         68-74-73–215
Linden Meade, Man                                     71-72-73–216
Cliff Cook, Akron, Ohio                                71-75-70–216
Joe Stoddard, Cleveland, Ohio                 73-79-73–216

1967:  Sam Snead birdied the third hole in a sudden death playoff with host pro Roy Shreves at Moundsville Country Club to capture his 12th West Virginia Open title.  Snead hit a wedge shot from 90 yards to within one foot of the pin on the 346-yard third hole.  Shreves’ second shot rolled over the green and his pitch shot from 30 feet missed two feet to the left.  Shreves held a three-stroke lead with five holes remaining in regulation but bogeyed No. 14 and No. 15 to lose two of the strokes. Snead pulled into a tie by sinking an 18-foot birdie putt on the tough 464-yard 16th hole.  Snead shot a final round 69 for a 54-hole total of  even par 210.  Shreves had a final 71 for his 210 total.  Snead got a first place prize of $1,200 while Shreves earned $925 for second place in the $7,000 tournament.  George Hoffer finished with a 69 for a 211 total, missing the playoff by a stroke and earning $750 for third place. Snead won despite being troubled with a stomach ailment. “”Roy was pretty nice to me on that back nine.  He obliged me by making some bogeys. If you stick in there and keep plugging away, you don’t know what will happen,” Snead said.  Shreves, 29, commented about Snead, 55, “”The old guy is pretty tough.”  A record field of  171 entered the Open.  Leaders by rounds: first, A. J. Gray, Jr., 68, by one; second, Shreves 139, by two.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs    70-71-69–210
Roy Shreves, Moundsville                      69-70-71–210
George Hoffer, Hurricane                       72-70-69–21l
a-A. J. Gray, Jr., Wheeling                      68-73-72–213
a-Chester Guzak, Moundsville              69-74-70–213
Bob Shave, Hollywood, Fla.                   74-72-67–213
Herman Keiser, Akron, Ohio                 71-71-73–215
Joe Taylor, Charleston                           71-70-74–215
Billy Capps, Beckley                               72-73-70–215
Tom Cassady, Marietta, Ohio               76-70-69–215
Chuck Rotar, Lawton, Okla.                  72-75-68–215

1968:  Sam Snead captured his third straight West Virginia Open and 13th title overall in a rain-shortened tournament at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane.  The first round and final round of the scheduled 72-hole tournament were washed out, reducing the event to 36 holes.  Snead shot a pair of  69s in the two rounds that were played for a 138 total and a five-stroke victory over runnerup Billy Capps.  Snead, Capps and Linden Meade actually played nine holes in the rain on the final day before the decision was made to halt play. Snead was two under par for the nine holes and nine strokes ahead of Capps and 12 ahead of Meade after 45 holes, although the scores for the nine holes didn’t count.  “”I bet I have won more tournaments in the rain, in the mud and in the cold than I have in good weather.  I can adjust to bad weather,” said Snead, who had 11 birdies in 45 holes.   Snead won the $500 first prize while Capps earned $400 and Meade got $350 for finishing third.  Jack McQuain of Charleston used a six-iron to ace the 168-yard   fourth hole during the Open.   Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 69, by two.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs     69-69–138
Billy Capps, Beckley                                 71-72–143
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                74-70–144
a-Bob Johnson, Charleston                   72-74–146
a- Kenny Bowen, South Charleston      71-76–147
Pete Byer, Huntington                              73-77–150
Ben Varda, Spencer                                 73-79–152
Lowell Wilson, Parkersburg                   76-76–152
a-Noble Holt, South Charleston            80-72–152
a-Ralph Pennington, Huntington          72-80–152

1969:  Joe Taylor withstood final round charges by Horace Ervin and Linden Meade at Meadowbrook Recration Club in Charleston to win his third West Virginia Open title.  Taylor shot back to back rounds of 66 with five birdies each day to build a four-stroke lead and then carded a 71 in the final round for a seven-under-par total of 203 and a one-stroke victory.  The Berry Hills Country Club pro received the first place check of $500 and a trophy which he himself had donated.   Taylor, 49, said he felt tired in the final round. “”I only hit one shot out there today that I got a charge out of,” he said. He referred to a recovery shot from underneath a small tree on which he punched the ball onto the 13th green with a five-iron and sank an 18-foot putt for a birdie. Ervin, the former Meadowbrook pro, came back from North Carolina by special invitation and shot a 68 on the last day to finish with a 204 total.  Ervin, who was eligible to win the title but not any prize money, needed a par on the last hole to tie but took a bogey.  Meade birdied the first three holes in his final round but two late bogeys stopped his bid as he posted a 69 for 206.  State Amateur champion Barney Thompson shot the tournament’s low round, a 65 with an eagle and five birdies, and tied for third at 206.  Pro George Hoffer made a hole-in-one on the uphill 135-yard 17th hole.  Leaders by rounds: first, Taylor 66, by one; second, Taylor 132, by four.

Joe Taylor, South Charleston                   66-66-71–203
Horace Ervin, Kinston, N.C.                      69-67-68–204
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                  69-68-69–206
a-Barney Thompson, Barboursville        73-65-68–206
a-Dick Young, Charleston                         69-69-68–206
a-Ken Bowen, South Charleston             67-70-71–208
Pete Byer, Huntington                                68-68-74–210
John Fletcher, Charleston                        72-66-72–210
Buddy Cook, White Sulphur Springs      71-71-68–210
a-Dick Foutche, Charleston                     72-71-69–212


1970:  Sam Snead had problems finding the Sandy Brae golf course near Amma in Roane County but once there he didn’t have any trouble playing the course while breezing to his 14th West Virginia Open title.  Snead shot 65 in a practice round and then fired 65, 69 and 66 in the tournament for a 54-hole total of 200 and a 12-stroke victory.  Snead had an eagle and 15 birdies on the par-70 course during the Open.  He won $650 out of a total purse of $5,500.  Defending champion Joe Taylor carded a final round 69 to take second place at 212.  Kenny Bowen finished third and was the low amateur at 213.  An overnight storm before the final round caused the Big Sandy River, which runs through the course, to flow over two bridges.  The golfers couldn’t get across to the 15th, 16th and 17th greens. Tournament officials decided to play the first, second and third holes twice.  The tournament was almost marred by a drowning accident when a 16-year-old member of the maintenance crew fell into the river while trying to clear some logs from underneath a bridge on the fourth hole.  He held onto a chain in the stream for five minutes before being pulled to safety.   Greg Powers, 18, of  Paden City was involved in a car wreck on his way to the Open and then in a golf cart accident on the course.  Billy Capps shot a course record 64 twice in practice.  A field of 182 players entered the Open.  Leaders by rounds: first, Snead 65, by four; second, Snead 134, by seven.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs      65-69-66–200
Joe Taylor, South Charleston                  73-70-69–212
a-Kenny Bowen, South Charleston        71-70-74–215
a-Barney Thompson, Barboursville       69-74-73–216
a-John Shinn, Point Pleasant                 71-73-72–216
a-Bob Johnson, Charleston                   75-69-73–217
a-A.J. Gray, Wheeling                               77-72-68–217
Jerry Walker, Parkersburg                       72-75-70–217
Pete Byer, Huntington                              70-76-73–219
Billy Capps, Beckley                                75-73-72–220


1971:  Sam Snead withstood the challenges of Billy Capps and Barney Thompson at Bel Meadow Country Club near Clarksburg to capture his 15th West Virginia Open.  Rain and lightning caused the opening day round to be cancelled, reducing the tournament from 54 to 36 holes.  Snead shot 72 and 70 for a 142 total while Capps fired 73 and 70 for 143 and Thompson had 73 and 71 for 144.  State Amateur champion Thompson holed a 75-yard sand wedge shot for an eagle on the fifth hole in the final round to take a three-stroke lead over Snead.   Thompson came to the tricky 475-yard par-five 13th hole leading Snead by one and Capps by two.  Thompson hooked his drive and laid up short of a pond but pushed his third shot and the ball rolled back into the pond.  The ball was covered by a half-inch of water and Barney decided to play it.  He splashed the ball out but short of the green.  He pitched on and two-putted for a double bogey seven.  Meanwhile, Snead hit a long drive, smacked a one-iron shot on the green 12 feet past the pin and two-putted for a birdie four to take a two-stroke lead.  Thompson bogeyed 14 to drop three back but rallied with a birdie on 15 and a 30-foot chip-in birdie on 17.   Snead made a six-foot putt on 17 to stay ahead.   Snead two-putted 18 from 25 feet for a par while Thompson caught a greenside trap and bogeyed. Capps rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on 18 to finish a shot behind.  Snead won $700 and Capps $500 while Thompson received $195 in merchandise as low amateur. “”I’m going to take it all in golf  balls,” Thompson said. Leaders by rounds: first, Snead, Pete Byer and Jerry Ware 72s.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs        72-70–142
Billy Capps, Beckley                                    73-70–143
a-Barney Thompson, Barboursville         73-71–144
Pete Byer, Huntington                                 72-75–147
Bud Harold, Fairmont                                 74-74–148
a-Slugger White, Beckley                           76-72–148
a-Mike Gocke, Bridgeport                           73-76–149
Roy Shreves, Moundsville                          78-74–152
a-Brian Harter (hometown not listed)      78-74–152
Jack Forbes, Morgantown                          78-74–152


1972:  For the second straight year, Sam Snead overtook Barney Thompson on the final nine holes to capture the West Virginia Open.  Snead shot rounds of  66, 70 and 70 at South Hills Golf Club in Parkersburg  for a 206 total to notch his 16th Open title.  Thompson, who had turned pro earlier, finished two strokes back with rounds of  69, 67 and 72 for 208.  Snead received a $600 check and a congratulary telegram from President Nixon while Thompson earned $450.  Thompson opened up a two-stroke lead after seven holes on the final day but tossed it all away when he four-putted the eighth green from 12 feet.  However, Thompson shook this off and made a seven-foot birdie putt on 9 to lead Snead by one.  But Snead pulled even with an 11-foot birdie putt on 10 and moved two ahead when Thompson three-putted the 11th and 12th greens. Snead sank a short three-footer on 13 to go three in front and protected his lead the rest of the way. Snead told Thompson, “”Thank you, Barney.  I tried to give it to you and you gave it back to me. You’ve got plenty of time to win this thing.  I’m going to turn it loose to you one of these days.” Thompson remarked, “”I just can’t beat that old man.  Maybe when he’s 70, one of us will beat him.”   Harold Payne, 17, was low amateur at 223 but couldn’t accept any prize because it would jeopardize his eligibility as a South Charleston High basketball player.  Leaders by rounds: first,  Snead 66, by three; second, Snead and Thompson, 136s.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs       66-70-70–206
Barney Thompson, Barboursville            69-67-72–208
Billy Capps, Beckley                                   70-73-72–215
Roy Shreves, Moundsville                         74-71-71–216
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                  74-74-73–221
Jerry Walker, Parkersburg                        76-72-74–222
John Myers, Monongah                             77-73-72–222
a-Harold Payne, South Charleston         72-77-74–223
a-Art Lichiello,  Sistersville                        76-72-76–224
Bud Harold, Fairmont                                 75-73-77–225
Jim McKnight (hometown not listed)       78-75-72–225
Jimmy Scott (hometown not listed)         80-71-74–225


1973:  Sam Snead captured his fourth straight West Virginia Open and his 17th title overall with another dominating performance at Bridgeport Country Club.   Snead won by eight strokes while shooting rounds of  73, 69 and 70 for a 212 total.  Snead, 61, won $600.  It was the 146th victory of his amazing career. “”Yep, I still enjoy playing in the State Open. You know I first start playing the State Open in 1936 and all the guys I used to play with don’t come anymore.  Guys like Sims Browning of Huntington and Johnny Javins of Charleston are too old, I guess,” Snead said.  “”I don’t know what I’m still doing out here playing.  I guess I’m just too dumb to quit,” Snead added. Finishing second in the Open with a 220 total was Scott Bess, a Missouri native who played the mini-tours and heard about the Open while visiting his wife’s parents in Eleanor.  Pete Byer chipped in from 50 feet on the final hole to beat out Joe Taylor for third place.  Linden Meade hit his drives off an eight-inch high tee and said it helped him keep his ball in the fairway.  Homer Delovich, a Monongah mine foreman, took the first round lead with a 69 but faltered to an 80 in the second round while playing with Snead.  “”I was so scared I couldn’t take the club back,” Delovich said. Leaders by rounds: first, Delovich 69, by four; second, Snead 142, by two.

Sam Snead, White Sulphur Springs      73-69-70–212
Scott Bess, Eleanor                                   73-71-76–220
Pete Byer, Huntington                                73-72-77–222
Joe Taylor, South Charleston                   76-73-74–223
Billy Shreves, Bridgeport                           74-76-74–224
a-Homer Delovich, Monongah                 69-80-75–224
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                  75-78-72–225
Terry Smith, Paden City                             75-78-74–227
Bill Robertson, Pipestem                          78-77-73–228
George Hoffer, Hurricane                         77-76-76–229
a-Jim Goodwin, Bridgeport                      73-77-79–229


1974:  Blake Watt, 21, of Wheeling became just the third amateur, joining Bill Campbell and Ed Tutwiler, to win the West Virginia Open.  Watt, a senior on the Ohio University golf team, held off Parkersburg pro Jerry Walker for a two-stroke victory at Moundsville Country Club.  Watt shot even par rounds of  70 the first two days before slipping to 75 in the final round but his 215 total was good enough to win on his home course.  Walker trailed by eight strokes after 72 and 76 rounds but made a last-day charge with a 69 for a 217 total to close within two strokes.  Walker did earn the pros’ first prize of $800 while Watt received the amateur maximum prize of $200 in gift certificates.  Chip Yanen of  Moundsville blistered the Moundsville course with a 67 in the first round to take a three-stroke lead but fell back with 77 and 74 the next two days to finish at 218 in a tie for third with pro Linden Meade.  A field of 135 players competed for $6,000 in prizes. Defending champion Sam Snead didn’t enter the tournament.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Yanen 67, by three;  second, Watt 140, by four.


a-Blake Watt, Wheeling                           70-70-75–215
Jerry Walker, Parkersburg                       72-76-69–217
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                 75-70-73–218
a-Chip Yanen, Moundsville                      67-77-74–218
Mark Wheaton, Moundsville                     71-73-75–219
a-Benny Blake, Parkersburg                   74-76-70–220
a-Tom Murphy, Wheeling                         72-76-74–222
a-Chester Guzak, Moundsville                73-76-74–223
a-Jim Frush (hometown not listed)        77-71-75–223
a-Bob Nuenschwander, Sistersville      73-74-76–223
a-Will Postelwaite, Moundsville              71-75-77–223


1975:  Touring pro Barney Thompson broke a tie with pro Terry Smith in the final three holes on the Canaan Valley State Park course to become the West Virginia Open champion for the first time.  The first day’s round was rained out, reducing the tournament from 54 to 36 holes.   Both Thompson and Smith opened with 70s to share the lead.  Thompson had a 74 in the final round for a 144 total while Smith posted a 76 for 146.   They were tied with three holes remaining before Smith hit his tee shot into a water hazard in front of the green on the 230-yard 16th hole, taking a double bogey five.  Thompson put his ball on the green and two-putted for a par and a two-stroke edge. Smith birdied the par-5 17th hole to pull within one shot.  Then on the closing hole, Thompson got his par while Smith ran his 18-foot birdie attempt past the cup and wound up with a bogey.  Thompson added the Open title to three State Amateur crowns.  The tournament was played in cold weather, with the early starters in the final round teeing off in 26-degree temperature.  Leaders by rounds: first, Thompson and Smith 70s.

Barney Thompson, Barboursville      70-74–144
Terry Smith, Parkersburg                    70-76–146
Doug Ray, Moundsville                        75-72–147
a-Homer Delovich, Fairmont              73-74–147
Linden Meade, Chapmanville            73-75–148
a-Blake Watt, Wheeling                       76-72–148
Tom Caulson, Kingwood                    75-74–149
a-Harold Payne, South Charleston                149

(Note:  Only total score listed for Harold Payne, no individual rounds)


1976:  A year after finishing second, pro Terry Smith shot underpar scores the last two rounds to move up to the winner’s spot in the West Virginia Open at Preston Country Club in Kingwood.   Smith started slowly with a 77 but then shot a course record 69 on the par-72, 6,978-yard Preston course in the second round to grab a three-stroke lead.  Smith added a 70 in the final round to post a 216 total and finish four strokes ahead of runnerup pro Doug Ray of Bridgeport.  Smith collected $360.  Ray, who closed with a 71 for 220, earned $250.  Jack Forbes of Morgantown was the low amateur at 226 and received $250 worth of merchandise.  David Lester of the West Virginia University golf team was fourth at 228.  Pros Joe Taylor, Corky Chapman and Ray Monroe and amateurs John Ellwood, Jack Forbes and Ron Witt shared the first round lead with 74 scores.  In all, 93 pros and amateurs competed. Babe Baritell of  Kingwood aced the 207-yard 18th hole with a four-wood in the Open pro-am.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Taylor, Chapman, Monroe, Ellwood, Forbes and Witt 74s; second, Smith 146, by three.

Terry Smith, Paden City                   77-69-70–216
Doug Ray, Bridgeport                      76-73-71–220
a-Jack Forbes, Morgantown           74-77-75–226
a-David Lester, Enterprise               76-73-79–228
Mark Wheaton, Moundsville         76-76-77–229
Joe Taylor, South Charleston         74-76-79–229
a-Larry Spotloe, Philippi                  77-75-77–229
Linden Meade, Chapmanville         80-76-75–231
a-Jim Ward, Huntington                  77-76-78–231
a-Mike Gocke, Morgantown           78-76-77–231


1977:  Pro Barry Fleming of Vienna took the early lead and held off all contenders to grab  the title in the 44th West Virginia Open at Canaan Valley State Park.  Fleming fired a 32-36–68 round on the par-72, 6,800-yard course in the first round to take a one-stroke lead over Fairmont amateur Mark Welton.   Fleming maintained his one-shot lead with a second round 73 and then his 72 in the final round made him a two-stroke victor with a 213 total, three-under-par.   Mark Wheaton of Moundsville and amateur Randy Hillis of New Cumberland tied for second with 215 totals while Welton was fourth at 216.  Pro Bob Hillis, the father of Randy, tied for seventh at 219.   Welton, Moundsville pros Doug Ray and Chip Yanen and Morgantown amateur John Ellwood all shot 69 rounds during the tournament.  Defending champion Terry Smith wound up tied for seventh.  The field of 23 pros and 29 amateurs played in cool and windy September weather at Canaan Valley.  Leaders by rounds: first,  Fleming 68, by one; second, Fleming 141, by one.

Barry Fleming, Vienna                          68-73-72–213
Mark Wheaton, Moundsville                71-71-73–215
a-Randy Hillis, New Cumberland      73-71-71–215
a-Mark Welton, Fairmont                      69-73-74–216
Doug Ray, Moundsville                         74-69-74–217
Fletcher White, Daniels                        75-70-73–218
Bob Hillis, New Cumberland              74-73-72–219
a-John Ellwood, Morgantown             75-75-69–219
Terry Smith, Paden City                       73-72-74–219
Chip Yanen, Moundsville                    76-69-75–220


1978:  Barney Thompson, 29, took a break from the PGA Tour and returned to his home state to capture the West Virginia Open on the Greenbrier course at White Sulphur Springs.  Thompson played three steady rounds of 73, 72 and 73 for a 218 total while rolling to a nine-stroke victory and his second Open title.  Jim Jamieson, a former tour player and the current Greenbrier Director of Golf, finished second with rounds of 76, 77 and 74 for 227. Thompson earned $1,200 and Jamieson got $900.  It was the first tournament on the Greenbrier course since Jack Nicklaus redesigned it for the 1979 Ryder Cup matches, and the players found it extremely difficult.  Amateur MikeGocke of Morgantown had the only subpar round, a 71, in the second round.  Gocke tied for third with Greenbrier pro John Murphy with 228 totals.  Pro Hampton Auld of Charleston was the first round leader with a 72 and wound up tied for 10th.  The players had to contend with fog and gusty winds during the tournament.  Leaders by rounds: first, Auld 72, by one; second, Thompson 145, by three.

Barney Thompson, Barboursville              73-72-73–218
Jim Jamieson, White Sulphur Springs     76-77-74–227
a-Mike Gocke, Morgantown                         79-71-78–228
John Murphy, White Sulphur Springs        77-75-76–228
Nick Karl, Sistersville                                   75-76-78–229
Steve Wood, Parkersburg                           78-74-77–229
Barry Fleming, Vienna                                 80-72-78–230
John Bailey, Newell                                     76-77-78–231
Robert Harris, Daniels                                78-80-73–231
Hampton Auld, Charleston                         72-76-84–232
Dave Baker, Beckley                                    82-76-74–232
Bill Robertson, Pipestem                           76-78-78–232


1979:  Pro Benny Bowles of  Oak Hill edged amateur Bill Campbell in a head-to-head duel that went down to the last hole at Williams Country Club in Weirton.   Young Bowles, 22, shot a last-round 73 for a 54-hole total of 216 — even par for the tournament — and won $1,200.  The veteran Campbell finished with a 74 for a 217 total.  Bowles led Campbell by three strokes after 11 holes of the final round but gave them back by taking a bogey on 12 and a double bogey six on 13 after driving into the woods.  Bowles also bogeyed 15, putting Campbell into the lead, but pulled even again with a six-foot birdie putt on 17.  It came down to the 382-yard 18th hole.  Bowles drove in the fairway, put his second shot on the green and two-putted from 30 feet for a par.  Meanwhile, Campbell pushed his drive into heavy grass in the right rough and his second shot with a nine-iron wound up 10 feet short of the green.  His pitch-and-run third shot grabbed up 15 feet short of  the cup and his sidehill putt stayed above the hole, giving him a bogey.  Mark Wheaton fired a final 68, the best round of the Open, to finish third at 219.  Former champions Ed Tutwiler of Indianapolis  and Sam Snead of Hot Springs, Va., were given special invitations to play. Tutwiler tied for seventh at 224 while Snead, obviously tired from a month of tournament golf, tied for 12th with rounds of 73, 80 and 75 for 228. It was only the third time in 20 State Open appearances that Snead failed to win. Leaders by rounds:  first, Barney Thompson 70, by one; second, Bowles and Campbell 143s.

Benny Bowles, Oak Hill                                72-71-73–216
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                        74-69-74–217
Mark Wheaton, Moundsville                         75-76-68–219
Barney Thompson, Barboursville               70-76-76–222
Darrell Kestner, Bluefield                             78-73-71–222
Jim Jamieson, White Sulphur Springs      74-74-75–223
Steve Head, Lavalette                                    71-78-75–224
Terry Smith, Paden City                                 72-78-74–224
a-Ed Tutwiler, Indianapolis, Ind.                  76-71-77–224
a-Scott Davis, Wheeling                                75-74-78–227
a–Jay Guthrie, Wheeling                               76-73-78–227

1980:  Mike White, a touring pro from Beckley,  led after every round in winning the West Virginia Open at Fincastle Country Club near Bluefield.   White took command with two even par rounds of  70 and then added a final 72 to post a 212 total for a four-stroke victory.  His margin would have been larger except for a double bogey on the final hole when he four-putted for a six.  That was the only hole in the tournament that he needed more than two putts.  White, who was visiting relatives in Beckley during a break from the tour and entered the Open, earned a $1,200 check.   Pro Darrell Kestner shot a 69 on the final day to share second place with 1977 Open champion Barry Fleming at 216.  Both received $825.   Kestner, a state native and former Fincastle assistant, works at a club in New Jersey.  Touring pro and former Open champion Barney Thompson was 10 over par for 15 holes in the first round and walked in disgust off  the course.  Fincastle club champion Mark Plymale was low amateur at 223.  Leaders by rounds: first, White 70, by one; second, White 140, by five.

Mike White, Beckley                                      70-70-72–212
Barry Fleming, Parkersburg                        71-74-71–216
Darrell Kestner, Gary                                    77-70-69–216
Jim Jamieson, White Sulphur Springs     74-72-71–217
Benny Bowles, Oak Hill                                71-76-71–218
Scott Davis, Wheeling                                   72-78-70–220
Vic Sorrell, Bluefield                                      73-73-74–220
Billy Capps, Beckley                                      73-74-74–221
Tommy Byrd, Bluefield                                  75-75-72–222
Gary Blake, Parkersburg                              75-72-76–223
a-Mark Plymale, Bluefield                             81-72-70–223


1981:  Amateur Matt Cooke of Beckley grabbed control of the Open with a 67 in the second round and breezed to an eight-stroke victory at Berry Hills Country Club near Charleston.  Cooke, a 20-year-old senior on the Marshall University golf  team, ended with a 213 total for 54 holes.  He made six birdies, including a 30-foot putt on the 13th green, during his 67 round on the par 70 course.  “”I started hitting the ball off the putter real solid.  My putting is rarely this good.  It was just one of those days — my best round of the year,” Cooke said.  Benny Bowles finished second in the Open with a 221 total and earned the top pro prize of $1,200.  Bowles broke his putter in the final round when he stubbed it in the ground but fortunately had a spare putter in his bag.  Pros Barry Fleming and Linden Meade tied for third at 222 and both received $825.   Pro Robert Harris of Oak Hill made a hole-in-one on the 159-yard 12th hole with a seven-iron during the first round. Young amateur David Wallace Jr, 18, shot a 71 for the first round lead on his home course.  Leaders by rounds: first, Wallace 71, by one; second, Cooke 142, by three.

a-Matt Cooke, Beckley                        75-67-71–213
Benny Bowles, Kopperston               73-72-76–221
Barry Fleming, Charleston                 81-70-71–222
Linden Meade, Chapmanville           74-78-70–222
Darrell Kestner, Gary                          73-72-78–223
Randy Hillis, New Cumberland        79-71-73–223
a-Kirk Nolte, Wheeling                       73-75-75–223
a-David Wallace Jr., Charleston       71-78-76–225
Lee Martina, Beckley                           72-78-76–226
a-Danny Warren Jr., Beckley              78-74-76–228


1982:  Scott Davis staged a brilliant comeback in his hometown by firing a 67 in the final round at Wheeling Country Club to win the West Virginia Open.   Davis, an assistant pro at a Zanesville (Ohio) club,  improved every round from 75 to 70 to 67 in posting a 212 total.  He beat out second round co-leader Linden Meade by two strokes in taking the $1,200 first prize.  Davis, who trailed by three strokes starting the last round, hit 17 of 18 greens in notching his 34-33–67 score on the hilly par 70 Wheeling course.  He birdied the first hole,  parred the next eight holes and made two more birdies on the back nine.  “”I played really well but I was tentative with my putter.  I just couldn’t hit it firmly,” Davis said.   He added the Open title to his 1978 West Virginia Amateur title that he won before turning pro.  Meade, who had a 69 in the second round to share the lead with pro James Ulozas, carded a final round 72 for a 214 total and went home $900 richer.  Ulozas had a 76 on the final day to finish at 218.  Pro Dick Wedzik shot a 67 with five birdies in the first round. Leaders by rounds: first, Wedzik 67, by two; second, Meade and Ulozas 142s.

Scott Davis, Zanesville, Ohio             75-70-67–212
Linden Meade, Chapmanville           73-69-72–214
a-Chip Yanen, Moundsville                70-73-72–215
a-Jay Guthrie, Wheeling                     73-74-70–217
Hamp Auld, Charleston                      76-70-72–218
Mark Cunningham, Parkersburg      71-73-74–218
James Ulozas, Parkersburg             69-73-76–218
Gary Blake, Belpre, Ohio                    70-75-74–219
Dick Wedzik, Bridgeport                     67-76-76–219
John Bailey, Weirton                           72-72-75–219


1983:  Amateur Jim Fankhauser withstood a 2 1/2-hour rain delay and the play of pro John Ross to capture the 50th West Virginia Open at Parkersburg Country Club.  Fankhauser, a PCC member, shot three consistent rounds of 70, 71 and 71 for a 212 total and a three-stroke victory.  The leaders had finished five holes in the final round when lightning and heavy rain caused a long delay. When play .resumed, Fankhauser led Ross by one stroke after nine holes and by three strokes after 14 holes. Then Fankhauser, who had gone 29 holes without a bogey, missed the green on the 15th hole and three-putted for a double bogey six.  Ross birdied the 16th hole to trail by just a stroke.  Fankhauser answered the challenge by making a birdie on 17 and a par on 18.  “”I really felt the heat, especially after he (Ross) made birdie two on No. 16.  That made me nervous but it also made me realize I couldn’t just coast in,” Fankhauser said.  Ross finished with a 73 for a 215 total and collected the top pro prize of $1,200.  Mike Rothwell, a student at Wake Forest, and Denver Rawlings were both in contention but shot 77s in the final round.  Pro Dazzy Vance aced the 119-yard fifth hole with a nine-iron.  Leaders by rounds: first, Fankhauser and Rothwell 70s; second, Rothwell 140, by one.

a-Jim Fankhauser, Vienna               70-71-71–212
John Ross, Princeton                       71-71-73–215
a-Mike Rothwell, Vienna                   70-70-77–217
a-Denver Rawlings, Charleston     72-69-77–218
Hamp Auld, Charleston                    75-73-73–221
Matt Cooke, Parkersburg                  75-72-74–221
a-Harold Payne, Scott Depot           73-72-77–222
Linden Meade, Chapmanville         76-74-73–223
Benny Bowles, Kopperston             71-79-73–223
a-Danny Warren, Beckley                 77-74-73–224
Barry Fleming, Poca                          73-76-75–224


1984:  Veteran pro Linden Meade of  Chapmanville came from three strokes behind starting the final round to edge pro Ken Lacy of Huntington by one shot for the West Virginia Open title at Fincastle Country Club near Bluefield. Meade shot a 70 on the last day for a 211 total while Lacy finished with a 74 for 212.  Meade said he didn’t know when he passed Lacy but credited his victory to “”three chip shots on 14, 15 and 18 that put me close to the hole for easy putts.”  The Open victory was the second for Meade, who beat Sam Snead in the 1963 tournament.  “”I’d say the first time was the best because I was playing against one of the all-time greats, but this one ranks a close second.  I really feel good about this one because there were so many good young players,” said Meade, 47.   His sons, Greg and Brian, also played in the Open.  Denver Rawlings was the low amateur and finished third overall at 214.  Pro Gary Blake shot the low round of the tournament with a 66 to take the first round lead and wound up tied for fourth at 215.  Leaders by rounds: first, Blake 66, by four; second, Lacy 138, by two.

Linden Meade, Chapmanville               72-69-70–211
Ken Lacy, Huntington                              70-68-74–212
a-Denver Rawlings, Charleston            72-72-70–214
Gary Blake, Belpre, Ohio                         66-75-74–215
Tommy Bird, Bluefield                              73-71-71–215
John Ross, Freeman                               70-70-75–215
Benny Bowles, Kopperston                     74-72-70–216
John Norton (hometown not listed)       73-73-72–218
Billy Capps, Daniels                                 74-70-75–219
Greg Meade, Chapmanville                     71-74-74–219


1985:  Pro Buddy Cook got his putter going on the final nine holes to shoot a three-under-par 69 and capture the 52nd West Virginia Open at Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington.  Cook, 59, a former protege of Sam Snead at The Greenbrier, had a 54-hole total of 217 to finish three strokes ahead of four players.  Cook, who began the final round two strokes behind leader Ed Vietmeier, won the tournament with four birdies  on the back nine. Cook sank putts of 25 feet on the 11th green, 18 feet on the 14th, eight feet on the 16th and three feet on the 17th.  “”I rolled it in the hole today, didn’t I?” Cook said after finishing. But he was not aware he had won. “”Who’s winning this thing, anyway?” Cook asked reporters. “”You mean I won the tournament? I won the Open? You’re kidding me.  I don’t believe it,” he said.  Finishing in a tie for second behind Cook were a foursome of pros Vietmeier and Greg Meade and amateurs Chip Yanen and Bill Campbell with 220 totals. Yanen defeated Campbell on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff for the low amateur award.  Leaders by rounds: first, Scott Davis, Benny Bowles and Steve Koreski 72s; second, Vietmeier 146, by one.

Buddy Cook, White Sulphur Springs        73-75-69–217
Greg Meade, Chapmanville                        74-73-73–220
Ed Vietmeier, Charleston                            73-73-74–220
a-Chip Yanen, Moundsville                         76-73-71–220
a-Bill Campbell, Huntington                        73-75-72–220
Steve Koreski, Parkersburg                         72-76-74–222
Benny Bowles, Kopperston                         72-78-72–222
a-John Yarian, Huntington                           75-76-71–222
a-Harold Payne, Scott Depot                       76-74-72–222
a-Kenny Frye, Huntington                            75-74-74–223
a-Reid Carroll, Barboursville                      73-75-75–223
a-Steve Fox, Huntington                               75-76-72–223
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                    76-74-73–223


1986:  Harold Payne made a clean sweep of  the year’s two major golf titles in West Virginia by capturing the Open on his home Sleepy Hollow course in Hurricane to go along with the Amateur he won earlier at The Greenbrier. He joined Bill Campbell (1950 and 1955) and Ed Tutwiler (1956) as the only golfers to accomplish the state “”double.”  Payne scorched the par 72 Sleepy Hollow course with 67 and 65 in the first two rounds before settling for 74 on the last day and a 206 total — 10 under par.  “”It’s really nice to win it here at Sleepy Hollow, where I’ve played for 25 years, before a lot of friends,” Payne said. He had one eagle, 15 birdies, five bogeys and one double-bogey in 54 holes. His eagle came when he drove the 279-yard fifth hole and made a 15-foot putt in the first round.  Despite his low scoring, Payne won by just two strokes over pros Ed Vietmeier and Scott Davis. The long-hittingVietmeier, the assistant pro at Edgewood Country Club,  posted two 67 rounds before a 74 on the final day.  Davis shot a 68 in the last round to tie Vietmeier and then beat him with a birdie on the third playoff hole to settlerunnerup honors.  They divided first- and second-place pro money, with each winning $1,085.20.  Leaders by rounds: first, Payne and Vietmeier 67s; second, Payne 132, by two.

a-Harold Payne, Scott Depot                      67-65-74–206
Scott Davis, Hurricane                                 69-71-68–208
Ed Vietmeier, Charleston                            67-67-74–208
Lee Martina, Beckley                                     71-68-72–211
John Ross, Freeman                                    70-69-73–212
a-Chip Yanen, Moundsville                          74-68-73–215
Linden Meade, Chapmanville                     70-74-71–215
Ned Weaver, Weirton                                    73-72-70–215
a-Evans Harbour, South Charleston         73-71-72–216
a-Brian Meade, Chapmanville                    70-68-80–218
Gary Blake, Parkersburg                              71-73-74–218
Matt Cooke, Vienna                                       74-71-73–218


1987:   Harold Payne made West Virginia golf  history by becoming the first state player ever to win both the Amateur and the Open in the same season for two consecutive years.  He also became the first amateur to repeat as Open champion. Payne coasted to an eight-stroke victory in the Open at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels.  Payne got off to a slow start with a 75 in the first round but took command with a four-under-par 68 that included five birdies in the second round for a four-shot lead.  He doubled his lead with a 71 in the final round for a 214 total.  Payne said he didn’t dream at the start of  the year that he would capture both major state golf titles for the second straight time.  “”One of my pre-season goals was to win the Amateur again.  I didn’t think there was any way I could win the Open again.  I don’t feel I’m in the same class with some of these pros,” Payne said.  Pro Cleve Coldwater of  Charleston shot 71 in the final round to finish second with a 222 total.   As top pro, Coldwater earned 20 percent of the $7,700 purse for a $1,540 paycheck while Payne was limited to $350 in merchandise as an amateur.  Another amateur, Dennis Vass of Stanaford, shot a 71 for the first round lead and wound up tied for third at 223.  Leaders by rounds: first, Vass 71, by one; second, Payne 143, by four.

a-Harold Payne, Scott Depot               75-68-71–214
Cleve Coldwater, Charleston              77-74-71–222
a-Dennis Vass, Stanaford                   71-77-75–223
Linden Meade, Chapmanville             72-75-76–223
Mike Krulich, Bluefield                          72-77-74–223
Greg Meade, Chapmanville                74-75-74–223
a-Chip Yanen, Moundsville                 75-73-76–224
a-Homer Delovich, Monongah           76-75-74–225
Ron Povick, Sissonville                       74-74-77–225
Ty Roush, Mason                                  75-75-76–226
Scott Davis, Hurricane                         72-77-77–226


1988:  Harold Payne, 33, became just the third golfer in state history to capture three straight West Virginia Open titles when he outshot host pros Ned Weaver and Joey Lombardi in the final round at Williams Country Club in Weirton.   Payne fired three steady rounds of  72, 71 and 72 on the par 72 course for a 215 total and a three-stroke victory over Weaver, the head pro at Williams.  Lombardi, the assistant pro at Williams, held a one-stroke lead over Payne and Weaver after two rounds.  Payne birdied the first two holes, including a 40-foot putt on the second green, to take the lead for good in the final round.  Payne then applied the clincher when he sank a lengthy 60-foot putt for a birdie on the 12th green.  “”This one means as much to me as any other championship.  I’m tickled to death because I haven’t played well at all this year.  Whenever you win what I call a major such as this, you wonder if you’ll ever win again,” said Payne, who lost his bid for a third straight Amateur title but pulled it off  in the Open.  Weaver shot a 75 in the last round for a 218 total and claimed the top pro prize of $1,200.  Lombardi settled for a 78 round and a 220 total to finish fourth behind Scott Davis (219).  Sam Snead holds the record for consecutive Open titles with four (1970-73) and also twice won three straight (1936-38 and 1966-68). ClemWiechman also won three straight (1941-43).  Leaders by rounds: first, Weaver 71, by one; second, Lombardi 142, by one.

a–Harold Payne, Scott Depot              72-71-72–215
Ned Weaver, Weirton                            71-72-75–218
Scott Davis, Hurricane                          74-72-73–219
Joey Lombardi, Weirton                       72-70-78–220
a-Steve Fox, Huntington                       72-76-73–221
Cleve Coldwater, Charleston              72-75-75–222
Evans Harbour,  South Charleston    78-75-72–225
Gary Blake, Parkersburg                      76-76-73–225
Benny Bowles, Kopperston                 77-73-75–225
Allen Bailes, Sissonville                       78-71-76–225
Richard Churilla, Wheeling                  75-72-78–225


1989:  Amateur Todd Satterfield, 23, of Bluefield birdied the first hole in a sudden-death playoff  to defeat Oak Hill pro Mike White for the Open title at Sleepy Hollow Golf  Club in Hurricane.  Satterfield hit a nine-iron shot from 136 yards to four feet below the pin on the 395-yard first hole and sank the putt.  White’s eight-iron approach shot landed 15 feet above the pin and his putt was wide and long.   Satterfield, a former University of Georgia golfer, shot three straight rounds of  71 on the par 72 course for a 213 total while White carded 71, 70 and 72 rounds for his 213.  Satterfield led by four shots with three holes left in the final round but bogeyed the final two holes while White birdied the 16th and 18th holes, sinking a 15-foot putt on the final green to force the playoff.  Pro Ken Lacy fired a final round 70 to finish a stroke back at 214 with a double-bogey on 17 proving costly. Satterfield, who planned to turn pro in the next month, accepted the amateur limit of a $400 gift certificate while White received the top pro prize of $1,600.  “”I want to thank Todd for being an amateur this week,” said White, who won the Open in 1980.  Harold Payne, who was shooting for his fourth straight title, finished in a tie for eighth at 218.  Leaders by rounds: first, Reid Carroll and Matt Cooke 69s; second, White and Cooke, 141s.

a-Todd Satterfield,  Bluefield         71-71-71–213
Mike White, Oak Hill                        71-70-72–213
Ken Lacy, Huntington                     71-73-70–214
a-Reid Carroll, Huntington            69-74-72–215
Cleve Coldwater, Charleston       70-73-72–215
a-Marty Creed, Hurricane              70-75-71–216
Matt Cooke, Vienna                        69-72-75–216
Robert Thew, Huntington              71-75-72–218
a-Jim Fankhauser, Vienna           73-72-73–218
a-Harold Payne, Scott Depot        75-69-74–218

1990:  Scott Davis got his putter going in the final round and shot a four-under-par 68 at Bridgeport Country Club to capture his second West Virginia Open title.  Davis overcame a four-stroke deficit and edged Mike White by a single stroke.   Davis got better every round with 75, 72 and 68 for a 215 total while White matched par 72 in every round for a 216 score to finish second for the second straight year.  “”I’m flabbergasted, I really am,” Davis said. “I’ve been playing every year since I won it in ’82 and have not done too well. It’s just really good to get another Open win.”   Davis struggled with his putter early with three three-putts in the first round and two three-putts and a four-putt in the second round.  “Today I played without a three-putt,  I could have had a real good score this week because I hit the ball real well ,” Davis said after the final round.  Defending champion Todd Satterfield, now a pro, led the first round with a 71 and ended up fourth at 218. Cleve Coldwater shot the week’s best round, a six-under 66 with 11 birdies, including the final four holes.  He led by a stroke after the second round but finished in a tie for fifth at 219.  Chris Ward was the low amateur at 217 and finished third.  Jon Stricker had a finishing 68 for 220.   Leaders by rounds: first, Satterfield 71, by one; second, Coldwater 143, by one.

Scott Davis, Hurricane                  75-72-68–215
Mike White, Lochgelly                    72-72-72–216
a-Chris Ward, Beaver                    73-72-72–217
Todd Satterfield, Bluefield            71-75-72–218
Dick Wedzik, Bridgeport                76-70-73–219
Cleve Coldwater, Charleston       77-66-76–219
Jon Stricker, Charleston                77-75-68–220
a-Scott Gilmore, Vienna                 76-71-73–220
Matt Cooke, Parkersburg               74-72-75–221
Ty Roush, Mason                            78-72-72–222
a-Jim Fankhauser, Vienna            77-70-75–222
Brad Westfall, Kingwood               72-72-78–222


1991:  After finishing second the last two years, Mike White moved up to first this time with a one-stroke victory at Moundsville Country Club.  White began the final round four strokes back but shot a 69 to finish with a score of even-par 210.  Charleston pro Bob Bird also carded a final 69 to finish second at 211.   Brian Meade of Chapmanville, the son of two-time champion Linden Meade, opened the tournament with a five-birdie round of 66 for a four-stroke lead and a second-round 71 kept him two strokes in front.  But Meade settled for a 75 on the last day to finish third at 212.  White, who lives in Lochgelly near Oak Hill, earned $1,400 and became a two-time Open champion, having won in 1980.  He felt a key to his victory was a birdie on the 395-yard 17th hole.  “”I just kept plugging along out there.  That’s the way I play.  I don’t ever play to finish second.  I came up here to win,” White said.  Defending champion Scott Davis fired a 67 in the second round and was just two shots off  the pace until a final 75 left him tied for fifth at 214.  Harold Payne posted a 68 in the second round and ended up as the low amateur at 215.  Hill Herrick of  The Greenbrier aced the 203-yard 14th hole in the second round.  Leaders by rounds: first, Meade 66, by four; second, Meade 137, by two.

Mike White, Lochgelly                    70-71-69–210
Bob Bird, Charleston                     71-71-69–211
Brian Meade, Chapmanville         66-71-75–212
Matt Cooke, Parkersburg              73-71-69–213
Barry Evans, Charleston               73-72-69–214
Dick Wedzik, Bridgeport                71-70-73–214
Scott Davis, Hurricane                   72-67-75–214
a-Harold Payne, Hurricane           73-68-74–215
a-Mike Good, Charleston              72-73-71–216
Greg Meade, Logan                        72-70-74–216
Brad Westfall, Kingwood               70-72-74–216
Ty Roush, Mason                            74-70-72–216


1992:   Brad Westfall romped to an eight-stroke victory in the 59th West Virginia Open at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown.  Westfall opened with a 68 to trail by one but an even-par 71 in the second round gave him a five-shot lead.  He kept up the pressure with a final 70 for a 209 score.  Fairmont’s Eric Shaffer, the State Amateur champion and a Marshall University golfer, finished second with a 217 total.  Shaffer tied the course record with 64 in a practice round.  Shaffer cut Westfall’s lead to four strokes in the final round but Westfall regained his momentum when he hit a 310-yard drive on the long 10th hole and then a short iron to 10 feet of  the cup for a birdie.  “”I wanted to win this one for Preston Country Club.  I owed them that,” said Westfall, the pro at Preston.  “”The crowd was great. I felt like I was playing at home. I must have brought half of Preston County with me.”   Eric Kirsch, a Steubenville, Ohio, resident who’s a member at Williams Country Club in Weirton, took the first round lead with a 67 and ended up tied for third at 218. Ty Roush had a closing 69 for 218.  Scott Davis had an up-and-down tournament with 70, 80 and 69 rounds for 219.  Ron Millione of Morgantown used a four-iron to ace the 170-yard 12th hole in the first round.  A record field of 156 entered.  Leaders by rounds: first, Kirsch  67, by one; second, Westfall 139, by five.

Brad Westfall, Kingwood                       68-71-70–209
a-Eric Shaffer, Fairmont                         73-71-73–217
Ty Roush, Mason                                    74-75-69–218
a-Eric Kirsch, Steubenville, Ohio         67-78-73–218
Scott Davis, Hurricane                           70-80-69–219
Bill Shriver, Gauley Bridge                     71-77-71–219
Barry Evans, Charleston                        73-74-72–219
a-C.J. Pagliaro, Jr., Fairmont                76-74-71–221
a-Brad Greenstein, Huntington            73-75-73–221
a-Mike Good, Charleston                      70-77-74–221
Hill Herrick, White Sulphur Springs    73-75-73–221
a-Jack Forbes, Morgantown                 72-74-75–221


1993:  Harold Payne scored his fourth victory in the West Virginia Open and pulled off  his third sweep of the state’s top two golf tournaments.  Payne finished nine strokes under par in shooting a 207 score for 54 holes at Pipestem State Park.  He finished two strokes in front of defending champion Brad Westfall, who had a 209 total and earned the low pro prize.  Payne won his fifth State Amateur title earlier in the year.  He accomplished the same Amateur-Open sweep in 1986 and 1987, with his other Open triumph coming in 1988.  “”It’s a special feeling to win the Amateur, but to win when you have pros playing is really nice.  To win them both in the same year is a tremendous feeling,” Payne said.  He joined Clem Wiechman as a four-time Open champion, and the only golfer to win more is Sam  Snead with 17 titles.  Payne shot a first round 69 to trail co-leaders Ty Roush and Barry Evans by two strokes.  Roush’s round included eight straight one-putt greens.   Payne fired a four-under-par 68, which included six birdies, in the second round to lead by a stroke over Evans.  Payne kept his lead with a final round 70. Westfall had a 69 to take second place while Roush finished third at 211 and Evans was fourth at 212.  Leaders by rounds: first, Evans and Roush 67s; second, Payne 137, by one.

a-Harold Payne, Hurricane                  69-68-70–207
Brad Westfall, Kingwood                      73-67-69–209
Ty Roush, Mason                                   67-72-72–211
Barry Evans, Charleston                       67-71-74–212
Dan Poling, Grafton                               68-72-74–214
Terry Smith, Paden City                         71-69-74–214
a-Mike Good, Charleston                      71-74-71–216
Craig Lindsey, Charleston                    75-69-72–216
Bill Robertson, Pipestem                      73-71-72–216
David Lawrence, Poca                           72-74-72–218
a-Evans Harbour, Hurricane                 70-75-73–218


1994:  Brad Westfall defeated Scott Davis on the second playoff  hole to capture the title in the $11,000 West Virginia Open on Oglebay Park’s Speidel course in Wheeling.  Both finished with one-under-par 141 totals for 36 holes. The first day’s round of the scheduled 54-hole tournament was rained out. Westfall shot a sparkling 68 in the final round to force the playoff  with Davis, who had a 73.  On the first playoff  hole, Westfall two-putted from 25 feet for a par while Davis hit a fine recovery shot out of  the rough and over a trap to within inches of the cup to save his par.  The second playoff  hole found Davis with a 30-foot putt and Westfall with a 18-footer for birdie. Davis’ putt broke just before the hole and trickled to the right. Westfall then drained his downhill putt for the victory.  “”I was just trying to hit it hard enough to give it a chance to go in,” said Westfall, who used a long putter. Davis commented, “”That was a great shot he made to win.”   It was the second Open victory for Westfall who went first-second-first the past three years.  Westfall earned $2,200 and Davis got $1,650.  Finishing two strokes behind them was amateur Brad Greenstein, a Marshall University golfer.  Greenstein shot a 68 to share the first round lead.  Davis fired a course record 66 in the pro-am.  Leaders by rounds: first, Greenstein, Davis and Jay Jamieson 68s.

Brad Westfall, Kingwood                    73-68–141
Scott Davis, Hurricane                         68-73–141
a-Brad Greenstein, Huntington          68-75–143
Greg Meade, Logan                              71-73–144
Jay Jamieson, Bridgeport                    68-76–144
Barney Thompson, Barboursville       73-72–145
a-Harold Payne, Hurricane                  72-73–145
Brian Meade,  Chapmanville               74-72–146
Dan Poling,  Grafton                              73-73–146
a-Evans Harbour, Hurricane                72-75–147
a-Kirk Nolte, Wheeling                          71-76–147
a-Steve Fox, Huntington                        71-76–147


1995:  Long-hitting Scott Davis overpowered the 6,982-yard Canaan Valley Resort course with several drives more than 300 yards while capturing his third West Virginia Open title.   Davis led every day with rounds of  66, 69 and 69 for a 204 total — 12 under par.  He finished five strokes in front of  runnerup Greg Meade.   Davis received a first place check of  $1,200.  “”It’s hard to win leading all the way because there’s more pressure on you. But I’d rather be out front.  I was apprehensive today until I got started and my golf swing held up.  Then I relaxed,”  Davis said after his victory.  He said the long Canaan Valley course suited his game and it showed.  He made an eagle and six birdies and was five under par on the par-five holes in his opening round.   Davis added nine more birdies in his next two rounds.  Play on the final day was interrupted twice by lightning and rain.  Meade had three steady rounds of 69, 70 and 70 in finishing second.  Michael Swiger finished third at 210 and received $500 in merchandise as the low amateur.  Joel Davis shot a 68 in the second round and Steve Hussey had a 69 with eight birdies in the third round.  Beckley pro Phil Wiechman aced the 214-yard fourth hole with a three-iron in the first round. Leaders by rounds:  first, Scott Davis 66, by two; second, Scott Davis 135, by three.

Scott Davis, Hurricane                          66-69-69–204
Greg Meade, Logan                              69-70-70–209
a-Michael Swiger, Weirton                   70-69-71–210
Barney Thompson, Barboursville      68-71-73–212
Ty Roush, Mason                                  69-70-73–212
a-Steve Hussey, Parkersburg            71-72-69–212
a-Joel Davis, Oak Hill                           70-68-75–213
a-John Duty Jr., Hurricane                   70-70-73–213
a-Mike Meade, Bluefield                       70-70-74–214
a-Evans Harbour, Hurricane               69-74-71–214
Brian Meade, Chapmanville                69-75-70–214
Steve Superick, Fairmont                     73-71-70–214


1996:  In a battle of veteran pros, Barney Thompson defeated John Ross on the first hole of  a playoff at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane to win his third Open title.   Both ended the 54-hole tournament with 209 scores after missing key putts on the final hole.  Ross lipped out a 15-footer for a possible winning birdie while Thompson was short with his approach, chipped to 10 feet and missed the par-saving putt.  In the playoff on the 420-yard ninth hole, Ross skied his tee shot and his three-wood second shot landed on a hillside right of the green.  He pitched well past the hole and missed the putt, making a bogey.  Meanwhile, Thompson put his six-iron second shot on the back fringe and two-putted for a winning par.  Thompson won $3,000 and Ross got $2,100 out of the record purse of $26,000.  “”It’s always nice to win, anywhere.  To win in front of  friends is special.  It was hard on me. You don’t want to let anyone down,” Thompson said.  Brent Johnson shot a 65 in the second round to take a two-stroke lead but a final 74 left him two shots back at 211.  Harold Payne finished fifth at 213 and received a $500 gift certificate as low amateur.  Larry Haddad of Charleston aced the 199-yard sixth hole with a three-iron.  Pro Davey Lawrence and amateur Sam O’Dell both shot 67 rounds.  Leaders by rounds: first, Thompson 66, by two; second, Johnson 137, by two.

Barney Thompson, Barboursville                66-73-70–209
John Ross, Freeman                                     68-72-69–209
Brent Johnson, Weirton                                 72-65-74–211
Todd Westfall, Kingwood                              72-70-70–212
a-Harold Payne, Hurricane                           71-72-70–213
Barry Evans, Charleston                               72-68-75–215
a-Evans Harbour, Hurricane                        71-68-77–216
John McNaney (hometown not listed)        71-70-76–217
Brian Meade, Chapmanville                         69-74-74–217
a-Mike Meade, Bluefield                                68-72-77–217


1997:  It took an extra day but touring pro John Ross finally won the rain-delayed West Virginia Open at the Glade Springs Resort in Daniels.  Ross posted a 211 total for 54 holes and finished three strokes in front of  Scott Davis and Gary Blake. Play was suspended during the third round due to rain and lightning with 27 players still on the course and Ross holding a two-stroke lead with six holes left to play.  After a 2 1/2-hour delay, the tournament committee ruled that the course was unplayable and decided to resume play the next day.   Ross sank two birdie putts to maintain his lead in the final six holes the next morning.  Ross earned $4,800 for his victory plus $625 for being low pro in the pro-am.   “”It feels good to have another shot at it and pull it off this time,” said Ross, who lost in a playoff  in 1996.  Ross said that having his name engraved on the Open trophy alongside the names of  SamSnead and other past champions was a real honor.  “”It’s something that I’ll cherish,” he said.  Davis and Blake both earned $2,750 for their second place tie.   Sam O’Dell shot a final round 68 to tie Pat Carter at 215 for low amateur.  O’Dell, 19, sank a 10-foot putt on the first playoff  hole to earn the low amateur prize of a $500 gift certificate.  Barney Thompson shot the low round of  67 and finished at 222.  Leaders by rounds: Davis 70, by one; second, Ross, Blake and Barry Evans 140s.

John Ross, Freeman                              71-69-71–211
Scott Davis, Hurricane                            70-72-72–214
Gary Blake, Mineral Wells                      72-68-74–214
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane                        76-71-68–215
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                         75-68-72–215
Ty Roush, Mason                                     76-72-69–217
Barry Evans, Charleston                         72-68-77–217
Ken Guilford, Sissonville                        73-73-73–219
a-Jamie Conrad, Fayetteville                 74-69-77–220
a-Steve Fox, Huntington                          73-71-76–220
Brent Johnson, Weirton                          72-72-76–220
a-Michael Veres, Chapmanville            73-72-75–220
a-Alan Stealey, Clarksburg                    72-74-74–220


1998:  Host pro Scott Davis staged a final round charge before his friends and members at Edgewood Country Club near Sissonville to capture his fourth Open title.  Davis trailed by four strokes beginning the round but shot a five-under-par 67 and won by five shots with a 209 total.  He was quick to take advantage after amateur Pat Carter lost his lead by knocking a ball into a pond on the fifth hole for a double bogey.   Davis seized command with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes and widened his lead with three more birdies on the back nine.  “”I’m a West Virginia boy and winning the State Open for the fourth time thrills me, especially at my home club.  I can’t believe I did it. I believe I tied Harold Payne with four Open wins and that’s a neat thing for me,” Davis said, referring to his former Marshall teammate.  Davis won $5,000 out of a total purse of $25,000.  John Ross birdied the last hole to finish second at 214.  Carter made eight birdies while shooting a 66  in the second round for a three-stroke lead but a final 77 left him tied for third with Brad Westfall at 215.   Michael Veres and Jamie Whitt both had 66 rounds.  A record field of 165 entered the Open.  Edgewood assistant Ken Guilford fired a 66 to win the pro-am.  Veres bested Carter on the final hole to win the first Open shootout.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Gary Blake and Todd Westfall 70s; second, Carter 138, by three.

Scott Davis, Hurricane                           71-71-67–209
John Ross, Freeman                             72-69-73–214
Brad Westfall, Morgantown                   72-70-73–215
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                        72-66-77–215
Jonathan Clark, South Charleston      75-68-74–217
Barry Evans, Charleston                        77-69-72–218
a-Zach Wood, Moundsville                    73-74-72–219
David Lawrence, Nitro                            73-73-73–219
a-Kirk Satterfield, Bluefield                    75-71-73–219
Jamie Whitt, Huntington                         79-66-74–219
Todd Westfall, Gauley Bridge                70-72-77–219


1999:  Once he recovered from an 800-mile trip, John Ross took charge of  the Open at Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington.  A tired Ross had 72 in the first round but with some much-needed rest shot 68 and 67 in the final two rounds for a 207 total — six under par.  His seven-stroke victory give him his second Open title and a $5,000 check.  Ross won a TearDrop Tour event worth $35,000 in Decatur, Ala., the Sunday before the Open.  He drove all night to Huntington to compete in the Open Monday pro-am and then drove to his home in Mercer County to pick up his wife before returning on Tuesday.   Ross took a three-stroke lead into the final round but felt pressure from Guyan assistant Jonathan Clark and amateur Pat Carter.  Ross said his key shot was a downhill 30-foot birdie putt on the seventh hole.  “”I honestly hit that putt hard enough to go six or seven feet, and I watched it roll and roll and roll until it disappeared,” Ross said.  That touched off a streak in which Ross birdied five of eight holes to pull away.  Clark shot a 71 to finish second at 214 while  Carter had a 72 for third place at 216 and the low amateur prize.  Burke Spensky, 17, tied for fourth at 217.  Bud Tate of Vienna spent his honeymoon playing golf and did well with a 226 score. Davey Lawrence beat Carter on the last hole to win the Open shootout.   Leaders by rounds: first, Scott Davis 70, by one; second, Ross 140, by three.

John Ross, Freeman                            72-68-67–207
Jonathan Clark, South Charleston     74-69-71–214
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                       71-73-72–216
Mike Good, Charleston                         73-73-71–217
a-Burke Spensky, Huntington              73-71-73–217
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane                       72-72-76–220
Brad Westfall, Morgantown                  75-72-73–220
Todd Westfall, Hurricane                      75-74-71–220
Scott Davis, Hurricane                           70-75-76–221
Barry Evans, Charleston                       72-75-74–221
a-Brad Greenstein, Huntington            72-74-75–221
Dave Wentz, Cross Lanes                     \74-73-74–221

2000:  Pro Brad Westfall signed for an incorrect scorecard in the first round but that just spurred him on to capture his third West Virginia Open title by a four-stroke margin at the demanding Pete Dye Golf Club near Bridgeport. Westfall shot a 72 in the opening round but signed for a 73, and that score stood.  He made a three on a hole but the player keeping his card marked him down for a four, and Westfall failed to catch the mistake.  “It really (ticked) me off,” Westfall said of his signing error.  “It made me mad enough to come out and play.”  Westfall did just that, shooting a five-under 67 in the second round to take the lead and following it up with a 68 in the final round.  He birdied four of his last seven holes to pull away from Barry Evans, Pat Carter and Brent Johnson.  Steve Shrawder, an assistant pro at the Pete Dye Golf Club, fired a 67 on the final day to grab second.  Carter, Johnson and amateur Jamie Whitt all shot 68s in the early rounds while defending champion John Ross had a 69.  Carter won the low amateur prize for the third straight year, including a tie in 1998.  Davey Lawrence won the nine-hole Open shootout for the second straight year.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Johnson and Whitt-68s; second, Westfall-140, by one.

Brad Westfall, Morgantown          73-67-68—208
Steve Shrawder, Bridgeport         73-72-67—212
Barry Evans, Charleston               71-70-73—214
a-Pat Carter, Huntington               74-68-75—217
Brent Johnson, Follansbee         68-73-76—217
Scott Davis, Hurricane                  73-72-73—218
Al Hromulak, Bridgeport               73-71-75—219
a-Chad Westfall, Glenville           72-71-76—219
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane             75-73-73—221
a-Kirk Satterfield, Bluefield          78-72-72—222


2001:  Jonathan Clark held off last-round charges by Brad Westfall and Pat Carter to squeeze out a one-stroke victory in the 68th West Virginia Open at Berry Hills Country Club near Charleston.  Clark, 27, an assistant pro at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, shot 66 and 67 in his final two rounds to post a six-under score of 204 for 54 holes and earn the $5,000 winner’s check.  Clark led Carter by two strokes and Westfall by three entering the final round. Carter sank birdie putts of 12 and 20 feet to take a one-stroke lead after nine holes but then twice banged shots off trees and suffered three bogeys in a four-hole stretch to fall back.  Meanwhile, Clark birdied three of five holes on the back side and opened a three-stroke lead over Westfall with two holes left.  Westfall birdied the last three holes with putts of 35, 5 and 3 feet to shoot a 65.  In the heat of battle, Westfall thought he had tied Clark but hefell a stroke short when Clark sank a 4-foot knee-knocker for a clinching par on the final green.  Carter had a 68 to finish third and was the low amateur for the fourth straight year.  Amateur Jay Kaufman of Vienna shot a 69 to become the surprise first round leader but then dropped out of contention.  Leaders by rounds:  first, Kaufman-69, by one; second, Clark-137, by two.

Jonathan Clark, Hurricane                   71-66-67—204
Brad Westfall, Morgantown                  70-70-65—205
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                       72-67-68—207
a-Bill Sharpe, Cross Lanes                 74-67-69—210
Craig Berner, Charleston                     70-71-72—213
Barry Evans, Charleston                       77-71-69—217
a-Marty Creed, Hurricane                      74-74-71—219
a-Michael Veres, Chapmanville           73-70-76—219
a-Ryan Whalen, Bluefield                     76-72-72—220
a-Burke Spensky, Huntington              72-78-70—220
a-Tim Lynch, Huntington                      77-73-70—220
a-Bob Ramsey, Bluefield                     72-70-78—220


2002:  Brad Westfall won his second Open title in three years and his fourth overall by shooting three rounds in the 60s at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club near Hurricane.  The Grafton pro fired subpar rounds of  68, 69 and 68 for a 205 total, a three-stroke triumph and a $6,000 check.  Westfall dedicated his victory to his baby daughter Sidney as he did his 2000 win to daughter Jenna  Beth. “”It’s nice to have two for them and it’s nice to have four,” he said. “”The fourth one means a lot.”  Westfall began the final round  tied with Scott Davis, who fell back after suffering a lost ball in tall grass for a double bogey on the second hole.  Westfall then sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the third hole for a three-stroke lead and he increased it to five with a 45 -footer for eagle on the 11th hole.  Sam O’Dell shot a 67 on his home course to finish second at 208 and take low amateur honors, a meaningful accomplishment a year after being critically injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident before the final round of the 2001 Amateur.  Virginia Tech golfer Ryan Whalen birdied four straight holes while carding a final 68 to finish third at 210.  Barry Evans, who recently won the national PGA Club Professionals Championship, tied for fourth.  Leaders by rounds: first, Westfall 68, by one; second, Westfall and Davis tied, 137s.

Brad Westfall, Grafton             68-69-68—205
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane        70-71-67—208
a-Ryan Whalen, Bluefield       72-70-68—210
Barry Evans, Charleston         73-70-70—213
a-Tad Tomblin, Charleston    72-71-70—213
Scott Davis, Hurricane             70-67-77—214
a-Pat Carter, Huntington          71-70-73—214
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane      70-72-72—214
David Lawrence, Hurricane    71-73-71—215
a-Drew Whitten, Hurricane      72-72-71—215


2003:  The man dressed all in black, Brad Westfall, made up three strokes on the final nine holes to tie Pat Carter and then beat the perennial  state amateur champion in a three-hole playoff at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown. The victory gave Westfall his third Open title in four years and his fifth overall.  That put him second in Open wins behind Sam Snead’s 17.   Westfall, a former pro at the Pines, attracted most of the gallery and shot a final round 68 to catch Carter, who made an eight-foot putt on the last hole to shoot 70 and force the first three-hole playoff in Open history.  Both birdied the first playoff hole and parred the second.  Finally on the third hole, Carter came up short on his second shot, pitched to 15 feet and missed the putt for a bogey–another disappointment for Pat, who has come close several times but has never won the Open.  Westfall two-putted from 45 feet for a winning par.  The playoff was marked by controversy.  The two players glared at each other and had a heated discussion after Carter heard Westfall ripping off his Velcro glove while Carter was chipping for an eagle on the first playoff hole.  “He wasn’t doing it on purpose,” Carter said but called it a distraction.  Westfall later said he was sorry about the incident but said it pumped him up.  “I had fire in me,” he said.  The best round of the tournament was a 67 in the second round by Barry Evans, who finished third.   Leaders by rounds: first, Jonathan Clark and Jason Robinson tied, 68s; second, Evans 137, by one.

Brad Westfall, Grafton                    70-70-68—208
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                69-69-70—208
Barry Evans, Charleston                70-67-74—211
a-Burke Spensky, Huntington       70-69-74—213
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane            68-72-74—214
Jason Martin, Morgantown            69-73-73—215
Scott Davis, Hurricane                   69-73-75—217
Aaron Gizzi, Morgantown               71-75-72—218
a-Jason Robinson, Grafton          68-74-76—218
Tomas Lindh, Wheeling               71-78-70—219


2004:  An amateur finally beat all the pros in the 71st Open at Edgewood Country Club near Sissonville but it wasn’t Pat Carter.  The surprise champion was Shepherd University golfer David Bradshaw, 21, of  Harpers Ferry. Bradshaw became the first amateur to win the Open since Harold Payne in 1993 and was the youngest victor since Matt Cooke, 20, in 1981.  Bradshaw outdueled pro Jonathan Clark over the final holes.  Both four-putted the extremely fast, sloping 17th green for double bogeys to remain tied going into the 537-yard final hole.  Bradshaw hit his drive 286 yards in the fairway and put his second shot near the green 30 feet from the hole.  Clark’s drive ended up close to a tree and he had to punch a 4-iron shot under the tree, with the ball ending up 20 yards short of the green.  His chip shot came up 22 feet short and then his putt slipped past the hole.  Meanwhile, Bradshaw chipped to eight inches and tapped in for a winning birdie.  “”Now I can go home and not answer questions about Michelle Wie.  I’ve got something else attached to my name,” said Bradshaw, who beat the young phenom by two strokes in a U.S. Public Links qualifier.  As a consolation prize, Clark did receive the first place pro check of $5,000 from the $27,130 purse.  Carter had a hole-in-one on the 175-yard 10th hole, his first ace in competition. Leaders by rounds: first, Carter 69, by one; second, Bradshaw 137,  by three.

a-David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry           70-67-72—209
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane                        73-67-70—210
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                            69-72-71—212
Brad Westfall, Morgantown                       71-72-70—213
Dave Lawrence, Nitro                                 70-71-72—213
Ed Vietmeier, Morgantown                        71-71-72—214
a-David Jude, Huntington                          71-70-74—215
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills                           71-73-73—217
Craig Berner, Charleston                          74-69-74—217
Scott Davis, Hurricane                               73-74-71—218



2005:  Edgewood pro Craig Berner sank a 50-foot chip shot on the fifth hole of a playoff to beat out Berry Hills pro Barry Evans for the Open title on the Raven Golf Club course at Snowshoe.  Evans shot a 69 in the final round and holed a 30-foot birdie putt on 18 to catch Berner who bogeyed. They tied with 215 totals.  Berner began the initial three-hole playoff  on holes 10, 17 and 18 by making a double-bogey on 10 but got a stroke back with a birdie on 17.  Both found trouble on 18 as Berner hit his second shot out of bounds for a bogey and Evans three-putted for a double bogey. That left them tied again and heading into sudden death.  Both parred 10 and then came the dramatic finish on 18.  Berner’s approach shot was just off the green while Evans put his ball 10 feet from the hole.  Berner lined up his chip and commented later, “”It was straight on line. It kept rolling and rolling.”  It rolled into the cup, causing a delighted Berner to pump his fist in the air.  Evans went over and high-fived Berner before lining up his own putt, which just missed on the left side.  Berner, 29, earned $6,000 while Evans got $3,750.  Bob Friend, the son of the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, missed the playoff by a stroke and finished third.  Leaders by rounds: first, Drew Whitten and Steve VanHorn tied, 69s; second, Berner 141, by one.

x-Craig Berner, Scott Depot         72-69-74_215
Barry Evans, Charleston              72-74-69_215
Bob Friend, Pittsburgh                 72-71-73_216
a-Drew Whitten, Hurricane          69-73-75_217
a-Steve VanHorn, Morgantown   69-74-75_218
a-Pat Carter, Huntington              72-73-75_220
Brad Westfall, Grafton                  75-74-72_221
Ty Roush, Mason                          70-77-74_221
a-Mitch Roush, Mason                 78-70-74_222
Scott Davis, Hurricane                 72-76-75_223

(x-won three-hole playoff)


2006: David Bradshaw became the first golfer to win the West Virginia Open as both an amateur and a professional.  Playing as a pro, Bradshaw captured his second title with a one-stroke victory on the Cobb Course at Glade Springs Resort. The win was worth $7,000 to Bradshaw, a native of Bakerton near Harpers Ferry. He posted a 215 total for three rounds to nose out three other players: pros Jonathan Clark and Barry Evans and amateur Pat Carter.  It was the second time Clark lost to Bradshaw by one stroke.  Clark held a one-shot lead going into the 15th hole but his attempt to cut the dogleg and drive over trees onto the green resulted in his ball ending up under a rhododendron bush in thick rough. That led to a bogey, dropping him back into a tie with Bradshaw.  “”I don’t regret it.  There is risk and reward.  I had done it before and made birdie twice,” Clark said. The 16th hole then proved costly to Clark as he drove out-of-bounds, resulting in a triple-bogey seven .“” I hated to see that at 16,” said Bradshaw, who played steady down the stretch. “I don’t like winning a golf tournament that way.  I don’t like when it’s handed to you like a gift.”  Carter shot a 68 in the final round to take low amateur honors for the seventh time.   Evans finished as a runner-up for the second straight year.  Leaders by rounds: first, Bradshaw 68, by two; second, Bradshaw and Ken Lacy tied, 141s.


David Bradshaw, Bakerton                 68-73-74–215
Barry Evans, Charleston                     74-70-72–216
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane                 75-67-74–216
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                    76-72-68–216
a-Michael Mays, Lester                      75-74-68–217
Brad Westfall,  Grafton                       71-73-74–218
Aaron Gizzzi, Morgantown                  74-75-70–219
Bob Friend, Pittsburgh                       71-76-72–219
a-David Boggs, Shepherdstown      76-72-71–219
Ken Lacy, Chapmanville                  72-69-78—219


2007: David Bradshaw traveled 3,000 miles to play in the West Virginia Open and he made the long trip worthwhile by winning his second straight Open title and third overall.  Once again, he posted a 215 score for 54 holes and won by one stroke over a trio of golfers, this time at the Lakeview Resort near Morgantown.  Bradshaw moved to La Jolla, California, near San Diego to compete on a pro tour.  He won $6,000 for his Open victory out of a total purse of $30,000.  The 74th Open was a wet affair with thunderstorms halting play both of the first two days.  In fact, Brawshaw had to play 30 holes the final day–the last 12 of his second round before his final 18. He hit 16 of 18 greens in the final round, took the lead and only needed to sink a 2-foot bogey putt on the last hole to win.  “”I hit it phenomenally well,”” Bradshaw said.  “”It was probably the best ball-striking round I have had in a long time.”  Pro Bob Friend, the son of the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, missed a 20-foot putt for a par on the final green that would have tied Bradshaw. Amateurs Pat Carter and Christian Brand also tied for second with 216 totals. Brand, a Marshall University golfer, shared the lead halfway through the final round only to fall back with bogeys on 15 and 17 before making a birdie on the long 620-yard 18th hole.  Leaders by rounds: first, Ryan Whalen, 70, by one; second, Bob Friend, 143, by one.

David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry       75-69-71–215
Bob Friend, Morgantown                    72-71-73–216
a-Christian Brand, Charleston          74-70-72–216
a-Pat Carter, Huntington                     74-73-69–216
a-Tad Tomblin, Charleston                72-74-71–217
Andrew Dawes, Lewisburg                75-72-71–218
a-Matt Hicks, Sissonville                     75-69-74–218
a-Anthony Reale, Charleston            77-71-71–219
Brad Westfall, Grafton                        74-71-74–219
Craig Berner, Scott Depot                 74-77-69–220
2008:“I wanted this one in the ‘worst way,’ Barry Evans said, but he actually won his first West Virginia Open in the best way.  He birdied the last four holes and shot a 65 on his home Berry Hills course for a nine-under 201 total and a  three-stroke victory over three-time champion David Bradshaw in a terrific shootout.  Some 300 club members and friends gave pro Evans a rousing ovation on the final green. “If I never win another tournament, I’m good,’ said Evans, “This is the one event I wanted to win.” His pro buddies can no longer razz him for not winning the Open despite 13 finishes in the top 10.  He received a $7,500 check from the total purse of $34,000 and the Open trophy donated by former Berry Hills pro Joe Taylor.  Evans hit 17 of 18 greens in the final round and had a five-under 31 with six birdies on the back nine. Evans and Bradshaw traded the lead and were even after 14 holes when Evans began his concluding birdie barrage. Both made short birdie putts on No. 15.  Evans went for the pin on the 207-yard 16th hole and hit his tee shot to five feet for a birdie to take the lead. The 348-yard 17th hole proved decisive.  Evans sank a 40-foot uphill putt for another birdie and credited his 13-year-old son. William, his caddie, for giving him a perfect read.  Bradshaw put his second shot over the green into a bunker and had the bad luck of finding a small stone under the ball. His sand shot sailed over the green and he took a bogey, falling three strokes behind with one hole left.  Both players birdied the 510-yard final hole. “From the get go, it was a good match,” Bradshaw said. “He simply outplayed me at the end. I broke (par) 70 all three days, but shooting 65 is just too good.. It was fun to be a part of.”  No other players finished under par but Christian Brand made seven consecutive birdies in the second round for a 67. Tim Fisher took low amateur honors.  Leaders by rounds: first, Evans, 66, by one; second, Evans and Bradshaw tied, 136s.

Barry Evans, Charleston       66-70-65–201
David Bradshaw, Bakerton    69-67-68–204
Drew Whitten, Hurricane       71-71-69–211
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills        71-69-72–212
Brad Westfall, Grafton          74-67-73–214
Craig Berner, Scott Depot    71–67-77–215
a-Anthony Reale, Charleston   75-72-69–216
Darcy Donaldson, Athens    67-74-75–216
Bob Friend, Morgantown      73-74-71–218
Todd Westfall, Clendenin     75-71-72–218
a-Christian Brand, Charleston 75-67-76–218


2009: David Bradshaw, 26, won his fourth Open title in six years by defeating John Ross, 57, in a three-hole playoff on the Palmer Course at Oglebay Park in Wheeling. Both parred the first playoff hole before Bradshaw birdied the next two, sinking a 10-foot downhill putt on the final hole to clinch victory with Ross’ ball just three feet from the cup.  “I made one putt today, and that was enough on the last hole,” Bradshaw said. “”That’s all it took.” He earned $6,000 out of the $30,000 purse and is now tied for third in Open titles with Clem Wiechman, Scott Davis and Harold Payne behind only Sam Snead (17) and Brad Westfall (5). Ross, a two-time Open champion, forced the playoff by shooting a final round 67 with six birdies. Ross had a chance to take the lead on the 291-yard final hole in regulation as he drove just short of the green but missed the birdie putt. The Open players alternated between the Palmer and Jones courses at Oglebay in the first two rounds With the Palmer yielding subpar rounds and the Jones proving difficult although both are par 71s. Chris McGinnis led the the first round with a 67 on the Palmer but had an 82 the next day on the Jones. It all evened out as 12 golfers were within four strokes of the lead going into the final round on the Palmer. Marshall University golfer Bosten Miller shook off a four-putt green and shot 67 and 69 in his last two rounds to finish third and take low amateur honors, missing the playoff by a stroke. Pro Jason Robinson aced the 11th hole on the Jones Course. Pat Carter didn’t play due to a business trip. Leaders by rounds: first, McGinnis 67, by one; second, Bradshaw and Bob Friend, 142s.

x-David Bradshaw, Bakerton          71-71-69–211
John Ross, Freeman                       73-71-67–211
a-Bosten Miller, Charleston            76-67-69–212
Matthew Hicks, Charleston             68-77-68–213
Darcy Donaldson, Ontario               70-73-70–213
Justin Caroli, Bridgeport                  74-69-70–213
Bob Friend, Morgantown                  73-69-71–213
Scott Davis, Hurricane                      73-75-67–215
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane               69-75-72–216
Barry Evans, Charleston                   75-74-68–217
John Brautigam, Morgantown          78-70-69–217
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills                  73-72-72–217
a-Ryan Mason, Bridgeport               71-75-71–217
x-won in three-hole playoff

2010: It didn’t come easy for David Bradshaw to defend his West Virginia Open crown, but when the slick downhill
5 footer fell on the 54th hole he tasted victory once again in the states premier championship. Sleepy Hollow Golf
Club in Hurricane was the setting for the 77th West Virginia Open, the first time the club had hosted in eight years
and 120 of the states best took to the par 72 layout. Bradshaw came into the final round with a two shot lead over
three time WV Amateur champion Tim Fisher, who got within one shot of the lead a the turn but a bogey on the 12th
added with a Bradshaw birdie at 10 sent the lead back to three shots. Howevere with 2 holes to play Fisher found the
fairway and nearly holed out for an eagle 2 on the 17th hole (nines were switched for the championship), and tapped
in for birdie while Bradshaw parred. On the last Fisher drained a 30 foot birdie putt, forcing Bradshaw to make a
tough 5 footer for par, which he did to claim the Victory. Leaders by Round: first, Hop White 67, second, David
Bradshaw 135.

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 71-64-68—203
a-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills 69-68-67—204
Jason Martin, Wheeling 69-71-71—211
a-Jonathan Bartlett, White Sulphur Springs 69-70-72—211
Barry Evans, Charleston 75-66-71—212
Bob Friend, Morgantown 69-73-71—213
Johnathan Clark, Hurricane 74-68-72—214
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 76-70-69—215
a-Michael Veres, Chapmanville 73-73-69—215
Brad Westfall, Grafton 71-72-72—215

2011: David Bradshaw is taking home another West Virginia Open title, but not before putting in some overtime
against fellow competitor Bob Friend. The two golfers jockeyed back and forth for the lead all tournament long and
the playoff that ensued, seemed almost inevitable.
Friend’s first round 66 made him the leader in the clubhouse after day one, but after a one over par 72 on
day two, Friend found himself two strokes behind six time Open winner Bradshaw. Both men struggled at the
beginning of day three, shooting over par through the first 11 holes. However, with the opportunity for victory
growing ever closer, Bradshaw and Friend each birdied two of the last four holes, leaving them tied for the
tournament. The resulting three-hole aggregate playoff lived up to the expectations set by such an exciting
Each man returned to the par four, 16th determined to get off to a fast start and each one did, birdying the
hole. On the par 3 17th, Friend missed his shot right of the green, while Bradshaw hit a solid shot on the green,
about 12 feet short of the hole. Bradshaw’s subsequent two putt for par, was good enough to take a one shot lead
over Friend, who bogied the hole. With the 18th the only thing between Bradshaw and another WV Open win, he
safely made it on the green in two. Despite a great up and down for Friend from off the green, both men pared the
last hole, leaving Bradshaw with a one-stroke victory in the playoff and the title of state champion once again.

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 69-67-72–208
Bob Friend, Morgantown 66-72-70–208
Garland Green, Bluefield 70-71-70–211
John Ross, Freeman 72-67-74–213
a-Pat Carter, Huntington 74-71-70–215
Darcy Donaldson , Athens 73-71-71–215
Vincent Zachwieja, Charles Town 73-69-73–215
Jason Robinson, Grafton 74-75-67–216
a-Trent Roush, Mason 71-78-68–217
a-JR Jones, Parkersburg 71-73-73–217
a-Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 68-75-74—217

2012: Hurricane’s Jonathan Clark will now have his name permanently etched in the history of West Virginia golf
for the second time. For the first time since 2001, the Sleepy Hollow Golf Club general manager (and former head
golf professional) won the West Virginia Open Championship, beginning his final round with six straight 3’s en
route to a front nine 29, blowing his competition out of the water by shooting a 54-hole total of 12-under-par. Clark
will take home a $6,000 cut of the $31,775 purse.
“I played well all week, then last night I got a text from my older daughter that said, ‘Dad, you can do this, you’re
going to win’,” he said. “So I looked at the text again this morning and said to myself, you know what? I am going
to win.”
The Defending Champion, Harpers Ferry’s David Bradshaw, will share the Runner-up title with first round
leader, South Charleston’s Christian Brand, who just turned pro less than two months ago.
Also making a stroke showing this week was Sam O’Dell, also of Hurricane, who took home the Low Amateur
award by finishing the week 5-under-par. O’Dell tied with round two leader and Host Professional, Scott Depot’s
Craig Berner.
Up-and-coming junior golfer, Chris Williams, of Scott Depot, won the Low Junior award by finishing 3-over-par,
while Hurricane’s Scott Davis won the Low Senior award at 1-under-par. Leaders by Round: First, Christian Brand
66, Second, Craig Berner 134.

Johnathan Clark, Hurricane 68-68-65—201
David Bradshaw, Bakerton 70-67-70—207
Christian Brand, Charleston 66-70-71—207
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 67-72-69—208
Criag Berner, Scott Depot 67-67-74—208
Darcy Donaldson, Athens 71-68-70—209
a-Brian Anania, Hurricane 68-71-72—211
Scott Davis, Hurricane 68-73-71—212
a-Bosten Miller, Charleston 69-75-70—214
a-Todd Westfall, Clendenin 68-71-75—214

2013: The West Virginia Golf Association is celebrating its Centennial in 2013, and the West Virginia Open was
hosted at one West Virginia’s oldest clubs and to date the largest membership in the WVGA at Parkersburg Country
Club. Harpers Ferry’s David Bradshaw won his seventh West Virginia Open title, shooting 11-under-par for the
Championship. With his victory, the pro received a $6,000 cut of the $30,000 purse. Bradshaw last won the Open
when it was hosted by The Pines Country Club in 2011. It wasn’t as easy as the final score made it seem as Amateur
Sam O’Dell made quite a run for his money during the final round, moving within 1 shot of Bradshaw’s lead mid
way through the front nine, but with an Eagle at the 6th and a birdie a the 9th, Bradshaw was once again in control of
the Championship, even when O’Dell got within two shots with just four holes to play, Bradshaw finished the
Championship off in grand fashion, by birdieing the final four holes to post a -14 total to win by four shots. O’Dell
finished runner-up, four strokes ahead of the nearest competitor. Bradshaw, the Harpers Ferry native made just three
bogeys the entire week. Leaders by Round: Ian Patrick and David Bradshaw, 69, Second, David Bradsahw 138.

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 69-69-67—205
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 71-71-67—209
Bob Friend, Morgantown 70-73-70—213
Christian Brand, Charleston 73-71-69—213
a-Bosten Miller, Charleston 75-70-69—214
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 72-73-69—214
a-Philip Reale, Charleston 72-73-70—215
a-Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 74-67-75—216
a-Bryan Myers, Wheeling 75-74-68—217
a-Scott Bibbee, Parkersburg 72-71-75—218
a-Brian Anania, Hurricane 75-70-73—218
a-Rob Erwin, Charleston 76-71-71—218

2014: Professional, Christian Brand of Charleston, began his day two shots back of round two leader, Will Evans, an
Amateur from Charleston who plays on the Marshall University Golf Team. Like Bradshaw, Brand got hot early as
he began his third round with two straight birdies and added two more as he closed out his front nine with a three
under, 33. As other players seemed to be stringing pars together on the closing nine, Brand took charge and never
looked back. After a birdie on the difficult tenth hole, Brand added birdies on both twelve and fifteen claiming a
three shot lead with just two holes to go. His final round 66, gave Brand a tournament total of 204 (-12) and the
victory of the 81st West Virginia Open Championship.
Defending and seven-time West Virginia Open Champion, David Bradshaw, looked as if he was going to
stake claim at his eighth title after he began his final round carding four straight birdies on holes two through five.
After quickly jumping atop the leaderboard, Bradshaw’s birdie streak fizzled as his only other birdie came on the
par-5 twelfth hole. Bradshaw’s final round of three under-par, 69, gave him a tournament total of nine under-par,
207, and solidified his third runner-up finish. A highlight from the final round included past champion Scott Davis
making a hole in one on the par 3 third hole. Leaders by Round: Kenny Hess and Craig Berner 68, second, Will
Evans 136.

Christian Brand, Charleston 70-68-66—204
David Bradshaw, Bakerton 70-68-69—207
Craig Berner, Scott Depot 68-69-71—208
a-Will Evans, Charleston 70-66-74—210
Jason Martin, Wheeling 70-71-70—211
Jonathan Bartlett, Charleston 69-74-68—211
Scott Davis, Hurricane 69-76-67—212
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 77-66-69—212
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 68-73-71—212
a-Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 73-72-68—213

2015: Christian Brand entered the final round with a four stroke lead looking to defend his WV Open title that he
captured just one year ago at The Resort at Glade Springs. Nipping on his heels just four shots back was seven-time
WV Open champion, David Bradshaw from Harpers Ferry, who looked to stage a final round comeback in search
for his 8th victory. For the championship the nines were reversed, to stage an exciting finish on the closing par 5.
Looking to continue his hot streak from round two, Brand carded an early birdie on the par-4 second but couldn’t
quite get things going after that. Making bogeys on six and fifteen, Brand found himself in a battle with Bradshaw
coming down the stretch. After making the turn at two-under for his third round, Bradshaw continued to make a
push up the leaderboard with back-to-back birdies on twelve and thirteen. After a Brand bogey on the par-4
fifteenth, both players found themselves tied with three holes remaining. Heading into the 18th, Bradshaw found
himself with an eagle putt to claim victory after Brand had tapped in for birdie, but Bradshaw’s putt rolled just past
the edge of the hole and the two players found themselves tied at eight under-par.
Brand and Bradshaw then headed to a three-hole aggregate playoff on holes ten, seventeen, and eighteen. On the
first playoff hole Brand carded a par while Bradshaw three-putted for bogey. The pair then headed to the par-four
seventeenth where both players made easy pars and headed to the par-five eighteenth. After both hit their second
shots, Bradshaw found himself with a fifteen foot eagle putt while Brand’s second shot took an unfortunate bounce
and found the greenside rough. After a difficult chip, Brand found himself with a twenty foot birdie putt which he
left five feet short of the hole. Bradshaw then found himself with an eagle putt to win the tournament but once again
rolled it just past the edge of the hole leaving himself a three foot birdie putt coming back for birdie. Brand tapped in
for par and Bradshaw stepped up to his birdie putt to extend the playoff. After taking a look at it from all angles
Bradshaw made his stroke and it hit the left lip and rolled away giving Brand the victory and back-to-back WV
Open Championship victories. John Ross was a great story this week as he opened the championship with a 7 under
par 63 to take the first round lead, en route to his tie for third. Leaders by Round: first, John Ross 63, second
Christian Brand 132.

**Christian Brand, Charleston 69-63-70—202
David Bradshaw, Bakerton 72-64-66—202
Bob Friend, Morgantown 75-68-70—213
a-Chris Williams, Scott Depot 69-72-72—213
a-Davey Jude, Kermit 69-72-72—213
John Ross, Freeman 63-77-73—213
a-Alan Cooke, Vienna 73-69-71—213
Garland Green, Tazewell 72-67-75—214
a-Ben Palmer, Washington 74-72-69—215
a-Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 74-70-71—215
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 74-70-71—215
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 69-69-77—215
**Won in 3 Hole Aggregate Playoff

2016: The final group – seven-time champion David Bradshaw and club members Chris Williams and Sam O’Dell
– were on the No. 17 fairway when players and spectators were alerted to hustle back to the clubhouse. The
inclement weather that stalled play at 3:29 p.m. during the final round in the 83rd West Virginia Open
Championship was only delaying the inevitable, as David Bradshaw held a 4 shot lead at the time and was able to
relax on his final couple holes to win his 8th WV Open championship.
“This is the 12th time I’ve contended at the Open and the 11th time I’ve been the blacksheep,” said Bradshaw, who
moved to San Diego shortly after turning professional. “It’s fitting that this week we honored a guy (Brad Westfall)
by wearing all black.”
Bradshaw referenced Wednesday’s first round when Open competitors honored the five-time champion by wearing
black. Westfall, 52, died during a golfing trip to Hilton Head, S.C., in March.
Williams and O’Dell were local favorites, but couldn’t maintain pace with Bradshaw, who finished second behind
Charleston’s Christian Brand in 2014 and 2015.
Following his three-stroke loss to Brand at Glade Springs two years ago, Bradshaw determined he would return to
California and teach the game, while taking some time off from playing. “There were a lot of holes that were
gettable on the backside,” Bradshaw said. “There are no leads that are comfortable until the ball’s in the hole. You
could shoot a low number on the back … I didn’t, but neither did they.”
Alum Creek’s Tad Tomblin, whose first-round 66 propelled him to the lead, was 1-over on Friday, but finished by a
stroke ahead of Fincastle Country Club member Garland Green, O’Dell and Williams by virtue of a 35-foot birdie
putt on No. 18.
There were two players on Friday shoot under par – Hurricane’s Harold Payne, a member of the West
Virginia Golf Hall of Fame – who was 2-under; and Kermit’s Davey Jude, who shot 1-under.
Payne, a lifelong member of Sleepy Hollow, was the focus of many onlookers, who watched the tournament’s No.
18 – the course’s No. 9 – under the protective cover of the patio roof.
Other fan favorites were Williams and O’Dell. O’Dell birdied No. 16 with a long putt, but bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18.
Williams was 1-under after 14 holes, but had a bogey, double bogey and bogey on 15, 16 and 17 respectively to
finish at 211.
“On the front nine, I made a couple silly mistakes,” said Williams, who switched to a TaylorMade M1 driver, which
sparked a noticeable improvement in distance on Friday. “I missed some greens and a few short putts. I got it to 2,
then missed a short birdie putt on 14. Had a few bad shots coming in. I didn’t finish very strong. “Overall, David
played great. I’m pretty happy. It was a fun week.”
His missed birdie putt on No. 14 would have given him back-to-back birdies and closed him to two strokes behind
Bradshaw. Bradshaw birdied No. 11 and followed by a bogey.
By the time he rolled in a par putt on No. 16, he was four strokes ahead shortly before the bad weather rolled in.
When it rolled back out, the finish was a formality. Leaders by Round: first, Tad Tomblin 66, second, David
Bradshaw 135.

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 70-65-71—206
a-Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 66-72-72—210
a-Chris Williams, Scott Depot 68-69-74—211
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 67-70-74—211
Garland Green, Tazewell 67-72-72—211
a-Philip Reale, Charleston 72-71-72—215
a-Harold Payne, Hurricane 73-73-69—215
Christian Brand, Charleston 74-70-73—217
a-Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 72-73-72—217
a-Pat Carter, Huntington 72-73-72—217

2017: Battling through heat and humidity for the third straight day, sixty-two players entered the final round of the
84th WV Open at Edgewood Country Club looking to give them self a chance at hoisting the Joe Taylor trophy in
victory. In order to do that, they all had to focus their sights on second round leader David Bradshaw. Bradshaw,
eight-time past champion of this event, wasn’t going to give the tournament away though and even through a fiftysix minute rain delay halfway through his round was able to battle off several late chargers from his fellow
competitors to capture his ninth title.
Bradshaw started his round slow and steady as he opened up with four straight pars. His first birdie of the round
came on the par-5 fifth hole and he followed it up with another one on the par-4 eighth. A bogey on the ninth gave
Bradshaw an opening nine of one under par and a four shot lead over Jude who had opened up with a one over-par
front nine. Also carding a one under-par front nine was Huntington’s Pat Carter who also found himself four shots
back heading to the back nine. Bradshaw’s back nine was more of the same consistent play except for a doublebogey on the par-4 twelfth hole which brought Jude and Carter to within three shots of the lead. Two back to back
birdies on fifteen and sixteen got Bradshaw to twelve under-par and clear of the push from Jude who had birdied
fourteen and fifteen and Carter who birdied sixteen and eighteen. Bradshaw’s final round of 69 gave him a
tournament total of twelve under-par, 201, and his ninth WV Open title. Claiming runner-up honors was Kermit’s
Davey Jude who finished three shots back at a tournament total of 204. Leaders by Round: first, Bradshaw, Davey
Jude and Woody Woodward 66, second, Bradshaw 132.

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 66-66-69—201
Davey Jude, Kermit 66-68-70—204
a-Pat Carter, Huntington 71-66-68—205
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 66-71-69—206
a-Philip Reale, Charleston 67-72-67—206
a-Thomas Frazier, Huntington 69-71-67—207
a-Chris Williams, Scott Depot 72-69-68—209
Scott Davis, Hurricane 72-69-69—210
a-Alan Cooke, Vienna 73-71-67—211
a-Nick Biesecker, Charleston 74-69-69—212
a-Steve Fox, Huntington 68-72-72—212
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 70-69-73—212

2018: Only one other player has more WV Open titles than Harpers Ferry’s David Bradshaw and that just so
happens to be a gentleman by the name of Slammin Sam Snead who has a record seventeen WV Open victories. In
1960, Mr. Snead claimed his tenth Open title at the age of forty-nine; 2018 marks David Bradshaw’s tenth Open title
coming at the age of 35. To say Bradshaw has left a mark on the competition in the WV Open over the last fourteen
year’s since his first victory in 2004 at Edgewood Country Club is an understatement. David Bradshaw fired a 3 day
total of 199 at The Resort at Glade Springs’ Cobb Course, which was good enough for a 6-stroke victory of Will
Evans of Charleston. Bradshaw’s 3 day total of 199 is the first time a player has broken 200 strokes in a complete 54
hole WV Open since Sam Snead did it at South Hills in 1966.
After opening the championship with rounds of 63-66, Bradshaw looked to continue his stellar play in the
final round, but started the day with a bogey on the first but quickly rebounded by birdieing the par 5 2nd hole and
holing out from the bunker on the par 3 third hole for a birdie. Bradshaw bogeyed the 11th and couldn’t make birdie
on the par 5 12th, but still held a 5 stroke lead and that’s as close as anyone came to him in the final round.
Mason Williams of Bridgeport finished his junior golf career in style, as he finished 3rd place overall
winning the Low Amateur honors along with Low Junior. Williams capped an impressive junior golf season and
career, this summer saw him win the Junior Match Play along with low junior at both the WV Amateur and WV
Open.2 time champion John Ross battled severe back pains during the week to remarkably finish in a tie for 11th
place and claim the Low Senior honors.
Leaders by Round: 1st round, Bradshaw 63, 2nd round Bradshaw 129.

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 63-66-70—199
Will Evans, Charleston 73-66-66—205
a-Mason Williams, Bridgeport 67-68-71—206
a-Chris Williams, Scott Depot 67-71-69—207
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 69-67-74—210
Davey Jude, Kermit 67-76-67—210
a-Drew Green, Beaver 71-67-72—210
a-Christian Boyd, Charles Town 69-72-70—211
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 72-72-68—212
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane 70-73-70—213

2019: The 86th playing of the West Virginia Open championship took place at Parkersburg Country Club, where
David Bradshaw cruised to a eight stroke victory culminating his 11th West Virginia Open championship title.
Bradshaw who began the day with a 9 stroke lead over Josef Dransfeld of Huntington, and Bradshaw stayed steady
all day and fired a final round score of 3-under par 70 to shoot -17 under par for the week with a three day stoke
total of 202. Dransfeld, who just finished his freshman year of college competing on the Elon golf team, won low
amateur honors to go along with his overall runner up finish. Davey Jude of Kermit fired a day 3 low round 67 in
order to finish in solo third place, and 2nd pro. Phillip Reale of Charleston shot a 5-under par 68 to vault himself
into a solo fourth place finish and 2nd place finish. A few other awards were handed out, with Low Senior honors
ending in a tie and going to Scott Davis of Hurricane and Ty Roush of Mason. Davis is a 4 time winner of the event
while Roush is the reigning WV Senior Open champion. Low Junior honors went to Christian Boyd of Charles
Town who fired three straight rounds of 75 for a three day total of 225.
Leaders by Round: 1st: David Bradshaw- 66, 2nd: Bradshaw- 132

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 66-66-70—202
a-Josef Dransfeld, Huntington 67-74-69—210
Davey Jude, Kermit 74-70-67—211
a-Philip Reale, Hurricane 73-72-68—213
Max Sear, Morgantown 69-75-71—215
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 72-72-72—216
Craig Berner, Hurricane 70-76-73—219
a-Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 73-75-71—219
a-Owen Elliott, Hedgesville 73-74-73—220
Winston Canada, Dunbar 68-77-75—220

2020: The 87th playing of the West Virginia Open was one for the record book as multiple players had a chance to
win the title. But when the dust settled after 54 holes it was Kenny Hess of Parkersburg who prevailed after shooting
a 6-under par 66 in the final round to beat Thadd Obecny of Wheeling by 1. Hess entered the final round at even par,
3 strokes back of 36 hole leader Obecny but Hess came out hot early getting to 2-under par at the turn and only 1
back of Obecny. It was at the 15th hole where Hess made his move, his wedge shot from 100 yards lipped out and
he tapped in for birdie to tie Obecny for the lead. Then on 16 after watching Obecny hit it to 15 feet, Hess followed
with his approach to inside of 3 feet and it was needed as Obecny rolled in his putt for a three so they remained tied
going to the 17th. After both players made pars on hole 16 they both were forced to lay-up on the par 5 18th hole
and after Obecny missed the green with his 3rd, Hess hit his to 5 feet. Obecny got his up and down for a par 5, and it
was Hess who rolled in the winning putt in front of many spectators on the 18th green to become the winner of the
87th West Virginia Open Championship. Hess becomes the 32nd different player to win the West Virginia Open
championship. 11 time champion David Bradshaw and 2 time champion Christian Brand both made charges in the
middle of the round, but faltered coming in. Will Evans of Charleston shot the low round of the tournament in the
final round with a 7-under par 65 to get to 2-under par for the championship. Evans’ score looked like it might hold
but Obecny and Hess both got hot late to pull away. On the amateur side, Nick Fleming of Cabins shot even par for
the championship to claim the Low Amateur award. Pat Carter of Huntington won the low senior award with a 1-
over par tournament total.
Leaders by Round: 1st: Kenny Hess-69, 2nd: Thadd Obecny 141

Kenny Hess, Parkersburg 69-75-66—210
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 71-70-70—211
Will Evans, Charleston 78-71-65—214
David Bradshaw, Bakerton 75-73-67—215
Christian Brand, Scott Depot 72-74-69—215
a-Nick Fleming, Cabins 71-73-72—216
a-David Scragg, Poca 76-70-71—217
a-Cole Moore, Spencer 72-72-73—217
a-Owen Elliott, Hedgesville 72-74-71—217
a-Pat Carter, Huntington 71-74-72—217

2020: The 87th playing of the West Virginia Open was one for the record book as multiple players had a chance to
win the title. But when the dust settled after 54 holes it was Kenny Hess of Parkersburg who prevailed after shooting
a 6-under par 66 in the final round to beat Thadd Obecny of Wheeling by 1. Hess entered the final round at even par,
3 strokes back of 36 hole leader Obecny but Hess came out hot early getting to 2-under par at the turn and only 1
back of Obecny. It was at the 15th hole where Hess made his move, his wedge shot from 100 yards lipped out and
he tapped in for birdie to tie Obecny for the lead. Then on 16 after watching Obecny hit it to 15 feet, Hess followed
with his approach to inside of 3 feet and it was needed as Obecny rolled in his putt for a three so they remained tied
going to the 17th. After both players made pars on hole 16 they both were forced to lay-up on the par 5 18th hole
and after Obecny missed the green with his 3rd, Hess hit his to 5 feet. Obecny got his up and down for a par 5, and it
was Hess who rolled in the winning putt in front of many spectators on the 18th green to become the winner of the
87th West Virginia Open Championship. Hess becomes the 32nd different player to win the West Virginia Open
championship. 11 time champion David Bradshaw and 2 time champion Christian Brand both made charges in the
middle of the round, but faltered coming in. Will Evans of Charleston shot the low round of the tournament in the
final round with a 7-under par 65 to get to 2-under par for the championship. Evans’ score looked like it might hold
but Obecny and Hess both got hot late to pull away. On the amateur side, Nick Fleming of Cabins shot even par for
the championship to claim the Low Amateur award. Pat Carter of Huntington won the low senior award with a 1-
over par tournament total. Leaders by Round: 1st: Kenny Hess-69, 2nd: Thadd Obecny 141

Kenny Hess, Parkersburg 69-75-66—210
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 71-70-70—211
Will Evans, Charleston 78-71-65—214
David Bradshaw, Bakerton 75-73-67—215
Christian Brand, Scott Depot 72-74-69—215
a-Nick Fleming, Cabins 71-73-72—216
a-David Scragg, Poca 76-70-71—217
a-Cole Moore, Spencer 72-72-73—217
a-Owen Elliott, Hedgesville 72-74-71—217
a-Pat Carter, Huntington 71-74-72—217

2021: Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport had not hosted a West Virginia Open since 2000, but that all changed in
2021 when the 88th playing of the states biggest event came to the beautiful Pete Dye layout. Familiar faces were at
the top or near the top of the leaderboard during the week but it was David Bradshaw who did everything he needed
to on the final day to hoist the Joe Taylor trophy for the 12th time. After beginning the round with a 3 stroke victory
over Grant county native and current Wingate sophomore, Nick Fleming, Bradshaw was only seriously tested by
hometown player, Woody Woodward, when Woodward’s birdie on the 1st hole (All players started the Final Round
started on #10) fell he was only one stroke back of the lead but a wayward tee shot right on #2 ended up being a lost
ball and led to a double bogey 6 for Woodward and he never got any closer than that. Another hometown favorite,
Mason Williams, never seriously challenged the lead during the final round but shot the low round of the day to
secure solo runner up and Low Amateur. Pat Carter of Huntington won the low senior award with his T9 finish.
Leaders by Round: 1st: Mason Williams and Nick Fleming-71, 2nd: David Bradshaw 140

David Bradshaw, Bakerton 72-68-71—211
a-Mason Williams, Bridgeport 71-74-69—214
a- Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 74-72-72—218
Kenny Hess, Parkersburg 73-73-73—219
a-Nick Fleming, Cabins 71-72-77—220
a-Chris Williams, Morgantown 75-70-77—222
a-Trent Tipton, Orient (oh) 79-70-74—223
a-Joseph Kalaskey, South Charleston 76-75-72—223
Sam Berry, Morgantown 73-76-75—224
a-Pat Carter, Huntington 74-73-77—224

2022: This was a West Virginia Open of many firsts, including the first time ever in the 89th playing of the West
Virginia Open it was hosted at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke. Christian Brand of Scott Depot made another first in
tournament history as the first pending amateur to win the coveted Joe Taylor trophy. Brand, the 2014 and 2015
champion, played professionally for 10 years prior to applying for his amateur status which will not come until
December of 2022, was allowed to play in the Open but could not accept any gift certificates or prize money, just
the trophy, but that’s all that mattered to Brand who let the state know he was back with his -10 par showing to win
by three strokes over long time rival David Bradshaw. Brand and Bradshaw began the final round tied for the lead,
but Brand went out in 33 to take a two stroke lead, which grew to four when Bradshaw double bogeyed the par 4
11th hole. Brand gave Bradshaw a glimmer of hope when he had a lost ball on the par 4 13th hole and Bradshaw
made a birdie, but Brand quickly rallied with birdies on the 14th and 15th to pad his lead then finished with a closing
birdie to shoot -10 and win by three strokes. Nick Fleming of Cabins and current college golfer at Wingate finished
in a tie with Sam O’Dell of Hurricane for Low Amateur, this is Fleming’s 2nd low amateur in the last 3 Opens.
Shepherd University golfer and Charles Town resident, Mason Kidwell along with Marshall University player and
fellow Charles Town resident, Christian Boyd shared low round of the week honors with Kidwell’s coming in round
1 and Boyd’s in the final round to catapult him into the top 10.
Leaders by Round: 1st: Mason Kidwell 67, 2nd: David Bradshaw and David Bradshaw 138

Christian Brand, Scott Depot 69-69-68—206
David Bradshaw, Bakerton 69-69-71—209
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 68-73-72—213
a-Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 73-71-71—215
a-Nick Fleming, Cabins 71-75-69—215
a-Brian Anania, Hurricane 75-75-69—219
a-Howie Peterson, Weirton 72-74-73—219
a-Cam Roam, Huntington 75-70-74—219
Kenny Hess, Parkersburg 76-72-72—220
a-Christian Boyd, Charles Town 72-81-67—220


1913: Julius Pollock, Jr., 28, of Wheeling won the initial West Virginia Amateur held at
the Fairmont Country Club. Pollock defeated another Wheeling golfer, Harold Bloch, 7
and 5, in the title match. Semifinals: Pollock def. A.R. Romine, Charleston, 2 and 1;
Bloch def. A.B. Scott, Fairmont, 2 up. Qualifying medalist: A.S. Fleming, Fairmont, 75.

1914: Julius Pollock captured his second straight championship by downing Joseph
Wells of Newell, 6 and 4, in the 36-hole finals at Parkersburg Country Club. Pollock was
a fine all-around athlete although weighing less than 130 pounds. Semifinals: Pollock
def. Harold Bloch, 5 and 4; Wells def. Owen Rittenhouse, Parkersburg, 3 and 1.
Medalist: Pollock, 167.

1915: Julius Pollock won his third straight Amateur crown and retired the loving cup
trophy as a three-time winner. Pollock topped W.E. Rownd of Wheeling, 10 and 8, in the
finals at Wheeling CC. Semifinals: Pollock def. Walter Stockley, Fairmont, 5 and 4;
Rownd def. Harold Bloch, 3 and 1. Medalist: Pollock, 152.

1916: George Hewitt of Wheeling downed Joseph Wells, 7 and 6, in the title match at
White Sulphur Springs. Hewitt was a former Wisconsin state champion. Wells downed
Julius Pollock, 2 and 1, in the semifinals. Medalist: Pollock, 76.

1917: No tournament.

1918: Forrest McNeill of Clarksburg took the last four holes and defeated J. Mentor
Caldwell of Parkersburg, 7 and 6, in the finals at Wheeling Country Club. Semifinals:
McNeill def. Walter Stockley, 19th hole; Caldwell def. George Hewitt, 3 and 1. Medalist:
Julius Pollock, 147.

1919: Julius Pollock bested a record field of 112 golfers at The Greenbrier in White
Sulphur Springs in earning his fourth Amateur title. Pollock beat George Hewitt, 4 and 2,
in the title match. Semifinals: Pollock def. Henry C. Davis, Elkins; Hewitt def. Forrest
McNeill. Medalist: McNeill, 80.

1920: Forrest McNeill notched his second Amateur championship with a 12 and 10
victory over Joe Holloway of Wheeling at White Sulphur Springs. McNeill was eight up
after 18 holes. Medalists: Julius Pollock, 159, and Joseph Wells, 159.

1921: Julius Pollock took home his fifth Amateur crown with a 4 and 3 final victory over
former Yale golf captain, Joseph Wells at The Greenbrier. Semifinals: Pollock def.
George Hewitt, 2 and 1; Wells def. Forrest McNeill, 3 and 2. Medalists: Densmore
Shute, Huntington, 149, and Pollock, 149.

1922: The Amateur tournament was played out of state at the Homestead in Hot Springs,
VA, but it had a familiar champion in Julius Pollock. The Wheeling golfer retired
another trophy and earned his sixth title by defeating Forrest McNeill in the finals, 5 and
4. Semifinals: Pollock def. Harold Bloch, 5 and 4; McNeill def. W.E. Rownd, 4 and 3.
Medalist: Pollock, 148.

1923: The tournament was back at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs and
Densmore Shute, 18, of Huntington was the youthful victor. Shute bested Vint Rathbone
of Parkersburg, 8 and 6, in the finals. Semifinals: Shute def. F.M. Hawkins, Huntington,
5 and 3; Rathbone def. W.E. Rownd, 2 and 1. Medalist: Shute, 149.

1924: Claiming his seventh Amateur title, Julius Pollock rallied from three holes down
in the morning round to defeat Forrest McNeill in the 36-hole finals, 2 up. Semifinals:
Pollock def. Densmore Shute, 1 up; McNeill def. J.A. Bloch, Wheeling, 2 and 1.
Medalist: W.W. Rixey, Bluefield, 75-76—151.

1925: Densmore Shute rolled to a 10 and 8 victory over George Hewitt in the finals to
claim his second Amateur title at age 20. Shute was nine up after the morning round.
Shute later turned pro and captured the British Open and the PGA. Semifinals: Shute
def. C.A. Ludey, Parkersburg, 5 and 4; Hewitt def. Forrest McNeill, 2 and 1. Medalist:
Shute, 72-74—146.

1926: Veteran lefthander Forrest McNeill captured his third Amateur by beating Bobby
Rownd of Wheeling, 6 and 4, in the finals. Both Bobby and his brother Dan Rownd,
were former University of Pennsylvania golf captains. Semifinals: McNeill def. W.W.
Rixey, Bluefield, 3 and 1; Bobby Rownd def. Harold Bloch, Wheeling, 5 and 4.
Medalist: Dan Rownd, 71-71—142.

1927: Dan Rownd of Wheeling defeated Leroy C. Shriver of Morgantown by a 10 and 8
margin in the title match at The Greenbrier. The straight-driving Rownd took a four-up
lead in the morning round and kept up the pressure in the afternoon. Semifinals: Dan
Rownd def. George Hewitt, 5 and 4; Shriver def. Tom Bloch, Wheeling, 3 and 1.
Medalists: Bobby Rownd, Wheeling, 74-83—157, and S.L. Watson, Fairmont, 78-79—

1928: Julius Pollock sank a seven-foot birdie putt on the 36th green to edge Forrest
McNeill, 1 up, in the finals and win his eighth Amateur championship. It was Pollock’s
only birdie of the day. Pollock shot 72 and 80 rounds in the title match while McNeill
had 74 and 78. Semifinals: Pollock def. Dan Rownd, 3 and 2; McNeill def. Ned Payne,
Jr., Beckley, 5 and 4. Medalist: McNeill, 76-71—147.

1929: West Virginia University football and baseball coach Ira Rodgers claimed the
Amateur golf title with a 5 and 4 victory over George Hewitt. Rodgers shot 82 and
Hewitt 84 in the morning round. Rodgers was just tow over par for 14 holes in the
afternoon while Hewitt was six over. Rodgers began playing golf just three years prior to
becoming state champion. Semifinals: Rodgers def. Tom Bloch, Wheeling 20th hole;
Hewitt def. Forrest McNeill, 3 and 2. Medalist: McNeill, 75-77—152.

1930: Palmer Stacy of Lewisburg was a 2 and 1 victor over Dick Seibert of Wheeling in
the title match. Stacy was four up after 31 holes and held off a late rally by Seibert.
Stacy took 150 strokes for the 35 holes. Semifinals: Stacy def. Jack Hobitzell,
Parkersburg, 1 up; Seibert def. F.M. Hawkins, Huntington, 4 and 3. Medalist: Hobitzell,

1931: Veteran Julius Pollock, 47, holed an 18-foot putt on the 35th green to close out
Fred Bannerot, Jr. of Charleston, 2 an 1, and capture his ninth Amateur title. Bannerot
consistently outdrove Pollock by 25 to 50 yards, but Pollock was sharper on the greens.
Pollock won nine of the first 18 Amateurs. He never lost in the finals. Semifinals:
Pollock def. Fred Hawkins, Huntington, 3 and 2; Bannerot def. Forrest McNeill, 6 and 5.
Medalist; Pollock 73-74—147. 

1932: Fred Bannerot again made the finals and won the title this time with a 3 and 2
triumph over Frank M. Crum of Huntington. Semifinals: Bannerot def. Palmer Stacy, 4
and 3; Crum def. WVU football coach Earle “Greasy” Neale, 2 and 1. Medalist:
Bannerot, 74-75—149. 

1933: Fred Bannerot, 25, repeated as the champion. He won a close final match over
Bobby Rownd, 1 up. Bannerot carded rounds of 76 and 74 while Rownd had 75 and 77.
Bannerot shot a record 64 during qualifying on the par 70 Old White course. Semifinals:
Bannerot def. Bobby Lowe, Fairmont, 5 and 3; Rownd def. Alex Larmon, Charleston,
19th hole. Medalist: Bannerot, 64-74—138.

1934: Tom Bloch of Wheeling overwhelmed Fred Bannerot, 9 and 8, in the
championship match. Bloch wielded a hot putter, sinking a 30-footer and several 15-
footers. The quarterfinals pitted four righthanders against four lefthanders, with the four
southpaws all losing. Semifinals: Bloch def. Bill King, Wheeling, 4 and 2; Bannerot def.
Jack Hobitzell, Parkersburg, 2 and 1. Medalist: Bloch, 69-75—144.

1935: Tom Brand, 20, of Kingwood gained the title by downing Quinn Morton, 21, of
Charleston, 5 and 4. Brand took a big lead in the morning with a 73 while Morton had an
80. Brand played on the Michigan State golf team while Morton was a senior at
Princeton. Semifinals: Brand def. Tom Bloch, 19th hole; Morton def. Bobby Lowe, 1 up.
Medalist: Alex Larmon, Charleston, 69-77—146.

1936: Tom Brand defeated Fairmont attorney Bobby Lowe, 6 and 5, to retain his state
title. Brand holed an eight-foot birdie putt on the first green and never trailed. Lowe
three-putted seven times. A 13-year old Huntington lad, Billy Campbell, competed in his
first Amateur, qualified for the second flight. Semifinals: Brand def. Billy King,
Wheeling, 5 and 4; Lowe def. Quinn Morton, 2 and 1. Medalist: Brand, 72-71—143.

1937: Michigan State golfer Tom Brand, 22, made it three in a row by beating
Clarksburg glassworker Alpha Lawson, 4 and 2, in the finals. The champion from
Kingwood shot 70 in the morning round to take a two-up lead and held it. Semifinals:
Brand def. A.R. O’Neal, Charleston, 1 up; Lawson def. Jack Hobitzell, Parkersburg, 5
and 4. Medalist: Kirk Jackson, Wheeling, 71-73—144.

1938: Lefthanded Frank Crum of Williamson wore down Paul Bennett of Martinsburg, 5
and 4, in the title match. Crum, known as the “Pride of Pigeon Creek”, took a four up
lead on the first 18 holes and increased his lead by sinking a 30-foot putt on the 23rd hole.
Semifinals: Crum def. George Hoffer, Wheeling, 8 and 6; Bennett def. Roy Blizzard,
Charleston, 2 and 1. Medalist: Fred Bannerot, 69-75—144.

1939: Young Ed Tutwiler, 19, of Mount Hope banged out drives estimated at 260 to 325
yards while defeating Bryan Brown of Hinton, 7 and 6, for the Amateur title. Although
often in the rough, Tutwiler took a 2-up lead in the morning round with a 74 score and
pulled away in the afternoon. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Ira Eyler, Martinsburg, 4 and 3;
Brown def. Fred Bannerot, 4 and 3. Medalists: Alpha Lawson, Clarksburg, 71-72—143,
and Bud Rittenhouse, Parkersburg, 73-70—143.

1940: Ed Tutwiler returned from a year of working in the Oklahoma oil fields to capture
a second straight Amateur title on his vacation. He lived up to his “King Tut” nickname
by beating Fred Bannerot, 7 and 6, in the finals. Tutwiler shot an even par 70 in the
morning and was one over par in the afternoon. Bannerot was 10 over par for the 30
holes. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. John Chenoweth, Charleston, 2 and 1; Bannerot def.
Fred Hawkins, Charleston, 1 up. Medalist: Tutwiler, 74-73—147.

1941: Veteran Fred Bannerot had too much experience for Ray Vaughan, Jr., 17, the redhaired son of a Lewisburg golf pro. Bannerot beat Vaughan, 7 and 5, to notch his third
Amateur title. Bannerot took a four-up lead in the morning with play “as methodical as a
clock.” Ed Tutwiler, working in Oklahoma, did not defend his crown. Semifinals:
Bannerot def. George Hoffer, Wheeling, 4 and 3; Vaughan def. Bryan Brown, Hinton, 1
up. Medalist: Vaughan, 68-71—139.

1942-1947: No tournament due to World War II.

1948: The Amateur resumed at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs after a six-year
lapse. Ed Tutwiler rolled to his third title by scoring a 4 and 3 victory over Fred
Bannerot. Tutwiler fell three down after four holes but rallied to take a two-up lead after
18 holes. He sank two putts of more than 15 feet to increase his lead in the afternoon
round. Tutwiler shot 67 and 68 in earlier matches. Governor Clarence Meadows
qualified for the championship flight, won one match and then withdrew. Semifinals:
Tutwiler def. Jack Peck, Logan, 2 up; Bannerot def. P.A. Bennett, Martinsburg, 3 and 2.
Medalist: Tutwiler, 70-73—143.

1949: Bill Campbell of Huntington downed Ed Tutwiler, 4 and 3, in the first of several
memorable title matches between them. Campbell reached every green in regulation
during the 15 afternoon holes and was three under par for that stretch, closing out the
match with birdies on the 32nd and 33rd holes Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Jack Peck, 1 up;
Campbell def. Tom Bloch, 5 and 4. Medalist: Tutwiler, 68-69—137.

1950: Bill Campbell won five of the first six holes and rolled to an 8 and 7 victory over
Ernie Hoffer of Wheeling in clinching his second Amateur title. Campbell fired a 69 in
the morning round, with six holes played in a thunderstorm. Campbell, who hit three
drives estimated at 300 yards, was one over par for the 27 holes while Hoffer was 10
over. Semifinalists: Campbell def. Ed Tutwiler, 3 and 2; Hoffer def. Jack Peck, 3 and 2.
Medalist: Campbell, 69-65—134 (qualifying record).

1951: Bill Campbell made it three in a row but had to go 39 holes to defeat Frank
Harned of Huntington in the title match. Campbell parred the 220-yard 39th hole while
Harned missed a short putt of about a foot for bogey. Campbell took an early four-up
lead in the match but Harned caught him on the 30th hole. Big Bill was 16 under par for
137 holes in the tourney. Semifinals: Campbell def. Bill Loving, White Sulphur Springs,
1 up; Harned def. Clyde Sarver, Jr., Bluefield, 3 and 2. Medalist: Campbell: 69-68—

1952: Ed Tutwiler claimed his fourth Amateur crown with a 5 and 4 victory over Bill
Campbell. Tutwiler shot a 67 to Campbell’s 70 in the morning round for a three-up lead.
Campbell had putting troubles and never led. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Arman Fletcher,
Bluefield, 21st hole; Campbell def. Bill Rendleman, Huntington, 1 up. Medalist: Jack
Peck, 72-67—139.

1953: Ed Tutwiler, now living in Charleston, again defeated Bill Campbell in the title
match, this time by 2 and 1. Both golfers played well, with Tutwiler four under par and
Campbell two under. Tut had 11 birdies and Campbell seven birdies. Tut, who often
joked with the gallery of several hundred fans, highlighted the match by sinking a 60-foot
chip shot on the 27th hole. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Bill Miller, Moundsville, 7 and 5;
Campbell def. Bill Rendleman, 5 and 4. Medalist: Tutwiler, 69-69—138.

1954: For the third straight year, Ed Tutwiler defeated Bill Campbell in the finals and
raised his Amateur title total to six. Tut won the match, 4 and 3, and closed it out by
knocking in a 40-foot birdie putt on the 33rd hole. Tut had eight birdies on the day.
Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Buddy Cook, Man, 1 up; Campbell def. Tom Stolling,
Charleston, 7 and 6. Medalist: Cook, 66 (qualifying changed to 18 holes).

1955: Bill Campbell returned to the winner’s circle with a 10 and 9 thrashing of
Parkersburg’s Dave Clovis in the finals. Campbell assured his fourth Amateur title by
shooting a sizzling 63 medal score in the morning round for an eight-hole lead. He had
six birdies and sank a 60-foot eagle putt on the 535-yard 12th hole. Campbell ran in a 10-
foot birdie putt on the 27th hole to close out Clovis, a senior at Yale. Semifinals: Clovis
def. Ed Tutwiler, 20th hole; Campbell def. Tom Bloch, 4 and 2. Medalist: Clovis, 68.

1956: Ed Tutwiler and Bill Campbell met for the fifth time in the finals and King Tut
came out on top for the fourth time. Tutwiler downed Campbell, 3 and 2, to gain his
seventh crown. Both players agreed that it was a good match but neither played his best.
Tutwiler was two over par and Campbell four over for the 34 holes. Semifinals:
Tutwiler def. Herman Hall, Milton, 5 and 4; Campbell def. Jack Freeman, Huntington, 6
and 5. Medalists: Tutwiler 66, and Campbell, 66.

1957: Bill Campbell downed Dave Clovis, 6 and 5, in a rematch of the 1955 finals. It
was the fifth title for Campbell. He fired a 66 in the morning for a 5-up lead and played
par golf in the afternoon. A shoulder injury kept Ed Tutwiler from competing.
Semifinals: Campbell def. Dick Foutche, Charleston, 1 up; Clovis def. Lou Cuffaro,
Wheeling, 2 up. Medalists: Bob Teyro, Huntington, 69; John Haner, Madison, 69, and
Campbell, 69.

1958: Ed Tutwiler and Bill Campbell staged one of their closests title matches with Tut
winning a titanic 1 up struggle to earn his eighth Amateur title. Tutwiler rammed in an
18-foot birdie putt on the final green to preserve his lead with Campbell just two feet
from the cup for a birdie. Campbell played the first nine holes in 30 strokes for a 4-up
lead before Tutwiler fought back. Tut finished with a 136 medal score and Campbell
with 137, both below par, 140. Tutwiler had a record 29 on the front nine in a semifinal
match. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Dick Foutche, Charleston, 7 and 6; Campbell def. Ned
Payne, Beckley, 3 and 2. Medalist: Dave Clovis, 68.

1959: Bill Campbell steamed to his sixth title with a 3 and 2 victory in the finals over
West Virginia University golf captain Adolph Popp of Morgantown. Campbell sank
successive putts of 15, 28, 4 and 22 feet early in the afternoon round to go four up. Ed
Tutwiler, bothered by a sore arm and side muscles, had an 80 in qualifying and withdrew.
Co-medalist Pete Byer of White Sulphur Springs was disqualified because he had worked
as a caddie when over 21. There was a record 156 entries. Semifinals: Campbell def.
P.T. Taylor, Huntington, 7 and 5; Popp def. Lou Cuffaro, 1 up. Medalists: Byer, 69, and
Jim Ward, Huntington, 69.

1960: The Amateur was played at the Guyan Country Club in Huntington in September
because the usual July dates at The Greenbrier were wiped out by a strike at the hotel. Ed
Tutwiler captured his ninth title by edging Bill Campbell, 1 up, in the finals. Tutwiler
took the lead on the 35th hole when Campbell missed a five-foot putt. Both parred the
36th hole. Tutwiler was two under par for the match in beating Campbell on Bill’s home
course. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. P.T. Taylor, 19th hole; Campbell def. Dick Foutche, 6
and 4. Medalist: Bob Teyro, Huntington, 70.

1961: The tournament was back at The Greenbrier in July. Swashbuckling Ed Tutwiler
picked up title No. 10 with a 6 and 5 triumph over Dave Clovis. Tutwiler, four up after
two holes, applied the backbreaker on the 22nd hole when he knocked an apparently
impossible chip shot out of deep rough to near the hole for a par to halve the hole.
Marshall freshman Harry Hoffer, 19, of Hurricane, ousted Bill Campbell on the 19th hole
in the second round. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Hoffer, 2 up; Clovis def. Roy Blizzard,
Charleston, 6 and 4. Medalist: Campbell, 69.

1962: Playing steady golf, Bill Campbell dominated Jay Randolph of Clarksburg, 8 and
7, to capture his seventh Amateur title. Campbell went 7 up in the morning round and
lost only one hole all day. Campbell was two over par for 29 holes while Randolph was
13 over. Four penalty strokes hampered Randolph, the sportscaster son of Sen. Jennings
Randolph. Jim Ward upset Ed Tutwiler, 2 up, in the second round. Semifinals:
Campbell def. John Trach, Fairmont, 2 and 2; Randolph def. Ward, 1 up. Medalist:
Campbell, 67.

1963: Ed Tutwiler, 43, claimed his 11th Amateur championship by defeating A.J. Gray,
Jr., of Wheeling, 4 and 3. Tut was 2 up after 20 holes, exploded from the sand to halve
the 21st hole and then won the next three holes. Since his first title in 1939, the
Charleston auto dealer won 11 of the 18 Amateurs he entered, including a 6-1 record
against Bill Campbell in title matches. The two between them won 16 straight Amateurs
since World War II and 18 of the last 19 tournaments. Semifinals: Tutwiler def. Ned
Payne III, Beckley, 5 and 3; Gray def. Campbell, 2 up. Medalist: Bob Johnson,
Charleston, 68.

1964: Huntington schoolteacher Jim Ward, 31, became the first golfer other than Ed
Tutwiler or Bill Campbell to win the Amateur since 1941. Ward charged from behind to
down A.J. Gray, Jr., 2 and 1 in the finals. Gray was 3 up after 22 holes but Ward tied the
match with a dramatic 25-foot downhill birdie putt on the 30th hole. Ward then won the
next two holes. Tutwiler moved to Indianapolis and didn’t defend his state title.
Semifinals: Ward def. Ned Payne III, 19th hole; Gray def. Campbell, 3 and 2. Medalist:
Ward, 69.

1965: Bill Campbell played sensational golf to overwhelm A.J. Gray Jr., 10 and 9, and
take home his eighth Amateur title. Campbell was six under par for 27 holes. He shot a
68 in the morning to go 6-up and added four more birdies in nine afternoon holes.
“Those were the best two rounds I’ve ever played in a tournament,” Campbell said. It
was the third straight year that Gray lost in the finals. Semifinals: Campbell def. Mike
Good, Huntington, 2 and 1; Gray def. Jim Ward, 3 and 1. Medalist: Jim Hess, Jr.,
Morgantown, 67.

1966: The Amateur format was changed from match play to stroke play for the first
championship flight. Barney Thompson, 17, of Barboursville became the youngest
player ever to win the state title. Dubbed the “walking one-iron” because of his lanky
frame, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Thompson led from start to finish. He opened with 68
and 67 rounds and wound up with a 284 total to finish eight strokes ahead of runner-up
Jim Ward. Bill Campbell shot 77 in the first round and missed the cutoff for the 24-man
championship stroke play flight. Campbell won the first flight at match play. Round
leaders: First, Thompson-68, by one; Second-Thompson-135, by five; Third, Thompson210, by four.

Barney Thompson 68-67-75-74—284
Jim Ward 71-69-74-78—292
Bob Johnson 70-75-72-76—293
Pete Donald 69-73-77-74—293
A.J. Gray, Jr. 69-79-73-75—296
Jim Rogers 70-81-69-77-297
Dick Shepard 73-77-76-72—298
Frank Sexton 72-72-77-79—300

1967: A 60-foot birdie putt helped Bill Campbell come from behind in the final round to
capture his ninth title. Campbell shot and even par 70 for a 287 total and a four-stroke
victory. He trailed Jim Ward by two strokes entering the final round but tied him with
the 60-footer on the fourth hole. Campbell took the lead to stay when he parred the fifth
hole and Ward three-putted. Ward’s 77 dropped him to third place at 292. Fred Garnes,
Jr., a Huntington native on leave from the Air Force, carded a 71 to finish second. Round
leaders: First, Bob Johnson-67, by two; Second, Campbell-142, by one; Third, Ward215, by two.

Bill Campbell 69-73-75-70—287
Fred Garnes 72-74-74-71—291
Jim Ward 70-74-71-77—292
Bob Johnson 67-76-74-76—293
Jim Rogers 76-73-70-77—296
Barney Thompson 69-75-73-80—297
Bob King 74-73-76-74—297
Freddie Jefferson 72-74-71-81—298

1968: Bill Campbell shook off two double bogeys in his final round and steadied to
shoot a 74 and win his 10th Amateur title with a 282 total. He finished four strokes ahead
of Wheeling veteran Lou Cuffaro, who had a 76 for 286. Albert Cohen, 16, of
Huntington birdied all four par-three holes on the Old White course while shooting a 66
in the second round. West Virginia Golf Association President C.M. “Ding” England
made the first hole-in-one in Amateur history. England aced the 205-yard ninth hole on
the Greenbrier course in a 14th flight match. Round leaders: First, Campbell and
Cuffaro-69s; Second, Campbell and Cuffaro-138s; Third, Campbell-208, by two.

Bill Campbell 69-69-70-74—282
Lou Cuffaro 69-69-72-76—286
Larry Murphy 73-71-72-72—288
Kenny Bowen 71-74-70-75—290
Albert Cohen 73-66-74-77—290
Barney Thompson 73-70-72-75—290
Fred Garnes 72-75-73-71—291
Eddie Morrison 72-75-74-72—293

1969: Barney Thompson fired a record-tying 64 in the first round and wound up with a
record 274 total in cruising to his second title. He finished five strokes ahead of runnerup Bill Campbell. Thompson made seven birdies in tying the record 64 round shot by
Fred Bannerot in 1933. Barney’s 274 total, six under par on the Old White, set the record
for stroke play. Kenny Bowen of South Charleston had a 66 in the first round, sinking
three 25-foot putts. The huge 200-man field also set a record. Playing in his first
Amateur and shooting a credible 77 in his opening round was Harold Payne, 14, of South
Charleston. Round leaders: First, Thompson-64, by two; Second, Thompson-133, by
six; Third, Thompson-204, by five.

Barney Thompson 64-69-71-70—274
Bill Campbell 69-72-70-68—279
Larry Murphy 71-68-70-74—283
Jim Ward 71-74-74-68—287
Robert King 75-71-73-70—289
Jim Rogers 74-72-71-72—289
Joe Feaganes 73-69-75-75—292
Bob Johnson 74-71-74-74—293
Albert Schwabe 72-74-74-73—293

1970: Bill Campbell captured his 11th Amateur title to tie Ed Tutwiler’s record, and a tip
from Tut helped him do it. Tutwiler, visiting from Indiana, spotted a hitch in Campbell’s
swing on the practice tee and helped him correct it. Campbell took advantage of a final
hole collapse by Barney Thompson to win. Thompson led by two strokes going into the
163-yard final hole but missed the green to the left, pitched to 25 feet and three-putted for
a double bogey five. That opened the door for Campbell, who birdied two of the last five
holes to shoot 72 for a 282 total and a two-stroke victory. Joe Feaganes of Huntington
shot a 66 in the third round. Larry Murphy of Wheeling used a rowboat to reach an
island in the lake on the 16th hole and played his shot from there. Round leaders: First,
Thompson, Bob Johnson, Jim Rogers and Brian Kneafsey-70s; Second, Campbell-140,
by one; Third, Campbell-210, by three.

Bill Campbell 71-69-70-72—282
Barney Thompson 70-72-72-70—284
Jim Ward 71-73-72-69—285
Jim Rogers 70-71-72-75—288
Joe Feaganes 73-75-66-75—289
Bob Johnson 70-73-70-78—291
Frank Sexton 74-74-78-72—298
Kenny Bowen 73-74-76-75—298

1971: Barney Thompson bounced back from his disappointing 1970 finish and nabbed
his third Amateur title. Thompson said he learned a lesson: to take his time and think
each shot out. It worked. Barney had four solid rounds for a 279 total and won by five
strokes over Kenny Bowen of South Charleston. Bowen birdied five holes in an opening
66 and led the first two rounds. Thompson took the lead with three straight birdies for a
69 in the third round. Bill Campbell was unable to defend his title because of throat
surgery. Round leaders: First, Bowen-66, by two; Second, Bowen-136, by four; Third,
Thompson-209, by three.

Barney Thompson 71-69-69-70—279
Kenny Bowen 66-70-76-72—284
Mike Gocke 75-71-69-77—292
Joe Feaganes 74-76-70-75—295
Fred Garnes 68-73-76-79—296
Brian Kneafsey 75-72-72-77—296
J. Marshall Hawkins 71-75-81-71—298
Jim Ward 73-75-76-77—301
Frank Sexton 74-76-72-79—301

1972: Bill Campbell staged a clinic on how to play golf in the rain while romping to a
10-stroke victory and his record 12th Amateur title. The tournament was delayed three
weeks until late July because of a flood on The Greenbrier courses and then it rained all
four days of the Amateur. Because of a third round rainout, the 17 golfers in the
championship had to play 36 holes the final day. Campbell began the day with a fivestroke lead and pulled away with steady 72 and 71 rounds for a 280 total. The battle was
for second and Jim Ward took that. Barney Thompson turned pro and couldn’t defend
his title. Henry McCoy of Sistersville made a hole-in-one on the 196-yard 15th hole on
the Old White during a hard rainstorm. Round leaders: First, Campbell-68, by one;
Second, Campbell-137, by five; Third, Campbell-209, by seven.

Bill Campbell 68-69-72-71—280
Jim Ward 73-71-75-71—290
Bob Johnson 70-73-73-76—292
Brian Kneafsey 71-75-71-76—293
Frank Sexton 69-73-77-79—298
Burke Hawkins 71-73-74-80—298
Lee Martina 77-69-77-75—298
Mike Gocke 72-77-74-75—298

1973: Bill Campbell captured his 13th title but had to work hard to hold off South
Charleston dentist Jack Shamblin. Campbell shot a 69 in the final round for a 278 total
and a two-stroke victory over Shamblin and Brain Kneafsey of Huntington. Shamblin
had a three-foot putt on the 70th hole to tie for the lead but the ball hit the edge of the hole
and spun out. Campbell needed rulings the first three days because of his young caddie
handing him the wrong ball on the green and a question of whether he caused his ball to
move in the rough. He didn’t. Lefty Bob Johnson of Charleston fired a 66 in the second
round, including a 65-yard wedge shot for an eagle two on No. 14. Florida State golfer
Barry Fleming of Vienna shot 66 in the third round. Fred Garnes of Huntington aced the
220-yard third hole in the fourth round. Round leaders: First, Shamblin and Kneafsey68s; Second, Campbell and Larry Spotloe-138s; Third, Fleming-208, by one.

Bill Campbell 71-67-71-69—278
Jack Shamblin 68-74-69-69—280
Brian Kneafsey 68-74-67-71—280
Mike Gocke 72-73-69-67—281
Jim Ward 71-73-70-71—285
Harold Payne 70-72-69-75—286
Barry Fleming 72-70-66-79—287
Bob Johnson 74-66-69-79—288

1974: The Amateur was changed to all stroke play, eliminating match play for the lower
flights. Bill Campbell led all the way in bagging title No. 14. He won by nine strokes
and tied Barney Thompson’s tournament record of 274. Campbell started with a 65,
followed it with a 67 in the second round and then featured his third round by holing out
a full 150-yard seven-iron shot for an eagle on the 393-yard 13th hole. Marshall
University golfer Harold Payne, 19, of South Charleston cut Campbell’s lead to two
strokes before the eagle gave Bill some breathing room. Payne was second to Campbell
every day with a solid 283 total. Round leaders: First, Campbell-65, by four; Second,
Campbell-132, by seven; Third, Campbell-204, by five.

Bill Campbell 65-67-72-70—274
Harold Payne 69-70-70-74—283
Everett Wray 75-69-73-72—289
Jim Ward 73-73-73-71—290
Jack Shamblin 75-70-73-73—291
Bob Johnson 72-70-76-75—293
Jack Forbes 72-74-73-76—295
Benny Blake 74-74-72-75—295
Brian Kneafsey 72-72-80-71—295

1975: Bill Campbell, 52, became the first man to win four straight Amateurs and raised
his number of titles to 15. The tall gentleman from Huntington in the white cap breezed
home the winner by eight strokes with a 282 total for four rounds on the par 70 Old
White course. Campbell took the lead with a 68 in the rain in the second round.
Campbell captured 15 of the last 27 Amateurs. He won eight titles at match play and
seven at stroke play. Marshall University golf coach Joe Feaganes fired a 69 in the final
round to take second place ahead of one of his players, Harold Payne. Gary Dent of
White Sulphur Springs took 14 strokes on the 12th hole when his ball became buried in a
bunker. It took him 11 strokes to get out of the trap, including a two-stroke penalty for
the ball hitting him. Round leaders: First, David Lester and Jay Guthrie-71s; Second,
Campbell-141, by two; Third, Campbell-213, by five.

Bill Campbell 73-68-72-69—282
Joe Feaganes 77-73-71-69—290
Harold Payne 73-70-78-71—292
Jay Guthrie 71-75-73-76—295
Bob Johnson 73-70-75-77—295
Jim Ward 73-75-76-73—297
Jim Passero 76-73-76-74—304
David Lester 71-74-78-78-301

1976: Marshall University golfer Jay Guthrie of Wheeling let a five-stroke lead slip
away in the last round but nailed a three-wood shot at the right time to set up a key birdie
and nail down his first Amateur title. The lean 6-foot-2, 135-pound Guthrie used his
fairway wood to reach the green on the 540-yard 17th hole and two-putted for a birdie that
helped him win by two strokes with a 289 total. Bunny Mattison of South Charleston
tied Guthrie for the lead with five holes left but two late bogeys dropped Mattison to
third. Mike Gocke of Morgantown finished second. When favorite Bill Campbell started
off with a 77 round, the tournament became a wide-open affair. Round leaders: First,
John Elwood-71, by one; Second, Jim Passero-143, by one; Third, Guthrie-213, by five.

Jay Guthrie 72-72-69-76—289
Mike Gocke 75-71-73-72—291
Bunny Mattison 78-71-69-74—292
Benny Bowles 74-71-75-75—295
Bill Campbell 77-74-71-74—296
Jim Ward 75-75-72-74—296
Everett Wray 72-76-75-73—296
Jim Passero 72-71-76-78—297
John Norton 73-72-74-78—297
Dave Cappellari 75-76-69-77—297

1977: Jay Guthrie, called “Mandrake the Magician” by his friends for his touch around
the greens, repeated as the Amateur champion with a 285 total. Guthrie again took a big
lead into the final round. His seven-stroke bulge slipped to three strokes at one point by
he wound up winning by four strokes over runner-up Jim Ward. “It’s hard to try and hold
a big lead. It really is tough,” Guthrie said. State high school champion Chris Curry, 18,
of Morgantown was a surprise first round leader before Guthrie took charge in the second
round. Round leaders: First, Curry-69, by one: Second, Guthrie-141, by three; Third,
Guthrie-210, by seven.

Jay Guthrie 70-71-69-75—285
Jim Ward 70-75-74-70—289
John Elwood 72-75-70-74—291
Harold Payne 71-78-73-70—292
Bill Campbell 71-73-78-72—294
Frank Sexton 76-72-73-76—297
Jack Forbes 72-80-74-72—298
Eddie Morrison 77-75-75-71—298
Denver Rawlings 78-75-74-71—298

1978: Scott Davis of Wheeling shot a 64 in the third round and romped to an eightstroke victory with a 279 total. His 64 tied the Amateur record set by Fred Bannerot in
1933 and equaled by Barney Thompson in 1969. David birdied six of the first 11 holes
on the Old White and called it, “my best golf round ever.” Davis was the 1976 NCAA
long-driving champion while playing for Marshall. Miami (Ohio) University golfer Jim
Jankhauser of Vienna and Kingwood radio announcer Ron Witt tied for second in the
Amateur. Round leaders: First, Jay Guthrie and Corky Layman-69s; Second, Davis-141,
by one; Third, Davis-205, by nine.

Scott Davis 72-69-64-74—279
Jim Fankhauser 70-72-72-73—287
Ron Witt 71-75-69-72—287
Danny Warren 74-69-74-75—292
Steve Fox 76-71-73-73—293
Everett Wray 79-70-72-72—293
Jim Ward 71-72-71-80—294
Jack Shamblin 78-72-74-70—294

1979: The Amateur was moved from Old White to the Greenbrier course redesigned by
Jack Nicklaus for the 1979 Ryder Cup matches. The difficult course and gusty winds
gave the golfers fits, and scores were high. Former Marshall golf captain Harold Payne,
24, was the only player to shoot a sub-par rounds (a 71 in the third round) on the par 71
Greenbrier layout and was the winner by four strokes with a 305 total. Payne hit two
balls in the water on the 71st hole and took an 80 in the final round but it didn’t matter as
he held off defending champion Scott Davis. “I’m floating,” said Payne, who joined
former Marshall teammates Davis and Guthrie as an Amateur champion. Round leaders:
First, Payne-73, by one; Second, L.D. Simmons, II-153, by one; Third, Payne-225, by
seven. Top finishers:

Harold Payne 73-81-71-80—305
Scott Davis 78-76-78-77—309
L.D. Simmons, II 76-77-81-76—310
Jim Fankhauser 79-80-77-81—317
Lee Martina 79-81-78-81—319
Mike Owens 80-85-80-75—320
Lee Harold 74-81-84-83—322
Doug Weaver 77-86-80-80—323

1980: Ken Frye, 32, of Huntington came from behind on the final day to capture the title
on the tough Greenbrier course. Frye shot a 75 in the last round to win by two strokes
with a 306 total. Frye grabbed the lead when he birdied the 516-yard 12th hole while
third round leader Jim Fankhauser of Vienna drove out of bounds and took a triple-bogey
eight on the hole. Harold Payne’s hopes were crushed by a triple-bogey seven on the 13th
hole. Round leaders: First, Payne-73, by two; Second, Ty Roush-149, by three;

Fankhauser-227, by one.
Kenny Frye 79-76-76-75—306
Jim Fankhauser 81-73-73-81—308
Larry Spotloe 81-76-76-76—309
Harold Payne 73-79-76-82—310
Everett Wray 80-77-80-73—310
Ty Neal 83-73-77-78—311
Denver Rawlings 76-79-79-77—311
L.D. Simmons, II 75-84-74-79—312
Danny Warren 76-76-82-78—312

1981: Marshall University senior Mike Owens, 21, of Huntington broke a three-way tie
on the final three holes and won by four strokes. His 298 total was the best score in the
three Amateurs played on the Jack Nicklaus-redesigned Greenbrier course. Danny
Warren, Jr., 22, of Beckley and Greg Meade, 20, of Chapmanville were in contention
until the final holes and wound up tied for second. Round leaders: First: Owens-74, by
two; Second, Owens-145, by four; Third, Warren-223, by one.

Mike Owens 74-71-79-74—298
Danny Warren, Jr. 76-74-73-79—302
Greg Meade 76-75-77-74—302
Matt Cooke 77-74-80-75—306
Chris Curry 79-75-79-74—307
Steve Fox 77-72-81-79—309
Harold Payne 78-74-78-80—310
Bill Ward, Jr. 80-73-79-80—312
Joel Davis 80-74-79-79—312
Bill Campbell 80-73-81-78—312

1982: The Amateur changed its format to alternate rounds on the Old White and
Greenbrier courses. Marshall University student Greg Meade, 21, of Chapmanville shot
par on the first hole of a playoff to defeat South Charleston dentist Jack Shamblin, 44, for
the title. Meade put his approach shot on the green and two-putted for his par four.
Shamblin hit his second shot 30 yards short, chipped on and two-putted for a bogey.
Meade and Shamblin both posted 294 totals. Heavy rains and lightning caused the third
round to be suspended for the day with the final two groups on the 16th tee. Round
leaders: First, Mark Wheaton-69, by one; Second, Meade-144, by one; Third, Meade207, by one.

Greg Meade 70-74-73-77—294
Jack Shamblin 72-74-72-76—294
Bill Campbell 77-71-70-78—296
Brad Westfall 71-79-73-73—296
Doug Weaver 77-76-70-74—297
Matt Cooke 71-77-76-73—297
Danny Warren 71-76-76-75—298
Steve Fox 75-76-74-73—298

1983: For the second straight year, a playoff was needed to decide the winner. Danny
Warren, 23, of Beckley defeated high school champion Todd Sattterfield, 17, of Bluefield
on the third hole of sudden death. Warren parred all three playoff holes while Satterfield
bogeyed the par-5 third hole on the Greenbrier course after driving into a hazard to the
right of the fairway. Warren sank a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force the
playoff. Satterfield shot a 69 in the fourth round on the Greenbrier course. Third round
leader Doug Weaver of Madison was five shots ahead with nine holes left but faltered
and missed the playoff by one stroke. Round leaders: First, Reid Carroll-69, by one;
Second, Weaver-144, by one; Third, Weaver-216, by two.

Danny Warren 75-71-72-72—290
Todd Satterfield 73-73-75-69—290
Doug Weaver 71-73-72-75—291
Larry Spotloe 70-75-77-76—298
Ty Roush 71-78-75-76—300
Ty Neal 79-76-72-74—301
Harold Payne 73-75-78-76—302
Bill Campbell 72-79-73-79—303
Brian Meade 77-75-75-76—303

1984: Steady Scott Gilmore, 26, of Vienna held off a rally by David Wallace, Jr., 20, of
Charleston to win by two strokes. Wallace fell five strokes behind in the final round but
fought back to tie Gilmore on the 69th hole. Gilmore parred the final three holes on the
Greenbrier course to capture his first state title while Wallace had sand trap trouble and
bogeyed the last two holes. The best round of the tournament was an opening 66 by
Wallace on the Old White. Round leaders: First, Wallace-66, by three; Second, Wallace142, by three; third, Gilmore-216, by one.

Scott Gilmore 72-73-71-74—290
David Wallace, Jr. 66-76-75-75—292
Brian Hamric 69-77-74-77—297
Harold Payne 74-74-75-75—298
Jim Fankhauser 69-79-75-76—299
Steve Fox 75-73-72-81—301
Reid Carroll 70-78-73-80—301
Mike Tennant 73-74-74-82—303
Larry Spotloe 74-79-73-77—303

1985: Danny Warren roared from six strokes back in the final round to catch Jim
Fankhauser of Vienna and then defeated him in a playoff by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt
on the first hole of the Old White course. It was the second time that Warren won the
title in a playoff. Warren, 25, shot a 69 in the final round to overtake Fankhauser, who
had a 75. Harold Payne missed the playoff by one stroke. David Wallace, Jr. led the first
two rounds but then fell back. Joel Davis shot a 69 on the Greenbrier course in the third
round. Round leaders: First, Wallace-71, by two; Second, Wallace-143, by one; Third,
Fankhauser-217, by four.

Danny Warren 74-73-76-69—292
Jim Fankhauser 73-71-73-75—292
Harold Payne 80-69-73-71—293
Bill Campbell 78-72-75-70—295
Charles Yanen 75-71-75-75—296
Jack Shamblin 76-73-74-73—296
Scott Gilmore 74-80-73-71—298
Steve Fox 75-72-76-75—298
Brian Hamric 75-70-83-70—298

1986: Wearing his lucky pair of golf knickers, Harold Payne captured his second
Amateur crown by a four-stroke margin. Payne moved into the lead by shooting a 70 on
the par-72 Greenbrier course in the third round and stayed ahead with another 70 on the
par 70 Old White in the fourth round. Floyd Shuler of Wheeling had a final round 69 to
finish second. Bill Campbell fired a 67 on the Old White course in the second round.
Poca postmaster Carl Bailey led the first two rounds before faltering. Round leaders:
First, Bailey-70, by two; Second, Bailey-144, by two; Third, Payne-220, by four.

Harold Payne 79-71-70-70—290
Floyd Shuler 77-75-73-69—294
Evans Harbour 75-71-78-71—295
Eddie Morrison 78-72-75-71—296
Jim Fankhauser 74-73-79-70—296
Scott Gilmore 79-75-75-69—298
Steve Fox 74-74-76-75—299
Pat Carter 80-71-74-74—299

1987: Harold Payne shot a blistering 65 in the final round on the Old White to edge his
brother-in-law, Steve Fox of Huntington, by one stroke and gain his third Amateur title.
Payne and Fox were tied going into the par-5 17th hole, and Payne eagled the hole for his
winning margin. Payne’s 65 was his best round ever in the Amateur and his 284 was the
lowest score since the tournament went to a two-course format in 1982. Fox played his
last three rounds (69,70, and 68) in five under par for a 285 total. Pat Carter, 19, of
Lesage fired a 68 in the first round for the best score ever in the Amateur on the
Greenbrier course. Round leaders: First, Carter-68, by three; Second, Carter-144, by
two; Third, Fox-217, by one.

Harold Payne 73-76-70-65—284
Steve Fox 78-69-70-68—285
Chip Yanen 72-75-71-72—290
Scott Gilmore 76-72-75-70—293
Pat Carter 68-76-78-72—294
Todd Satterfield 77-70-78-70—295
Floyd Shuler 74-72-75-76—297
Jim Fankhauser 77-72-76-73—298

1988: Huntington businessman Steve Fox, 34, kept the Amateur trophy in the family by
succeeding brother-in-law Harold Payne as the champion. Fox shot a final round 71 and
won by two strokes. He outplayed Jim Fankhauser, Chip Yanen and Todd Satterfield in a
four-man battle. The key hole was the 417-yard 16th on the Old White when Fox sank a
25-foot birdie putt while Yanen hit into the wood and took a double bogey six. Yanen, a
former pro who regained his amateur status, fired a 65 on the Old White in the second
round. Payne had a 69 on the Greenbrier course in the third round. Round leaders: First,
Floyd Shuler-72, by one; Second, Yanen-140, by five; Third, Yanen-216, by three.

Steve Fox 73-74-72-71—290
Jim Fankhauser 77-68-75-72—292
Chip Yanen 75-65-76-77—293
Todd Satterfield 76-72-74-72—294
Reid Carroll 73-77-77-68—295
Harold Payne 81-71-69-75—296
Scott Gilmore 76-72-74-76—298
Mike Mays 75-76-74-74—299

1989: Marshall University senior Pat Carter, 21, came from behind with a final round 71
on the Greenbrier course to gain the title. Carter edged Floyd Shuler by one stroke while
Todd Satterfield and Jeff Votaw finished two shots back. Carter closed strong with two
birdies and then five straight pars on the last seven holes. Shuler just missed a 20-foot
putt on the final green when the ball nicked the hole. Satterfield was tied for the lead
until he hit into the lake on the 160-yard 17th hole for a double-bogey five. Satterfield
posted a 66 on the Old White in the third round. Round leaders: First, Scott Gilmore-67,
by two; Second, Shuler-142, by two; Third, Shuler and Satterfield-213s.

Pat Carter 70-78-68-71—287
Floyd Shuler 69-73-71-75—288
Todd Satterfield 72-75-66-76—289
Jeff Votaw 72-72-74-71—289
Eric Shaffer 72-75-70-73—290
Scott Gilmore 67-78-73-75—293
Steve Fox 72-75-69-77—293
Jeff Jones 72-74-76-72–294

1990: While other golfers faltered, Scott Gilmore, 32, kept his game under control on the
closing holes and came from behind to capture his second Amateur. Gilmore shot a 76 in
the final round on the Greenbrier course but it was good enough to give him a one-stroke
victory with a 292 total. Danny Warren led Gilmore by two strokes with three holes
remaining but Warren hit into the pond on the 16th hole for a double bogey and then
bogeyed the last two holes to wind up fourth. Mike Good of Charleston birdied four
holes on the back nine for a 72 round to tie Floyd Shuler for second place. Dave Pope led
after the second round but had to drive the 120 miles from Charleston to White Sulphur
Springs in 90 minutes to make his third round tee time and never regained his rhythm.
Round leaders: First, Shuler-67, by two; Second, Pope-142, by two; Third, Warren-215,
by one.

Scot Gilmore 72-76-68-76—292
Mike Good 73-76-72-72—293
Floyd Shuler 67-78-74-74—293
Danny Warren 69-75-71-79—294
Steve Wood 75-73-74-73—295
Harold Payne 75-73-72-75—295
Brian Meade 75-74-71-75—295
Reid Carroll 73-75-72-75—295
Hobe Bauer 69-76-71-79—295

1991: Harold Payne romped to an eight-stroke victory to become a four-time Amateur
champion. “It is an honor to win the State Amateur in three decades,” he said. Payne
posted a 285 total. Payne’s winning margin was the largest since the two-course format
change in 1982. Payne shared the first round lead with Ross Scaggs of Huntington and
then led the next three rounds. Payne’s lead was cut to four strokes over Eric Shaffer of
Fairmont in the final round. Payne then made a birdie four on the Greenbrier’s 510-yeard
12th hole while Shaffer hit out of bounds and took a double-bogey seven. Round leaders:
First, Payne and Scaggs-68s; Second, Payne-140, by six; Third, Payne-210, by seven.

Harold Payne 68-72-70-75—285
Pat Carter 73-73-72-75—293
Mike Good 70-78-71-75—294
Danny Warren 72-74-74-75—295
Eric Shaffer 70-76-71-78—295
Charles Green 69-78-74-75—296
Bill Campbell 70-79-71-78—298
Mike Gocke 76-74-67-81—298

1992: Eric Shaffer, 20, shot a 69 on the par 72 Greenbrier course in the final round to
pull away and win by seven strokes. Shaffer, a Marshall University golfer, highlighted
his round by holing a 60-foot pitch shot for an eagle on the eighth hole and then finished
like a champion with birdies on the last two holes. Shaffer wound up with a 285 total.
Charles Green of Tazewell, Va., playing out of the Fincastle club in Bluefield, also shot a
final round 69 and finished second. Round leaders: First, Marty Creed, Mike Owens and
Green-68s; Second, Evans Harbour-142, by one; Third, Shaffer-216, by one.

Eric Shaffer 70-73-73-69—285
Charles Green 68-80-75-69—292
Mitchell Roush 71-73-73-78—295
Pat Carter 71-74-77-74—296
Evans Harbour 72-70-76-78—296
Mike Good 73-73-73-77—296
Scott Gilmore 69-74-74-79—296
Larry Spotloe 73-71-76-78—296

1993: Harold Payne, 38, captured his fifth Amateur title in a shootout with Steve Fox
and Hobe Bauer. Payne finished with a 72 on the Greenbrier course to win by two
strokes with a 288 total. Fox and Bauer both had 75 rounds for 290 totals. Payne said he
wasn’t putting well but credited his victory to course management. Payne took the lead
for good on the 15th hole with a 12-foot birdie putt. Fox shared the lead at the end of the
first three rounds. Round leaders: First, Evans Harbour and Fox-69s; Second, Harbour
and Fox-143s; Third, Bauer and Fox-215s.

Harold Payne 71-75-70-72—288
Steve Fox 69-74-72-75—290
Hobe Bauer 76-70-69-75—290
Pat Carter 70-77-73-72—292
Eric Shaffer 72-77-71-72—292
Larry Spotloe 71-79-70-73—293
Mike Good 73-76-71-73—293
Jamie Conrad 73-80-69-74—296
Evans Harbour 69-74-77-76—296

1994: Steve Fox got a key birdie on the demanding 16th hole of the Greenbrier course in
the final round and that propelled him to his second Amateur title. It was the second time
that Fox won the crown the next year after finishing second to Harold Payne. Fox had a
final round 74 for a 292 total and a two-stroke victory. Playing in different groups, Fox,
Joel Davis of Oak Hill and Chris Boyd of Charles Town were tied for the lead when they
played the 16th hole. Boyd hit into a lake, blasted out but touched the water on his
backswing for a two-stroke penalty and took an eight on 16. Davis topped his tee shot
and made a six. Fox hit an iron shot to five feet for a birdie three. Bill Donahoe of
Hurricane was disqualified while leading the tournament after 26 holes because he
inadvertently used a putter with an illegal wide-in-the-middle grip. Michael Veres, 16, of
Champanville shot a 69 on the Greenbrier course in the second round and became the
youngest person ever to lead the Amateur. John Duty, Jr. of Hurricane had a 66 in the
third round on the Old White. Round leaders: First, C.J. Pagliaro, Jr.-67, by one;
Second, Veres-142, by two; Third, Davis, 215, by one.

Steve Fox 70-74-74-74—292
Jack Forbes 69-76-71-78—294
Eric Keister 74-78-72-71-295
Joel Davis 74-74-67-80—295
Chris Boyd 73-74-73-76—296
Erik Tedder 74-76-75-71—296
Michael Veres 73-69-77-78—297
C.J. Pagliaro, Jr. 67-82-70-78—297
Michael Mays 70-77-78-72—297
John Duty, Jr. 72-79-66-80—297

1995: Pat Carter cruised to his second Amateur title by a nine-stroke margin and became
the first golfer to finish under par since the tournament adopted the alternate round format
on the par-70 Old White and par-72 Greenbrier courses in 1982. Carter, 27, a Huntington
salesman, posted a 283 total—one under par. David Jude of Huntington made a hole-inone on the Greenbrier’s No. 11 hole with a 9-iron while shooting a 68 in the final round.
John Duty, Jr. birdied the last two holes to finish second. John Duty, Sr. fired a 69 on the
Greenbrier course in the second round. Round leaders: First, Harold Payne and John
Duty, Jr.-70s; Second, Carter-142, by three; Third, Carter-211, by six.

Pat Carter 71-71-69-72—283
John Duty, Jr. 70-75-72-75—292
David Jude 73-77-75-68—293
Michael Swiger 73-73-74-74—294
Steve Fox 73-75-69-78—295
Joel Davis 76-72-73-75—296
C.J. Pagliaro 72-73-74-78—297
Harold Payne 70-81-71-76—298
Marty Creed 75-77-70-76—298

1996: Pat Carter broke and tied many records in winning his second straight Amateur
and third overall. His 274 total was 10 under par, shattering his own 1995 record by nine
strokes. Carter’s score was the lowest under the two-course format since 1982 and
equaled the previous 274 totals of Barney Thompson (1969) and Bill Campbell (1974)
solely on the par-70 Old White. Carter’s 11-stroke victory margin over runner-up
Michael Swiger was the highest ever, topping Campbell’s 10-shot win in 1972. Carter’s
blistering 64 in the third round tied the best Amateur score ever on the Old White course
with Fred Bannerot (1933 qualifying), Thompson (1969) and Scott Davis (1978). Carter
hit 56 of 72 greens and didn’t three-putt once. Golfers with a Marshall University
background have won 18 of the last 21 Amateurs. Evans Harbour holed a 216-yard
fairway wood shot for a double eagle two on the Greenbrier’s third hole enroute to a final
69. Swiger, Mike Good, Harold Payne and Carl Bailey all had 69s on the Greenbrier in
the second round. Round leaders: First, Carter and Swiger-70s; Second, Swiger-139, by
two; Third, Carter-205, by seven.

Pat Carter 70-71-64-69—274
Michael Swiger 70-69-73-73—285
Mike Good 72-69-73-75—289
Harold Payne 74-69-70-78—291
Evans Harbour 73-75-75-69—292
Mike Veres 72-77-70-73—292
Eric Kirsch 78-72-69-73—292
Greg McGraw 74-74-69-76—293

1997: Pat Carter Champion (Under Construction)

1998: Pat Carter Champion (Under Construction)

1999: The West Virginia Amateur returned to its traditional home at The Greenbrier in
White Sulphur Springs and Pat Carter became the first golfer to capture five straight
titles. He broke the record he had shared with Bill Campbell, who won four straight
times (1972-75) for the last of his 15 titles. “It’s something I’ll always treasure,” Pat said
of his record-breaking effort. It was Carter’s sixth title overall and he did it by a
whopping 11-stroke margin. Taking charge in the second round, Carter birdied the first
four holes and needed just 25 putts in shooting a sizzling 65 on the Greenbrier course.
That gave him a six-stroke lead and he maintained it with an even par 70 in the final
round to share second place at 288 with Tim Fisher and Steve VanHorn. Good rounds in
the tournament included Ed Morrison’s 67 and Sharpe’s 68 on the Old White and
VanHorn’s 68 and Kirk Satterfield’s 69 on the Greenbrier. Mark Reed of Poca took the
first round lead with a 69 but then fell back. Leader by rounds: First, Reed-69, by one;
Second, Carter-135, by six; Third, Carter-205, by six.

Pat Carter, Huntington 70-65-70-72—277
Bill Sharpe, Cross Lanes 78-72-68-70—288
Tim Fisher, Statts Mills 74-73-70-71—288
Steve VanHorn, Morgantown 73-68-70-77—288
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 71-73-71-75—290
William Means, Martinsburg 74-76-71-71—292
Kirk Satterfield, Bluefield 72-69-76-76—293
Tad Tomblin, Man 71-76-70-76—293
Marty Creed, Hurricane 77-73-69-75—294
Christopher Fly, Charleston 77-71-72-76—296

2000: Pat Carter had more trouble than usual but rallied to beat young Tim Fisher on the final
nine holes and stretch his Amateur championship streak to six straight and seven overall. Carter,
32, posted a 284 score to finish two strokes ahead of Fisher, 19, of Statts Mills. Carter took a
three-shot lead into the final round on the Greenbrier course but watched it disappear on the first
four holes, and Fisher led him by a stroke as they teed off on the 510-yard 12th hole. Carter
drove into a trap and barely got out but hit a long iron shot onto the green and saved par. “The 2-
iron I hit from 238 yards was probably the most crucial shot of the tournament for me,” Carter
said. “And fortunately, I kept the momentum on the next couple of holes and grabbed a threeshot lead.”

Carter birdied 13 and 14 with short putts while Fisher bogeyed 12 and 14. Fisher cut
Carter’s lead to two strokes on 15 but could get no closer. “I knew he was going to be tough at
the end and he was,” Fisher said. Eric Snodgrass of Glen Dale shot a 67 on the Old White for
the first round lead while Jeff Bostic of Maxwelton had a 67 in the third round. Kirk Satterfield
of Bluefield was disqualified after the second round for continuing to play a provisional second
ball after finding his first ball in bounds on the first hole. He said he was confused by the rule,
thinking he had a choice. Leader by rounds: First, Snodgrass-67, by one; Second, Carter-140,
by one; Third, Carter-211, by three.

Pat Carter, Huntington 68-72-71-73—284
Tim Fisher, Statts Mills 68-73-73-72—286
Brad Tweel, Huntington 74-77-68-72—291
C. Anthony Redden, Lewisburg 77-73-70-72—292
Jeff Bostic, Maxwelton 74-74-67-77—292
Bill Sharpe, Cross Lanes 73-73-68-78—292
Jeff Whitman, St. Albans 71-77-73-73—294
Steve Fox, Huntington 71-80-72-72—295
Marty Creed, Hurricane 73-75-72-75—295
Michael Veres, Chapmanville 77-69-73-76—295

2001: A late night all-terrain vehicle accident that injured three players cast a pall over the final
round of the Amateur and took some of the attention away from Pat Carter’s seventh straight
victory. Sam O’Dell of Hurricane, Jeff Whitman of Dunbar and Michael Veres of Chapmanville
were injured when their ATV slammed into a tree at a camp on the Greenbrier River. O’Dell,
who suffered a serious head injury, and Whitman were hospitalized. O’Dell was tied for second
place in the Amateur after the third round. Veres, who suffered scrapes and bruises, was able to
play the final round but was still shaken, shooting an 80. The other players teed off with heavy
hearts when they heard the news. Carter shot 67s in the last two rounds for a 274 total and won
by six strokes for his eighth overall title. His 274 score tied his own record in the two-course
format. Burke Spensky, 20, of Huntington also had a final 67 on the Greenbrier course and
pushed Carter in the last round. When Spensky birdied the 12th hole, he cut Carter’s lead to one
stroke. Carter responded with birdies on 12, 13, 17, and 18 while Spensky’s bid ended with
bogeys on 16 and 17. Kirk Satterfield, who was DQ’d in the 2000 Amateur, got a fresh start this
year by shooting a 67 on the Old White for the first round lead. Leaders by rounds: First,
Satterfield-67, by one; Second, Carter and Satterfield-140s; Third, Carter-207, by five.

Pat Carter, Huntington 72-68-67-67—274
Burke Spensky, Huntington 72-69-72-67—280
Bill Sharpe, Cross Lanes 74-73-68-69—284
Kirk Satterfield, Bluefield 67-73-72-73—285
Jack Forbes, Morgantown 71-76-69-73—289
Jared Jones, Kenova 72-74-67-76—289
Adam Cyrus, Huntington 70-78-69-74—291
Joe Zimmerman, Morgantown 72-77-71-71—291
Steve Fox, Huntington 71-72-71-78—292
Jamie Whitt, Barboursville 76-75-70-72—293

2002: Pat Carter wasn’t on top of his game but he still managed to win his eighth straight West
Virginia Amateur title and ninth overall. He was forced to rally from two strokes down on the
final nine holes to hold off Ryan Whalen, 22, of Bluefield. Whalen took a two-shot lead when
he tapped in for a birdie from two feet on the 176-yard 11th hole of the Greenbrier course while
Carter flew the green and bogeyed. Carter used a three-shot swing on the 14th hole to take
command. He sank a 15-foot putt for a birdie three while Whalen took a double-bogey six when
he hit his approach shot into a trap and left himself with an near-impossible shot unto a downsloping green.
“You don’t want to see anybody make double-bogey but that’s part of golf,”
Carter said. “”Mistakes are what costs people tournaments, and playing well wins tournaments.
I was very fortunate to win.” Carter upped his lead to three strokes when Whalen’s tee shot on
No. 15 landed next to a tree root and led to a bogey. “”What happened on 14 and 15 took the
wind out of my sail,” Whalen said. “He outplayed me. The one (at No. 11) was the only mistake
he made all day. He definitely was not going to give it to me.” Carter wound up winning by two
strokes with a 72-hole total of 279, five under par, which included a 66 in the third round on the
Old White course. Whalen shot three straight 70s before a 71 in the final round for 281. Coming
in third at 284 was Sam O’Dell, who suffered a serious head injury in an all-terrain vehicle
accident the night before the final round of the 2001 Amateur. Leaders by rounds: first, Jeff
Whitman 69, by one; second, Whalen 140, by one; third, Carter 209, by one.

Pat Carter, Huntington 71-72-66-70_279
Ryan Whalen, Bluefield 70-70-70-71_281
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 71-73-70-70_284
David Bradshaw, Harpers Ferry 74-70-69-72_285
Jared Jones, Kenova 74-74-69-70_287
Jeff Whitman, St. Albans 69-73-72-75_289
Joe Zimmerman, Morgantown 74-75-71-69_289
Burke Spensky, Huntington 72-71-70-76_289
Tim Fisher, Statts Mills 70-71-76-73_290
Patrick Klesel, Parkersburg 71-78-70-73_292

2003: Starting off with a record first round score of 63 on the par 70 Old White course, Pat
Carter rolled to his ninth straight Amateur championship and his 10th title overall. He set
tournament records in every round with his opening 63, a 36-hole mark of 129, a 54-hole mark
of 199 and a 72-hole total of 270. He finished 14 under par and won by a whopping 13 strokes.
The 35-year-old Carter said he probably played his best golf ever during the week. “”I’ve played
farther under par on some local courses, but not on quality courses like the Greenbrier and Old
White,” he said. The first round saw some of the lowest scores ever in the tournament. Carter
had seven birdies, including five on the back nine, and no bogeys but his lead was just one
stroke. Young Jared Jones, 18, of Kenova shot a 64 with eight birdies, two bogeys and eight pars.
Another stroke back at 65 was Burke Spensky, 23, of Huntington on a bogey-free round with
five birdies. “”The course played defensless today,” Carter said. “”There was no wind, the pin
placements were assessible and the speed on the greens was where you could attack the hole.”
Carter’s 66 in the second round on the par 72 Greenbrier course boosted his lead to seven strokes
and the only question after that was who would finish second. Jones fired a 69 in the third round
and held on to become the runnerup with a 283 total. Steve VanHorn of Morgantown finished
strong with 69 and 70 rounds to come in third at 284. Leaders by rounds: first, Carter 63, by
one; second, Carter 129, by seven; third, Carter 199, by nine.

Pat Carter, Huntington 63-66-70-71_270
Jared Jones, Huntington 64-75-69-75_283
Steve VanHorn, Morgantown 72-73-69-70_284
Burke Spensky, Huntington 65-71-74-75_285
Nathan Kinker, Barboursville 70-71-73-76_290
Phillip DiLorenzo, Wellsburg 70-75-70-77_292
Chris Daniels, Beckley 69-74-74-75_292
Brad Tweel. Huntington 71-76-69-78_294
David Jude, Huntington 70-74-69-81_294
Brian Hass, Hurricane 71-70-79-75_295
Ryan Stewart, Barboursville 70-74-70-81_295
Hop White, Scott Depot 72-72-72-79_295

2004: Pat Carter extended his national golf record for consecutive victories to 10 straight West
Virginia Amateur titles. It was his 11th title overall and tied him with Ed Tutwiler for second
place on the Amateur win total behind Bill Campbell’s 15 championships. Carter commented on
his decade-long dominance, “”A decade is a long time. Those are a lot of days of golf. And that
makes it special.” The Huntington insurance salesman posted a 72-hole total of 276, eight
under par, and won by eight strokes over runner-up Tad Tomblin of Charleston. Carter took the
first round lead with a 66 on the Old White course but fell behind with a 74 to Tomblin’s fiveunder
67 on the Greenbrier course in the second round. Carter blitzed Old White for a 64 in the
third round, making five birdies in the first seven holes, to regain the lead by five strokes over
Tamblin. The final round was played in a daylong rain on the Greenbrier course and Carter
widened his lead by shooting an even-par 72. He estimated that he went through 20 gloves,
changing for every tee shot in an effort to keep his hands dry, and said it was a grind all day.
“”You know you’re going to hit some really bad shots and hopefully, your good shots will offset
them,” Carter said. Tomblin began the last round with a double-bogey and triple-bogey in the
rain but settled down and birdied four holes on the back nine to shoot 75. Tomblin was satisfied
with his finish. “”If you’d told me I’d shoot even-par for the tournament and finish second, I
would have taken it,” he said, “”(because) we’ve got one of the premier amateurs in the country
right here in our state.” Among those giving Carter congratulatory handshakes was basketball
legend Jerry West. Leaders by rounds: first, Carter 66, by two; second, Tomblin 138, by two;
third, Carter 204, by five.

Pat Carter, Huntington 66-74-64-72_276
Tad Tomblin, Charleston 71-67-71-75_284
Don Jones, Beckley 70-72-73-76_291
Trent Schambach, Glen Dale 73-76-69-74_292
Jamison Conrad, Fayetteville 71-78-68-75_292
Nathan Kinker, Barboursville 70-75-71-77_293
Chris Tipper, Vienna 68-75-74-77_294
Drew Whitten, Hurricane 68-80-75-72_295
Philip Reale, Glenville 71-74-72-78_295
Brian Hass, Hurricane 69-73-72-82_296
John Duty Jr., Morgantown 73-74-69-80_296

2005: Tim Fisher birdied all three holes in a dramatic playoff to beat Pat Carter, ending his
national-record streak of consecutive West Virginia Amateur tiitles at 10. Carter parred all three
playoff holes in losing for the first time since 1994. But Carter said he didn’t feel like he lost it.
“”That’s the way I wanted it to end, with somebody coming out and beating me, That’s exactly
what Tim did,” Carter said. Fisher was twice runner-up to Carter in past Amateurs but Tim had
the hot putter this time, making birdies on five of his last seven holes. They began the final
round tied before Fisher took the lead with an eagle on the par-five third hole and held it for most
of the day with some superb shots, including driving the green on the 292-yard 10th hole. Fisher
was a stroke ahead going into No. 13 but that hole proved unlucky as he took a triple-bogey
seven. That dropped him two shots behind Carter but Fisher hit great approach shots to eight
feet on No. 15 and to four feet on No. 16 to pull even. A key sand save on the par-three 17th
hole and a 75-yard wedge shot over trees on the 18th hole kept Fisher tied and set up the
Amateur’s first playoff since 1985. Fisher dominated the playoff by sinking birdie putts of 18
and six feet on the first two holes and then reaching the green in two on the 554-yard 18th hole
for another birdie. Fisher, 24, said he dreamed about winning the Amateur “”but I never really
thought it’d happen.” He served notice that it might be his year by firing a 64 on the Greenbrier
course in the second round. Leaders by rounds: first, Drew Whitten and Pat Boggs tied, 68s;
second, Fisher 139, by two; third, Fisher and Carter tied, 211s.

x-Tim Fisher, Statts Mills, 75-64-72-70_281
Pat Carter, Huntington 73-68-70-70_281
Matt Hicks, Sissonville 76-69-67-71_283
Drew Whitten, Hurricane 68-74-71-72_285
Chris Tipper, Vienna 70-74-70-72_286
Steve VanHorn, Morgantown 72-75-69-73_289
Phil DiLorenzo, Wellsburg 71-75-68-75_289
Michael Mays, Lester 72-72-72-75_291
Anthony Reale, Glenville 72-76-72-72_292
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 73-72-72-75_292
(x-won three-hole playoff)

2006: Pat Carter held off Anthony Reale in the final round to capture his 12th West Virginia
Amateur title. Carter moved past Ed Tutwiler (11 titles) and is second only to Bill Campbell,
who won the Amateur 15 times. Campbell was among the first to shake Carter’s hand after the
final hole. “”I sure am glad to be back in the winner’s circle,” said Carter, who had his streak of
10 straight ended in 2005. Reale, a Glenville native who plays college golf for East Carolina,
shot a 66 on the remodeled Old White course the first day and held the lead for the first two
rounds before sharing it with Carter after the third round. Carter shot a 71 in the final round
while Reale had a 73. Carter built up a five-shot lead for enough cushion that he could afford to
bogey the last three holes
on the Greenbrier course. “”The wheels came off there,” Carter said. “”I was playing not to lose.
But my putter did not let me down today.” Reale said he was disappointed but “”My hat’s off to
him. He went out and won the tournament today.” Carter’s winning score of 285 was the highest
on The Greenbrier’s two courses since 1994 and this was the first time Carter has won there
without a round in the 60s. The main reason for the higher scores was the renovation of the Old
White course, which made it much tougher. Jared Jones made the best comeback, going from an
82 to a 68 on the Old White and finishing fourth. Leaders by rounds: first, Reale, 66, by two;
second, Reale, 139, by five; third, Carter and Reale tied, 214s.

Pat Carter, Huntington 72-72-70-71–285
Anthony Reale, Glenville 66-73-75-73–287
Nathan Kinker, Barboursville 71-74-74-71–290
Jared Jones, Kenova 82-70-68-74–294
Matt Hicks, Sissonville 73-72-80-72–297
Ryan Whalen, Morgantown 77-70-75-75–297
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 81-75-71-71–298
Tad Tomblin, Man 75-73-79-72–299
Christian Brand, Charleston 68-77-78-76–299
Steve VanHorn, Morgantown 76-74-74-76–300
Tim Fisher, Ripley 77-77-69-77–300
Brandon Reece, Charleston 81-70-71-78–300

2007: Anthony Reale defeated Matt Hicks by two strokes in a three-hole playoff to
capture his first West Virginia Amateur title. Reale, 21, had three pars while Hicks, 21,
had a par and two bogeys in the playoff on the Greenbrier course. Reale, a Glenville native now
living in Charleston, finished second to Pat Carter in the 2006 Amateur but won this time despite
frittering away a six-shot lead with five holes left in regulation. Hicks caught him during a threehole
stretch in which Hicks went par-birdie-birdie while Reale went bogey-bogey-double bogey.
The double came when Reale put his approach shot into the lake on the 16th hole. “”It wasn’t the
end of the world when I hit the ball in the water,” Reale said. Both players parred 17 and birdied
18, with Hicks blasting from a
greenside bunker to within a foot of the cup on 18 while Reale hit a five-wood 255 yards
to within 25 feet. Reale called it the best 5-wood he’s ever hit. “”I felt good going into
the playoff. I could have folded like a tent but I hung in there,” Reale said. In the playoff,
both parred the 16th hole before Reale took the lead on 17 when Hicks put his tee shot into a
greenside bunker, blasted out 25 feet past the hole and missed the putt for a bogey. Reale got a
break on 18 when his drive bounced off a tree back into the fairway about 150 yards from the
tee. His second shot landed under some trees but he hit a low-hooking 5-iron 190 yards to within
30 feet of the cup on the long par-five and saved par. Hicks put his second shot into a greenside
bunker, blasted out 35 feet from the cup and wound up three-putting for a bogey. “”My swing
kind of went downhill a little bit and I tried to keep it together,” Hicks said of the playoff. Jared
Jones went into the final round tied with Reale for the lead but shot a 77 to finish tied for fifth
with Carter, the 12-time champion who was not a factor this time. Leaders by rounds: first, John
Duty, Jr., 69, by one; second, Jones, 138, by three; third, Reale and Jones tied, 210s.

x-Anthony Reale, Charleston 71-70-69-74–284
Matt Hicks, Charleston 73-70-69-72–284
Brandon Reece, Beckley 70-72-73-71–286
Trent Schambach, Glen Dale 71-74-68-73–286
Pat Carter, Huntington 70-74-73-70–287
Jared Jones, Kenova 70-68-72-77–287
John Duty, Jr., Morgantown 69-74-73-73–289
Ben Palmer, Parkersburg 73-71-73-72–289
Ryan Whalen, Morgantown 74-69-72-74–289
Justin Carroll, Bridgeport 72-77-71-72–292
Brian Meador, Morgantown 75-71-74-72–292
x–won three-hole playoff

2008: Tim Fisher edged defending champion Anthony Reale by one stroke and captured his
second West Virginia Amateur title in a two-man shootout at The Greenbrier resort. Fisher and
Reale traded the lead back and forth the entire tournament and were tied with two holes left in
the final round on the Old White course. Fisher got his winning
margin with a birdie on the par-five 17th hole as he reached the green with a five-iron second
shot and two-putted. Reale was short and left under a tree on his second shot, put his third shot
over the green and wound up with a par. Both players hit their tee shots about 30 feet from the
cup on the par-three 18th hole. Reale two-putted for a par,
forcing Fisher to make his second putt from about four feet to clinch the victory, which he
calmly did. Fisher said winning his second Amateur meant a lot to him. “”I didn’t want to be a
one-hit wonder,” said Fisher, who ended Pat Carter’s 10-year wining streak in 2005 for his first
victory, Fisher is now the 15th multiple winner out of 89 Amateur
tournaments. Reale said Fisher definitely earned the victory. “”He shot a 68 to win, so hat’s off to
him,” Reale said. Fisher finished six-under par with a 278 total and Reale at 279 was the only
other player under par after two rounds each on the par-72 Greenbrier course and the par-70 Old
White. Tournament officials decided to change the order of the two courses and have the
Amateur finish on the remodeled and tougher Old White. Reale has finished second, first and
second in the last three Amateurs. Leaders by rounds: first, Fisher, Reale and Justin Caroli tied,
69s; second, Fisher 138, by one; third, Reale 209, by one.

Tim Fisher, Statts Mills 69-69-72-68–278
Anthony Reale, Glenville 69-70-70-70–279
Justin Caroli, Bridgeport 69-72-72-72–285
Michael Veres, Chapmanville 72-70-70-74–286
Pat Carter, Huntington 71-71-75-70–287
Christian Brand, Charleston 70-71-76-70–287
Bosten Miller, Charleston 72-73-71-71–287
Ben Palmer, Parkersburg 78-71-68-74–291
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 70-75-74-75–294
David Fields, Fort Gay 75-74-74-72–295
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 72-73-73-77–295
Matthew Gissy, Weston 73-71-75-76—295

2009: The 90th West Virginia Amateur was full of drama yet again, as Tim Fisher stormed from
behind to land a 1 shot victory over Pat Carter shooting a one over par four day total of 285 to
capture his third title. The week started with a pair of young college players, Brian Anania and
Joey Seabright sharing the round 1 lead. Pat Cater led at the halfway point and after 3 rounds.
But the morning of the final day saw Tim Fisher fire a front nine 30 to take the lead which he
would never surrender to claim his 3rd West Virginia Amateur Championship. Fisher made 8
pars and a bogey coming home and held off Carter by one shot. Leaders by round: first, Brian
Anania and Joey Seabright 70, second, Pat Carter and Michael Veres 143, third, Pat Carter 215.

Tim Fisher, Statts Mills 75-72-71-67—285
Pat Carter, Huntington 73-72-70-71—286
Anthony Reale, Glenville 74-70-73-72– 289
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 72-72-72-74—290
Ryan Mason, Bridgeport 73-72-75-71– 291
Michael Veres, Chapmanville71-72-76-73—292
Trent Roush, Mason 76-74-73-70—293
JR Jones, Parkersburg 72-79-71-71—293
Kenneth Hess, Parkersburg 75-72-74-72—293
Brian Anania, Hurricane 70-77-73-73—293
Michael Mays, Beckley 75-71-72-75—293

2010: The 91st West Virginia Amateur saw a change in dates, as the long standing early August
date had to be moved due to the PGA Tour’s inaugural Greenbrier Classic, which was set to take
place the last week of July. “The Greenbrier has been a terrific partner with the WVGA. We
know what a positive impact The Greenbrier Classic will have on The Greenbrier and the entire
state. By making the adjustment in dates, we are able to continue the great tradition of holding
our West Virginia Amateur Championship there and we couldn’t be happier. I am sure the
Amateur competitors will be excited to play The Old White just weeks before the Classic,
knowing that the world’s greatest golfers will be following in their footsteps,” said Ken Tackett,
executive director of the WVGA. Also to add to the drama filled week, the owner of The
Greenbrier, Jim Justice, announced the winner of the West Virginia Amatuer would receive an
exemption to play in the Greenbrier Classic just a few weeks later. The best players now had
extra incentive on this week, but it was a new face to West Virginia golf, Johnathan Bartlett, a
reinstated amateur real estate salesman at The Greenbrier Sporting Club who came from behind
on the final nine holes to defeat 3-time champion Tim Fisher by one shot and become the
Amateur champion and earn an exemption into the first ever Greenbrier Classic. Bartlett and
Fisher made the turn on the final round with Fisher holding a 4 shot advantage, but birdies at the
11th and 14th for Bartlett and bogeys at the 11th and 13th for Fisher made it a one shot advantage.
Fisher then bogeyed the 16th
to tie the championship up and then followed with a wayward tee
shot into Howards Creek on the 17th hole, which led to a bogey 6 and Bartlett made par on the
18th to seal the championship Leaders by round: Carson Schambach, 68, second, Tim Fisher,
138, Third, Tim Fisher 207.

Johnathan Bartlett, White Sulphur Springs 71-70-68-69—278
Tim Fisher, Statts Millw 72-66-69-72—279
Trent Roush, Mason 71-75-68-70—282
Michael Veres, Chapmanville 71-75-68-71—285
Bosten Miller, Charleston 70-69-70-77—286
Hop White, Hurricane 74-70-70-73—287
JR Jones, Parkersburg 74-74-73-70—291
Bryan Myers, Wheeling 72-73-72-75—292
Ryan Mason, Bridgeport 78-69-74-73—294
Carson Schambach, Glen Dale 68-74-75-77—294

2011: This year’s West Virginia Amateur was not short on drama. From day one the Amateur’s
100 participants knew about the special prize that awaited this year’s winner: a spot in the
Greenbrier Classic. Like last year, West Virginia’s top amateur golfer gets the dream
opportunity to play in a PGA TOUR, FedEx Cup event. After day one, it was Nathan Begley and
Sam O’Dell that had the lead, each shooting rounds of 69.
On day two Christian Brand’s name found its way to the leader board after he shot a
tournament low round of 67. Brand’s two-day total of 138 was tied for the lead with O’Dell. At the
end of day two, 43 golfers made it past this year’s cut of 153.
The Remaining players were given some exciting news before the start of their third round.
Owner of The Greenbrier, Jim Justice, announced that a spot in the 2012 Greenbrier Classic would
also be given to the player who finished second in this years amateur.
After day three, Christian Brand looked comfortably on his way to receiving his first ever
State Amateur title and a ticket to play in the 2011 Greenbrier classic. His three-day total of 209 had
him five shots ahead of second place Sam O’Dell and nine shots ahead of third place Jess Ferrell.
On the final day, O’Dell went seven over through his first six holes and found himself in a
fierce battle for second place with Ferrell. When the final group arrived on the par five,18th Ferrell
had a one stroke lead over O’Dell. Both made it on the green in two. Ferrell missed a long eagle
putt by a few feet, leaving O’Dell an opening which he quickly took advantage of, sinking a twelve
footer for eagle. Ferrell made his birdie putt and the two went to a sudden death playoff. The
playoff only lasted one hole. Ferrell won the hole and the honor of playing in the 2012 Greenbrier
Classic. Before he gets that chance, he will get to watch Brand play in this year’s event. Brand
parred 18, but still finished the tournament with a nine stroke lead, making him the 2011 WV
Amateur champion.

Christian Brand, Charleston 71-67-71-71–280
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 69-69-76-75–289
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 74-71-73-71–289
Joey Seabright, Wheeling 76-75-72-68–291
Bryan Myers, Wheeling 76-73-71-71–291
Brian Anania, Hurricane 80-69-73-71–293
Jay Woodward, Bridgeport 75-73-73-73–294
Blake S Davis, Huntington 76-75-70-73–294
Trent Roush, Mason 76-74-75-72–297
Ryan Mason, Bridgeport 71-79-72-75—297

2012: Huntington’s Pat Carter won his 13th West Virginia Amateur Championship at America’s
Resort, The Greenbrier. With this title, he received a special exemption into the 2013 PGA Tour
FedEx Cup event, The Greenbrier Classic. With victories spanning four decades, Carter is the
second most decorated West Virginia Amateur Champion, just behind the pin-ultimate amateur,
William C. Campbell. Carter won his first Amateur Championship while he was a member of the
Marshall University golf team, at the age of 21, and edged out Wheeling native, Floyd Shuler.
From 1994 to 2004, he won an astounding 10 consecutive titles. Prior to this week he last won
the Championship in 2006. Trent Roush held the round one lead and as the second round of play
moved to the Old White TPC course where the weather did not cooperate, with four lightning
delays. The weather did not affect Oak Hill’s Winston Canada, who shot the low round of the
day at 3-under-par 67. As a result of the many delays, second round play was suspended until
Wednesday morning, where five groups had yet to complete their round.
The third round began following the completion of the second round, as Hurricane’s Brian
Anania catapulted himself into the top five, following a round of 6-under-par 66 on the
Greenbrier course. The Marshall University golfer made two eagles on the par-5 5th hole, as well
as the par-4 10th, followed by four birdies and just two bogeys. The third round had just two
inclement delays, a blessing from the previous, but the wet course provided a 76.7 stoke
average—a vast improvement from round one. As the round concluded, Carter, Woodward and
Buckhannon’s Jeremy Rogers were each tied for the lead at 1-over-par 215, as Canada sat two
strokes back, Anania two back. Winston Canada held the lead for a short stretch on the back
nine, but a double hit of the golf ball on the 12th hole led to a double bogey 7 and gave Carter the
lead which he would not let go of. Leaders by Round: First, Roush 69, Second, Winston Canada
and Jay Woodward 143, Third, Jeremy Rogers, Jay Woodward and Pat Carter 215.

Pat Carter, Huntington 71-73-71-73—288
Winston Canada, Beckley 76-67-74-73—290
Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon 73-72-70-76—291
Brian Anania, Hurricane 78-74-66-74—292
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 74-72-74-72—292
Jay Woodward, Bridgeport 70-73-72-79—294
Chris Williams, Scott Depot 71-73-75-75—294
Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 76-71-75-72—294
Bosten Miller, Charleston 77-75-72-71—295
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 72-76-74-74—296

2013: Sam O’Dell has a special place in West Virginia golf’s history books after this week, as
he won the 94th West Virginia Amateur Championship. The Hurricane native went 68-66-69-76
to win the Championship at 5-under-par.
After the first round concluded, it was evident O’Dell was out to claim the victory, shooting a 68
on the Old White TPC’s par 70 course. He was the only player to post an under-par score that
day. As the field moved to The Greenbrier’s Greenbrier course for the second round, he scored
two strokes better than the day before. Staying on the Greenbrier course the third day, he shot 3-
under 69. For his final round today, he slacked off a bit, posting a 4-over-par score, but was still
able to seal the Championship by six strokes. O’Dell defeated Fairmont’s Woody Woodward and
Hurricane’s Brian Anania,
who tied for second at 1-over-par 285.
Earlier in the week, three-time Champion, Tim Fisher was disqualified from the Championship
under rule 15-3, playing a wrong ball. This was the first event Fisher had played in since his
three-year suspension in 2010. Leaders by round: First, Sam O’Dell 68, second, O’Dell 134,
third, O’Dell 203. O’Dell becomes first wire to wire victor since Pat Carter in 2003.

Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 68-66-69-76—279
Brian Anania, Hurricane 73-72-70-70—285
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 73-75-70-67—285
Nick Dent, White Sulphur Springs 73-71-69-74—287
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 70-71-76-72—289
Alan Cooke, Vienna 71-67-74-78—290
Bosten Miller, Charleston 73-79-67-73—292
Harry Howell, Madison 76-70-71-76—293
Phillip Reale, Charleston 73-75-73-72—293
Jeremy Rogers, Buckhannon 71-74-77-73—295

2014: It was a great couple of weeks for Brian Anania. The Marshall University graduate started
off his 2014 championship season with a victory at the State Four-Ball Championship with
partner Chris Williams just a few short weeks ago. Now, after finishing runner-up in last year’s
State Amateur Championship, Anania found himself hoisting the coveted Greenbrier trophy as
the 95th West Virginia Amateur Champion as well as an exemption into the 2014 Greenbrier
Classic. In what was a back and forth day atop the leaderboard, Anania’s steady play paid off as
he was able to hold on to a two-stroke victory over Pineville’s Evan Muscari during the final
round. The week had great weather and another gorgeous day at The Greenbrier Resort, The Old
White, TPC once again challenged players as it held players to a final round scoring average of
75.1. Anania entered the final round with a two-stroke lead over Bridgeport’s Woody
Woodward. After making a bogey on the par-3 third hole, Anania erased it with a birdie on the
following. He added to his birdie total after carding a birdie, three, on the par-4 ninth and added
another on the par-5, twelfth. His closing round of even par, 70, included three bogeys and three
birdies and was all that was needed to secure the title of West Virginia Amateur champion.
Leaders by Round: first, Woody Woodward 67, second, Josh Holmes 141, Anania 211.

Brian Anania, Hurricane 72-72-67-70—281
Evan Muscari, Pineville 72-73-69-69—283
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 67-75-71-72—285
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 73-76-67-71—287
Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 73-72-72-70—287
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 75-72-68-74—289
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 69-74-73-73—289
Trent Roush, Mason 73-75-71-70—289
Pat Carter, Huntington 71-76-68-76—291
Joey Seabright, Wheeling 70-75-73-73—291
Davey Jude, Kermit 76-77-71-67—291

2015: It was a wire to wire victory again for Hurricane’s Sam O’Dell as he captured the 96th
West Virginia Amateur Championship by a five shot margin of victory. Weather conditions
could not have been more favorable; creating a backdrop worthy of a final round for the state’s
premier amateur championship. Competing on the 7,042 yard Old White TPC Course players
took charge at the 54-hole leader and managed to get within one shot of the lead before O’Dell
caught fire on his closing holes and solidified his second West Virginia Amateur Championship
(2013 & 2015).
Opening his final round with a birdie on the par-4 first hole, O’Dell looked to be running away
with the tournament title before finding trouble on the fourth which resulted in a double-bogey.
A bogey on the par-4 fifth and another double-bogey on the par-4 seventh brought several
members of the field right back into the mix. After making birdie on the ninth hole, O’Dell
started his back nine with a string of five straight pars but felt the pressure of fellow-competitor
Christian Casingal as Casingal found himself within one of the lead after making birdies on holes
eleven and twelve. After a Casingal bogey on the drivable par-4, fourteenth, O’Dell took control
and proceeded to birdie three consecutive holes (15, 16, 17) increasing his lead back to five
shots. On fifteen, O’Dell drained a speedy downhill 37 foot putt for birdie which began the
streak. On sixteen, after a well-placed drive, O’Dell hit his approach to 8 feet and calmly rolled it
in. Then on the par-5, seventeenth, O’Dell found himself in the left greenside bunker in two and
got up and down for birdie to get him back to one-under par for the championship. After a par on
the eighteenth, O’Dell officially claimed his second West Virginia Amateur Championship and
an exemption into this year’s 2015 Greenbrier Classic.

Sam O’ Dell, Hurricane 66-70-77-70—283
Christian Casingal, Charleston 72-71-75-70—288
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 71-72-76-70—289
Davey Jude, Kermit 73-71-74-72—290
Philip Reale, Charleston 78-71-72-72—293
Alan Cooke, Vienna 67-75-77-74—293
Alasdair Forsythe, Elkins 74-72-74-76—296
Pat Carter, Huntington 76-73-75-73—297
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 78-71-74-74—297
Chris Boyd, Charles Town 74-73-78-73—298

2016: Vienna’s Alan Cooke managed to achieve something in the final round that he failed to
master in the first three of the 97th West Virginia Amateur Presented by Mercedes-Benz – play
the par 3s better than even par. As a result, the rising senior at West Virginia University became
the fifth first-time winner of the Amateur since 2007 with a steady Thursday on the Old White
TPC. He was 4-over par on the par 3s at the Greenbrier course (first and third rounds) and even
on the Old White TPC in the second.
“I didn’t know I did that,” said Cooke, a 2012 graduate of Parkersburg High School who earns
an exemption into the seventh Greenbrier Classic July 7-0 at the Old White TPC. “I was just
going a shot at a time, hoping to stay level headed.”
He birdied No. 18 where there was parked a 2016 Mercedes-Benz that would have been
rewarded to Thursday’s first ace – but there wasn’t one. He got up and down from a bunker on
No. 15 and was 2-under on par 3s in two rounds on the Old White TPC.
Huntington’s Pat Carter dominated the Amateur from 1995-2006, winning 11 times, including a
national-record 10 consecutive (1995-2004). “Deserving win for Alan,” Carter said. “That’s what
you have to do. You have to play well on the tough course and lapped the field, really.”
While Hurricane’s Sam O’Dell claimed the championship in 2013 (his first) and 2015,
and Tim Fisher finished on top three times from 2005-09, there has been a range of newcomers
topping the leaderboard since Carter seemingly owned the position.
Jonathan Bartlett, a native of Ocala, Fla., who was a real estate salesman at The Sporting Club in
2010, won the Amateur that year when the championship offered the first of six exemptions into
the Greenbrier Classic. The former University of Mississippi player turned professional shortly
Anthony Reale, a native of Gilmer County who resides in North Carolina while pursuing his law
degree, won in 2007. His older brother Philip, looking to join Anthony as the first brothers to win
the championship, was runner-up, eight strokes back.
“I would’ve had to shoot 64 to keep up (with Cooke),” Reale said. “It was fun to watch. He was
in a zone all day.” Finishing in a tie for 9th place was 61 year old Harold Payne of Hurricane.
Leaders by Round: first, Cole Moore 70, second, Alan Cooke 140, Alan Cooke 216.

Alan Cooke, Vienna 72-68-76-67—283
Philip Reale, Charleston 73-72-73-73—291
Will Evans, Charleston 74-67-77-74—292
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 73-71-74-75—293
Joey Seabright, Wheeling 71-75-79-70—295
Pat Carter, Huntington 76-70-75-75—296
Davey Jude, Kermit 74-76-76-72—298
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 79-75-73-71—298
Jeff McGraw, Princeton 73-68-80-78—299
Harold Payne, Hurricane 72-75-78-74—299

2017: This year, the Amateur left the Greenbrier for just the fifth time in the 98 years it has
been contested, putting all four rounds on the same course for only the second time since 1997.
The Resort at Glade Springs’ Cobb Course played host due to the devastating floods of June
2016 that wreaked havoc at The Greenbrier.
Sam O’Dell’s steady hand served him well at the 98th West Virginia Amateur Presented
by Mercedes-Benz. O’Dell shot a final-round even par 72 to win his third State Amateur, holding
off Scott Depot’s Chris Williams at The Resort at Glade Springs’ Cobb Course. His first title
came in 2013, his second in 2015, and his third this week. “When you get the opportunity to win
a golf tournament like this, you have to take advantage of it,” O’Dell said. “If I didn’t win it
again, it would’ve been two years, then it would’ve been three … if it keeps going you wonder
(if it’ll happen again), especially with the kids knocking it by me.”
O’Dell had to fight off West Virginia University graduate Chris Williams, who didn’t play in
2016 while attending classes. He finished 11th in 2015. Williams’ run was brief, but palpable.
The former Winfield High School standout had five birdies and two bogeys through 12 holes, but
bogeyed three of the next four to fall out of contention. His only hope on No. 18 was to get a
birdie and for O’Dell to double bogey, something he hadn’t done the previous 71 holes. “On 14,
I hit it a little in the trees and had a punch shot but didn’t hit a good chip,” Williams said. “I hit a
really good shot on 15, but three-putted for bogey from about 12 feet. On 17, I hit another good
chip shot and missed a 3-footer. Just some putts today.”
The talk of the tournament was 16-year-old Washington High School junior-to-be
Christian Boyd. Boyd was in the final group with O’Dell and Hurricane’s Brian Anania, who
won the 2014 championship. He trailed by two shots after the third round and closed the gap
with a birdie on the par 3 No. 13. However, four consecutive bogeys brought him back toward
the field. Number 13 was a 180-yard hole that included a Mercedes-Benz at the tee box. No
players could win a car, which was to be awarded to every competitor who aced the hole during
the final round. Boyd came within 10 feet on his tee shot, but that proved to be his final birdie
before one on 18, which came too late. Leaders by round: first, Tad Tomblin 69, Christian Boyd
138, third Sam O’Dell 210.

Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 71-68-71-73—283
Chris Williams, Scott Depot 70-70-73-72—285
Christian Boyd, Charles Town 70-68-74-74—286
Brian Anania, Hurricane 72-69-72-74—287
Philip Reale, Charleston 74-74-70-70—288
Will Evans, Charleston 72-68-77-72—289
Joshua Arbaugh, Morgantown 74-72-72-72—290
Jeff McGraw, Princeton 74-73-70-73—290
Thadd Obecny, Wheeling 71-75-71-73—290
Tyler Hillyer, Princeton 77-71-73-70—291

2018: The 2001 State Amateur Championship was a long time ago, but the memories stick with
Hurricane’s Sam O’Dell. As he won the 99th West Virginia Amateur Presented by MercedesBenz on Thursday, O’Dell reflected on the time before he won his first – he now has four – and
the lost opportunity to play with Pat Carter. “I never played in the final group with Pat,” said
O’Dell, who birdied No. 17 to break a tie and earn a two-stroke victory on the Old White TPC at
the Greenbrier. On August 8, 2001, prior to the final round of the Amateur, O’Dell was in an allterrain vehicle accident with friends Jeff Whitman and Michael Veres. O’Dell was tied for
second and would have played in the final group with Carter on Thursday, but he remained in
critical condition for three days, finally being moved from the intensive care unit the Saturday
after. Meanwhile, Carter was winning the seventh of his national record 10th consecutive
Amateur title. O’Dell recovered, completed dental school at West Virginia University, and has a
successful practice in Hurricane a little more than a stone’s throw from his home course of
Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
O’Dell held the lead the entire day until a costly double bogey 6 on the par 4 16th hole put
him into a day with Carter with just two holes to play. On 17 O’dell birdied and Carter made a
bogey 6. Carter said, “(On 17), the pin was front left and I want to be to the right and after I hit it
I thought it should be good, then Nick said, ‘I think it’s in the bunker.’ I said, ‘Bunker? I didn’t
even know it was there.’ That left me with one of the toughest shots in golf, but I still should’ve
made par.” On 18. O’Dell hit his tee shot to the front of the green and two-putted for par to
complete the round and his title.
Christian Boyd of Charles Town once again had a strong showing as he won low junior
award for the 2nd year in a row, tying this year with Mason Williams of Bridgeport. The pair
finished in a tie for 5th place. Leaders by Round: first, Pat Carter 67, Sam O’Dell 139, O’Dell

Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 72-67-70-73—282
Pat Carter, Huntington 67-77-67-73—284
Nick Biesecker, Charleston 77-70-68-70—285
Nick Dent, White Sulphur Springs 77-71-66-76—290
Mason Williams, Bridgeport 74-74-73-71—292
Christian Boyd, Charles Town 70-79-71-72—292
Mark Johnson, Morgantown 72-75-69-76—292
Cam Roam, Huntington 75-78-67-74—294
Phillip Reale, Charleston 75-76-71-73—295
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 78-72-70-77—297

2019: As the West Virginia Amateur returned to The Greenbrier Resort yet again in early
August, it just felt different. This was the 100th playing of the championship and the excitement
was there when the first tee shot was hit the morning of round 1 and continued throughout the
duration of the championship until the final putt dropped, albeit 3 extra holes later, but when the
dust settled it was Mason Williams of Bridgeport who came out on top after firing a course
record tying 6-under par 64 to shoot a two under par 278 four day total, which tied him with day
3 leader Phillip Reale of Hurricane and Woody Woodward of Bridgeport. Williams was in the
next to last group and trailed Reale by 6 strokes beginning the day. Williams jumped out quick
with birdies on one and two, followed birdies at the fifth and sixth holes and added another at
number 8 to go out in 5-under par and within one stroke of the lead. Williams birdied the 11th
and 13th holes to take the lead for the first time outright as Reale bogeyed the par 5 eighth hole.
Cam Roam of Huntington got in the mix after birdieing 12,13,15 and 16 to jump into the solo
lead but a double bogey 6 at the closing hole doomed Roam and left him out of the playoff.
Reale had a chance on the final hole of regulation but his putt moved left just at the last second
and he tapped in for a par to make the playoff Reale, Woodward and Williams. The playoff was
a three hole aggregate consisting of the par 4’s 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, which was the first
ever three person playoff in the history of the championship. All three players made par four’s on
the 16th hole, then Williams struck first on 17 with a birdie to put him into the lead by one. All
players found the fairway on 18, but Williams and Reale hit the green as Woodward missed short
in the bunker. As Reales putt slid past, Williams had to just two putt from 18 feet and when he
tapped in for par he was the 100th West Virginia Amateur champion presented by Mercedes
Benz. Williams’ comeback (6 strokes behind) was the largest ever final round comeback in the
100 years of the championship. Williams became the youngest champion in 53 years, when
Barney Thompson was victorious at the age of 17. This was also William’s 7th WVGA
championship by the age of 19. Four time champion and defending, Sam O’Dell was absent due
to watching his son in the Little League World Series Regionals. Leaders by Round, Chris
Williams 67, second Woody Woodward 137, third Philip Reale 208.

Mason Williams, Bridgeport 73-71-70-64—278 (Won 3 hole aggregate playoff)
Philip Reale, Hurricane 68-73-67-70—278
Woody Woodward, Bridgeport 70-67-72-69—278
Cam Roam, Huntington 71-71-70-69—279
Bryan Myers, Wheeling 74-70-71-69—284
Noah Mullens, Milton 70-69-75-71—285
Jacob Nickell, Wheeling 68-76-74-69—287
Thomas Frazier, Huntington 75-77-71-65—288
Tad Tomblin, Alum Creek 70-75-71-72—288
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 76-71-70-72—289
Patrick Smith, Beckley 72-75-70-72—289

2020: The 101st West Virginia Amateur will be remembered for many things, but mostly for the
remarkable golf that was played at The Greenbrier the last four days. After a wild day of golf it
was Alex Easthom, of Ravenswood, who reigned supreme and ended up holding the historic
Greenbrier Trophy. Easthom finished the championship at 4-under par for the championship
which was good enough to hold on to a one stroke victory over Chris Williams of Scott Depot
and Mason Williams of Bridgeport. Easthom, who entered his junior season at West Liberty
weeks after his victory, came into the day tied for the lead with 13 time champion Pat Carter.
Easthom started out hot and then the par 4 10th was made drivable for the final round and
Easthom hit a 3-wood to inside of 5 feet and made the putt for eagle, then followed with birdie
on the 11th hole which at the time gave him a three stroke lead which eventually grew to four at
one point. Then Easthom gave shots away on the 13th and 14th holes, all while Mason Williams
and Chris Williams were making their charge. When Pat Carter made birdie on the 17th hole,
Easthom held a one stroke lead over Carter, Mason Williams and Chris Williams. Mason
Williams and Chris Williams, both fired 5-under par 65’s to finish in a tie for Runner-Up. Alex
Easthom is one of the longest players in West Virginia but on this final round on the Old White
course his short game is what will be remembered for years to come as he only hit one green in
his final 6 holes, but fantastic up and downs on 15 &16 and a bunker shot that the hundreds
watching won’t soon forget at the finishing par 3 18th hole to secure par and the one stroke
victory. This year also marked the 50th and final West Virginia Amateur for 5 time champion
Harold Payne. Payne who made the cut in this year’s championship, finished an amazing career
with an unbelievable 49 out of 50 cuts made in the West Virginia Amateur.
Leaders by Round: 1st: Mitch Hoffman-67, 2nd: Noah Mullens-135, 3rd: Pat Carter and Alex
Easthom- 207

Alex Easthom, Ravenswood 69-68-70-69—276
Chris Williams, Morgantown 72-74-66-65—277
Mason Williams, Bridgeport 68-71-73-65—277
Pat Carter, Huntington 70-69-68-71—278
Jackson Hill, Daniels 70-71-67-72—280
Sam O’Dell, Hurricane 71-71-70-69—281
Cam Roam, Huntington 74-65-72-72—283
Ryan Bilby, Follansbee 69-71-70-73—283
Owen Elliott, Hedgesville 73-71-69-70—283
Jess Ferrell, Fairmont 74-69-70-70—283

2021: With too many close calls and missed opportunities to count it was finally time for Philip
Reale to get his long awaited West Virginia Amateur Championship. Reale, Hurricane, bided his
time as was only two strokes off the first round lead and a single stroke off at the halfway point,
then round 3 at The Meadows is when he made his move shooting a 5-under par 65 which was
good enough to hold a one stroke lead over Chris Williams heading into the final round. Reale
started a bit shaky bogeying the 2nd and 4th holes, however made a birdie at #3 to hold a one
stroke lead over Joseph Kalaskey of South Charleston and a 4 stroke lead over Williams as they
stood on #6 tee. Reale would proceed to play the final 13 holes in an incredible 6 under par,
capping his historic week with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole en route to shoot his 2nd
consecutive 65 and finish the championship at -10 for the week. Reales score of 270 was the
lowest in the State Amateur since Pat Carter did the same in 2003. John Francisco tied the course
record on the Meadows course by shooting a 3rd round 63. This year also marked the 54th and
final West Virginia Amateur for 2 time champion Steve Fox. Fox who made the cut in this year’s
championship at the age of 67, finished an amazing career in the West Virginia Amateur.
Leaders by Round: 1st: Isaiah Zaccheo, Hutson Chandler, Alex Easthom- 67, 2nd: Alex Easthom,
Chris Williams- 139 3rd: Philip Reale- 205

Philip Reale, Hurricane 69-71-65-65—270
Hutson Chandler, Bridgeport 67-74-69-69—279
Joseph Kalaskey, South Charleston 70-72-66-72—280
Noah Mullens, Milton 69-73-67-72—281
Alex Easthom, Ravenswood 67-72-69-73—281
Chris Williams, Morgantown 68-71-67-75—281
Isaiah Zaccheo, Beckley 67-75-71-70—283
Cam Roam, Huntington 74-73-68-71—286
Christian Boyd, Charles Town 71-74-68-73—286
Ryan Crabtree, Falling Waters 71-73-68-74—286
Howie Peterson, Weirton 70-73-70-73—286
Jonathan Clark, Hurricane 70-71-73-72—286

2022: The final round started with four players separated by a single shot and that single shot
separated three of those four when the players arrived at the 17th and 16th holes respectively. And
at that moment playing in the penultimate group, Noah Mullens, of Milton hit one of the most
remarkable shots in the 103 year history of the West Virginia Amateur. Mullens laid 37 yards
from the flagstick on the par 5 17th hole and his pitch shot went in for eagle and as he lept into
the arms of his caddie everyone on property knew what had just happened as Mullen’s lead grew
to three strokes with just one hole to go and two holes for Davey Jude and Cam Roam to go.
Mullens left the door slightly cracked as he three putted the 18th hole and Jude and Roam both
birdied the 17th hole and that three stroke lead was now back down to just one over Roam as he
stood on the tee of the finishing par 3. With a back hole location Roam hit his shot just off the
back into the intermediate cut and when his ensuing putt didn’t fall for birdie, Noah Mullens
became the West Virginia Amateur champion. History was made in round one as Kyle Wensel of
Wheeling shot a course record 63 on the Meadows course. His 63 also tied the all time low round
ever shot in the West Virginia Amateur. The final couple of days had a major Marshall
University feel to it as Mullens was a recent graduate in May, while Jude, Brian Anania, and
fellow top 10 finisher and low Senior Pat Carter were all former players and Ryan Bilby who
finished in a tie for 4th place is currently on the golf team there.
Leaders by Round: 1st: Kyle Wensel 63 2nd: Ryan Bilby and Noah Mullens 135 3rd: Davey Jude
and Cam Roam- 208

Noah Mullens, Milton 68-67-74-66—275
Davey Jude, Kermit 66-73-69-69—277
Cam Roam, Huntington 71-67-70-69—277
Nick Dent, White Sulphur Springs 72-68-73-70—283
Ryan Bilby, Follansbee 66-69-73-75—283
Cameron Jarvis, Barboursville 68-74-71-71—284
Pat Carter, Huntington 71-73-67-73—284
Brian Anania, Hurricane 72-73-67-73—285
Cory Hoshor, Scott Depot 69-69-74-73—285
Christian McKisic, Buckhannon 68-71-72-75—286

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