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