Snodgrass is top young female golfer in W.Va.
Who's the top young female golfer in West Virginia at the moment?
The nod would have to go to Sydney Snodgrass, a senior at Ritchie County High School who is the reigning West Virginia Women's Amateur champion and the West Virginia Golf Association's Women's Player of the Year and Girls Player of the Year for 2013.
This weekend, Snodgrass was the only female to qualify for the West Virginia Junior Match Play Championship at Parkersburg Country Club.
The 16-player field had 15 guys and her. She's signed to play college golf at UAB.
Is there another Sydney Snodgrass on the horizon? If so, good chance she'll be at The Resort at Glade Springs on June 8 for the fourth West Virginia Girls Golf Invitational.
Jim Jamieson, director of the Jim Jamieson School of Golf at Glade Springs, runs the event. Jamieson is doing all he can to help the girls develop their games.
"I think we have six girls who will be her equal by the time they graduate," Jamieson wrote to me in an email. "She (Snodgrass) has lots of talent."
Jamieson knows the game well. He was an All-American at Oklahoma State and helped the Cowboys win the NCAA title in 1963.
In 2011, the University of Charleston added women's golf and Jamieson coached that team.
Jamieson said getting a college scholarship opened a lot of doors for him and he wants to make sure girls in the Mountain State have that shot at a scholarship.
Prior to the tournament, girls will receive four hours of instruction from Jamieson and other pros.
Areas include chipping, pitching, sand play, putting, hybrids and full swing. All action will be on a video.
The girls will be treated to lunch and then the 9-hole tournament. They'll also hear about college scholarship opportunities on the NCAA, NAIA and junior college levels.
"I would say these girls have not hit this many balls," Jamieson wrote, stressing he'll expand their horizons.
BUSY MAN: Jim Jamieson is tournament director for the fifth CAMC Challenged Sports Program scramble Saturday at Big Bend Golf Course.
This is a major fundraiser for the CAMC Medical Rehabilitation Center's Challenged Sports Program.
It provides funds for 10 statewide competitions for handicapped athletes all in wheelchairs.
Entry fee is $75 or $300 per team. Sponsorships available. Shotgun start at 1 p.m.
SILO UPDATE: The major makeover at Silo Golf Club, formerly Twin Silos at Lavalette, is coming along well.
Nearly all the cart paths have been redone and the bunkers have received attention.
Work inside the new-look clubhouse continues.
Pro Scott Rowsey has room to take greens fees in the pro shop, but work on the new bar/restaurant for players after rounds, "Wedge" restaurant and banquet facility continues.
Target date for finish is late June.
On the downhill par-3 13th, players who hit from the blue tee will see a new mat-like area for the teeing area.
I tried, hit a 7-iron about 12-15 feet below the back pin and made the putt for birdie. My son David Joe hit an 8-iron onto the front.
NCAA MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Conference USA is not a one-bid league when it comes to NCAA golf.
The league got three teams in the NCAA Tournament. Six regionals are Wednesday through Saturday.
Marshall senior Brian Anania did not get an at-large bid.
C-USA champion Rice and Kentucky are in the regional at Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh, N.C.
East Carolina's Eric Brady was an at-large pick.
Ohio State is in the in regional at Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., along with C-USA newcomer Middle Tennessee.
At-large picks are Tulsa's Logan McCracken and Matt Mabrey as individuals.
UAB is in the regional at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Three regions have 13 teams and 10 individuals and three have 14 teams and five individuals.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA finals May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes C.C. in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wichita State is the host.
STEWART TRIBUTE: NBC and Golf Channel will present a one-hour film called "Payne" a week before the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S.
Open just four months before he perished in a freak plane crash. NBC will broadcast it at 5 p.m., June 8.
Golf Channel will show it at 10 p.m., June 9.
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