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West Va. amateurs begin qualifying to reach Old White

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Qualifying for the 94th West Virginia Amateur began Friday at Cacapon State Park golf course in Berkley Springs. It was the first of six qualifiers.

Other dates are Monday, Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, Hurricane; July 23, Greenhills Country Club, Ravenswood; July 24, Lewisburg Elks; July 26, Grandview Golf Club, Beaver; and July 29, Bridgeport Country Club. The Sleepy Hollow stop has 81 players. Play begins on Nos. 1 and 10 at 8 a.m.

State Am dates are Aug. 5-9 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. Course rotation is Monday, Old White TPC; Tuesday, Greenbrier course followed by cut to low 40 and ties; Wednesday, Greenbrier course; and Thursday, Old White TPC. Players get their practice rounds on Aug. 4.

Pat Carter of Huntington is defending champion. The insurance executive has won this event 13 times, two behind all-time leader Bill Campbell of Huntington. The State Am winner gets an exemption into the 2014 Greenbrier Classic. Carter competed last week and shot 75-73 for 148.

U.S. AMATEUR QUALIFIER: Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport is the site for Monday's 36-hole U.S. Amateur qualifier. There are 38 entries. Morning round starts at 8 a.m. Afternoon play begins at 1 p.m. In USGA events, players walk. The U.S. Amateur is scheduled Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Companion course for qualifying is the Charles River Country Club. Both are par-70 courses.

KERNS BUSY: Nathan Kerns of Ironton is in a busy stretch. Kern, who just completed his career at Marshall, tied for 26th in the Ohio Amateur last week at Brookside Golf Club in Canton. Rain reduced the tournament to 54 holes. Kerns then headed to Lorton, Va., for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The site is the par-70 Laurel Hill Golf Club. Tee times for Kerns are Monday at 12:50 p.m. off No. 1 and Tuesday at 7:50 a.m. off No. 10. The field will be cut to top 64 for match play Wednesday through Saturday.

NORTH-SOUTH: Marshall golfer Brian Anania of Hurricane competed in the 113th North-South Amateur Championship held July 1-6 at Pinehurst Resort. He had rounds of 72-73 for a 145 total on the resort's par-71 No. 4 course. He missed by a shot when the field was cut to 64 for the third round. After that round, the field was cut to 32 for match play. Those rounds moved to the renowned No. 2 course, home of the 2014 U.S. Open for men and women.

BATTLE OF THE STATES: The 57th Virginias-Carolinas Women's Team Matches are scheduled Monday through Wednesday on the Palmer Course at the Stonewall Resort. Captain's choice matches Monday and four-ball competition Tuesday and Wednesday. Defending champion is the Carolinas. Brooke Bellomy, Cabell Midland graduate and junior at Campbell University, is on the Virginias team.

WHAT A WEEK: Colin Bowles of Oceana put on quite a showing last week in the 13-14 Division on the Callaway Junior Tour. He started with a 71 on Monday at Guyan Golf and Country Club, added a 73 Tuesday at Sugarwood Golf Club and wrapped things up with a 2-under 68 on Wednesday at Riverside Golf Course in Mason.

MEMORABLE NOTES: Doug Ferguson, Associated Press golf writer, had this entry for his weekly Golf Notes column. In its four-year history, the Greenbrier Classic has produced winners with a world ranking of No. 159 (Stuart Appleby), No. 224 (Scott Stallings), No. 218 (Ted Potter Jr.) and No. 103 (Jonas Blixt).

Now that Augusta National has added two women as members, the debate, Ferguson wrote, shifts across the Atlantic Ocean. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has no female members, and Muirfield is one of three courses on the British Open rotation that are all-male clubs. The others are Royal St. George's and Royal Troon. The British Open is at Muirfield this week.

TESTS FOR SENIORS: Competitors in the U.S. Senior Open faced two major challenges. The third hole at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club is a 230-yard par 3, the second longest par 3 in Senior Open history. The 10th hole is a 494-yard par 4, third longest in Open history.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.