Carter makes W.Va. Golf Hall of Fame
HUNTINGTON -- Pat Carter has another entry added to an already impressive golf resume.
Hall of Fame inductee.
Carter, an insurance executive from Huntington, and Julius Pollock Jr. of Wheeling have been selected for induction into the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.
They make up the fifth class and bring to seven the number of individuals who have received this honor since 2009 when the West Virginia Golf Association founded the Hall of Fame.
Carter has won the West Virginia Amateur championship 13 times, two behind all-time leader Bill Campbell of Huntington. Carter won a national record 10 straight from 1995 to 2004. Carter's win last year, his first since 2006, secured an exemption into the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic, July 1-7, on Old White TPC at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Pollock won the first West Virginia Amateur in 1913 at the Fairmont Field Club. He claimed nine Amateur titles spanning three decades, the last coming in 1931.
Campbell and pro legend Sam Snead made up the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2009. Other members are Ed Tutwiler, Jr. (2010), Harold Payne (2011) and Denny Shute (2012).
"It's pretty neat," Carter said about entering the Hall of Fame as the WVGA celebrates its 100th year. "To be inducted and be in a group like that is an incredible honor. I'm glad I've been able to be consistent. That's such a large part of it."
The official induction ceremony will be Nov. 2.
Carter started piling up wins when he played for Barboursville High School. He was medalist in three straight West Virginia High School tournaments and the Pirates won the team title as well.
Carter, originally from Lesage, played for Marshall University from 1986 to 1990. He served as captain of the Thundering Herd as a junior and senior and made All-Southern Conference in 1990. He later served as volunteer coach for the men's team and went into the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
In addition to the 13 State Am titles, Carter has won the West Virginia Mid-Amateur six times, West Virginia Four Ball 10 times and qualified for the U.S. Amateur 12 times. He won the Hardman Award in 1991 as the Mountain State's Amateur Athlete of the Year.
"I realize when you get older what you reflect on is what you've done," said Carter, 45. "It's been a long trip to get here. All the hard work has paid off."
Carter is confident there are many more quality rounds in his bag. He'll defend the Mid-Am crown on May 10-12 at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. He'll make his State Am title defense on Aug. 5-8 at The Greenbrier Resort.
"I still feel there's some good golf ahead of me," Carter said. "I've definitely left a lot behind me. That's what the Hall of Fame is all about."
Carter and his wife Kelli have two children, Hogan and Heidi.
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