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Warm weather welcomes golf season

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 11:10 PM

HUNTINGTON -- It's that time again to crown champions and raise money for good causes.

The 2013 golf season has arrived.

What makes it more special is it's the 100th season for the West Virginia Golf Association.

New to the schedule this year is the West Virginia Senior Open. It's scheduled May 20-21 at Guyan Golf and Country Club. The WVGA, which conducts amateur events for senior men and women and juniors, decided this year to go the open route and bring the senior pros in.

That means the likes of Barry Evans, John Ross, Scott Davis and Kenny Frye going up against Steve Fox, Harold Payne and other top amateurs from around the Mountain State. Each division will play from a different set of tees. The overall Senior Open champ and Low Senior Amateur will come from the championship division.

The first WVGA event of the year will be the West Virginia Mid-Amateur scheduled May 10-12 at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston. Pat Carter of Huntington is defending champion.

The West Virginia Open will return to Parkersburg Country Club for the first time since 1983. Dates are June 17-21. Jonathan Clark will defend his title.

The West Virginia Women's Amateur will be contested July 30-Aug. 1 at The Resort at Glade Springs. Brooke Bellomy of Ona is defending champion. She and the rest of the field will test their skills on the Stonehaven Course.

On Aug. 5-7, Carter will defend his title in the West Virginia Amateur on the TPC Old White and Greenbrier courses at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

Fox will defend his title in the West Virginia Senior Amateur on Sept. 16-18 at The Resort at Glade Springs. Players will be on the Cobb Course.

The WVGA's popular Wendy's Amateur Tour, Senior Series and Callaway Junior Tour are back. Juniors also can play the Tri-State Junior Circuit (expanded age groups) and events on the Eastern Kentucky Junior Golf Association Tour. The big junior event is the AJGA's Natural Resource Partner Bluegrass Junior on June 11-14 at Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland.

Some of the big local tournaments include the Riverside Open on July 13-14 at Riverside Golf Course in Mason, W.Va. and the Dave Boyer Two-Man Invitational on June 29-30 at Sugarwood Golf Club in Lavalette. Course owner Ed Allen hopes the scramble/best ball format will attract a large field. This event had been a singles tournament.

Three of the many special fundraisers are the Johnathan Goddard Classic and Marcelo Lajterman Scholarship Tournament at Twin Silos at Lavalette and Bill Campbell Classic on the Snead Course at The Greenbrier Sporting Club.

And don't forget the fourth Greenbrier Classic will be played July 1-7 on TPC Old White at The Greenbrier Resort.

If courses or businesses have tournaments to list, email to dwalsh@heralddispatch.com or call 304-526-2730.