Carter withdraws from W.Va. Open
HUNTINGTON -- Pat Carter of Huntington is going to have wait another year to try for that first West Virginia Open championship.
The insurance executive officially withdrew Sunday from the 80th West Virginia Open scheduled Wednesday through Friday at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna.
Carter, who has won 13 West Virginia Amateur titles, pulled out to due to an injury he suffered to his eye during an assault. The orbital damage suffered caused muscular damage to Carter's eye, which has resulted in blurred and degenerative vision.
"I'll be having my surgery early this week and I need to have everything ready by the time the State Amateur rolls around," Carter said.
The surgery will be done either Monday or Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.
Carter said the surgery/recovery would give him time to be ready for the PGA TOUR's Greenbrier Classic scheduled July 1-7 on Old White TPC at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. He received an exemption by winning the State Am in 2012.
This is the second consecutive year Carter will miss the State Open. A scheduling conflict with work kept him from making the 2012 Open at Edgewood Country Club.
Earlier Sunday, Carter tied for 36th in the 60th Sunnehanna Amateur played on the par-70 Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa. He shot 76 in the final round for a 290 total.
Steven Ihm of Peosta, Iowa, a member of the Iowa golf team, won the Sunnehanna title with an 8-under 272. The first-team All-Big 10 selection in 2013 shot 67 in the final round.
Cory Whitsett of Houston came in second at 274. He also posted 67 Sunday. He plays for Alabama. He was the 2013 SEC Player of the Year and is on the 2013 U.S. Palmer Cup team.
State Open festivities began Sunday afternoon with the Coca-Cola Shootout. Hurricane amateur Sam O'Dell, who beat Carter in the finals in the West Virginia Mid-Amateur on May 12 at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston, won.
The competition matches the top five pros and top five amateurs from the 2012 tournament. Host pro Scott Davidson got an exemption.
All 11 players start the nine-hole skills competition. Two went out after the first hole and one each the rest of the way until two remain for the final hole.
Pros competing were 2012 winner Jonathan Clark, six-time Open champion David Bradshaw, Craig Burner, Davidson, Kenny Hess and Christian Brand. Clark won't be present to defend his title. He is playing in the PGA Professional National Championship scheduled June 23-26 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
In addition to O'Dell, the remaining amateurs included Bosten Miller, Brian Anania, Ian Patrick and Bryan Myers.
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