WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WOAY) – Golfers from around the state are back in Southern West Virginia this week, this time for the 101st West Virginia Amateur at the Greenbrier.
However, like last month’s West Virginia Open at Glade Springs, the opening round was delayed multiple times by weather. Still, all golfers were able to complete their opening 18 holes.
Poca’s Mitch Hoffman has the 18-hole lead at -3 after posting 67 Tuesday, despite a bogey on the final hole. There were as many as four golfers tied with Hoffman at -3 at various points in the afternoon, but all hit obstacles that led to bogeys in their later holes. 13-time champion Pat Carter, for instance, was -3 through seven holes, but a bogey-double bogey finish took him back to even.
Jackson Hill of Daniels is the top local golfer after making a birdie on #18 to record an even 70, while Todd Duncan, the reigning Junior Amateur and Junior Match Play champion, is +1. Defending Amateur champion Mason Williams shot 68 to be in a tie for second at -2, one stroke behind Hoffman.
Play continues Wednesday with the second round on the Old White TPC. Golfers return to the Meadows course Thursday for the third round, before finishing on Old White on Friday.
Top golfers overall after first round
1. Mitch Hoffman: -3
T2. Noah Mullens: -2
T2. Mason Williams: -2
T2. Philip Reale: -2
T5. Five-way tie: -1
Top area golfers after first round
T10. Jackson Hill (Daniels): Even
T15. Todd Duncan (Daniels): +1
T25. Landon Perry (Shady Spring): +2
T34. Chris Daniels (Beckley): +3
T37. Justin Estep (Grassy Meadows): +4