DANIELS, WV (WOAY) – There were three weather delays in the afternoon, but the first round of the 87th West Virginia Open was played in full Tuesday at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels.
Those who teed off in the morning had opportunities to post low rounds, and in fact the 18-hole leader, Kenneth Hess of Parkersburg, took advantage of the dry weather to post an opening-round 69. He nearly holed a bunker shot for a birdie on the 18th, but made only one bogey over the course of the day.
Among the Southern West Virginia natives in the field, Shady Spring senior Todd Duncan started his first round very strong, and was able to recover from several tough holes to post a 73; he is four shots behind Hess.
Defending champion David Bradshaw was among those affected by the multiple weather delays, and the Harpers Ferry native would finish with an opening-round 75.
There will be one cut following Wednesday’s second round, with the final round to come Thursday.
Top golfers overall after first round
1. Kenneth Hess: -3
T2. Five-way tie: -1
T7. Six-way tie: Even
T13. Five-way tie: +1
Top area golfers
T13. Todd Duncan (Daniels): +1
T18. Landon Perry (Shady Spring): +2
T18. Jackson Hill (Daniels): +2
T26. Billy Winters (Lewisburg): +3
T36. Patrick Smith (Beckley): +4
T36. Chris Daniels (Beckley): +4