Anania wins state Amateur

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Hurricane’s Brian Anania shot an even-par 70 Friday to capture the 95th West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier Resort.

The Marshall graduate, who was runner-up in last year’s Amateur, finished 1-over 281 to earn an exemption in the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic next month.

Pineville’s Evan Muscari found himself taking runner-up honors this year after posting a final round 69, giving him a tournament total of 3- over-par 283.

Rounding out the top three was Woody Woodward. The Wake Forest golfer started his final round on the Old White TPC course finding birdies in a hurry. His opening nine, 32, included three birdies and just one lone bogey which put him in a tie for the lead heading for the stretch.

Unfortunately, a costly double-bogey on the 13th hole halted his momentum and Woodward found himself struggling to catch Anania during the final holes.

Woodward’s final round of 72 gave him a four-day total of 285, good enough for solo third.

In a tie for fourth was Tad Tomblin of Alum Creek and defending Amateur champion Sam O’Dell of Hurricane. Both players finished with tournament totals of 7-over-par 287.

Davis & Elkins College golf coach Alasdair Forsythe turned in a solid showing in the Amateur, posting a tourney total 293. Forsythe, who finished in a tie with Hurricane’s Harold Payne, shot an even-par 70 on the final day, his lowest round of the week.

Buckhannon’s Jeremy?Rogers, a senior member on this year’s Marshall golf team, finished in a tie for 15th with a tourney showing of 294.

Thirteen-time champion Pat Carter tied for ninth.