The field of the 94th West Virginia Amateur Championship has been set, with official tee times and groupings now available. Slated for next week, Aug. 5-8, the Championship includes a diverse group of the best amateur golfers in West Virginia.
Four Past Champions are in the field, comprised of 13-time Champion and Defending Champion, Pat Carter; WV Golf Hall of Famer, Harold Payne; two-time Champion, Steve Fox; and three-time Champion; and Tim Fisher, who is fresh off a USGA and WVGA suspension, totaling three years.
Fisher, who was suspended by the USGA in 2010, failed to give proper notice for withdrawing from the US Public Links Championship to play in the WV Open Championship at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. Among other infractions, the WVGA followed suit and officially banned him from all WVGA events until this July.
"I think the last three years I've become a much better person and I was able to spend some time away," he told Rich Stevens of the Charleston Daily Mail. "You get older and get a little smarter."
The WVGA is ready to welcome Fisher back to the Championship circuit, as we want our best players to compete in our Championships—which he is.
Among the Past Champions, 20 junior golfers and six senior golfers are included in the field, making up just over a quarter of the field.
Included in those junior golfers is 2013 WV Junior Amateur Champion, Charleston's Will Evans. Mineral Wells' Alex Schreckengost was Medalist at the Greenhills Country Club qualifier, shooting 2-under-par.
Among the juniors are two of the youngest players to ever compete in the State Amateur. Oceana's Colin Bowles and Huntington's Josef Dransfeld are just 13 years old. To be more specific, Dransfeld beats out Bowles by nine months; turning 13 just one month ago.
Hurricane's Sam O'Dell is playing some of the best golf this year, and ever, won the West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship this year, as well as finishing Runner-up in the West Virginia Open.
"I'm playing the best golf I've ever played," O'Dell said. "I feel very confident going into this event and I think this year is my best shot for winning it."
The 94th West Virginia Amateur Championship will be played Aug. 5-8 on The Greenbrier's Old White TPC and Greenbrier courses. For the complete list of tee times and pairings, visit WVGA.