CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA) FLIGHT by Yuengling Amateur Series saw some beautiful weather and amazing shots Friday from the field of 31 players at Fincastle Country Club.
A beautiful day at Fincastle Country Club was capped off with a tiebreaker at the top of the Championship and Men’s Divisions, with John Hunter of Bluefield, Va., taking the Championship Division after shooting one under par 69 and defeating Davey Jude of Kermit. Josh Howell of Charlton Heights took the Men’s Gross Division after shooting a three over par 73 and winning the playoff against Bob Ramsey of Bluefield, Va. Harry Griffin of Kenna led the Men’s Net Division with a two under par 68.
The Women’s Gross Division title was taken by Cathleen Wong of Parkersburg shooting four over par 74 and Karen Rainey of Daniels took the Women’s Net Division with a six over par 76.
“I made a few birdies in my last nine holes to make up for some tough breaks I had on the front nine to take the win today,” Hunter said of his victory Friday. “It was a great group of guys today and we had a lot of fun!”
“We were excited to have this WVGA event at Fincastle, our first chance to host a FLIGHT by Yuengling Amateur Series,” said Fincastle’s Manager John O’Neal. “This event, the day before our Appalachian Amateur, kicked off a big weekend of golf.”
There were some great scores on the course today, with Harry Griffin of Kenna scoring three birdies and four eagles, Jeff Rollyson of Barboursville and Michael Vanslette of Manassas, Va., scoring six birdies each and Derek Ford of Gay and Jason Wilkinson of Dunbar scoring five birdies a piece.
The FLIGHT by Yuengling Amateur Series is open to anyone, male or female, of any skill level. Awards are given in several flights based on net and gross scores.
The FLIGHT by Yuengling Amateur Series is back in action on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Twisted Gun Golf Club in Wharncliffe.
For more information please visit wvga.org.
About the West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA): Founded in 1913, the West Virginia Golf Association is dedicated to promoting and preserving the game of golf in West Virginia. We encourage people of all ages, especially our senior men and women, to pursue and benefit from the opportunities for competition, camaraderie and health offered by the sport of golf. We introduce elementary school children to golf and safety, core values and healthy habits through the First Tee of West Virginia and develop young players through our Callaway Junior Rookie League and Callaway Junior Tour events for boys and girls under 18. We host one-day events and tournaments throughout the season for men, women, juniors and seniors. Our membership consists of 85 Member Clubs and over 11,000 individual golfers throughout the state of West Virginia. In addition, we serve as a central source of information for our Member Clubs and generally represent the United States Golf Association (USGA) through administering the USGA Handicap System and Course/Slope Rating System, conducting qualifying rounds and overseeing amateur status matters. It is also our privilege to protect and share the rich history of golf in West Virginia through the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.