Release from the West Virginia Golf Association
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Philip Reale of Hurricane became the 102nd West Virginia Amateur Champion today at The Greenbrier, joining 38 others to have hoisted The Greenbrier Trophy, joining the likes of William C. Campbell, Ed Tutwiler, Pat Carter, and his brother, Anthony Reale.
Reale claimed victory by nine strokes after entering the day with a slim one stroke lead.
Reale got off to a slow start but finished his round birdieing six of his last 13 holes,
including back-to-back birdies on holes six and seven on his way to a final round 65. Alongside Reale in the final grouping of the day was Morgantown’s Chris Williams and South Charleston’s Joseph Kalaskey. Kalaskey got as close as one stroke from Reale early on the front nine, but Reale proved to be playing at the top of his game.
With a late back nine charge, Hutson Chandler of Bridgeport birdied three of his last seven holes to secure solo runner-up. Low Junior honors went to Daniels’ Todd Duncan with a score of 297 and 13-time West Virginia Amateur Champion Pat Carter, of Huntington, earned Low Senior honors.
“Winning the tournament was unbelievable,” said Philip Reale. “It still hadn’t quite set in. It’s awesome to be able to so this in front of the family; just awesome.”
TOP TEN FINISHERS
• Champion – Philip Reale, Hurricane, 270
• Runner-Up -Hutson Chandler, Bridgeport, 279
• 3rd Joseph Kalaskey, South Charleston, 280
• T-4 Noah Mullins, Milton, 281
• T-4 Alex Easthom, Ravenswood, 281
• T-4 Chris Wiliams, Morgantown, 281
• 7 Isaiah Zaccheo, Beckley, 283
• T-8 Jonathan Clark, Hurricane, 286
• T-8 Cam Roam, Huntington, 286
• T-8 Howie Peterson, Weirton, 286
• T-8 Ryan Crabtree, Falling Waters, 286
• T-8 Christian Boyd, Charles Town, 286
This year’s championship included two record events. The first was a record-tying 64 on The Meadows by John Francisco of Shepherdstown. The second was the final and record-setting 54th appearance in the West Virginia Amateur for the 1988 & 1994 Amateur Champion, Steve Fox.
The final round of the 102nd WV Amateur Championship, presented by Astorg Motor Company and Mercedes-Benz of Charleston, sponsored by United Bank and conducted by the West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA), teed off this morning on the Old White Course at The Greenbrier.
“We would like to thank the West Virginia Golf Association and The Greenbrier Resort for their
commitment to a quality tournament and showcasing West Virginia talent in an event that is truly representative of the Mercedes-Benz standard of “The Best or Nothing,” said Astorg Auto CEO Paul Astorg.
The Greenbrier’s Vice President of Golf Robert Harris said, “It was an incredible week of fantastic golf, and Philip Reale proved to be a worthy champion. The Greenbrier was proud to host the West Virginia Amateur once again, and we look forward to next year and many more ahead.”
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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. It is our privilege to protect and share the rich history of golf in West Virginia
through the West Virginia Golf Hall of Fame. 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. 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,
which highlight the best amateur and professional golfers in the state, throughout the season for men, women, juniors and seniors. We encourage people of all ages to pursue and benefit from the opportunities for competition, camaraderie and health offered by the
sport of golf. Our membership consists of 85 Member Clubs and over 11,000 individual golfers throughout the state of West Virginia. For more information, please visit wvga.org