WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Brian Anania shot an even-par 70 Friday to win his first West Virginia Amateur title by two strokes at The Greenbrier resort.
The Hurricane golfer finally broke through after top 10 Amateur finishes the past three years. He went ahead to stay on the back nine on the Old White TPC course in White Sulphur Springs and finished at 1-over 281.
Anania will return to Old White next month. For his Amateur win, he earned an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, which starts July 3.
Pineville’s Evan Muscari finished second at 3 over after shooting 1-under 69 Friday. Wake Forest golfer Woody Woodward shot 72 and finished third at 5 over.
Alum Creek’s Tad Tomblin and defending champion Sam O’Dell of Hurricane tied for fourth at 7 over.
Woodward, who trailed Anania by two strokes entering the final round, briefly took the lead with a birdie on the par-3 8th hole. Anania pulled even with a birdie at No. 9 and took the lead for good with a short birdie putt on the par-5 12th. Woodward made double bogey on the next hole to fall three strokes back.
Muscari had pulled within a stroke of the lead after a birdie at No. 10, but that’s as close as he got.
Thirteen-time champion Pat Carter started the day four strokes out of the lead but bogeyed two of the first four holes to fall further back. He finished tied for ninth.
Trent Roush of Mason finished in a three-way tie for sixth place with a final tally of 289. Roush shot rounds of 73, 75, 71 and 70 over four days to finish even with both Jess Ferrell and Thadd Obency II.
Mitch Roush of Mason had consecutive scores of 76, 75, 73 and 78 to finish with a combined 302.