Members from PCC in the hunt

Scott Bibbee entered uncharted waters during Thursday’s second round of the 80th West Virginia Open.

On several occasions, the 56-year-old golfer was 2-under par for the tournament.

And despite making two bogeys in his final four holes, he finished his round at 1-under 71.

“That’s first time I’ve ever finished under par at the Open,” Bibbee said. “I’m happy and tickled to death.”

Bibbee is one of three Parkersburg Country Club members in the top 14.

“I’m just going to have fun and try to see if I can make a few more birdies,” Bibbee said.

Other local golfers in contention include Alan Cooke and Kenny Hess, who also call Parkersburg Country Club their home course.

Hess opened his second round with a birdie and remained at 1-under for the tournament until a bogey on his fifth hole of the morning. He managed to reach red numbers on two more occasions but had to settle for a 1-over 73, which left him 1-over entering today’s final round.

Hess caught a couple of breaks when a couple of shots hit the train tracks and bounced back into play.

“The course was playing hard – they have tricked it up,” Hess said. “I couldn’t get off the tee today and normally the drive is consistent, so that is really frustrating.

“The tee ball is all in my head. My irons and putting were bad yesterday, but were a little better today so maybe (Friday) it will all click.”

Cooke, meanwhile, finished where he started – at 1-over for the tournament. His round consisted of four birdies and four bogeys.

“I was 2-under for the day through nine holes, but I was not trying to think about score,” Cooke said. “I was just trying to take one shot at a time.”

  • Call my lawyer: A lawyer by trade, former Gilmer County High School product Philip Reale is holding his own at 1-over 145. Reale resides in Charleston.

“Being a full-time lawyer, I don’t get to play as much golf as I would like,” Reale said. “I’m really happy to be where I am. At the same time, you want to feel like there is a little magic left in the tank.

“If I play well (Friday), maybe I can sneak up there. But I am not under any illusion. There are a lot of good players in the field.”

  • Sister act: One of the more unique scenes this week has been Sammi Moore caddying for her older brother, Matthew. Matthew Moore, who attended Wirt County High School before joining the Glenville State College men’s golf program, made the cut at the Open for the first time.

“I rely on Sammi a good bit,” Matthew said. “She knows the game really well – she is no slouch.

“We really don’t have any big arguments other than on the ride home and deciding where we are eating.”

Contact Kerry Patrick at kpatrick@newsandsentinel.com