Moore brings youth to West Virginia Open

SPENCER -One of the youngest golfers in the field for next week’s 80th West Virginia Open welcomes the challenge.

There’s no fear knowing he will be rubbing shoulders with the state’s top professionals and amateurs.

Last Friday, Cam Moore solidified a spot in the Open by posting a 1-under par 70 at a qualifier played at the Golf Club of West Virginia. The 15-year-old from Spencer just completed his freshman year at Roane County High School.

“One of my goals is not to be too intimidated,” Moore said. “I’ve played in some fairly big tournaments and I don’t feel I get intimidated by anybody. I just play my game and enjoy where I am.”

His parents, Richard and Erica Moore, have three sons who are less than two years apart in age. Cam and Cole are twins who contributed to Roane County’s first team state title in any fashion after the Raiders captured the Class AA/A state golf championship last fall in Wheeling.

Several years ago, Caleb Moore was a seventh grader who joined his older brothers on the Spencer Middle School golf team which enjoyed a perfect season that resulted in a tournament championship at the Wood County Middle School League.

For the upcoming fall season, the trio will be reunited as Roane County seeks a second straight state title. That would definitely rank as a personal highlight for Cam Moore, who puts the West Virginia Open at the top of the list.

“I’ve got a goal of making the cut at the West Virginia Open- I know I can, so it’s just a matter of doing it,” Moore said.

A friendly face will join Moore as a his caddy. Since Cole Moore did not advance at the qualifier, he agreed to partner up with his brother who is two minutes older than him.

“The last two years we’ve played on the same team at the state Four-Ball Championship – we know each other’s game, so he’ll be able to help me with my reads,” Cam Moore said.

Golf isn’t the only venue where the twins showcase their talents. On the wrestling mat, Cam Moore placed runner-up at 120 pounds at the regional meet and finished 31-9 overall, while Cole placed third at 113 pounds at the state meet and capped the season at 35-9.

What may be an odd athletic combination to some, is very logical to Cam Moore.

“They are individual sports where you are counting just on yourself,” Cam Moore said. “In a way, you are preparing yourself the same mentally.”

Parkersburg Country Club – the site of this year’s West Virginia Open on June 17-21- is no stranger to Moore. He’s played several what are now called Callaway Junior Tour events at that course and competed in some additional high school tournaments.

“I’m driving the ball straight, and at Parkersburg Country Club the fairways are narrow, so as long as I am keeping it in the fairway I should fare pretty good,” Moore said.