Roush shoots for low amateur honors

MASON – Trent Roush’s better half understands that golf is in her husband’s blood.

Spending a few days away from home playing golf is feasible, but any extended absences usually don’t fly when sharing the responsibility of raising four children.

“My wife knew when we got married I was an avid golfer,”said Roush, who graduated from Wahama High School in 2001. “She’s been very supportive as long as I mark on the calendar in advance when I’ll be gone. She gets a little ancy when it becomes five to six days in a row.”

Roush is seeking to secure low amateur honors at the upcoming West Virginia Open, which will be conducted June 17-21 at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. At last year’s tournament hosted by Edgewood Country Club, the 30-year-old golfer from Mason tied for 12th place overall and joined two other individuals as the sixth lowest amateur.

He also tied for 12th at the State Amateur.

“My goal is to finish as the low amateur,” Roush said.

Not that Roush doesn’t want the ultimate prize. Quite the contrary. He would welcome the opportunity to challenge the likes of a David Bradshaw for medalist honors. In fact, the two met each other on occasion when Bradshaw was a member of the Shepherd University men’s golf team and Roush attended Glenville State College.

“I would be a tremendous longshot to win, but I think I could have a chance to compete,” Roush said.

Since the age of 4, Roush can remember having a golf club in his hand. His father is both owner and PGA professional at Riverside Golf Club in Mason.

The house Roush currently lives in looks down at hole No. 5. Another 100 yards sits his father’s home on the third hole. His uncle, Mitch, Roush, resides just off the second hole, while his grandfather, Gary, has a house which overlooks the ninth hole.

“When your dad owns the golf course, it’s a great place to grow up for any kid,” Trent said. “It’s a sport that is very positive for young people. By playing golf, you learn a lot of good life lessons.”

As for Parkersburg Country Club, Roush is quite familiar with the intricacies of the course.

“Parkersburg Country Club has two drastic changes with the old and new holes,” Roush said. “The old holes can eat people alive. I hit the ball straight, so I should play those holes well.

“I really like the older holes with those huge oak trees. It’s not that it’s any better, it’s just that it’s more peaceful to me.”