Slew of area golfers exempt for 2014 Open

VIENNA -Multiple birdies in one round isn’t commonplace for Matthew Moore.

So when the golfer from Elizabeth sank four birdies during his final round at Friday’s 80th West Virginia Open, he made the most of it and finished the day at even par 72.

In addition to making his first cut at a West Virginia Open tournament, Moore became exempt for next year’s field by placing in the top 40. His three-day total of 7-over 223 put him in a tie for 24th place.

“Today was really no pressure,” Moore said. “You have the exemption on the line to make the top 40, but the hardest part was over.”

With his mother Janet Moore watching from the gallery, Matthew Moore received insight from his third different caddy in three days. His father, Gary Moore, worked his bag on Wednesday and his sister, Sammi Moore, was at his side on Thursday. For the final round, he requested the services of a former teammate at Glenville State College, Jeremy Metz

“It was so hot on Thursday, so I gave Sammi the option to take a break,” Matthew said. “She said she would sit out. I’ve also been wanting my buddy Jeremy and he knows the game really well.

“He’s pretty quiet, but what he says is good and makes me believe it anyway. He helped out a lot today.”

Including top 10 finishes from Parkersburg’s Kenny Hess, Glenville native Philip Reale and Vienna’s Scott Bibbee, a total of 10 area golfers earned their exemption for next year’s West Virginia Open at The Glade Springs Resort.

The list includes the Mason duo of Trent (221) and Mitch Roush (226), Vienna’s Chris Barlament (222) and Alan Cooke (222), Washington’s Josh Webb (222) and Brian McPherson (225) of Belpre.

McPherson played par golf for the first eight holes then made birdie at No. 8. After giving the stroke right back on the very next hole, he parred the next six holes and closed out his round with a birdie following consecutive bogeys.

McPherson three-putted on just two occasions for the 54-hole tournament.

“I feel better today – I’ve been disappointed for the first few days,” McPherson said. “Each day I played nine good holes and the other nine I’ve just given it back.

“It helped a lot playing on my home course. Normally I shoot better but I got just a little too quick and tried to force things instead of letting them happen.”

Barlament, meanwhile, was the mark of consistency after shooting round of 74, 75 and 73 to place in a tie for 19th. The former Parkersburg Catholic golfer enjoyed the opportunity to play on his home course.

“I was scrambling pretty well,” said Barlament, who was 2-under par for his final six holes. “I drove the ball so-so, but my iron play was OK. I made a few 15-foot putts and that helped jump start my round. All in all, I finished really well.

“I’m a weekend golfer and to shoot what I did, I’m elated.”