Moore finishes 12th at W.Va. Amateur
Williams wins title in playoff
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Georgia Southern’s Mason Williams birdied five of his first eight holes, fired a 6-under par 64 and then proceeded to win the 100th West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier via a three-hole aggregate playoff against Philip Reale and Woody Woodward.
Williams, a Bridgeport native, made birdie on the second playoff hole and finished with pars on 16 and 18. Woodward, also a Bridgeport High grad, joined Reale in making par on all three of the playoff holes.
“I left, but I heard my buddy Mason won,” said Marshall University’s Cole Moore, who shot 2-under Friday on the Meadows Course and finished alone in 12th place at plus-10.
“We go way back. We played a lot of high school golf together. He’s a good dude. That was a pretty spectacular round and then to win it in a playoff. I’m happy for him.”
Huntington’s Cam Roam had a chance to finish the four-day tournament with what would’ve been a winning score of 3-under, but he made a double bogey on No. 18, missed the playoff by a stroke and finished in fourth place at minus-1.
Reale, a former East Carolina University and Gilmer County High School standout, had a long birdie putt on No. 18 to end his round, but he had to settle for a par, which was his 10th consecutive.
Moore, who was able to take advantage of some opportunities in his final round, made five birdies for the second straight day. On Thursday, those came on the Old White TPC.
“It was still and up-and-down day man. I’m close, just got to keep grinding,” Moore added.
“I had it three under through eight holes and felt pretty good about it. I hadn’t posted a red number yet so it was good to get up there.”
On the closing par-4 18th, Moore managed to finish in style by getting a birdie, but he was one-upped by playing partner and friend Steve Fox.
“I played with him for the third time (this tournament) and that was awesome,” Moore continued. “He’s a great dude and that was his 52nd West Virginia Amateur and I’m playing in like my sixth or something like that.
“Right before I putted on 18 he makes a 50-footer out of the rough with his putter. He was barely in the rough. Now, my 12-footer, I better make this because he just canned that off the green. We had a good laugh about it and I ended up making mine. Obviously, I didn’t win, but it was fun.”
West Liberty University’s Alex Easthom posted his best round of the tournament, a 1-over 71 en route to finishing at plus-15 and in a tie for 23rd.
“I saw that Mason won. That was pretty sweet and a heckuva comeback. I was watching the whole time on my phone,” Easthom said. “I crushed a drive on nine (par 4) and had 37 yards (to the hole) in the rough and made bogey. That’s kind of how my whole week went.
“It was back and forth. I had a good time. It’s always a learning process. I need to play a little bit smarter. That’s really about it. Hopefully, I learn from this. Next year, or maybe at my next big college tournament, I can put that (experience) toward that and play better.”
Also making the most of his final round was Vienna’s Robert Vanni, who finished in a tie for 33rd at plus-19 after shooting 1-over on Friday. Vannni had birdies on his first two holes and was 1-under at the turn.
Marshall University’s Isaac Prine carded a 75 once again on the Meadows Course and finished 24 over par and in a tie for 41st place.