VIENNA - Austin Davis' most recent connection with the 80th West Virginia Open had him losing a six-hole playoff for the last qualifying spot at the Golf Club of West Virginia.
More than a week has passed since that haunting memory, but on Monday the sophomore from Parkersburg High School received a phone call which put a positive spin on the event. As one of the alternates, Davis was informed that he would fill in as a replacement for a golfer who had to withdraw from the field.
The 54-hole tournament is scheduled to begin Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna.
"I consider Parkersburg Country Club my home course, so this feels good that I made it," said Davis, who will have his grandfather, Bob Moss, caddying for him at the West Virginia Open. "The goal is to make the cut for Friday's round, but it will be tough.
"The key is to go out and have fun."
One of the original 120 golfers who had to withdraw this past weekend was 13-time West Virginia Amateur champion Pat Carter of Huntington, who suffered a serious injury to his eye earlier this year. The orbital damage suffered caused muscular damage to Carter's eye, which has resulted in blurred and degenerative vision.
"I'll be having my surgery this week and I need to have everything ready by the time the West Virginia State Amateur rolls around," Carter said.
Also backing out of the field was Morgantown's Skip Heiskell. His wife is pregnant and expecting the birth of their child any day.