MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Bridgeport native and Georgia Southern junior golfer Mason Williams looks to defend his West Virginia Amateur championship this week at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
Williams erased a six-shot deficit in the final round of last year’s 72-hole championship, defeating Philip Reale and Woody Woodward in a three-hole aggregate playoff to win the 100th edition of the state championship.
Williams has returned from GSU for the summer and he has competed in a number of events in and around West Virginia. He played in the final grouping at the West Virginia Open and finished 15th out of 103 golfers in the Tri-State PGA Pittsburgh Open earlier this month.
Huntington’s Pat Carter is a 13-time champion of this event and only Bill Campbell (15 titles) has claimed more state amateur titles. Carter currently holds the WVGA Senior Open and Senior Four-Ball championships. Carter will be paired with Williams and 2019 state amateur runner-up Woody Woodward in Tuesday’s opening round. That group will tee off on the Meadows course at noon. The first and third rounds will be played on the Meadows while the second and fourth rounds will move to the Old White TPC.
Three more former champions are in this year’s field. Harold Payne has claimed five titles, Sam O’Dell has won four and Steve Fox has won twice.
Other notable golfers in the field:
- Ryan Bilby (2019 WV Class AAA state champion from Brooke H.S.)
- Jonathan Clark (2-time WV Open champion)
- Todd Duncan (2019 WV Class AA state champion from Shady Spring H.S., holds each WVGA Junior title)
- Nick Fleming (Petersburg H.S. graduate & Wingate signee, low amateur and low junior at 2020 WV Open)
- Philip Reale (2019 WV Amateur runner-up, 2018 WV Mid-Amateur champion)
Check out the full field and opening round tee times at wvga.org.