MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A 3-under-par round of 67 has given Noah Mullens the lead at the midway point of the 101st West Virginia Amateur Championship at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
The Milton native made five birdies Wednesday on the Old White TPC course, moving him to 5-under-par for the tournament. Mullens leads Hurricane’s Philip Reale and Poca’s Mitch Hoffman by one shot.
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Mullens is a Cabell Midland High School graduate and recently transferred to Marshall University. He played two and a half seasons at Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina.
Reale finished as the runner-up in 2019 and posted a second consecutive round of 68. The Gilmer County High School and East Carolina graduate put four birdies on his scorecard Wednesday.
Hoffman held the lead after the opening round and shot 69 on the Old White to stay within a stroke of the lead. The Poca High School graduate and University of Charleston rising junior closed his round with a birdie on 18 to get to 4-under.
Ravenswood High School graduate and West Liberty rising junior Alex Easthom is alone in fourth place at 3-under-par. He fired a 68 in the second round.
Defending champion Mason Williams briefly took the tournament lead early on Wednesday, getting to 4-under for the tournament. But the Bridgeport High School graduate and Georgia Southern rising junior posted back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine en route to a round of 71. After an eagle on the 17th hole, Williams got back on the good side of par at 1-under.
Williams is tied with a pair of Huntington natives in fifth place. 13-time champion Pat Carter and Cam Roam both stand at 1-under. Roam had the best round of the day on the Old White, shooting a 5-under-par 65.
Brooke High School rising senior Ryan Bilby and former champion Steve Fox are tied for eighth place at even par.
The field will be cut to the low 50 golfers and ties at the conclusion of the second round. The tournament returns to the Meadows course Thursday morning and the 72-hole event will conclude back on the Old White Friday.