Pat Carter’s senior golf debut a success
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Pat Carter from Barboursville completed his senior golf tournament debut as a champion.
Carter, holder of 13 West Virginia Amateur titles, defeated John Kingora for the 57th West Virginia Senior Amateur championship Friday morning at Edgewood Country Club, 7 and 6. Carter’s 50th birthday this year made him eligible for senior competition.
Jim Cyrus of Huntington beat John Drake from Cottageville for the Gold Division championship on the 21st hole. Silver Division winner Dick Bolen from Morgantown downed Jim Carpenter from Dick Bolen, 5 and 4.
Carter carded six 3s on the front nine to build a 5-up lead heading to the par-3 10th hole. Carter his his tee shot on No. 10 inside 10-feet and Kingora missed the green, leading to Carter taking a 6-up lead. Both players made pars on No. 11.
When Carter put his approach inside 3-feet on the par-4 12th hole, Kingora conceded.
“John didn’t have his best game today, and I hate that because he absolutely got my best today,” Carter said.
Cyrus and Drake were all square after No. 13, traded pars through the 18th and went to extra holes. They halved the first two extra holes and Cyrus won when Drake missed a putt on the 21st hole. Bolen’s hot start against Carpenter resulted in a 5-up lead through six holes. Carpenter made up a few strokes, but couldn’t overcome Bolen.
Pat Carter (Hurricane) d. John Kingora (Morgantown), 7 and 6.
Dick Bolen (Morgantown) d. Jim Carpenter (Martinsburg), 5 and 4.
Jim Cyrus (Huntington) d. John Drake (Cottageville), 21 holes.