Huntington’s Pat Carter takes fifth consecutive West Virginia Senior Open

By Diane Slaughter,

The West Virginia Senior Open, hosted by the West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA), saw Pat Carter of Huntington take his fifth consecutive title, while Jay Kaufman of Mineral Wells took the Senior Division title at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston.

Carter held on to Monday’s lead to win the Championship Division with a seven-stroke lead, finishing at four under par 136.  Jonathan Clark of Hurricane and Bryan Myers of Wheeling tied for second at three over par 143, while Mike Boggs of Hedgesville and Ian Patrick of Huntington tied for fourth at nine over par 149.

Jay Kaufman of Mineral Wells moved from a tie for third after the first day of competition to win the Senior Division with an 18 over par 158.  Cledus Judd of Huntington finished two strokes behind at 20 over par 160.  Rick Degroff of Montrose and Mark White of South Charleston tied for third at 22 over par 162, while Jim Freeman of Barboursville took fifth place at 24 over par 164.

“The course was in great shape with greens that were challenging,” said Barry Evans, head golf professional at Berry Hills. “We were honored to have such a strong field for the WVGA Senior Open Championship and we congratulate Pat Carter on another great win.”

“We’re very grateful for the weather this week and we thank Berry Hills Country Club for their hospitality and course conditions,” said WVGA Director of Women’s Golf and One Day Series Sarah Cole.

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