Alum Creek's Tad Tomblin was the low-round medalist, shooting a 2-under-par 70 to win the West Virginia Amateur qualifier Monday at Bridgeport Country Club.Twelve golfers from the qualifier will move on to the State Amater set for July 29-Aug. 2 at The Greenbrier Resort's Old White and Greenbrier Courses.Junior golfers Mark Pinti of Bridgeport (73) and Caleb Lee of Worthington (74) trailed Tomblin. Also qualifying were Bryan Lewis of Falling Waters, Clarksburg's Richard Hogue, Farmington's Bill Capelety, Mount Clare's Adam Dyer, Fairmont's Matt Pellillo, Clarksburg's Kevin Cullen, Calvin Dearborn of Davis, Moundsville's Pete Kurelac III and Fairmont's Nicholas Sinclair.A playoff was held to determine the order of the two alternate spots, whereGlenville's Travis Woodford won, taking the first slot. The second alter slot went to Charleston's Patrick Amburgey.Berkeley Springs' Matt Walters shot a 5-over-par 77 for the winning score at Monday's West Virginia Amateur qualifier at Locust Hill Golf Course in Charles Town.
Also making the qualifying cut were Martinsburg's Henry Kayes (79) and Shepherdstown's Van Stemple (80).Just two more qualifiers remain - Friday at Lewisburg Elks and Monday at the Parkersburg County Club - before the State Amateur July 29-Aug. 2 at The Greenbrier.nn
BERNER TIED FOR LEAD: Craig Berner, the golf pro at Edgewood Country Club, shot a 2-under-par 70 Monday and stands in a four-way tie for the lead after one round of the 36-hole Tri-State PGA Falling Rock Classic in Farmington, Pa.
Berner is tied at 70 with Adam Corson, Bob Ford and Devin Gee. Two shots back in sixth place is Jonathan Clark of Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.nn
TOP FLITE GOLF: Charleston's William Evans shot a 1-over-par 71 for the low round of the day and won the 17-18-year-old division of Monday's Top Flite Junior Tour event at Berry Hills Country Club, Evans' home course.Allie Persily, also of Charleston, shot the girls low round of the day.Other division winners were Oceana's Colin Bowles (12 and under), Charleston's Nicholas Casingal (13-14) and Charleston's Kyle Bird (15-16).
The final two events of the season will be today at Brier Patch Golf Links and next Monday at Edgewood Country Club. The Top Flite Junior Tour Championship will be played at The Greenbrier on July 25.
POWER POSTPONED: West Virginia was rained out Monday evening at Augusta, Ga. The Power will play a doubleheader with the GreenJackets tonight with game one beginning at 5:05 p.m.nn
WVU WRESTLING: West Virginia University wrestling coach Craig Turnbull announced today the addition of four wrestlers to the team's 2012-13 recruiting class. Signing letters of intent were Dink Purnell (Wilmington, Del.). Bubba Scheffel (Oakland, Md.), Mike Hess (Jensen Beach, Fla.) and Zach Cullison (Fallston, Md.).Purnell, a heavyweight, is a two-time Delaware state champion and had a 110-10 career record. At the 2012 FloNationals, Purnell was the champion of the 285-pound weight class and and defeated Ohio State signee and three-time state of Ohio champion Nick Tavanello 5-3 on the way to the title. Purnell is the cousin of former WVU football tight end Lovett Purnell.
Scheffel, who is the brother current WVU grappler Brutus Scheffel, joins the Mountaineers after spending his freshman season at Virginia Tech. Scheffel will have four years of eligibility remaining with WVU.Hess is a four-time place-winner (third, second, third, second) at the state level in Florida with a 172-9 career record, with 106 of his wins coming by fall.Cullison is a two-time Maryland state champion at 132 pounds and had a 138-8 record during his prep career.nn
UC TENNIS: The University of Charleston women's tennis squad had five players named as ITA NCAA Division II Academic Award winners Monday afternoon. Named were Courtney Pierron (Wheelersburg, Ohio), Davina Holtfretter (Luetjensee, Germany), Laura Smith (Townsville, Australia), Marcela Torres (Bogota, Columbia) and Sarah Monsheimer (Silver Spring, Md.To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1) be a varsity letter winner, 2) have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.nn
YOUTH TRACK: The Capital City Striders youth track and field club will hold its All-Comers meet at 5:30 p.m. today at UC Stadium. Events will be held for all ages and entry fee is $5. Athletes 12 and under can participate in three events, 13-to-18 are eligible for four events and 19 and older can do as many as they wish. Awards will be given for the top six places in all events, and proceeds will benefit Striders athletes representing West Virginia at the USA Track & Field National Championships in Baltimore.nn
ROYALS TRYOUT: The Kansas City Royals will hold an open tryout for high school and college players at 10 a.m. on July 24 at Branch Rickey Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information, call 304-552-6499.