Brian Anania of Hurricane birdied the final hole of a 12-hole playoff at Williams Country Club in Weirton Monday to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship.Anania, a junior with the Marshall men's golf team, shot rounds of 69-69 to force the playoff. The U.S. Amateur will be held Aug, 13-19 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.Jay Woodward of Bridgeport also qualified for the amateur championship at the Pete Dye Golf Club in a four-hole playoff last weekend.nn
LOCAL GOLF: The last of six West Virginia Amateur qualifiers was completed Monday today at Parkersburg Country Club, where Triadelphia's Larry Vallar was the medalist with a 74.Eleven other players qualified for the Amateur, including Carl Childers, Mike Lewis, Michael Koreski, Michael DeMarco, John Monroe, Brian Lamp, John Fanta, Matthew Moore, Alex Schreckengost, Chris Barlament and Cole Waybright.The first alternate is Cole Hand of Wheeling and Trae Sprague of Parkersburg is the second alternate.The West Virginia Amateur will be held July 30-Aug. 2 at The Greenbrier.Calvin Bowles of Oceana shot a 6-under 66 to record the low round Monday at the Top Flite Junior Tour at Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville. Lauryn Davidson of Parkersburg recorded an 83 for the lowest round of the day for the girls.
Rainel Lansang shot a 79 to claim the 13-14 division while Christian Casingal, Craig Buckhannan and Tyler Collett each shot a 72 to tie in the 15-16 division. Chris Williams posted a 3-under 69 to win the 17-18 group.Shepherdstown's Chuck Ingram shot a 4-under-par 68 to claim the Senior Division title and the low round of the day at the West Virginia Senior Series event Monday at The Woods Resort in Hedgesville.
Bill Butcher Jr. of Falling Waters and Jim Carpenter of Martinsburg tied with a 73 in the Silver Division, with Butcher winning in a card-off. Beckley's Ira Lee took first in the Gold Division with a 75.The Senior Series will remain in the Eastern Panhandle this week, continuing today at Cacapon State Park.Peter Micklewright of Edgewood Country Club shot a 70, placing second in the Tri-State PGA Professional Championship Monday at Montour Heights Country Club in Coraopolis, Pa.
Craig Berner and Bill Farrell, both of Edgewood, finished tied for 22nd (74) and tied for 27th (75), respectively. Barry Evans of Berry Hills shot a 75 for a 27th-place finish. Jonathan Clark of Sleepy Hollow finished 31st (76).
LOCAL TRACK: Twenty three Capital City Striders Youth Track & Field athletes will represent West Virginia at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics at Morgan State University in Baltimore. this week.Emily Godwin of Buchannon, Capital City Strider's highest-ranked athlete, will compete in the 17-18 women's heptathlon. Godwin's score of 4,716 in the USATF Junior Nationals in June has her ranked second going into the competition. Godwin will also be competing in the high jump on Friday.nn
WVU SPORTS: West Virginia University announced its 2012-13 women's basketball non-conference schedule Monday, highlighted with six games at the WVU Coliseum.WVU will play host to Concord on Oct. 31 for an exhibition game and will open the regular season at home on Nov. 9 with UNC-Wilmington. Other home games are Nov. 19 vs. USC-Upstate, St. Bonaventure on Dec. 8, Dec. 20 vs. Duquesne and Appalachian State on Dec. 28.
Non-conference road games will be Nov. 12 at Boston University, Dec. 2 at Virginia and Dec. 16 at Youngstown State.WVU will play Nov. 23 and Nov. 25 in the FlU Thanksgiving Classic, hosted by Florida International in Miami, and also including LSU and Iowa.The Mountaineers will face Marshall in Charleston on Dec. 4.The Big 12 portion of the schedule will be announced at a later date this summer.Sophomore Andy Bevin of the WVU men's soccer squad has been named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com's Ten Sophomore Players to Watch list.
Bevin had a breakout season as a freshman in 2011, scoring seven goals with two assists in 20 games. He was named the Big East rookie of the year, ECAC men's soccer rookie of the year, a CollegeSoccerNews.com first-team all-freshman squad member and to the Soccer America all-freshman team.nn
MU SOCCER: Marshall women's soccer earned the Conference USA Sport Academic Award Monday. The award is given every year to the team in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest grade-point average. Marshall women's soccer earned this season's nod after achieving a combined 3.479 GPA. The Herd was among six teams in the league to achieve the award for the second consecutive year.nn
PUBLIC COURTS: In the 80-and-over division of the Public Courts tennis tournament, the team of Ike Smith and Ab Bailes defeated Clarence Woody and Jack Neal 6-1, 6-3 in the finals.