WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — When 44-year-old Pat Carter carded a three-over par 73 last Thursday on the Old White Course at the Greenbrier Resort, he had finished his four rounds of golf with his 13th West Virginia Amateur championship.
Carter’s four-over par total of 288 was the highest winning score when the tournament was played at the Greenbrier since 1994, but it was two strokes better than runner-up Winston Canada. Canada also had a round of 73 on the last day.
No golfer in the field was able to break par on Thursday in the event’s fourth round.
Carter didn’t get the lead for good until only six holes remained to be played. His last round included only one birdie on the last 13 holes.
Marshall University golfer Jeremy Rogers finished third even though he was tied with Carter after three rounds. Rogers had a final round 76.
Carter’s 13 Amateur titles are second to Bill Campbell’s 15 championships. Carter has won an Amateur in four different decades. He first won in 1989 and then strung together 10 straight titles from 1995-2004.
“This was so unexpected,” said Carter. It’s just amazing. I just had not played any golf this year.”