"Everyone's behaving themselves," he said with a smile.
While they were camped out at hole 17, Sam and Charlene Litteral, of Barboursville, also talked about the impact the tournament had, bringing tourism and a favorable image to the state.
Charlene said she'd run into several people she knew and also met people from other states who loved West Virginia.
Sam had been to the tournament three times, but this year was Charlene's first.
"Oh, I love it," she said, with a smile spreading across her face. "I like the relaxed atmosphere of it."
A couple tournament volunteers from Wheeling Jesuit University also managed to catch a break on Friday -- but theirs was in the shade.
Emily Robinson, a sophomore from Circleville, Ohio, and Wheeling Jesuit junior Bailey Warfield of Barnesville, Ohio, were enjoying the breeze under a clump of trees while they could.
The two had been at the Greenbrier since 7 a.m. and were spending the afternoon roping off the pathway leading from the 12th to the 13th hole, so golfers and their caddies would walk through.
Robinson and Warfield arrived Monday with other members of the school's women's basketball team and men's golf team. Although they'd all gone home for the summer, the trip had been planned long before the teammates left school, and they'd all looked forward to driving down together.
As they talked, Warfield said the tournament was impressive, and Robinson agreed.
"This is my first time here," Robinson said, "and I'm loving it."
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