The West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship got off to a soggy start Friday at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston, as multiple storm delays took play well into the evening.
Charleston's Philip Reale earned medalist honors in the qualifier as the only player to shoot even-par (70) the entire round. Defending champion Pat Carter finished stroke play at 1-under along with four other players. The top 32 players made it to the match-play portion of the championship. Nine players went into a sudden-death playoff for six spots to close in the top 32.
In the opening round of match play, Reale defeated Parkersburg's Steve Hussey, capping his win with a hole in one on the 152-yard, par-3 12th. Reale moves on to the Round of 16 today, where he faces Charleston's Todd Branham.
Carter won his match against Huntington's Ryan Matney, 5 and 4, and will face Harold Payne today. Two rounds of play are scheduled for today, weather permitting, with the semifinals and finals slated for Sunday. (For complete results, see Page 2B).
STATE SOFTBALL: Kutztown (Pa.) scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning as the Golden Bears downed West Virginia State 3-1 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II regional softball tournament in Shippensburg, Pa.
Sabrina Schouten drove in the Yellow Jackets' lone run in the third inning when she singled up the center to score Poppy Ramey, who led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Hannah Griffith's sacrifice bunt. Anna Eggleston was tabbed with the loss.
The No. 3 Yellow Jackets (41-13) will play No. 2 Shippensburg at 1:30 p.m. today, needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
WVU SPORTS: Due to inclement weather, Friday's baseball game between West Virginia and TCU at Appalachian Power Park was postponed.
The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m., with the second game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The third game of the series is still set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Zublasing was the fifth shooter to qualify for the final after scoring 584 (194 kneeling, 199 prone, 191 standing) in the morning qualification. She tallied 398.7 in the final.