CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pat Carter was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The insurance executive from Huntington said he was assaulted April 5 at a Willie Nelson concert at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
The 13-time West Virginia Amateur champion received a fractured orbital socket that has caused some vision impairment, forcing him to withdraw Sunday from the 80th West Virginia Open. The event runs Wednesday through Friday at the Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna.
"It was unfortunate,'' said Carter, who has never won the Open. "The guy got arrested. The guy thought I did something and it was the lady that sat next to me. I don't really want to go into any details about the case. It happened and now we're trying to get through it.''
The orbital socket damage caused muscular damage to Carter's eye, which has resulted in blurred and degenerative vision.
"I had some entrapment with some of my eye muscles that's prohibiting the proper eye movement,'' he said. "I have to get the muscles free.
"There's nothing I could really do about it. I've got two different opinions and both of them say I need to have it right away. It's a risk to my permanent vision so I couldn't really put it off.''
Carter said he should be recovered in time to compete in the Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour event, which is scheduled for July 1-8 on Old White TPC at The Greenbrier resort. He received an exemption by winning last year's State Amateur.
"That's why I have to get it taken care of this week,'' said Carter, who will be inducted into the West Virginia Golf Association Hall of Fame this fall. "I've got to heal for the Greenbrier Classic. I don't know the exact healing process.''
Carter said if all goes well his vision should be restored. The surgery will be done some time this week in Lexington, Ky.
"They're hoping,'' he said. "You never know about surgery. As long as my eye starts to move properly with my other one it shouldn't be an issue.''
It's the second straight year Carter has missed the Open. A scheduling conflict kept him out of the 2012 event at Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville.