"It's a lot of fun to play, great green complexes,'' he said. "It's one of the golf courses you never get tired of playing. It's old school. It's not something you'd expect to see in West Virginia. It's flat, but it's a tremendous golf course, beautiful old trees.''
After Pat Carter, the 13-time Amateur champion, withdrew from the Open Sunday, 16-year-old Austin Davis took his place among veterans Friend and Harold Payne of Hurricane.
Friend was runner-up at the Open in 2011 and Payne is a four-time winner of the Open and a West Virginia Golf Association Hall of Fame inductee.
Davis, a sophomore at Parkersburg High School, shot an 8-over 80.
"He's a really, really nice kid,'' Friend said. "He has a lot of game. Nice young man. He's got a future ahead of him. Just like a lot of 16-year-old kids, he gets a little impatient every now and then just like everybody else. He needs to work on his short game just like all of us.''
That old magic
Scott Davis recaptured some of his past glory with a 2-under 70 to tie for third.
"I felt really good for a senior golfer,'' smiled the 57-year-old who lives in Hurricane and is a four-time Open champ. "It's nice to be able to compete with these young players. Being at my age, it's fun.''
Davis turned in four birdies and two bogeys. He birdied two of the par 3s.
"I hit the ball real nice,'' he said. "I was conservative in the fairways. The ball wouldn't roll much, then the shots into the greens would hold really nice so I was hitting my iron shots close, but it played long and tough.''
Davis is a former professional at Scarlet Oaks Country Club and Edgewood Country Club. Now he spends his time with family and competing in Tri-State PGA section events.
"I was in the business for 26 years and just decided to quit doing that and teach a little bit,'' he said. "I play competitive golf seven months. I still live in Hurricane and I take care of my boys, so that's fun.''
This year's Open has a purse of $30,000, with $6,000 going to the winning pro and $750 to the winning amateur. ... The Parkersburg Country Club opened in 1902 and was the first incorporated in West Virginia. The golf course began with six holes and was enlarged to nine. An 18-hole course was built in 1922.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.