IT HASN'T exactly been turn back the clock week at the West Virginia Open.
Not with 20- and 30-somethings like Craig Berner, Christian Brand, Jonathan Clark and David Bradshaw dropping birdies and topping the leaderboard at Edgewood Country Club in Sissonville.
However, if you look closely, this year's golf tournament does grant one concession to age.
Teeing off in the second-to-last group at 10:33 a.m. today will be Hurricane's Scott Davis, who is all of 56 years old.
Davis is one of nine golfers in the 120-player field whose name appears on the leaderboard in red numbers - as in under par - heading into the final round of the 54-hole event. He stands at 1-under 141 after shooting a 2-over 73 in Thursday's stifling heat.
So how old is Davis?
He's so old, his high school doesn't exist anymore. Triadelphia was swallowed up in the Wheeling Park consolidation in 1976.
He's so old, it's been exactly 30 years - 30 years! - since he burst onto the state golfing scene by capturing the 1982 State Open in his hometown at Wheeling Country Club as a mere 26-year-old.
He added three more titles through the years - 1990 (Bridgeport CC), 1995 (Canaan Valley Resort) and 1998 (Edgewood CC) - to go along with the State Amateur crown he took in 1978.
Yes, Davis has been around for a while. And he plans to be around for a while longer.
"I sure do remember [the first win],'' Davis said shortly after finishing Thursday's round. "I remember all the wins. I remember the win here. It's fun, still being able to compete.
"My ball striking is still very good. If it wasn't for a few mistakes today . . . I double-bogeyed 17. I had a nice drive - tried to draw it off that right bunker and it hit fairway and jumped right, right up in there. I had to chop out on the fairway, so I made double-bogey. So if I don't make that mistake, and my two three-putts, I'm 5 under and I'm in the championship [contention].''
Davis gave a glimpse of his still-considerable skills in Wednesday's first round, knocking in four birdies during a round of 3-under 68 that put him in a tie for third.
Somehow, he has been able to maintain his competitive edge through all the years.
Take a look at the five-year period before he won his first Open and the five years immediately after (1977-87). Of the nine golfers who won titles in that stretch, only two (Harold Payne, Barry Fleming) are still competing in the State Open, and only one of those (Payne) also made the cut.
Davis has outlasted all of his contemporaries.