MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Ryan Whalen shot a two-under par-70
today to take the early lead at the West Virginia Open after a
rain-delayed first round at Lakeview Resort.
Whalen eagled the par-5 seventh hole, then paired two birdies
with two bogeys to lead the field despite taking seven hours to
conclude his round.
Temperatures dropped more than 20 degree, from 90 to 68, after
the rains. The foul weather forced two delays totaling three hours
and the soaked course allowed for more aggression late on the
Only one other player, Marshall's Josh Boswell, completed the
round under par on the 67-hundred-60-yard course. Boswell shot a
Bob Friend and Tad Tomblin shot even-par 72 to tie for third.
Twelve-time West Virginia Amateur champion Pat Carter, five-time
Open champion Brad Westfall, Jonathan Clark, and Charleston natives
Craig Berber and Christian Brand all carded a two-over 74.
Beckley's Brandon Reese carded a 73 and defending champion David
Bradshaw had a 75.
Nine players will finish at least one hole tomorrow morning.