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Local talent compete in West Virginia Amateur Championship

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Concord product and Southern West Virginia native Evan Muscari is one of the top 100 golfers in the state that qualified to play in the West Virginia Amateur at the Greenbrier.

"It's great, I always love coming to the Greenbrier and playing with two great courses and great competitors," said Muscari.

He is one of the area talent that is on a very diverse field.  From college athletes to seasoned veterans, golfers from all ages will be competing this week.

Nathaniel Begley is another golfer from Concord who, at 21 years old, is competing in the Amateur tournament for the fourth time.  For him the Greenbrier isn't too far from home, and the encouragement from his hometown has been motivating.

"Going home and seeing the support I have in Oak Hill, being the only Fayette County guy, seeing the support, text messages, phone calls and twitter, and all that stuff, it's heartwarming," said Begley.

While the resort is still making preparations for the Greenbrier Classic, which is in just in three weeks, the amateurs are competing for a spot in the tournament.

Bubba Watson, Jason Day, and Webb Simpson will be among other professional golfers that will walk this course during the Classic. A win in this weeks Amateur Championship will put one of these hopefuls on the field with the PGA stars.

"Unbelievable motivation," Begley explained, "getting my name on the scoreboard and getting to play with them would be even more exciting."

While the competition is heating up as the week continues, Muscari offers a little advice.

"Have fun, it's golf."
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