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Professional golfers team up with amateurs for WV Open Media Day

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 The West Virginia Open Championship is in just two weeks and this year it will be at Glade Springs.  Thursday at media day the pros tee'd it up with amateurs in a round that was less about practice and more about having fun.

Tee shots from the knees, searching for balls in the woods and the celebratory fist pump for a sinked putt are all things that are totally acceptable during media day.

"This is just a great day for me, I just come out to have fun.  Whoever is in my group we are going to have fun regardless," said professional golfer Jonathan Clark.

Clark won the Open in 2001 in Charleston and again two years ago in Sissonville.  But he wasn't the only previous champion on the course, he is joined by Barry Evans, who won in 2008.

"I'm really looking forward to it," said Evans, "I'm going to practice a lot in the next week and a half and hopefully do O.K."

Another professional golfer participating this year is Brian Anania, who won the West Virginia Amateur and just finished competing in the Greenbrier Classic.

"I had a blast being inside the ropes with those guys," he explained. "Watching them hit shots all week and I just took the entire experience in and it was an experience of a lifetime." 

The location of the Open changes every year, and many are excited for it to back at Glade Springs. 

"It's hard to beat coming here for an Open or a big event and I always look forward to playing at this place," said Clark.

Evans added, "I can't wait to play in the State Open here because Glade Springs is an awesome site."

As far as the the practice rounds Thursday, Clark's advice for the amateurs?

"I don’t enough if there's enough tips out there for my group, these guys, they're something."

The tournament runs from July 21st through the July 25th.
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