Hurricane’s Reale wins W.Va. Mid-Am crown
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Hurricane’s Philip Reale defeated Fairmont’s Jess Ferrell 2 and 1 to win the 15th West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship Presented by Pikewood Energy at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia, on Wednesday.
The victory was Reale’s first individual state title since winning the 2001 West Virginia Junior Match Play Championship.
While it was his first individual title in 17 years, it was not his first title of the 2018 WVGA season, however.
Ironically, Reale and Ferrell teamed up earlier this year to win the 2018 West Virginia Four-Ball Championship at The Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Mountain.
The two championship competitors traded punches early on with Ferrell going up in the match after a birdie on the par4 6th hole.
However, the lead was shortlived as Reale came through with back-to-back birdies to go 1-up in the match as the players went to the back nine.
That advantage maintained until Reale again recorded back-to-back birdies on Nos. 12 and 13 to go 3-up.
Ferrell birdied the par-3 16th hole to continue the match, but a birdie attempt on No. 17 went by the wayside, giving Reale the title.
“Pete Dye is hands down my favorite course in the state, and finally winning this championship means a great deal to me,” Reale said following the win.
Reale jokingly thanked Sam O’Dell, who did not compete as he readies for the U.S. Amateur Championship, which takes place at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California from Aug. 13-19.
“I’m sure he’s going to be more than ready to compete next year,” Reale said tonguein-cheek during his victory speech.
Reale and Ferrell each advanced to the West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship after recording wins in the semifinal round early on Wednesday morning.
Reale defeated Trent Roush, of Mason, West Virginia, 5 and 4 in his semifinal, while Ferrell defeated Aaron Boggs, of Madison, West Virginia, 7 and 5.