Anania Wins West Virginia Amateur


Anania with his trophy alongside parents Geno and Dorie.

Anania with his trophy alongside parents Geno and Dorie.

June 14, 2014

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Brian Anania (Hurricane, W.Va.) shot an even-par 70 Friday to win his first West Virginia Amateur title by two strokes on the Old White TPC course at The Greenbrier Resort.

After finishing in the top 10 at the past three Amateurs, the 2014 Marshall golf alumnus finally broke through with the victory at 1-over 281. For his win, he earned an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic, which starts July 3. Fellow Herd golf alumnus Jim Justice, owner and chairman of The Greenbrier, presented Anania with his entry into the Classic during the awards ceremony.

Additionally, Marshall's Davey Jude (Kermit, W.Va.) shot 67 Friday for low round of the day and tied for ninth.

The victory tops an extensive list of accomplishments for Anania, who was most recently named a Division I PING All-Region selection, as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America, May 22. Anania is one of 157 players across six regions – Northeast, East, Southeast, Midwest, Central and West – to earn all-region honors for 2014.

This season, the senior earned Marshall's second-lowest single-season stroke average of 72.48 after playing all 29 rounds for the Herd.  He won first career tournament with a 6-under-par 210 at the Bearcat Invitational (Oct. 8) and received his first-ever Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors following the victory. He had five top-10 finishes, tied for most on the team, and shot career-best round of 67 on the second day of the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate (Oct. 21). He finished in a tie for sixth place at the Conference USA Championship (April 29), the best finish on the team, and was named a Conference USA Men's Golf All-Academic Selection for the second consecutive season.

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