July 17, 2013
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University 2013 men's golf signee Will Evans won the West Virginia Junior Amateur Championship on Tuesday, taking a one-shot victory at Locust Hill Golf Club in Charles Town.
Evans, of Charleston, shot a 2-over-par 146 (74-72) to rally for a one-stroke victory over Chris Williams of Scott Depot and Christian Casingal of Charleston. Evans entered the final round of the 36-hole event back three shots, in third place.
Evans becomes the 21st Herd golfer to win the state's Junior Amateur title. The last was MU senior Brian Anania of Hurricane, who took the state Junior crown in 2009. Evans, a graduate of George Washington High School, finished fifth in the Class AAA high school state tournament last fall.
"I'm very happy for Will," Marshall men's golf Coach Matt Grobe said. "I was getting updates from his dad and mom from the tournament as time went on and I could tell they were thrilled. Will's just a great kid who works really hard at his golf game, has really good fundamentals.
"His dad (Barry Evans, head pro at Berry Hills Country Club) got him started in the right direction, and Will's character and work ethic have taken him to a higher level. You could see a gradual improvement in his game every year in high school. Now, coming into Marshall he's playing really good golf and improving, and we're really happy to have him joining us."
Evans also will join Marshall teammates Anania, Jeremy Rogers and Davey Jude in the West Virginia Amateur, scheduled Aug. 5-8 at The Greenbrier.
Another current Marshall connection in the State Amateur will be Doug Wallace, who is in charge of endowments with the Big Green Scholarship Foundation staff. Wallace was the medalist in Amateur qualifying at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Hurricane earlier this week.
Grobe's team opens the 2013 men's golf fall season Sept. 9-10 with the 44th annual Marshall Invitational. The 15-team event is scheduled at Guyan Golf & Country Club.