The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 13, 2014

Tourney tees off

Player profile: Green gets off to good start

BECKLEY — Barely out of high school and about to embark on a college golf career, Drew Green did well for himself on the first day of the 34th BNI Memorial Tournament, sponsored by First Community Bank.

Green, who graduated from Shady Spring High School in May, carded a 2-over-par 74 at The Brier Patch Golf Links. The 18-year-old is well within striking distance of the overall lead, sitting four off the pace set by co-leaders Mike Mays and Michael Powers, both at 2-under-70.

“It was an up-and-down kind of round,” Green said. “I made five or six bogeys, but had about four birdies. It was up-and-down. But a 74 is not bad.”

And that was on the course where he feels less comfortable.

“I was just trying to get through this course,” Green said. “This is my most hated course of the three (tournament) courses. I’ll be glad when I get to Grandview and Glade.”

Golfers will switch courses for today’s second round, meaning Green will get his shot at Grandview Country Club. Grandview is a more forgiving course than Brier Patch, with wider fairways and less green slope.

Feeding off Saturday’s success, Green would like to put together a nice round today and position himself in the championship flight on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs. There, Green might have an advantage — he works at Cobb and recently qualified there for the West Virginia Open.

The Open will be played July 21-25 on that same Cobb Course.

The BNI is a way for Green to stay sharp as that event approaches.

“I’ve been trying to practice a lot,” he said. “I haven’t gotten as much practice in as I’d like. I didn’t play very well in the Open qualifier; just did enough to sneak in. Hopefully, I can get myself ready for that.”

Soon after, he’ll be ready for the next chapter of his life. Green will be attending Concord University on a golf scholarship.

“I think I’m ready for college,” he said. “The past few weeks I haven’t practiced as much as I’d like, but I think I’m ready.”

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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