By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
After eight years, the West Virginia Open is returning to Raleigh County.
The West Virginia Golf Association announced on Monday that the 2014 event will be held on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs.
“It’s a big event,” Glade Springs Director of Golf Mike James said. “We’ve hosted it before so we’re familiar with it. It’s a big event and is quite the undertaking as far as work goes, but we’re up to the challenge.”
Glade Springs has hosted the largest tournament in the state three times previously, last doing so in 2006.
The champion that year was David Bradshaw, his second of six state titles.
James said that Glade Springs’ past experiences with the Open helped to bring the event back to the prestigious course.
“We have a long standing relationship with the West Virginia Golf Association,” James added. “We’re host to many of their championship events every year. I believe they’re comfortable with our facility and our course.”
James described the course as a “masterpiece,” with possibly the fastest greens in the state.
“The best players understand what they’re in for when they play this golf course,” said James. “They have to hit quality shots off the tee.”
The Cobb Course was designed by legendary golf architect George Cobb and has previously been ranked in Golf Magazine as the number one course in West Virginia. It’s famous for it’s 420-yard par 4 16th hole.
“It’s just a great place to golf and decide the state champion,” James said.
The West Virginia Golf Association has not announced the dates for the 2014 Open, but James said it will remain in June.
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