WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS W.Va. — Kermit native Davey Jude fell just shy of competing in the sixth annual Greenbrier Classic.
Jude advanced through the pre-qualifier held last Thursday to be the only amateur to make the cut for the Monday Qualifier. Jude shot a 1 under par 70 at The Cobb Course in Glade Springs, and when the cut line moved to 73, Jude’s score of 69 solidified him a spot among the 42 player roster for Monday.
Jude said, “Making it past the pre-qualifier was a reachable goal of mine, I knew if I could post a good score I would get in there.”
Heading into Monday’s qualifier Jude felt good about the opportunity.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance for an amateur to step up and post a low enough number to get into The Classic,” said Jude. However he failed to post the number he was shooting for in order to advance.
“I had some bad breaks and missed a few opportunities, on those one round qualifiers you just can’t have that,” added Jude.
Even though the area had been experiencing rainy conditions during the contest, Jude said the course was in great condition. Playing on the professional level he commented that the pin placement was extremely tough.
Only the top four players in The Monday qualifier advanced to The Greenbrier Classic.
Coming up in the next few weeks, Jude plans to compete in U.S. Amateur Qualifier, The West Virginia Open and the BNI Championship. Winning the West Virginia Amateur Tournament allows an exemption into professional tournaments, which Jude hopes to win next year.
Jude placed fourth in this years West Virginia Amateur Tournament.
The Greenbrier Classic is being held at the Old White TPC course in White Sulphur Springs W.Va. from June 29th to July 5th. The Final event, The Classic, will start July 2nd. There will be 156 PGA Tour professionals in the field and the winner will take home a $6.7 million purse.