Pete Dye Golf Course, Bridgeport, West Virginia Ends Season | New
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WV News) – With temperatures becoming increasingly seasonal in north-central West Virginia, some outdoor sports venues are putting the finishing touches to their 2021 season, including Pete Dye Golf Club.
The course encouraged members to enjoy each other’s company one last time in Sunday’s Fall Finals. Golf Director Chris McGinnis has estimated that 100 adult golfers, both members and guests, have registered for the event.
“It was a last chance to bring all of our members together and enjoy the camaraderie of the club,” he said. “COVID-19 has been very unfortunate for many, but very good for golf. The club grew from 270 members to 424 – there was a lot more activity when people were working from home and on the golf course, as well as rounds of golf, merchandise income, cart income, etc. It has had a positive impact in almost every part of the club.
Club members will continue to help raise funds for improvements to the course’s irrigation system and bunkers, according to McGinnis.
McGinnis, who said staff made plans to keep members and staff safe before daily play, began his career on the Bridgeport course in 1996 before moving to run the private Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown and to come back before the pandemic.
The course hosted more than 110 golfers (at least 28 teams) at the Genesis Youth Crisis Center’s annual golf classic on October 18, said Genesis Director of Development and Community Services Derika Bowyer.
“We have it historically (at Pete Dye Golf Club) maybe six years old,” she said before last year’s fundraising effort was canceled due to the COVID pandemic -19. “This was our 13th annual event to help support the programming we have for children.”
Volunteers for the event included Genesis CEO Matt Rudder.
Board chairman John Aman Jr. led a quartet on the course.
A weeklong golf camp for children and youth was canceled over the summer, but senior assistant golf professional Quincy Brooks hopes to bring back the opportunity as early as 2022.
And I had lots of private lessons with children; at least one day a week. Some of them were young and were just starting the game when one was definitely in high school, ”Brooks said. “We also have children participating in regional and national competitions.
They help develop the game, make sure it is in good hands in the future. The more young athletes, the more talented in the youth, the better the pros.
Carson Higginbotham of Clarksburg played golf with a PGA Junior League team in a national championship at Gray Hawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz in October.
Professional in Miami, Austin, Texas, and Bowling Green, Ky., Before arriving at Bridgeport last year, Brooks has been playing golf for at least 15 years. He enjoys golf as much as possible.
The course will remain open until November 14.