WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Huntington's Josh Holmes shot a 1-under par-69 Wednesday to take a one-stroke lead midway through the West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier resort.
Holmes was the only golfer to shoot under par in the second round on the Old White TPC Course. Seeking his first top 10 finish at the Amateur, Holmes was at 1-over 141 for the tournament.
Wake Forest golfer Woody Woodward and Madison's Harry Howell were one stroke back at 2 over. Woodward, the first-round leader, shot 5-over 75 Wednesday while Howell had a 74. Woodward started the day with a one-stroke lead but bogeyed three of his first 11 holes.
Wheeling's Thadd Obecny was in fourth place at 3 over after shooting 4-over 74 Wednesday. Five golfers were tied at 4 over.
Thirteen-time champion Pat Carter shot 76 and fell into a tie for 18th place. It was the highest score for Carter at the Amateur since he shot 77 in the final round on Old White in 2011. Defending champion Sam O'Dell also shot 76 and was at 9 over.
After the second round, the field was cut to the low 40 players at 13 over for the final two days.