Easthom reaches final day of West Virginia Open

Mark Martin
Sportswriter
Alex Easthom takes a swing.

The goal of any golfer when it comes to tournament play is to be competing in the final round of an event.

That mission was accomplished by Ravenswood’s Alex Easthom last week at the West Virginia Open played on the Cobb Course of The Resort at Glade Springs, located in Daniels near Beckley.

“That’s always what you hope for,” said Easthom, who will enter his third year at West Liberty State University this coming school year.

Easthom finished in tie for 27th at last week’s Open with professional and former champ (1997 and 1999) John Ross.

Easthom and Ross each ended with a three-day total of 224 (8-over-par).

Easthom had rounds of 73, 74 and 77 on the par-72 layout.

“I made some bad decisions the first two rounds,” Easthom said. “Then I had to play the final round too aggressive.”

With each passing round of his golfing life, Easthom feels he grows as a competitor.

“I learned throughout this tournament to stick to my game plan,” he said. “I learned a lot. I had a good time.”

Easthom said he will be setting out to qualify for the West Virginia State Amateur, another prestigious event administered by the West Virginia Golf Association, on July 8.

The qualifier will take place at Edgewood Country Club near Sissonville. The State Am is set for late July at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

He’s hopeful the tournament golf offered by the WVGA prepares him for a big season at West Liberty.

“I’ve played well, but I haven’t gotten that first win yet (on the college level).

Easthom has finished second and third in tournaments, but says "my first college win" is goal number one with the Hilltopper program.

His spring season of collegiate golf was wiped out due to COVID-19.

Thus, Easthom will have three seasons of spring golf still to come along with two more in the fall.