Charleston, W.Va– Vienna, West Virginia native Alan Cooke won the 97th annual West Virginia Amateur Tournament in White Sulphur Springs last week. Cooke, a Junior at WVU, transferred from the University of South Carolina Beufort in 2015, to be apart of WVU’s first varsity golf team in 30 years. So how does it feel to be apart of something so pinnacle at WVU?
“It’s a pretty cool experience, everybody asking how’s WVU golf going, how are you doing in your first year? Everywhere you go people are asking,” Cooke said. Cooke led for three straight rounds in the tournament and for a young kid like Cooke it could cause you to buckle under pressure or at least in his case, lose some sleep.
“It was hard to sleep at night for sure, I was definitely tired and waking up every hour or two, checking to see if it was time to get up. I wanted to get out there so bad and play,” Cooke said.
Two years ago, Cooke got disqualified from the WV Amateur Tournament for signing incorrectly on his score card. Cooke at the time was in the lead and playing his best round of golf at Old White. Cooke used it as motivation to get back to the tournament and take care of business. “It definitely got under my skin a little bit,” Cooke said.
Cooke was on top of the leader board at two over entering the final round of the tournament, this time Cooke was going to take care of business in a big way. Cooke birdie on five holes to shoot 67 in the final round and win the crown by eight strokes and was the only player to finish three under par.
Cooke remains humble about the victory and experience, even when he saw Brad Ullman, the WVGA Director was listed as the winner of the WV Amateur Tournament on the Mercendez Benz-USA Twitter page. Cooke just had a little laugh and took it in stride. “You just take that stuff lightly, I didn’t really mind,” Cooke said.
Listen to the entire interview below and The Brandon Lowe Show is live every weekday evening on AM 950 WBES Charleston.