WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – After winning the West Virginia Amateur last month at The Old White TPC, Brian Anania earned an exemption into this week’s Greenbrier Classic.
Anania had recently finished his college golf career at Marshall University, which is located in Huntington, W. Va., and was given his invitation into the event at the awards ceremony – it was presented by Jim Justice, a fellow Marshall golfer and owner/chairman of The Greenbrier.
The highlight of the week for Anania so far was his practice-round grouping on Monday. He had planned to play as a single, but found himself in a foursome with Jimmy Walker, Tom Watson and Brendon Todd.
“It was awesome. It was something you can’t turn down if they invite you to play,” Anania said. “It was fun watching them hit shots. I mean, those guys are so good. It was an incredible experience for me.”
Anania, who was Marshall’s top player this past season, finished his senior ranked No. 358 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings. Anania won once last year and finished in the top 10 five times.
“Brian has been the heart and soul for our team this year and has been one of the greatest golfers and people to ever play at Marshall University,” Marshall golf coach Matt Grobe said. “It has been so fun to watch him. He has played some great golf and been a great leader for the other players. He is an outstanding student and graduated with a 3.94 (GPA) and was an All-American Scholar and Conference USA Men’s Golf All-Academic Team for the last two years.”
Anania will play with Kevin Tway and Miguel Angel Carballo during the first two rounds.