You can say what you want, but southern West Virginia is Hokie country.
Today, the Greenbrier Classic kicks off its 5th year, and this year looks great as concert performers Jimmy Buffet and Maroon 5 finish off the Friday and Saturday festivities. But if you’re really paying attention, it’s all about the Hokie “maroon” in the field.
The PGA tour has two Hokies who stand out – Brendon de Jonge and Johnson Wagner. Both Brendon and Johnson have had great success since leaving Blacksburg, with Brendon selected as a wild card for the President’s Cup International Team and Johnson winning big on the PGA in 2012.
Brendon, who was picked to win this week by experts from ESPN and The Golf Channel, and Johnson are our golf studs – but in White Sulfur Springs we have another Hokie to cheer for in Mikey Moyers, who qualified Monday for this week’s PGA stop. That is a big deal for the just graduated Hokie. He has had his success, and was named All-ACC in 2013, but making the field for the 2014 Greenbrier Classic is his golf career highlight to date.
And let’s not stop there – both Head Football Coach Frank Beamer and Head Basketball Coach Buzz Williams played in the Pro-Am on Wednesday and both got great support from the gallery. Truth is, this PGA tournament may be in “West Virginia”, but HokieNation is representing and really owns this land when it comes to this sport.
Jim Justice can’t deny that the Hokies are the college team for his Greenbrier Classic. The tournament has Alumni tents for the college patrons to support (it used to include UVa with Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Marshall – but UVa’s support is so weak they don’t even bother to include those guys anymore), and HokieNation sticks out for one main reason – we have golfers in the field. Just walk the fairways and you’ll see that the school in Blacksburg is truly the local show in town.
So let’s cheer on our Hokie golfers, just like we did this past season, and let’s hope one of our boys comes through in the tournament we can truly call our own.
Tee Times for Thursday…
Johnson Wagner: 12:30
Brendon de Jonge: 1:20
Mikey Moyers: 1:50