Brian Anania leads West Virginia Amateur by 2

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Hurricane’s Brian Anania shot a 3-under-par 67 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead entering the final round of the West Virginia Amateur at The Greenbrier resort.

Anania avoided the front-nine problems that tripped him up in the first round on the Meadows Course in White Sulphur Springs. He birdied the first and fourth holes Thursday before making 13 straight pars. He birdied the par-4 18th hole and is at 1-over 211 after three rounds.

Wake Forest golfer Woody Woodward was in second place after shooting 1-over 71.

Pineville’s Evan Muscari shot 69 and was third at 4 over. Thirteen-time champion Pat Carter and Fairmont’s Jess Ferrell are tied for fourth at 5 over. Both shot 68. If Carter wins, he’ll move within one of Bill Campbell’s record of 15 state Amateur titles.

Defending champion Sam O’Dell and Coastal Carolina golfer Chris Williams both shot 67 and were among four golfers tied for sixth place at 6 over.

Except for Carter and O’Dell, no other golfers in the top 10 have won the tournament before. Anania tied for second at last year’s Amateur at 1 over, six shots behind O’Dell. Anania is looking for his fourth straight top 10 finish and fifth overall.

Second-round leader Josh Holmes of Huntington double-bogeyed the par-3 second hole and faded to a 78. He fell into a tie for 14th place, eight strokes behind Anania.

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