White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – (May 12, 2016): The West Virginia Golf Association has handed out West Virginia Senior Open trophies four times. Half of them have gone to John Ross.

The Freeman, W.Va., native backed up his 2015 Senior Open championship by going back to back. He followed an opening-round 69 with a 71 on Thursday, May 12, to finish 4-under for the 36-hole tournament on The Greenbrier Course at The Greenbrier and win the 2016 West Virginia Senior Open, presented by The Greenbrier.

“I just want to thank The Greenbrier for giving us such a great place to play,” said Ross in his remarks at the trophy presentation. “It’s such a wonderful facility, and we’re grateful to be able to play here. I thank The Lord that we were able to get it in. With the weather forecast, it didn’t look too good, but we ended up with two great days.”

Ross’ was six shots better than Mason, W.Va.’s Ty Roush, who came in second among the 74 players in the fourth-year event.

Jim Grimmett of Davin, W.Va., finished third at 4-over for the tournament and was the low amateur in the field. That designation will earn him an automatic spot in the 97th West Virginia Amateur, which will be contested at The Greenbrier for the 95th time June 6-9 on both The Greenbrier Course, the home of the 1979 Ryder Cup, and The Old White TPC Course, the home of the PGA TOUR FedExCup’s The Greenbrier Classic.

The Greenbrier’s own Director of Golf, Burt Baine, came in fourth at this year’s West Virginia Senior Open, finishing 6-over, and Charleston, W.Va.’s Barry Evans rounded out the top five at 9-over-par.
Tom Spriggs, of Cross Lanes, W.Va., won the Silver Division for players from 60 to 69 years of age, while Charlie Stone won the Gold Division for players 70 or older.

Ross, who played on the PGA TOUR in the early 1990s and on the PGA Champions Tour as recently as 2005, dedicated his victory to five-time West Virginia Open champion Brad Westfall, who passed away in March at the age of 52.

“Brad was a dear friend of mine and a fierce competitor,” said Ross. “It sure felt different being here this week without him.”

About The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a distinct and spectacular luxury mountain resort situated in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s best known as “America’s Resort” and is synonymous with world-class, authentic, southern hospitality. The Greenbrier experience, beginning in 1778 offers a luxurious respite to discerning guests from around the world. The grand scale architecture, Dorothy Draper décor, immaculate attention to detail and legendary gracious service set The Greenbrier apart from all others. Guests walk in the footsteps of Presidents, celebrities and generations of families who regard The Greenbrier as a “one of one” destination. The 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on our breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play five championship golf courses (including The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course) or experience 55+ activities including professional indoor and outdoor tennis, Off-Road Driving and Falconry. The private, guests-only Casino Club features table games, slot machines and simulcast racing. Our full-service, 40,000 square-foot world-renowned spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious mineral spas in the world, and our Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand crafted works of art. In addition to The Main Dining Room, The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is comprised of 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, award–winning southern-inspired cuisine. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948 and in 2014 was expanded to include a full-service MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Center. With the purchase by native West Virginian Jim Justice in 2009 and a $350+ million restoration, The Greenbrier is now once again the leading luxury resort in the world.