"It was the golfing part that we had a big difference on -- he's good and I'm bad."
It wasn't all bad for Tomblin, though.
Both of his attempts to hit off the 16th tee went about 10 feet and landed in a pond, but his drive off the 17th crossed the creek and landed close to the fairway.
His shot off the 17th came as state Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato watched his boss from the deck of the Howard's Creek Lodge near the tee.
After Tomblin realized his shot wasn't too bad, he turned to Gianato, threw out his arms and took a bow.
The celebration was short-lived, though.
Tomblin's club made a mighty swoosh as he tried to drive off the 18th tee, connecting with everything but the ball.
He grimaced and swung again.
Then swung again.
Then swung again -- a hit, but straight into the creek.
A seasoned politician, Tomblin didn't let his struggles get him down.
As he walked the course, he took time to shake the hands and sign autographs from people lining the course's ropes. He thanked out-of-state visitors for coming to the tournament and invited them to come back to the state sometime soon.
That -- not his golf game -- was what he hoped those watching on the course and on TV will take away from the event.
"It really gives us a chance to showcase what we have here in the state," Tomblin said. "I think the more people hear about it the more will come to The Greenbrier and the state."
Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.