WHEELING, W.Va. - The high school State Golf Tournament could be moving to the Resort at Glade Springs.
That is, if the state's golf committee has its way.
Late this afternoon, athletic directors Bill Gillispie of Charleston Catholic and Rick Vass of Independence and George Washington golf Coach B.J. Calabrese will make the trip to Daniels and try to sell the idea to Glade Springs administration.
Gillispie said they have the blessing of Glade Springs Owner Jim Justice.
The State Tournament completed its 10th consecutive year at the Robert Trent Jones Course of Oglebay Resort on Wednesday.
There was less grumbling about course conditions and weather, although rainy, chilly conditions dominated Tuesday before giving way to sunshine Wednesday afternoon.
"They do a great job here, the kids get a lot of stuff, a nice dinner, shirts, balls ... if you just meet it, it's not worth moving," said Gillispie, who is spearheading the effort to get a four-year contract for the Cobb Course in Daniels. "You have to exceed what they do here by a lot, because they really set the bar high."
Among the plans of the committee is using custom made flagsticks and flags for each hole which read WVSSAC 2012 State Golf Tournament. He also said each championship team will be awarded a flag from the course to put in their trophy cases.
"We think we found a couple small things to exceed it," said Gillispie, pointing to the flags and other small additions which could help sway the SSAC Board of Directors.
Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Gary Ray said that there have been two requests made to host the State Golf Tournament. Although he wouldn't reveal who put in requests, Wheeling Park Principal Bernie Dolan confirmed that Wheeling is one. The other is for Glade Springs.
Bids must be in to the SSAC by Nov. 3 and the Board of Directors hope to make a decision on the contract at its meeting Nov. 17.
"We have an OK from Mr. Justice to host it there," Gillispie said. "We are meeting today to show our proposal, how much money we have raised through sponsors to see if they would be interested.
"It's not a done deal by any means, because they could very well have something planned for those days (first Tuesday and Wednesday of October) and it's a four-year commitment with a fifth-year option," Gillispie said. "We, as coaches, our coaches committee, if you would poll the coaches, it's not that we want it moved because something is wrong. We feel it should be moved a lot.
"Part of it is financial. We've spent more than $10,000 over my eight years here. It's a big undertaking, it'll take a lot of money, a lot of work and, by no means is it an easy thing, we feel it's worth trying. We'll know (today)."
Gillispie said the proposal is extensive and detailed.