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MORGANTOWN resident John Duty Jr. spent Thursday caddying for best friend Sam O'Dell, who won his first State Amateur championship.
In 2014, Duty hopes to be playing in the Amateur.
"I'm actually going to start playing again," Duty said. "I can't wait to start playing again."
The 38-year-old Duty has five top-10 finishes in the Amateur, but hasn't played since tying for 24th in 2009. He and his wife adopted a baby boy - now five-year-old Caleb Brian Duty - and he was busy being a father.
"Since he's been born, I've played none," said Duty, whose father John Duty Sr. finished tied for 35 on Thursday. "I named him after my brother, who passed away."
During a deer-hunting trip on Thanksgiving Day in 2003, Duty's 40-year-old brother suffered a heart attack and died.
"He died in my arms," Duty said. "We did CPR on him for about 45 minutes until we could get the fire department and ambulance out there. We were seven miles out in the woods. It was awful. Worst day of my life."
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BRIDGEPORT native Woody Woodward begins his career at Wake Forest University this year and wanted an Amateur championship to take with him.
He finished six strokes behind and tied for second with Hurricane's Brian Anania.
"Same old, same old, sitting here in second," said Woodward, who finished eighth at the State Open earlier this year. "Not really the happiest guy out there.
"Like I've told people, I didn't really come here to finish in the top five or top 10. I came here to win."
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