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by Chris Errington
(June 11)Clarksburg's John Rappold is closing in on a top-five Amateur finish.
Rappold is a former Fairmont State and Bridgeport High School golfer who is the director of outside operations at Pete Dye Golf Club.
He shot 6-over 78 on Wednesday for a 54-hole total of 14-over 230, nine strokes behind leader Pat Carter.
Rappold can earn an exemption to next year's Amateur with a top 10 finish.
VERY BUSY: Morgantown's Jack Forbes, 59, will have a busy schedule at several senior events this summer.
Still ahead for Forbes are the Hall of Fame tournament at High Point, N.C.; the Northern Senior Amateur at Chicago; and the British Senior Amateur. All will be held in July.
Forbes, a three-time state Senior Amateur champion, was at 24-over par 240 after three rounds.
"If you knock it out of the fairway here, you're in trouble," Forbes said. "I took three double-bogeys yesterday and today. ... I'm not strong enough to get out of that high grass."
VISITOR FROM THE SOUTH: Greenbrier golf pro Hill Harrick showed up at Pete Dye on Wednesday as one of several who volunteered to help the West Virginia Golf Association coordinate the event.
Harrick and Greenbrier Director of Golf Robert Harris also may be back for the PGA Northern Regional Club Pro Championship.
"That's a good time for us to be able to get away," Harrick said.
REDEMPTION: Monongah's Dewey Delovich fell to the bottom of the pack on Wednesday after shooting an 85.
Delovich, who tends bar in Harrison County, stayed positive.
"I'll just try to save face (today), show everybody I can still play a little golf," Delovich said.
SMILING FACES: Morgantown's Mike Gocke said the weather for Wednesday's third round was a big relief after Tuesday's drenching rain.
"It was nice today. Much more fun," Gocke said. "Yesterday was work. I felt like I needed to go to bed for 12 hours after playing."
Asst. Sports Editor Matt Harvey contributed.