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Nation's Top Youth Golfer Compete in National Championship at Pete Dye

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BRIDGEPORT -

The nations' top youth golfers are in Bridgeport this week for the annual Big I National Championship.

It's 72 holes for the best teen golfers in the country who are all competing to share their name with the likes of PGA stars Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods.

"To compete in a tournament and have your name engraved next to Tiger Woods is a pretty big honor for these guys," said tournament director Rich Dinger.

More than 3,000 teens across the country competed for 160 slots in the 46th Annual Big I National Championship. The best-of-the-best play this week at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport.

"I about made an Eagle on the 17th hole yesterday," said player Marco Oliverio. "Everyone has been talking about how unbelievably tricky that green is. I hit my second shot and it grazed the shot from about 120 yards out and I about made a two. So I hit within 3 inches so that was pretty cool."

Bridgeport teen Marco Oliverio is one of a few West Virginians competing. The Bridgeport High junior in awe of the field he's playing against.

"It's been an awesome experience, competing against all these great golfers from around the country," he said. "Some could go pro, many have already committed to major Division I schools. It's just an awesome experience to be around them."

The tournament continues through Friday and is free for spectators to watch.

Dinger said if nothing else, Pete Dye offers some of the greatest scenery the tournament has seen.

"The layouts, the facilities, all the coal mining history," he said. "It's really a treat for these kids and we're glad to hold the event here."