Virginia State Golf Association Serving golfers in Virginia since 1904 Thu, 26 May 2016 14:03:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Austin/Greenlief drop semifinal match Wed, 25 May 2016 20:47:48 +0000 Read More]]> Alex Austin and Lauren Greenlief needed to navigate a playoff last summer at The Federal Club in Glen Allen to earn their way into the field for the 2nd U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, held this week at Florida’s Streamsong Resort.

The positive of this week’s event: Should Austin (Springfield G&CC) and Greenlief (International CC) stick together, they won’t have to go through the qualifying process again this summer, thanks to a run to the tournament semifinals.

That run ended with a 4 and 3 loss to teenagers Hailee Cooper and Kaitlyn Papp — the eventual champions — Wednesday morning. Austin, 23, and Greenlief, 25, aren’t old by anyone’s measure. But they were the oldest side remaining in the tournament, and after a week of playing mostly lights-out golf, they couldn’t muster the hot play that helped them get to the semifinals.

Austin and Greenlief played the semifinal round at even par and managed only one birdie, coming on the par-5 14th hole. Cooper and Papp used a birdie to win hole No. 2 and took advantage of an Austin/Greenlief bogey on No. 3 to win that hole with a par. Austin and Greenlief never got close, falling five down at one point before winning No. 14.

The semifinal appearance means Austin and Greenlief are exempt from qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball, which will be held at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

DeTemple/Krulich win 34th VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship Wed, 25 May 2016 03:23:01 +0000 Read More]]> Full-field results

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By Chris Lang

WILLIAMSBURG — Pete DeTemple just had to know what was going on. Heavy rain Sunday night left Williamsburg Golf Club unplayable on Monday, meaning the participants of the 34th VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship would play 36 holes on Tuesday. Another wrinkle: To simplify the process and keep Tuesday’s action on schedule, players went off in the same order in the afternoon as they did in the morning.

That meant players with the best scores were spread all over the course. The only way for DeTemple to know what he needed to do down the stretch in the second round was to pull out his smartphone and check out the online leaderboard.

DeTemple, a Maryland resident who plays out of Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge, paired with Ballyhack’s Mike Krulich. And as the pair approached the final stretch of holes, DeTemple surmised he and his partner would have to go low.

How does birdie-birdie-birdie sound? That’s exactly what DeTemple did, with the third birdie capping a second-round 64 and a two-round 133 that was enough to secure a one-stroke victory in the event. It was DeTemple’s first win in a VSGA event. Krulich teamed with Charles Green in 1993 to win the VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship.

“There’s no use in looking until the last four holes,” DeTemple said. “I knew we were at 7 (under). Then we got to 8 when we birdied the par 5. I was like, ‘OK, we need more.’ I didn’t think we’d go boom, boom. We both crushed our drives on 9.”

“A really good round of golf,” Krulich said. “It was impressive. A really, really nice round of golf.”

For a while, it appeared the event would end in a playoff, which could have been problematic as the daylight retreated into shadows in the late afternoon. Jack Allara II (Hidden Valley CC) and Jon Zampedro (Pleasant Valley GC) posted the best score of the first round, a 65, and a second-round 69 left them at 10 under. Rich Buckner (Robert Trent Jones GC) and Andy Heye (Chantilly National G&CC) also hit the clubhouse at 10 under, as did 2013 champs Jim Gallagher (TAGT) and Jim Nirich (Stonewall GC).

DeTemple knew the significance of his 5-foot birdie putt on No. 9, his final hole of the day. Eleven under was the number his side had to hit to have a chance to win. They still had to sweat out what the defending champions, Keith Decker of Chatmoss CC and Pat Tallent of Westwood CC, would do. Decker told Tallent at the turn that they would probably need to go 6 under on the back to catch the leaders, and they birdied three of the first five holes on the back. But a bogey and three straight pars left them with a second-round 69 and in a tie for fifth.

“Those are some of the best in the state there,” DeTemple said. “Best in the world, really.”

Gallagher and Nirich chose not to keep up with the leaderboard on the course.

“We decided early on that we weren’t going to check,” Gallagher said. “We were just going to try to put up the best number that we could.”

Gallagher and Nirich had five birdies in their second round, but a bogey on No. 1 ultimately kept them from joining DeTemple and Krulich at 11 under.

The 36-hole marathon proved to be difficult. Not only was it 36 holes, but it came on a cartpath-only day, meaning players essentially walked 36 holes.

“We needed to make a call to Wawa after No. 3,” Zampedro joked. “Because we were running out of gas.”

Gallagher, among others, commended the course for its ability to withstand the weekend rain. Conditions were soggy in the morning, but the course dried out in the afternoon some thanks to brilliant sunshine and increased winds.

Chris Lang is the Editor of Virginia Golfer Magazine and Manager, Digital Media for the VSGA.

Championship preview


Three qualify for U.S. Women’s Open at Hermitage Tue, 24 May 2016 23:20:52 +0000 Read More]]> Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who regained her LPGA Tour status with a top-5 finish at the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament last December, posted a 5-under 139 over 36 holes Tuesday at Manakin-Sabot’s Hermitage Country Club to grab one of three qualifying spots for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Lee Lopez and Christine Song, who emerged from a five-person playoff for the final two spots, will join LeBlanc in California for the U.S. Women’s Open, which runs from July 4-10 at CordeValle Golf Resort in Northern California.

LeBlanc, a 27-year old from Canada, shot 71-68 on Hermitage’s Manakin Course to post the best qualifying number. She shot a bogey-free, 4-under par 68 in the second round during the afternoon. She made birdie on Nos. 1, 9, 10 and 15.

LeBlanc, who played college golf at Purdue University, was one of several LPGA players who stuck around after last weekend’s Kingsmill Championship in nearby Williamsburg. Her return to the Tour has been a struggle. She failed to make the weekend in six straight events (five missed cuts, one withdrawal) and has only been under par in one of her last 11 LPGA rounds.

LeBlanc last qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2013, when she made the cut and finished in a tie for 50th.

Lopez, a 26-year-old from Whittier, Calif., earned her LPGA status by finishing sixth on the Symetra Tour’s Volvik Race for the Card last year. She’s made six cuts in 10 LPGA starts in 2016 and tied for 65th at Kingsmill. She made a birdie on the second playoff hole at Hermitage to claim her qualifying spot after shooting 72-70 to reach the playoff. Lopez will be making her second U.S. Women’s Open appearance after shooting 71-70-72-69 last year to finish in a tie for 20th.

Lopez posted nine top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour last year and became the sixth UCLA golfer to graduate from the Symetra Tour to the LPGA since 2010.

Song birdied No. 10, the fourth playoff hole, to snare the final qualifying spot after shooting 71-71 in 36 holes of regulation. Ai Miyazato, Katherine Kirk and Paula Reto also reached the playoff but missed out.

Song finished 21st at LPGA Q School last year, earning her priority list category 17 status on Tour this year. She finished in a tie for 51st at Kingsmill and has made four cuts in six LPGA starts this season. She’ll be making her first U.S. Women’s Open appearance since 2013, when she shot 78-89 and missed the cut.

Qualifying results

Austin/Greenlief through to Four-Ball semifinals Tue, 24 May 2016 17:39:11 +0000 Read More]]> Alex Austin and Lauren Greenlief had to survive a playoff just to qualify for match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship. But as is often the case, just making it to match play is half the battle at USGA Championships.

Austin (Springfield G&CC) and Greenlief (International CC) won twice on Tuesday to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals. They bested Hannah Leiner and Latanna Stone 4 and 3 to move on to the quarterfinals in the morning. In the afternoon, they took out Olivia Herrick and Samantha Sommers 2 and 1 to reach the tournament’s final day.

Austin and Greenlief, seeded 30th after stroke-play qualifying, took out the No. 3, No. 14 and No. 27 seeds on their way to the semifinals. They’ll face the No. 7-seeded side of Hailee Cooper and Kaitlyn Papp Wednesday at 7:15 a.m.

In the quarterfinal match against Herrick and Sommers, Austin and Greenlief won the first two holes with birdies. Herrick and Sommers answered by winning No. 3, but Austin and Greenlief immediately re-established a 2-up edge by making birdie on the par-5 4th hole. Herrick and Sommers trimmed the lead to one by winning holes 11 and 12. But the Austin/Greenlief side made birdie on No. 15 to go 2 up, and they closed out the match with a birdie on No. 17. They shot 5 under in the quarterfinal round.

Greenlief is no stranger to USGA success, having recorded a victory in her last start in a U.S. championship event, last summer’s U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Greenlief played the first two rounds of the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship last week on a sponsor’s exemption before jetting to Florida to join Austin. A 1-over 73 in Sunday’s second round put the side in jeopardy of missing match play, but a birdie on the first playoff hole saw them through.

Greenlief and Austin took an early lead in their round-of-16 match with a par on the first hole. After Leiner and Stone squared the match with a birdie on No. 3, Greenlief and Austin immediately regained the edge with a birdie on No. 4. They led the rest of the way. Greenlief and Austin have yet to trail in match play. They were 5 under through 15 holes when the round-of-16 match ended.

The run for Scott Shingler (Evergreen CC) and Justin Young (Ballyhack GC) at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship ended in the round of 16 on Tuesday Winged Foot Club in New York. Seeded 25th after stroke-play qualifying, Shingler and Young won their round-of-32 match on Monday but lost Tuesday morning. Southern Methodist University teammates Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanan made par on the par-4 16th, which was enough to take the hole and un-square a tied match. They held on for a 1-up victory to advance to the quarterfinals.

Northern Virginian Brandon Cigna and his partner from Maryland, Ben Warnquist, advanced to the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinals with two wins on Tuesday. They defeated Braden Baer and Cole Nygren 1 up in the round of 16 and took out third-seeded Drew Allenspach and Matthew Van Zandt 1 up in the quarterfinals. They’ll face Otto Black and Colin Joseph in Wednesday’s semifinals.

U.S. Amateur Four-Ball scoring

U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball scoring

Weather forces postponements Mon, 23 May 2016 13:06:44 +0000 Read More]]> The first round of the 34th VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship, scheduled for Monday morning at Williamsburg Golf Club, has been postponed due to heavy rain in the area that has left the course unplayable. The championship will remain a 36-hole event, with the first round beginning Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 a.m. The second and final round will follow in the afternoon.

Also, Monday’s scheduled 36-hole U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at Hermitage Country Club in Richmond has been postponed until Tuesday morning due to wet course conditions.

34th VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship preview Thu, 19 May 2016 13:48:25 +0000 Read More]]> The 34th VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship will be held Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 at VSGA member club Williamsburg Golf Club. The side of Keith Decker (Chatmoss CC) and Pat Tallent (Westwood CC) will be seeking its third consecutive title in the event. More information and a full preview of the event can be found here: Senior Four-Ball championship notes

Five things to watch at The Kingsmill Championship Wed, 18 May 2016 20:57:12 +0000 Read More]]> By Chris Lang

WILLIAMSBURG — The LPGA returns to VSGA member Kingsmill Resort this week for The Kingsmill Championship. First-round play begins Thursday, with the tournament slated to wrap up on Sunday afternoon. Golf Channel will provide live coverage Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 3-5 p.m.

Here are five things to watch as the tournament kicks into gear:

1. Inbee Park’s thumb. Ranked No. 2 in the Rolex World, Park is a seven-time major winner who will gain eligibility for the LPGA Hall of Fame before the 2016 ends. For the first time in her career, though, the 27-year-old from South Korea has dealt with some injuries. A back problem that cost her time is healed, but she’s missed three straight events with a nagging thumb injury.

“I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent right now,” Park said Wednesday. “I mean, I took three weeks off thinking that it’s going to be much better, but unfortunately, it wasn’t like a big change, and I still feel the pain. Just got to take it easy, and I really — I thought about taking a couple more weeks off, but I’d really like to get ready for KPMG … There’s so many important tournaments coming up, so I thought I’d like to give my best.”

With the way Virginia has been inundated by rain the last few weeks, the rough at Kingsmill’s River Course should be thick and lush.

“Yeah, I mean, that would definitely help me, hitting every fairway,” Park said. “But I’m going to do a lot of taping this week just to try to protect it a lot, and obviously, I’m not perfect; I’m definitely going to hit out of the rough this week for sure. So I’m just going to prepare myself to do it.”

2. Greenlief’s group. The only amateur in the field this week is VSGA member Lauren Greenlief, the reigning U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion who is playing on a sponsor’s exemption. Greenlief will tee off Thursday on No. 1 at 1:28 p.m. and got an 8:28 a.m. starting time off No. 10 on Friday. Greenlief’s group includes Alison Lee, the world’s 29th ranked player who was on last year’s winning U.S. Solheim Cup team; and Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods.

Lexi Thompson, the world’s third-ranked player, played in six LPGA events as an amateur before gaining Tour status. Though the circumstances are wildly different — Thompson was 12 when she made her debut and was on a path to being a pro, while Greenlief is 25 and plans on a career as a lifelong amateur — Thompson can remember her first time teeing it up against some of the world’s best players.

“I was definitely a little nervous, just because I didn’t know anybody out here,” Thompson said. “I didn’t really know the golf courses, either. It was tough for me, but I mean, I absolutely loved the experience. I always played against the older girls growing up, so I was kind of used to that, but I had my dad on the bag, so it made it a little easier for me. But I enjoyed it. I loved it, and that’s why I’m out here today.”

3. The champ is back. Australian Minjee Lee earned her first professional win last May at Kingsmill, jumpstarting a season in which she won $821,121 and finished 16th on the season-ending money list. Making the drive back to Williamsburg brought back some of those good feelings.

“I think it really came at a good time because, I mean, leading up to that tournament, I was sort of a little bit homesick, and I was not really settled down,” said Lee, who won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. “But after I won here, I just like really settled down, and I just kind of got comfortable with being out here, and I realized that I can compete out here. It was nice.”

Lee will tee off Thursday at 1:17 p.m. off No. 1 in a group that includes Gerina Piller and former champ Cristie Kerr.

4. The majority of LPGA players are thrilled about the chance to play in the Olympics. A sampling of quotes:

World No. 1 Lydia Ko: “I mean, I’m super excited, and I mean, I think there has been some questions around, hey, are any of the girls going to pull out, but out of the girls that I’ve talked to, I think everybody is excited for it. Just on my personal view, I don’t think I could have ever imagined myself to be an Olympian. I was not very good at athletics. If you see me throw or run, you’d hide. I’m not good at basketball or anything else.

“For me to say I’ve got a chance to say I’m an Olympian and to be there with the other athletes, not just golf or sports we see here, even like synchronized swimming, it’s so great that these athletes come together and are able to represent their country and have pride and are proud to be there. I’m excited for it. I think the girls are excited for it. … I think there’s a lot of hype about it, and I think it deserves that. Golf is returning to the Olympics for the men’s, and I think it’s the first time for the women’s. I think this is a way to grow the game.”

Thompson: “It means the world to me to represent my country. Any time there’s a team event on our schedule, that’s my No. 1 goal. There’s nothing like waking up, putting your country’s colors on and going and representing.”

Paraguay’s Julieta Granada: “Yeah, I think the whole experience is such an amazing opportunity, right? Like I think every athlete in any sport, that’s what they dream of. So just to be able to be there, it’s amazing, and to experience all these things as a player, it’s on another level, right. So I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m going to stay there (in the Olympic village), and I’m going to get to experience it all, so we’ll see how that goes. I’ll let you know how that goes. I tell my Olympic committee, I said, you know, us golfers, we’re a little bit more spoiled than the rest of the athletes. I’m like, we’re a little bit more spoiled. So you know, it’s going to be interesting.”

5. Another strong field awaits: The top eight players in the Rolex World Rankings will tee it up this week: Ko, Park, Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Amy Yang, Sei Young Kim and In Gee Chun. As good as Ko has been, there’s a feeling that on any given week, anyone can emerge as a champion on what has become a very deep tour.

“Yeah, it’s pretty unbelievable, and it’s getting younger and younger,” Thompson said. “I thought I was the young one out here, now I’m a veteran it seems like, so it’s pretty crazy. But it’s great to see how much the Tour has grown even since I turned professional. We’ve gained more tournaments, more sponsors, more TV time, and just the talent out here is unbelievable.”

Chris Lang is the editor of Virginia Golfer magazine and the VSGA’s Manager, Digital Media.

VSGA members ready for USGA Four-Ball Championships Wed, 18 May 2016 19:36:32 +0000 Read More]]> U.S. Men’s Amateur Four-Ball starting times

U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball starting times

WHAT: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships

WHEN: Saturday, May 21-Wednesday May 25

WHERE: Men’s: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York; Women’s: Streamsong Resort, Streamsong, Florida

SCHEDULE: Two days of stroke-play qualifying with the top 32 sides advancing to match play beginning Monday. The Round of 16 and quarterfinals will be played Tuesday, with the semifinals and 18-hole championship match played on Wednesday. Television coverage of the men’s quarterfinals, semifinals and final can be found on Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

STARTING TIMES: Scott Shingler- Justin Young (Saturday, 12:18 p.m., East Course; Sunday, 8:54 a.m., West Course); Tyler Gulliksen-Adam Horton (Saturday, 9:18 a.m., West Course; Sunday, 12:42 p.m., East Course); Alexandra Austin- Lauren Greenlief (Saturday, 1:42 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.); Amy Ellertson-Tiffany Maurycy (Saturday, 12:36 p.m.; Sunday, 9:12 a.m.).

By Chris Lang

Each VSGA side participating in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships, which begin this weekend on opposite parts of the East Coast, has an interesting story to tell.

Take International Country Club’s Lauren Greenlief, for instance. She and Alexandra Austin qualified for the U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Championship, held at Florida’s Streamsong Resort, last August. Since then, Greenlief turned 25 in September, became eligible to compete in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and became the first woman from Virginia to win a USGA championship by winning the Mid-Am. That victory played a huge role in her earning a sponsor’s exemption to play in the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship, which begins Thursday.

Austin, a member at Springfield Golf and CC, will be in Florida for a 1:24 p.m. starting time on Saturday. Greenlief’s ability to join Austin is contingent on her play at Kingsmill. If she makes the cut against a field of the world’s best women golfers and sticks around for the weekend in Williamsburg, Austin will play alone. Another VSGA member, Amy Ellertson of Farmington CC, qualified as an alternate in Colorado in October and made the field with partner Tiffany Maurycy of Denver.

Adam Horton and Tyler Gulliksen, members at Elizabeth Manor Golf & CC in Portsmouth, qualified for the Men’s Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot in New York in August as well. Had the championship proper been held soon after the qualifier at The Federal Club in Glen Allen, Horton would have had to play alone. Gulliksen, who serves in the United States Navy, was deployed to Africa soon after and is just now getting his game back to the level needed to compete on the national stage.

Evergreen CC’s Scott Shingler won a VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship with Keith Decker in 2012. The next year, personal business precluded Decker from partnering with Shingler for the Four-Ball. So Shingler asked Roanoke’s Justin Young if he was interested in partnering up.

“He asked me if I’d play with him, and I said ‘I will, but it’ll cost you. I don’t come cheap,’” Young joked. “But that’s what happened, though. He needed a partner. I was available. We played some throughout the Carolinas matches [Captain’s Putter matches], and it just kind of formulated from there.”

Since qualification, Young survived a 22-for-2 playoff for the final match play spot at the U.S. Mid-Amateur, advanced to the round of 16 of that event and won VSGA men’s golfer of the year honors, an award Shingler has also won in the past. Shingler and Young were the runners-up earlier this month at the VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship, falling three holes into a sudden-death playoff with Harold Dill III and Kyle Bailey.

“I think we’re steady personalities. We get along well. We’re not too uptight. I think that’s probably it,” Shingler said. “To get up there and see the course — I’ve heard such great things about the entire facility, not only the golf course — it’s going to be a real treat. We’ll go up there, get a couple of practice rounds in. And if you put a couple of good rounds together and get into match play, anything can happen.”

Horton has some experience playing Winged Foot. He teamed with fellow Elizabeth Manor member Roger Newsom to win the John G. Anderson Memorial Tournament there last summer.

“Especially the U.S. Open courses, they’re just unrelenting,” Horton said. “They never give up. Every hole seems like it’s 460, 470 yards, driver, mid-iron. They’re both really good tests. I’ll be interested to see how the USGA sets it up compared to how Winged Foot set it up.”

Gulliksen didn’t return from his deployment until March, so the VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play Championship at River Bend Club was an important event for both players.

“It’s a good prep, because it’s the same format,” Horton said. “For both of us, it’s only our second tournament this year. We need to knock off some rust still and find out what we need to work on. This is very similar to what we’ll see up there – same fairways, same kind of rough. It’s a really good test. With as long as this course [River Bend Club] is playing, it’s going to be real similar to what’s up there.”

Gulliksen wasn’t able to play when overseas, so he’s counted on Horton as he’s tried to get his game in shape this spring. Horton bombs it off the tee, and shot placement is a big strength of Gulliksen’s.

“We are a good match,” Gulliksen said. “Adam can be aggressive. He can hit it long if he has to. I can try to be precise when I have to, just to put one in play, so potentially bring him up sometimes. It’s normally kind of a good match, ham and egg, in a way. We complement each other well.

“It’s a USGA event. It’s what you work so hard at playing amateur golf, to be able to play in one. It’ll be nerve wracking, but it’ll be fun. That’s the No. 1 thing. Especially to be able to do it together as a team, that’s what makes it more enjoyable. It takes the stress off of it when you’re doing it as a team than when you’re doing it at a single individual.”

Gulliksen said he and Horton planned to play some practice rounds with their fellow Virginians in New York. It’s the first trip to a USGA event for either player. Young and Shingler have both competed in U.S. Mid-Amateurs, so they have a pretty good idea of the level of competition they’ll see this weekend.

“I feel like we can go low,” Young said. “We’re not going up there just to enjoy Winged Foot and the experience. We’ve talked. We’re going to go up there and have fun. You’ve got to set goals. The first goal is to get into match play. Then from there, it’s game on. You can play really good and get beat or you can play mediocre and win. Match play is totally different.”

Chris Lang is the Editor of Virginia Golfer Magazine and Manager, Digital Media for the VSGA.

Spencer-Wilkinson Benefit kicks off VSGA women’s schedule Mon, 16 May 2016 20:41:15 +0000 Read More]]> Full results

WILLIAMSBURG — The VSGA kicked off its women’s competition schedule Monday with the Spencer-Wilkinson Benefit Tournament at Two Rivers Country Club. The tournament, which benefits the VSGA-VIP Scholarship Program’s Spencer-Wilkinson Scholarship Fund, is a four-person captain’s choice event with gross and net winners in two divisions.

Twenty-two four-person teams competed in the event. The Spencer-Wilkinson Scholarship Fund annually awards grants to female high school seniors with an interest in golf who are planning on attending college. Four such grants were awarded at VSGA Day on May 2, bringing the total number of students receiving Spencer-Wilkinson grants since 1996 to 48.

The overall gross winner was the team of Mimi Hoffman, Kay Tyler, Maria Kirby (all from Belle Haven CC) and Abby Portyrata (First Tee of Greater Richmond), which posted a 13-under par 59. The team made eagle on the par-5 9th hole, carded 11 birdies and had no bogeys. They finished two shots better in the gross division than Boodie McGurn, Lindsay Wortham (both from CC of Virginia), Lyberty Anderson (First Tee of Greater Richmond) and Meg Gilmer (Farmington CC). Their round also featured an eagle, this one coming on the par-5 16th hole.

The Hoffman, Tyler, Kirby and Portyrata team also posted the top net score with a 14-under 58, the difference being a net eagle on the par-4 5th hole. But because they had already won the overall gross title, the overall net score title went to the team of Corinna Kunipo, Rita Prendergast (both from Newport News GC), Marcia Maynard and Lisa Egizi (both from The Woodlands GC), which shot a 13-under 59. Five teams shot a net score of 60 to tie for third place.

The VSGA Women’s Championship schedule opens on June 13 with the first of three rounds at the 39th VSGA Women’s Stroke Play Championship at Winchester Country Club. The 19th VSGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship, a two-round event, opens a day later at Winchester.

Inaugural class inducted into Virginia Golf Hall of Fame Wed, 11 May 2016 01:00:47 +0000 Read More]]>  

DSC_0253HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Six legends of Virginia golf were inducted as part of the Inaugural Class of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night during a dinner and ceremony at the Omni Homestead Resort.

Vinny Giles, Chandler Harper, Clyde Luther, Sam Snead, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins were honored at the ceremony, which included guests and dignitaries from the USGA, VSGA, Middle Atlantic PGA, Middle Atlantic Golf Association and Omni Hotels and Resorts, among others.

The ceremony coincided with the launch of the virtual Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, which can be found online at The website features rooms and exhibits on all six inductees, along with news, information on the nine-person selection committee, and a nomination form for potential future Hall of Fame members.

Snead, Strange and Wadkins are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. They’re also members of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, as are Giles and Harper. Harper and Giles are members of the Middle Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame, and Harper holds a spot in the PGA of America Hall of Fame. Luther, a retired commercial airline pilot, is a nationally known expert on the Rules of Golf.

Clyde Luther

Clyde Luther

Snead, Strange, Wadkins and Harper all won major championships during their illustrious careers, and all four represented their country in Ryder Cup matches. Giles is renowned as one of the greatest amateurs to have ever played the game, and he’s the only man in history to have won the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Senior Amateur championships. Among the awards Luther has won during his career as a rules official was the 2002 Joe Dey Award, given annually by the USGA to recognize meritorious service to the game.

The four living members of the Inaugural Class were present at Tuesday’s ceremony, along with members of their families. The honorees were presented framed certificates recognizing their accomplishments, along with a medallion featuring the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame logo and the date of the induction ceremony. Golf Channel’s Terry Gannon was the emcee for the event.

Jackie Snead accepted on behalf of his father Sam, who died in 2002 four days short of his 90th birthday. Strange, who counted Harper as one of his most important mentors, accepted for Harper.

Deliberations will begin for the 2017 Virginia Hall of Fame class later this year. For those interested in nominating an individual, a form to do so is available on the website. The 2017 Virginia Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Thursday, May 18 at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.