RICHMOND –– PGA professional Tim Lewis, 51, of Hampton delivered a final round 2-under-par 68 to post a two-stroke comeback victory as the 7th Senior of Open of Virginia concluded today at The Country Club of Virginia’s Westhampton Course.
Lewis, the PGA teaching professional at Kempsville Greens Golf Course in Virginia Beach, finished with a 3-under 137 (69-68) aggregate and was the only competitor in the field to fire two subpar rounds.
Three PGA professionals finished two strokes back at 1-under 139 – Robert Affelder (Berlin, Md. / The Original Golf School at The Bay Club), overnight leader Bud Lintelman (Purcellville, Va. / PGA director of instruction at Westpark Golf Club in Leesburg) and Daniel Thore (Reidsville, N.C. / Dick’s Sporting Goods in Danville). Thore posted 69, Affelder had 71 and Lintelman carded 72. Central Virginian Tim Kelley of Ashland (68–even-par 140) claimed low amateur honors.
Lewis captured his first title in an individual event under the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America’s name; the Senior Open of Virginia is conducted jointly by the MAPGA and the Virginia State Golf Association.
“It means a lot to me to have my name on that trophy – to say ‘Senior Open of Virginia champion’ is pretty exciting,” said Lewis, who was awarded the Harry W. Easterly Jr. Trophy, honoring the past VSGA and USGA president and took home a $600 winner’s check.
Lewis began the day two strokes off of Lintelman’s lead, but negotiated the nuances of CCV’s Westhampton’s pure but undulating greens, which serve as a formidable defense on the less than 6,100-yard layout. During a six-hole stretch from Nos. 8-13, he used just nine putts, moved to two under par for the championship and wouldn’t relinquish the top spot.
Starting the surge at the par-3 eighth hole, there Lewis stuffed his tee shot to 4 feet and shot 1-under 33 on the outward half to share the lead with Affelder at two under for the championship. Lewis made a good 7-footer for par at the par-4 10th and after Lintelman knocked in a 12-footer for birdie one hole later to tie the lead, it would be only temporary. Lewis answered by making a 10-footer of his own to retain a one-stroke advantage.
Despite a bogey at the demanding par-3 12th that dropped him back to two under for the event, Lewis never wavered and that was his only hiccup on the inward half. Lintelman made back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 to drop back to even par for the championship and Affelder played a Nos. 12 and 13 in three over par and fell three shots off the pace.
Even with the steady play by Lewis, playing a grouping ahead, Thore made birdie from close range at the par-4 13th to gain a share of the lead at two under, while Lintelman answered at the par-4 14th, playing his second shot to 4 inches for an eventual birdie to get back into red numbers.
On a layout that requires precision at nearly every turn, Lintelman played steadily and made four straight pars from Nos. 14-17. He nearly chipped in after missing the putting surface short at the par-4 16th and calmly two-putted from 25 feet below the hole at the tough par-3 17th to remain at two under. Lewis was one ahead of both Lintelman and Thore – who missed a 6-foot comebacker for par at No. 16 – headed to the last.
At the par-5 18th, Lewis displayed a deft touch and steely nerve, playing a short pitch shot from a spongy lie from 16 yards short of the green to tap-in range for a birdie to secure the title.
Lintelman could only reflect on some opportunities that were lost throughout the round.
“I made too many mistakes today,” he said. “I fought as hard as I could, but in the end, I made too many errors to close it out.”
Faced with the exacting demands of Westhampton’s greens, Lewis noted the important of freeing up his putting stroke.
“I trusted my reads on the greens, which are phenomenal,” he said. “I had good pace and trusted it – you feel it and trust it and let it go.”
Then he smiled for a moment and was seemingly filled with as much relief as exhilaration following the grind-it-out triumph.
“It doesn’t take a long golf course for it to be demanding,” Lewis said. “It’s the toughest 6,100 yards I’ve ever seen.”
RICHMOND –– Results following the final round of the 7th Senior Open of Virginia at The Country Club of Virginia’s Westhampton Course (6,075 yards, par 34-36—70) on Friday, Sept. 21.
(a) – denotes amateur
Tim Lewis, PGA (Hampton), 69-68—137
Robert Affelder, PGA (Berlin, Md.), 68-71—139
Bud Lintelman, PGA (Purcellville), 67-72—139
Daniel Thore, PGA (Reidsville, N.C.), 70-69—139
(a) – Tim Kelley (Ashland), 72-68—140
(a) – Allen Barber (Yorktown), 70-71—141
Glenn McCloskey, PGA (Frederick, Md.), 72-69—141
(a) – Tom Grady (Marshall), 73-69—142
(a) – Col. James Gallagher (Yorktown), 69-73—142
(a) Jack Catlett (Richmond), 68-74—142
(a) – Mark Waslo (Vienna), 74-69—143
Dan O’Boyle, PGA (Portsmouth), 73-70—143
(a) – Jack Allara II (Salem), 73-71—144
(a) – Dave Pulk (Williamsburg), 69-75—144
Glen Miller, PGA (Herndon), 71-73—144
Dean Sumner, PGA (Callao), 78-66—144
Jay Hardwick, PGA (Blacksburg), 72-73—145
(a) – Andy Harris (Herndon), 74-72—146
(a) – Tim Vigotsky (Centreville), 76-70—146
(a) – Vinny Giles (Richmond), 71-76—147
(a) – Mike McDonald (Williamsburg), 73-74—147
Mark Lambert, PGA (Suffolk), 70-77—147
Tim White, PGA (Midlothian), 74-73—147
(a) – Leon Roday (Henrico), 76-71—147
(a) – David Partridge (Manakin), 76-72—148
(a) – Ralph Knapp (Virginia Beach), 74-74—148
(a) – Jim Nirich (Catlett), 75-73—148
(a) – Bill Nunnenkamp (Blue Ridge), 73-75—148
(a) – Skip Zobel (Virginia Beach), 74-74—148
Jon Corliss, PGA (Virginia Beach), 73-75—148
Frank Ferguson, PGA (Damascus, Md.), 75-73—148
Harry Griffin, PGA (Moseley), 77-71—148
(a) – Michael Brennan (Leesburg), 75-74—149
Michael Farewell, PGA (Manassas), 77-72—149
(a) – J.P. Leigh (Suffolk), 76-74—150
Daniel Baker, PGA (Midlothian), 79-72—151
Glenn Brown, PGA (Vienna), 78-73—151
Butch Butler, PGA (Lusby, Md.), 81-70—151
Mark Guttenberg, PGA (Aldie), 74-77—151
Mark Houston (Newport News), 76-75—151
(a) – Al Bello III (Stafford), 77-75—152
(a) – John Casstevens (Glen Allen), 75-77—152
George Danielson, PGA (Oakton), 73-79—152
(a) – Jeff Bostic (Richmond), 79-74—153
(a) – John Hoffman (Fairfax), 76-77—153
(a) – Richard Blackburn (Alexandria), 78-75—153
(a) – Jim Hudson (Midlothian), 76-77—153
(a) – Jim Heidel (Charlottesville), 78-75—153
Scott Ezell, PGA (Earlysville), 77-76—153
Roger Hatcher, PGA (Manassas), 76-77—153
(a) – E. Lee Coble (Richmond), 77-77—154
(a) – Chip Cutrone (Portsmouth), 75-79—154
(a) – Jay Rickles (Hampton), 75-79—154
(a) – Doug Henson (Roanoke), 78-76—154
Steve Danielson, PGA (Alexandria), 73-81—154
Dean Evans, PGA (Richmond), 73-81—154
Rocky Fryar, PGA (Richmond), 77-77—154
(a) – Steve Castro (Chantilly), 73-82—155
(a) – Stan Fischer (Kilmarnock), 76-79—155
(a) – Mark Funderburke (Roanoke), 80-76—156
Bob Prange, PGA (Richmond), 79-77—156
(a) – Mike Nicewarner (Middletown), 78-78—156
(a) – Martin Taplett (Culpeper), 77-80—157
Curt McCormick, PGA (Crewe), 77-80—157
(a) – Cal Coolidge (Lake Frederick), 79-79—158
(a) – Tom Hackett (Powhatan), 81-77—158
(a) – Ray Montgomery (Clifton), 83-76—159
(a) – J.W. Entsminger (Lexington), 76-83—159
(a) – Rick LaReau (Glen Allen), 78-81—159
Gary Anderson, PGA (Hampton), 80-79—159
Tom Lernihan, PGA (Fredericksburg), 79-80—159
Gene Orrico, PGA (Sterling), 79-80—159
(a) – Mike McLister (Leesburg), 83-77—160
Robert Ferguson, PGA (Falls Church), 79-81—160
Steve Greiner, PGA (Arlington), 80-80—160
(a) – Pokey Buchanan (Bealeton), 81-80—161
Don Ryder, PGA (Hot Springs), 81-80—161
Pete Stassi, PGA (Fairfax), 81-81—162
(a) – Greg Thomas (Virginia Beach), 79-84—163
(a) – Danny Hopkins (Roanoke), 87-76—163
Gary Kennedy (Virginia Beach), 83-80—163
(a) – Dennis Hiatt (Hillsville), 86-77—163
William Heron, PGA (Charlottesville), 80-84—164
John Rutledge, PGA (Williamsburg), 85-80—165
(a) – Phil Huffman (New Kent), 81-87—168
(a) – Greg Marbold (Richmond), 86-82—168
(a) – Chris Harvey (Charlottesville), 81-WD
Greg Scott, PGA (Oakton), 71-WD
Richard Wrenn, PGA (Virginia Beach), 82-WD