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2012 SUNTRUST STATE OPEN OF VIRGINIA FACT SHEET
Friday-Sunday, July 19-22, 2012
at Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.

SUNTRUST STATE OPEN OF VIRGINIA RETURNS TO INDEPENDENCE GOLF CLUB FOR A SIXTH STRAIGHT YEAR: Independence Golf Club, the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation’s statewide home for golf in Midlothian, Va., near Richmond, will be hosting the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia for a sixth consecutive year.

The championship will be conducted Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22.  Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Admission is FREE OF CHARGE.

The charity for the 2012 championship is the VSGA Foundation, which is dedicated to junior golf and affording opportunities to young people through the game.

Virginia’s State Open is one of the premier State Opens in the country, and a major reason for that is SunTrust’s sponsorship.

ABOUT INDEPENDENCE GOLF CLUB: Independence Golf Club, owned by the VSGA Foundation, features a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse, an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed championship course and a nine-hole Sawyer Short Course. In addition, the club includes a separate junior clubhouse with two existing dormitories for campers. The VSGA Foundation continues to champion junior golf initiatives, particularly those that benefit at-risk children. The Robins Junior Program camps and clinics not only teach fundamentals of the game, but also empowering life lessons.

Robins Junior Programs will be conducted at the dedicated area at the far end of the complex during the event.

PREVIOUS CHAMPIONSHIPS HOSTED BY INDEPENDENCE GOLF CLUB: A VSGA member club, Independence Golf Club has welcomed a host of VSGA and state championships as well as USGA qualifying rounds, including the SunTrust State Open of Virginia from 2007-12.

Independence Golf Club has also welcomed the: the VSGA Public Links Championship (2011); the VSGA Club Championship (2004, 2006 and 2008); the VSGA Youth Championship (2007-11); the VSGA Junior Match Play Championship (2003); the VSGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship (2004) and the Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Challenge (2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010). Independence hosted the 2005 MAPGA Professional-Assistant Championship as well as the Women’s Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship and is the ongoing host of the VSGA Foundation High School Invitational. 

ON THE WEB: Log on to the VSGA Internet site (http://www.vsga.org/) and the MAPGA’s site (http://www.mapga.com/) for the latest results and recap from the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia.

FORMAT: The SunTrust State Open of Virginia is a 72-hole, stroke play event with the field limited to 168 golfers comprised of 81 eligible amateurs, including the defending champion, amateur Roger Newsom of Virginia Beach, and 80 eligible PGA members and apprentices. The field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties following the completion of 36 holes. 

The non-exempt amateur field was filled at 11 zone qualifying sites throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia on May 30 and May 31 as well as June 1, 4, 5 and 11. The non-exempt PGA professional field was filled at a PGA professional qualifier on Monday, June 25. The seven remaining spots will be filled in the special Open qualifier for amateurs and professionals on Monday, July 16 at Providence Golf Club in Richmond.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

  • Wednesday, July 18 – SunTrust State Open of Virginia practice round (until 3 p.m.)
  • Thursday and Friday, July 19-20: Starting times from 7:30-9:27 a.m. and from 12:30-2:27 p.m.                                   
  • Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22 Starting times off Nos. 1 and 10 tees, with the field comprised of the low 70 competitors and ties making the Friday cut

JUNIOR CLINIC: During SunTrust State Open week, a junior clinic will be conducted on Tuesday, July 17 at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. The session, open to junior golfers, ages 5-17, will be conducted at Independence Golf Club’s practice facility from
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Whether you’re just picking up a club for the first time or hoping for a few tips to take your game to the next level, the clinic is designed to provide the next generation with a head start in the game.

The group of award-winning instructors include: Mike West, the PGA director of golf at Independence, Meredith Loosse, the PGA/LPGA director of Robins Junior Programs at the club as well as Adam Smith, the PGA director of instruction at Salisbury Country Club and Matthew Schulze, the PGA golf professional at Richmond Country Club.

ENTRIES: For the SunTrust State Open of Virginia, 313 amateur entries were accepted for the event.

Ten amateur golfers, including Roger Newsom of Virginia Beach, the reigning champion and winner in 2008, as well as Martinsville’s Keith Decker were fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. SunTrust State Open champions from the past 10 years are exempt; Decker’s last State Open victory came in 2002 (he also won the event in 1996 and 2001).

AMATEUR EXEMPTIONS: A list of 10 amateur golfers who are fully exempt and competing in the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (excluding tournament committee exemptions) follows:      

–– Bryce Chalkley (Richmond) – Semifinalist at the 2011 VSGA Amateur Championship.

–– Keith Decker (Martinsville) – 2002 SunTrust State Open champion; No. 2-ranked golfer in the season-ending 2011 VSGA player rankings.

–– Jake Mondy (Blacksburg) – 2011 VSGA Junior Stroke Play champion.

–– Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville) – Top-five amateur at the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (third low amateur).

–– Roger Newsom (Virginia Beach) – 2008 and 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia champion; No. 4-ranked golfer in the season-ending 2011 VSGA player rankings.

–– Ji Soo Park (Centreville) – Finalist at the 2011 VSGA Amateur Championship.

–– Mike Redwood (Virginia Beach) – Top-five amateur at the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (tied for fifth low amateur).

–– Scott Shingler (Haymarket) – 2011 VSGA Amateur champion; 2010 VSGA Mid-Amateur champion; No. 1-ranked golfer in the season-ending 2011 VSGA player rankings.

–– Jeremy Wells (Hopewell) – Top-five amateur at the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (fourth low amateur).

–– Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian) – Top-five amateur at the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (tied for fifth low amateur).

PROFESSIONAL EXEMPTIONS: A list of 10 professionals who are fully exempt and competing in the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (excluding committee exemptions) follows:

 –– Jimmy Flippen Jr. (Danville) – One of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (tied for second low professional); One of the top 10 PGA professionals from the 2011 MAPGA Player of the Year points list (ranked No. 5)

–– Patrick Hawkins (Richmond) – One of the top 10 PGA professionals from the 2011 MAPGA Player of the Year points list (ranked No. 7); 2011 MAPGA Assistants champion; competed in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship

–– Faber Jamerson, PGA (Appomattox) – 2009 SunTrust State Open of Virginia champion; one of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (tied for second low professional); competed in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship

–– Geoff Montross, PGA (Fairfax) – One of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (10th low professional)

–– John O’Leary, PGA (Reston) – One of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (seventh low professional); One of the top 10 PGA professionals from the 2011 MAPGA Player of the Year points list (ranked No. 2); competed in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship

–– Rick Schuller, PGA (Chester) – Low professional at the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia; One of the top 10 PGA professionals from the 2011 MAPGA Player of the Year points list (ranked No. 3)

–– Chip Sullivan, PGA (Troutville) – One of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (tied for fourth low professional); One of the top 10 PGA professionals from the 2011 MAPGA Player of the Year points list (ranked No. 6); competed in and made the cut at the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship. Sullivan placed fourth at the Maryland State Open on June 11 at Old South Country Club in Lothian, Md.

–– Tim White, PGA (Midlothian) – Low senior professional from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia; top male professional from the 2011 MAPGA Senior Player of the Year points list; competed in the 2012 Senior PGA Championship (Jon Corliss, PGA, of Virginia Beach also competed in the 2012 Senior PGA Championship)

–– Jay Woodson (Richmond) – One of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (tied for fourth low professional)

––Cameron Yancey (Blackstone) – One of the top 10 professionals from the 2011 SunTrust State Open of Virginia (sixth low professional)

THE WINNER RECEIVES: The winner of the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia champion has his name engraved on the Farmington Cup and receives a crystal trophy to take home. The low amateur receives the Fritz Souder Trophy and the low professional earns the Lyn Luck Trophy.

ALTERATIONS AFOOT: Some changes are possible in the makeup of the field because of a policy change by both associations.

For years, entry for professionals into Virginia’s Open had a residency requirement. Virginia pros, whether members of the MAPGA or not, could enter. If you were from outside the commonwealth, you weren’t eligible.

“What spurred the change was the feeling that any event the MAPGA is involved in running should be open to the whole membership,” says current MAPGA Executive Director Jon Guhl. He was associate director to Col. Dick Johns, now retired, when the MAPGA board of directors proposed the policy change. “As we are not the Virginia PGA, but the Middle Atlantic PGA, our board wanted to open the event to our entire membership.”

The VSGA changed its residency requirement in 2010. VSGA members who live outside of Virginia but play 50 percent of their golf at VSGA member clubs are eligible to compete in VSGA events. College students at Virginia schools whose parents/guardians live outside Virginia are also eligible as long as they are members of a VSGA member club.
Both associations want to make the event better.

“The two associations thought that the premier event should include all of the membership of both organizations and not be constrained by where they live,” Guhl says. “Our policy used to say eligibility was limited to those who lived or worked in Virginia. Now it just refers to being a member or apprentice of the MAPGA.”

The MAPGA kept the VSGA abreast of what was being considered.

“Our board came to the conclusion that it did not want to interfere with any policy the MAPGA wanted to adopt,” says VSGA Executive Director Jamie Conkling. “The VSGA would support any decision to either provide access to out-of-state residents or not.” 

According to Guhl, a straw vote at the MAPGA membership meeting in February showed support for the change. The estimated tally was 220-10.

“In the end, it came down to membership. We are a membership organization, running a premier event that was not open to all of our members, simply based on where they chose to live,” says John Malinowski, MAPGA Section president and head PGA professional at Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville, Md. “We thought that needed to be corrected, especially with the ease of communication and travel these days. It is too good of an event to deny the opportunity to half of our membership.”

THE 2011 CHAMPION: Amateur Roger Newsom of Virginia Beach blew past the field and post an eight-stroke, wire-to-wire victory at last year’s SunTrust State Open of Virginia.

The South Hampton Roads ophthalmologist delivered a steady final-day 1-under 71 and finished with an 18-under-par 270 aggregate, following rounds of 65-67-67 the first three days.

Newsom, the 2008 SunTrust State Open champion, became the sixth player since the two Opens merged 27 years ago to take home multiple titles. He’s also the 20th competitor in the championship’s 111-year history to have his name on the title more than once.

Amateurs occupied three of the top four spots on the leader board. Amateur and 2011 winner Evan Beck (Virginia Beach), a student-athlete at Wake Forest University, and PGA professional Rick Schuller (Chester), each delivered final-round best scores of 6-under 66 to finish at 10-under 278. Schuller, the 1998 champion, earned low professional honors. Stanardsville’s Mikey Moyers (2-under 70 on Sunday), a student-athlete at Virginia Tech, closed at 9-under 279.

The victory marked the first time in the 27-year history of the merged Open that a different amateur has triumphed in consecutive years after Beck won in 2010. Amateurs have never won three consecutive Opens in the post-merger era.

WELCOME DEFENSE: Newsom is looking ahead to defense of his second SunTrust State Open title. The 48-year-old ophthalmologist remembers how much he enjoyed the victory that put him in the record books and placed him on an elite level with some amateur golf standouts that he wanted to emulate.

“I wanted to play at the level of [Keith] Decker (a three-time SunTrust State Open winner), [Pat] Tallent and others, really out of the true enjoyment I get out of playing well at that level,” Newsom says. “It is very humbling to think that others might look upon me as I have for years viewed Decker. My goal has always been to see how good I can continue to become.”

Newsom posted a four-stroke victory at the Eastern Amateur Championship at his home club, Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth on Sunday, July 16.

GOOD COMPANY: PGA professional Faber Jamerson the PGA general manager at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox has won the SunTrust State Open on three occasions (1999, 2006 and 2009)

Prior to Newsom’s eight-shot romp last year, Jamerson’s five-stroke victory margin of victory at the 2009 SunTrust State Open was the largest in the event’s history since 2006 when he triumphed by six strokes at Willow Oaks Country Club, joining Chandler Harper (10-time State Open champion as a professional) and Tom Strange as the only three golfers in the event’s history to win as both an amateur and as a professional. Strange won as an amateur in 1957, the last year before the VSGA and VPGA began playing separate Opens. Strange won VPGA Opens in 1963, 1964 and 1966. He won the VSGA Open in 1967. 

With his first Open victory at Independence in 2009, Jamerson became the second player to win the championship three times since the two Opens merged 28 years ago. Amateur Keith Decker (Martinsville), who won in 1996, 2001 and 2002, has also collected a trio of victories.

Jamerson also won in 1999 as a 22-year-old amateur, blowing past the field by eight strokes at Ford’s Colony Country Club.

TEENAGER MONDY WINS THE VSGA AMATEUR: Blacksburg’s Jake Mondy, 19, scored a 4 and 2 victory over mid-amateur Buck Brittain, 45, of Tazewell to win the 99th VSGA Amateur Championship at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 30.

A rising sophomore at Auburn University, Mondy claimed his first VSGA Amateur title. Mondy made good on his aspiration to win one for his late father, Dave, who died of a heart attack at age 56 on Oct. 26, 2010, about two weeks after he witnessed Jake represented the Virginias team against their Carolinas counterparts at the Captain’s Putter Matches at Bayville.

Mondy made some clutch putts on the second nine in the afternoon session to take home the Schwarzschild Brothers Trophy awarded to the champion.

Mondy became the first western Virginian to win the VSGA Amateur since Martinsville’s Keith Decker captured the last of his two titles in 1991. He’s also the second player from the region to have his name on the VSGA Amateur and VSGA Junior Stroke Play trophies; Mondy won the 2010 Junior at Roanoke Country Club and repeated last year at Cedar Point Country Club in Suffolk. Martinsville’s Steve Smith won the Junior crown in 1974 and notched a victory at the VSGA Amateur five years later. Mondy also became the first player to hold the Junior Stroke Play and Amateur titles in the same rotation since Brinson Paolini of Virginia Beach claimed both championships in 2008.

NEAR VICTORIES: Troutville’s Chip Sullivan, the PGA director of golf at Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem, has finished as the championship’s runner-up four times in six years, having posted second place finishes in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Sullivan has won the Maryland Open four times and won the PGA Professional National Championship in 2007. He was also was low professional in 2004, when central Virginia amateur Spence Andrews triumphed.

DEMANDING TRACK: Of the 76 competitors who made the cut last year (45 amateurs and 31 professionals), 10 amateurs completed the event under par, while nine professionals finished in red numbers.  

FROM ONE MAJOR TO THE NEXT: Each of the four semifinalists from this year’s VSGA Amateur Championship and five of the eight quarterfinals from the event are in the field: Blacksburg’s Jake Mondy (champion);Tazewell’s Buck Brittain (finalist); central Virginians and semifinalists Tim Osterbind of Midlothian and Jeremy Wells of Hopewell as well as quarterfinalist Josh Apple (Lansdowne)

NUMBERS GAME: One of the keys to contending on Sunday is managing a grueling early stretch of the first seven holes. Independence starts with three demanding par 4s measuring more than 430 yards. Competitors are then faced with a risk-reward par 5 at No. 4, before encountering a tough 4-4-3 stretch at No. 5-7.

Competitors get some relief during a mid-round stretch that includes a birdieable par 5 (No. 8), two short par 4s (Nos. 10 and 12) and a modest-length par 3 (No. 11), the only one of four that plays less than 200 yards.

“If you can get through the first seven holes around par, you have some opportunities from Nos. 8-13,” says Mike West, the PGA general manager and director of golf at Independence Golf Club. “You can get your round going. From Nos. 10-13, you have to play that stretch under par to have a good round. You can’t rely on birdies early or birdies late.”

SELECT COMPANY: With a fourth title, three-time winners Keith Decker of Martinsville (champion in 1996, 2001 and 2002) and PGA professional Faber Jamerson of Appomattox (winner in 1999, 2006 and 2009) would join Danville’s John Bruce (1974-77) as four-time victors in the championship.

HISTORY LESSON: The State Open dates back to 1924 and this will be the 112th playing and 85th year of the championship. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the “merged” Opens – prior to the merge in 1985, two State Open championships were held per year from 1958-85 by the two governing organizations, the VSGA and MAPGA.

The late Chandler Harper, PGA, claimed the championship a record nine times (1932, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1952, 1960, 1967, 1968 and 1970), including posting wins in five different decades. In 1970, he won the title at age 56, becoming the oldest player to ever win the State Open.

Other notable past champions include six-time winner Bobby Cruickshank, PGA, (1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1939) as well as five-time victors Jack Isaacs, PGA, (1949, 1950, 1956, 1958, 1961) and Tom Strange, PGA, (1957, 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967), among others. Also among those players to capture the championship were three-time winners Keith Decker of Martinsville (1996, 2001 and 2002) and Richmond’s Vinny Giles (1969, 1973 and 1974), who remain amateurs, as well as professional Faber Jamerson (1999, 2006 and 2009) and golfers who went on to play the PGA Tour such as Lanny Wadkins (1971), Bobby Wadkins (1981, 1982, 1983), Mark Carnevale (1984) and Robert Wrenn (1983, 1989 and 1991).

In winning the 1991 title by a championship record-tying 12 strokes at  Willow Oaks Country Club, Wrenn shot a then-tournament record 20-under-par 268, which included a third round 9-under-par 63 (his 20 under aggregate was matched in 2010 by amateur Evan Beck of Virginia Beach). Woody Fitzhugh, PGA, also won the championship by 12 strokes over Vinny Giles in 1986.   

HIGH PRAISE: Decker, a seven-time VSGA golfer of the year, had high praise for Scott Shingler, the low amateur at the 2009 SunTrust State Open of Virginia, after the tandem combined to win the VSGA Four-Ball Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club in Gordonsville.

Shingler and Decker were the top two points’ leaders, respectively, in the 2011 season-ending VSGA player rankings. Decker, who has consistently held the top spot since 2001, offered a stern opinion when asked who has the stake as the best player in the commonwealth these days.

“It’s not a hard question at all. He’s right here,” said Decker, pointing right at Shingler, who was honored as the VSGA golfer of the year in 2011. “Over the last one and a half to two years, Scott’s been the man.”

Shingler politely shook his head and was quick to throw water on that notion.

“We have so many great players in the state,” said the 40-year-old Shingler. “Out here, any player can beat any other guy on any given day.”

The owner of an enviable and powerfully efficient golf swing, with the triumph, Shingler is a win away from what Decker refers to as the ‘VSGA Grand Slam’ – victories at the VSGA Amateur, the SunTrust State Open, the Mid-Amateur and the Four-Ball. In addition to claiming the 2011 Amateur, Shingler won the Mid-Amateur in 2010 and is only a SunTrust State Open win away from accomplishing a rare feat. Only Decker and former Galax resident Tom McKnight have won all four titles since the VSGA Mid-Amateur was first conducted in 1977.

“If you look at what I consider the VSGA ‘Grand Slam,’ I look at Scott and think he has a wonderful chance,” Decker said.

FORMER WINNER TED BROWN SHOOTS 60 IN OPEN QUALIFIER: Ted Brown, a Glen Allen-based professional, shot a scorching 11-under 60 at Providence Golf Club in Richmond to pace seven competitors in Open qualifying on Monday, July 16.

Brown, the 2005 event champion, had 10 birdies, an eagle and one bogey. Even par through No. 4, he played the last 14 holes in 11 under par, including an incredible stretch of seven consecutive threes starting at No. 9. The total was a lifetime low in competition for Brown. He shot 59 in a non-competitive round at Providence last summer.

“I’ve played there so much – it’s so comfortable to me,” Brown said. “I know where to hit it.”

Brown broke his collarbone in February and missed 10 weeks before resuming play in April. He’s admittedly stoked about making his first start in the SunTrust State Open since finishing in a tie for 13th place in 2008.

“I know I’m hitting it well,” said Brown, who is working at River’s Bend Golf Club in Chester. “I just need to make some putts.”

Also qualifying were professionals Peter Badawy (McLean), Phillip Collier (Sutherland), Jeff Long (Centreville), and Ryan Zylstra (Glen Allen) as well as amateurs Michael Minicucci (Richmond) and Ryan Rettberg (Front Royal).

CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD: Past State Open champions in this year’s field include the following eight competitors (a – denotes amateur):

  • a – Spence Andrews, Glen Allen (2004)
  • Ted Brown, Richmond (2005)
  • Jon Corliss, PGA, Virginia Beach (2003)
  • a – Keith Decker, Martinsville (1996, 2001, 2002)
  • Faber Jamerson, PGA, Appomattox (1999, 2006 and 2009)
  • a – Roger Newsom, Virginia Beach (2011 and 2008)
  • Rick Schuller, PGA, Chester (1998)
  • Tim White, PGA, Midlothian (1987)

PLAYOFF TIME: Prior to extra hole victories by amateur Roger Newsom (Virginia Beach) in 2008, Jon Corliss, PGA, of Virginia Beach in 2003 and by amateur Keith Decker of Martinsville in 2002, the last playoff was in 1995 when Charlottesville’s Rob McNamara, PGA, defeated Frank Ferguson, PGA, of Falls Church at Willow Oaks after both players finished 72-hole play at 12-under-par 276.

HOLE BY HOLE – Holes 1-9 will play at 3,632 yards and par 36.

Hole #

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Out

Yards

465

452

416

552

388

401

220

536

202

3,632

Par

4

4

4

5

4

4

3

4

3

36

Holes 10-18 will play at 3,495 yards and par 36.

Hole #

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

In

Total

Yards

364

162

375

515

208

398

460

592

421

3,495

7,127

Par

4

3

4

5

3

4

4

5

4

36

72

PRO-AM WINNERS: Professional Jay Woodson (Richmond) teamed with amateur partners Dan Niccolucci, Scott Rinaldi, and Paul Sorenson to win the SunTrust State Open of Virginia pro-am on Monday, July 16 with a score of 25-under 119.

Woodson, who is competing primarily on the NGA Hooters Tour and owns a win on the developmental circuit this season, shot 4-under 68 on his own ball. 

GENERAL MANAGER AND DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT INDEPENDENCE GOLF CLUB: Mike West, PGA

DIRECTOR OF GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE AT INDEPENDENCE GOLF CLUB: Dan Taylor, GCSAA

ABOUT THE VSGA: The VSGA has grown from four founding clubs since its inception to more than 300-plus today. In addition, the VSGA and VIP Card participants total more than 80,000 individuals.  The VSGA promotes and preserves the best interests of the game as embodied in its honorable traditions through its championships, handicap program, course rating system, rules education, communications, VIP Card and scholarship program of the Virginia Golf Foundation, as well as the VSGA Foundation and Independence Golf Club, which is open to all golfers.

ABOUT THE MAPGA: The Middle Atlantic PGA Section (MAPGA), headquartered in Stafford, Va., is one of 41 Sections of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, headquartered inPalm Beach Gardens,Fla. The PGA of America, formed in 1916, has grown into the world’s largest working sports organization with more than 28,000 members and apprentices. Its mission is to promote enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to the game’s growth by providing services to PGA professionals and the industry. The MAPGA has been a part of The PGA since 1925, and consists of over 1,100 PGA members and apprentices inMaryland,Virginia, andWashington,D.C. The MAPGA provides a wide variety of programs and assistance to support its members, who in turn, provide valuable service not only to their golfing customers, but also to their communities in general. MAPGA professionals assist in raising more than $6 million annually for local charities.  

ABOUT THE VSGA FOUNDATION AND INDEPENDENCE GOLF CLUB: Independence Golf Club, owned by the VSGA Foundation, features a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse, an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed championship course and a nine-hole Sawyer Short Course. In addition, the club includes a separate junior clubhouse with dormitories and junior clubhouses for campers. The VSGA Foundation continues to champion junior golf initiatives, particularly those that benefit at-risk children. The Robins Junior Program camps and clinics not only teach fundamentals of the game, but also empowering life lessons. The programs are named in honor of Richmond-based philanthropist E. Claiborne Robins Jr. for his many efforts on behalf of junior golf. Thousands of youths have gone through the camps and clinics over the past nine-plus years.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-64 to Route 288. Take Route 288 South to Robious Road / Huguenot Trail (Route 711). Turn left on Route 711 to Winterfield Road and make a right turn. Proceed approximately one-third of a mile and the club is on the right. For additional information on directions to the club, visit http://www.independencegolfclub.com/.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact VSGA director of communications Andrew Blair at (804) 378-2300, ext. 12. He may also be contacted via e-mail at ablair@vsga.org or vsgacomm@earthlink.net. You may also contact MAPGA Director of Communications Stephanie Jennings at (540) 720-7420, ext. 116 or sjennings@pgahq.com.

MIDLOTHIAN –– Groupings and starting times for the first and second rounds of the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia at Independence Golf Club (7,127 yards, par 36-36—72) on Thursday-Friday, July 19-20.

(a – denotes amateur)

All Times EDT

-Thursday (July 19), hole No. 1 / Friday (July 20), hole No. 10-

7:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Mike Gooden, PGA (McGaheysville); Andy Weissinger, PGA (Portsmouth); (a) – Matthew Ball Jr. (Richmond)
7:39 a.m. / 12:39 p.m. – Tim Crumrine (Richmond); (a) – Jack Adkins (Martinsville); (a) – Maxwell Wyndorf (Richmond)
7:48 a.m. / 12:48 p.m. – Justin Martin (Williamsburg); Joseph Lussier (Lovettsville); (a) – David Peters (Richmond)
7:57 a.m. / 12:57 p.m. – Ben Hogan, PGA (Fairfax); (a) – Ryan Douglass (Leesburg); (a) – Andrew Tilley (Ringgold)
8:06 a.m. / 1:06 p.m. – John O’Leary, PGA (Reston); Tommy Joyce, PGA (Salem); (a) – Weston Eklund (Charlottesville)
8:15 a.m. / 1:15 p.m. – Michael Farewell, PGA (Manassas); (a) – Gary Cicatiello (Providence Forge); (a) – Dan DeRisio (Springfield)
8:24 a.m. / 1:24 p.m. – Steven Pierce (Centreville); Edward Armentrout, PGA (Greenville); (a) – Chas Bassing (Great Falls)
8:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m. – Billy Hoffman, PGA (Bethesda, Md.); (a) – Ian Sikes (Henrico); (a) – Ross Sumner (Callao)
8:42 a.m. / 1:42 p.m. – John Francisco, PGA (Westminster, Md.); Patrick Hawkins, PGA (Richmond); (a) – Mark Adams (Alexandria)
8:51 a.m. / 1:51 p.m. – Cameron Yancey (Blackstone); (a) – Scott Shingler (Haymarket); (a) – Jeremy Wells (Hopewell)
9 a.m. / 2 p.m. – Chad Moseley, PGA (Reston); Jason Toryk, PGA (Winchester); (a) – Nick Austin (Midlothian)
9:09 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Tim Lewis, PGA (Hampton); (a) – Jerry Morelli (Williamsburg); (a) – Brantley Kushner (Leesburg)
9:18 a.m. / 2:18 p.m. – Roger Hatcher, PGA (Manassas); Steve Danielson, PGA (Alexandria); (a) – Mike Redwood (Virginia Beach)
9:27 a.m. / 2:27 p.m. – Brett Robertson, PGA (Midlothian); (a) – Steve Castro (Chantilly); Phillip Collier (Sutherland)

12:30 p.m. / 7:30 a.m. – Tim White, PGA (Midlothian); (a) – Jack Wilkes (Roanoke); (a) – Alec Kormanec (Vienna)
12:39 p.m. / 7:39 a.m. – Steve Bogdanoff, PGA (Fairfax); Gray Thouron, PGA (Richmond); (a) – Steve Serrao (Midlothian)
12:48 p.m. / 7:48 a.m. – Bob Dolan, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.); (a) – Ian Hildebrand (Purcellville); (a) – Philip Mahone (Charlottesville)
12:57 p.m. / 7:57 a.m. – Scott Graber, PGA (Chesterfield); Geoff Montross, PGA (Fairfax); (a) – Jeff Hunter (Ashburn)
1:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. – Michael Ferguson, PGA (Glen Allen); (a) – Chris Slonaker (Harrisonburg); (a) – Brian Hood (Stafford)
1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m. – Joey Beeler (Virginia Beach); Pleasant Hughes, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.); (a) – Sam Williams (Midlothian)
1:24 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Steve WenPetren, PGA (Herndon); (a) – Rich Buckner (Centreville); (a) – Zack Henry (Front Royal)
1:33 p.m. / 8:33 a.m. – Jeffrey Thomas, PGA (Lynchburg); Eric Cobb, PGA (Verona); (a) – Keith Decker (Martinsville)
1:42 p.m. / 8:42 a.m. – Tim Butler, PGA (Windsor Mill); (a) – Neel Williams (Richmond); (a) – Casey Wadkins (Manakin-Sabot)
1:51 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. – Dave Ambrose, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.); Jim Fitzgerald, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.); (a) – Cory Amory (Free Union)
2 p.m. / 9 a.m. – Brendan McGrath, PGA (Centreville); (a) – Alex Sleeker (Richmond); (a) – John David Sanderson (Suffolk)
2:09 p.m. / 9:09 a.m. – Jon Corliss, PGA (Virginia Beach); (a) – Jimmy Delp (Arlington); (a) – Tim Osterbind (Midlothian)
2:18 p.m. / 9:18 a.m. – Ray Richardson, PGA (Annandale); (a) – Justin Nichols (Roanoke); (a) – Michael Minicucci (Richmond)
2:27 p.m. / 9:27 a.m. – Peter Mazza, PGA (Richmond); (a) – Conner Hayden (Chilhowie); Peter Badawy (McLean)

-Thursday (July 19), hole No. 10 / Friday (July 20), hole No. 1-

7:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Jerry Donahue, PGA (Purcellville); (a) – Aaron Eckstein (Salem); (a) – Scott Cornwell (Marshall)
7:39 a.m. / 12:39 p.m. – Paul Gooden, PGA (Harrisonburg); Rocky Fryar, PGA (Richmond); (a) – Aaron Bryant (Prince George)
7:48 a.m. / 12:48 p.m. – Kevin Haney, PGA (Charlottesville); (a) – Dylan Jensen (Ridgeway); (a) – Christopher Kapsak (Richmond)
7:57 a.m. / 12:57 p.m. – Randolph Darden, PGA (Blacksburg); Brian Poniatowski (Leesburg); (a) – Greg Pappas (Warrenton)
8:06 a.m. / 1:06 p.m. – Rick Schuller, PGA (Chester); (a) – Roger Newsom (Virginia Beach); (a) – Jake Mondy (Blacksburg)
8:15 a.m. / 1:15 p.m. – Bryan Jackson, PGA (Palmyra); Troy Thorne (Warsaw); (a) – Chris Tuttle (Virginia Beach)
8:24 a.m. / 1:24 p.m. – Faber Jamerson, PGA (Appomattox); (a) – Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville); (a) – Ji Soo Park (Centreville)
8:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m. – Michael Bell, PGA (Gainesville); Mark Lambert, PGA (Suffolk); (a) – Harrison Vance (Richmond)
8:42 a.m. / 1:42 p.m. – Adam Decker, PGA (Mechanicsville); (a) – Bowen Sargent (Charlottesville); (a) – Trey Treadwell (Haymarket)
8:51 a.m. / 1:51 p.m. – Jay Lindell (Fairfax); Ricky Touma, PGA (Olney); (a) – Tom Adrounie (Fairfax Station)
9 a.m. / 2 p.m. – Dean Sumner, PGA (Callao); (a) – Michael Wade (Floyd); (a) – Hunter Weaver (Orange)
9:09 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Steve Miller, PGA (Ranson); Mike Thompson, PGA (Gordonsville); (a) –Jerry Burton (Gordonsville)
9:18 a.m. / 2:18 p.m. – Keith Hageman (Richmond); (a) – Christian Grundeman (McLean); Ted Brown (Glen Allen)
9:27 a.m. / 2:27 p.m. – Sam Boyd (Bethesda, Md.); (a) – Connor Walters (Salem); Ryan Zylstra (Glen Allen)

12:30 p.m. / 7:30 a.m. – Mark Guttenberg, PGA (Aldie); Jody Rokisky, PGA (New Market); (a) – Bryce Chalkley (Richmond)
12:39 p.m. / 7:39 a.m. – Jimmy Flippen (Danville); (a) – Spence Andrews (Glen Allen); (a) – Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg)
12:48 p.m. / 7:48 a.m. – Mike Morrone, PGA (Glen Allen); Ryan Robertson (Roanoke); (a) – Wes Smith (Virginia Beach)
12:57 p.m. / 7:57 a.m. – Geoff Redgrave, PGA (Crozet); (a) – Chase Duffy (Virginia Beach); (a) – Ben Campbell (Cleveland)
1:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. – David Newsom, PGA (Leesburg); Robert Weinerth, PGA (Martinsville); (a) – Kevin Yerks (Ashburn)
1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m. – Josh Speight, PGA (West Point); (a) – Marshall Tinsley (Amherst); (a) – Robert Bradshaw (Virginia Beach)
1:24 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Chip Sullivan, PGA (Troutville); Jay Woodson (Richmond); (a) – Buck Brittain (Tazewell)
1:33 p.m. / 8:33 a.m. – Mike Gebhard, PGA (Glen Allen); (a) – Josh Apple (Lansdowne); (a) – Garrett Whitmore (Midlothian)
1:42 p.m. / 8:42 a.m. – Ed Collins, PGA (Virginia Beach); Greg Scott, PGA (Arlington); (a) – Scott Davidson (Round Hill)
1:51 p.m. / 8:51 a.m. – Robert Schultz, PGA (Zion Crossroads); (a) – Edward Cutler (Leesburg); (a) – Kyle Lemish (Harrisonburg)
2 p.m. / 9 a.m. – Dan Baker, PGA (Midlothian); Gary Anderson, PGA (Hampton); (a) – Kyle Hart (Midlothian)
2:09 p.m. / 9:09 a.m. – Glenn Brown, PGA (Vienna); (a) – Mike Brennan (Leesburg); (a) – Alex Elmore (Reston)
2:18 p.m. / 9:18 a.m. – Ryan Nebera, PGA (Midlothian); (a) – Joe Morton (Virginia Beach); (a) – Ryan Rettberg (Front Royal)
2:27 p.m. / 9:27 a.m. – Sean English, PGA (Westminster, Md.); (a) – Sean Bowers (Richmond); Jeff Long (Centreville)