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Virginia Team Set for the 29th Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches

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ROANOKE –– The reigning Virginia State Golf Association golfers of the year in their respective categories are among the players who will represent the 14-member Virginia team against their West Virginia counterparts at the 29th Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches at Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29.

The group is headlined by reigning VSGA golfer of the year Scott Shingler of Haymarket (right) as well as central Virginians David Partridge of Manakin (2011 senior golfer of the year) and 17-year-old Adam Ball of Richmond, who took home junior boy of the year accolades in 2011.

Shingler, last summer’s VSGA Amateur champion, led VSGA player rankings’ leaders in the regular division. Partridge won the VSGA Senior Amateur and the Senior Open of Virginia in 2011 and headlined senior points’ leaders. The winner of last year’s VSGA Junior Match Play Championship, Ball advanced to the semifinals of last summer’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Virginias’ regular squad also includes 2011 VSGA Mid-Amateur victor Nick Biesecker (Staunton), a three-time champion in the event. Lynchburg’s Lee Fisher and northern Virginian Jimmy Delp, both second-place finishers at last year’s VSGA Public Links Championship, were selected to the team. Fellow northern Virginian Jon Hurst, the owner of seven top-five finishes in 2011 and a quarterfinalist at the VSGA Amateur will represent Virginia. Tazewell residents comprised of former Virginia Tech golfer Garland Green, 24, the reigning Pocahontas Invitational champion, and team-match veteran Buck Brittain, complete Virginias’ regular contingent. 

In addition to Partridge (left), the seniors’ side includes the top four point-earners in last year’s player rankings in Partridge; 2011 VSGA Senior Stroke Play titleholder Tim Kelley (Ashland); Salem’s Jack Allara, a quarterfinalist at the VSGA Senior Amateur Championship, the possessor of two invitational victories, and Richmond’s John Cuomo, who registered six top-10 finishes in 2011.

For a fifth time in 2012, there will be super senior matches (ages 65 and older) with Peter Jacobi (Arlington) and George Owens (Virginia Beach) making up the Virginia team. Owens captured last year’s VSGA Super Senior Amateur Championship, while Jacobi won the super senior division of the 2011 VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship.

VSGA President E. Lee Coble of Richmond will serve as captain of the Virginia team.

The matches consist of four-ball and foursome matches on Saturday, April 28 prior to final round singles matches at the layout on Sunday, April 29. In the format, three points are available per match, with a point earned by winning the outward nine, the inward half and the overall match.

At last year’s matches Virginia scored a wire-to-wire 20-point, 52-32 victory at The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s Snead Course. Virginia has claimed 16 of the past 18 meetings in the matches and leads the all-time series, leads the all-time series, 23-4-1.

A national destination club with a Lester George design as its centerpiece, Ballyhack (right) opened in 2009. Boasting numerous dramatic holes and beautiful vistas, Ballyhack lies in the foothills, just below the Blue Ridge Parkway. The layout features many holes with alternate playing routes, placing a focus on strategy, precision and shotmaking. Ballyhack was ranked No. 15 among Golfweek’s “Best New Courses” for 2010.

The VSGA has grown from four founding clubs since its inception to more than 310-plus today. In addition, the VSGA and VIP participants total nearly 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 Program and VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation, as well as the VSGA Foundation and Independence Golf Club, which is open to all golfers.

ROANOKE –– Virginia and West Virginia regular teams for the 29th Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches at Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28.

VIRGINIA REGULARS TEAM

Name Hometown
Adam Ball Richmond, Va.
Nick Biesecker Staunton, Va.
Buck Brittain Tazewell, Va.
Jimmy Delp Arlington, Va.
Lee Fisher Lynchburg, Va.
Garland Green Tazewell, Va.
Jon Hurst Fredericksburg, Va.
Scott Shingler Haymarket, Va.

WEST VIRGINIA REGULARS TEAM

Name Hometown
Christian Brand Charleston, W.Va.
Pat Carter Huntington, W.Va.
Bryan Myers Wheeling, W.Va.
Sam O’Dell Hurricane, W.Va.
Ian Patrick Huntington, W.Va.
Trent Roush Mason, W.Va.
Tad Tomblin Alum Creek, W.Va.
Bruce Wetherholt Barboursville, W,Va.

MIDLOTHIAN –– Virginia and West Virginia senior teams for the 29th Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches at Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Va., on Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28.

* – Denotes super senior competitor (ages 65 and older)

VIRGINIA SENIORS AND SUPER SENIORS TEAM

Name Hometown
Jack Allara Salem, Va.
John Cuomo Richmond, Va.
Peter Jacobi* Arlington, Va.
Tim Kelley Ashland, Va.
George Owens* Virginia Beach, Va.
David Partridge Manakin, Va.

WEST VIRGINIA SENIORS AND SUPER SENIORS TEAM

Name Hometown
Jim Bartsch* South Charleston, W.Va.
John Duty Sr. Hurricane, W.Va.
Steve Fox Huntington, W.Va.
Harold Payne Hurricane, W.Va.
Charles Persinger* Scott Depot, W.Va.
Tom Spriggs Cross Lanes, W.Va.

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