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VSGA Championship Schedules for 2013 Finalized

MIDLOTHIAN –– The Virginia State Golf Association will conduct its 100th VSGA Amateur Championship at The Homestead’s Cascades Course, which highlights the 2013 championship and events schedule.

Over the course of seven months beginning in April, Virginia State Golf Association men’s and women’s championships will be contested at some of the most recognized and classic layouts throughout the commonwealth.

In men’s competitions, the VSGA Amateur Championship is returning to a place it has long called home for the event’s 100th anniversary in 2013.

The championship’s centennial will be conducted at The Homestead’s Cascades Course from June 25-29. The renewal will signal the 43rd time the VSGA Amateur has been conducted at the resort, including a 26-year run at the Cascades Course from 1948-73. Since, the event has been held at the late Sam Snead’s old stomping grounds four times: 1979, 1986, 1996 and 2006.

All told, more than 240 VSGA championships have been conducted at The Homestead, more than at any other site. The VSGA Amateur was held at The Homestead for the first time in 1922; the inaugural championship was conducted in 1911.

“The VSGA is pleased to bring the Amateur back to The Homestead, a truly special place that the championship has long called home,” said VSGA President E. Lee Coble. “The Homestead has long been a terrific supporter of the VSGA and we look forward to conducting our 100th Amateur and most prestigious championship at one of America’s finest resorts.”

Designed by William Flynn and opened in 1923, the Cascades Course is considered the epitome of mountain golf with rolling terrain, tree-lined fairways and undulating greens. The Homestead dates its establishment back to 1766.

Meanwhile, the State Open of Virginia remains in central Virginia, returning to the VSGA Foundation’s statewide home for golf and the Fazio-designed Independence Golf Club for a seventh consecutive year (July 18-21). This year’s edition of the State Open is the 29th since the VSGA and the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America merged separate State Opens into one in 1985.

Qualifying for the VSGA Amateur Championship and the State Open of Virginia, set for 11 sites throughout the commonwealth in 2013, will be conducted over 18 rather than 36 holes. A competitor may participate in only one of the 11 qualifiers and the cost to qualify remains $75 ($150 if qualifying for the Amateur and Open). An additional qualifier will be held approximately one week prior to the VSGA Amateur to fill the final spots for the event. Any VSGA member may compete in this final qualifier, even if he or she has failed to qualify on a previous occasion. Members may only register for the final qualifier after the 11 other qualifiers have been completed. The number of spots available at the additional qualifier will be determined after the 11 qualifiers have taken place.

The starting field at the VSGA Amateur Championship has been increased from 120 to 132 competitors. In addition, exemptions have been increased for several championships conducted by the association, including the VSGA Amateur, to help ensure the strength of on-site fields at the events.

VSGA championships will cover nearly every corner of the commonwealth in 2013. Another VSGA “major,” the VSGA Mid-Amateur Championship, takes residence in central Virginia, visiting The Foundry Golf Club from Sept. 20-22.

The VSGA Four-Ball Championship is Hampton Roads bound, visiting the venerable James River Country Club in Newport News (May 10-11). The visit signals the second time in the past four years that a VSGA major has visited the classic shotmaker’s course; the Mid-Amateur was conducted at James River in 2010.

Additionally, senior golf is getting younger; players who are ages 50 and older at the start of the championship will be able to compete in VSGA senior events, a change from the 55-year-old requirement in past years. The age requirement of 50 affects competitors who intend to qualify and compete in the VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship, the VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (no qualifying), the Senior Amateur and the Senior Open.

Championship qualifiers for the Senior Amateur and Senior Open are scheduled for August 2013.

On the seniors’ side, for the first time, qualifying will be conducted at six sites throughout the commonwealth to set the non-exempt field for the 84-player VSGA Senior Amateur. Qualifying for the Senior Amateur and the Senior Open of Virginia (45 amateurs comprise the field) will take place at the same site and date.

Qualifying is taking hold at VSGA competitions. The VSGA now conducts qualifying rounds to fill the VSGA Amateur Championship, the State Open of Virginia, the VSGA Four-Ball and Senior Four-Ball championships (instituted in 2009 and 2011, respectively), the VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship as well as the Senior Open and now the Senior Amateur.

“We think qualifying is the next step to continue to be able to elevate and grow events,” says Matt Smiley, the VSGA director of rules and competitions. “There’s still a strong on-site field and, in many ways, qualifying enhances the championship in the eyes of the competitors. We’ve heard from some players that believe the qualifier acts as their championship at the regional level, of sorts.”

The Senior Amateur will take place at Charlottesville’s Farmington Country Club for the first time from Aug. 26-30. Long considered one of the best layouts in the commonwealth, the club has hosted some of the VSGA’s most prestigious championships, including the VSGA Amateur and the VSGA Women’s Amateur, the State Open, the VSGA Mid-Amateur, the VSGA Four-Ball, the Captain’s Putter Matches and the Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches. The private club also hosted the 1993 USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

Also at the senior level, the VSGA Senior Stroke Play goes to another course that features high shot values in Danville Golf Club. The Senior Stroke Play will take place from June 11-12. In other senior competitions, the Senior Four-Ball is headed to northern Virginia and the all-zoysiagrass Fawn Lake Country Club (May 22-23), while the Super Senior Amateur also heads toward the Beltway, going to another superbly-conditioned track in The Golf Club at Lansdowne’s Robert Trent Jones Course (July 9-12).

New for 2013, the VSGA has added a two-day, 36-hole Super Senior Four-Ball Championship. The field will be limited to 48 teams and the event is scheduled for Sept. 4-5 at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth. The club also serves as the site of the Eastern Amateur Championship.

Meanwhile, the Senior Open of Virginia returns to The Country Club of Virginia’s venerable Westhampton Course from Sept. 26-27; the championship is open to men’s amateurs and professionals, ages 50 and over.

The VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship, open to junior golfers ages 18 and under, is western Virginia bound, visiting Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem from July 30-Aug. 1. The event is returning home, of sorts; Hidden Valley hosted the inaugural VSGA Junior Stroke Play in 1953 and the championship will be making its third all-time visit to the club. 

The association takes its Junior Match Play Championship to the Peninsula and King Carter Golf Club in Irvington for the first time (June 18-21). The VSGA will again hold the seventh edition of its fun-filled and kid-friendly Youth Championship, open to boys and girls ages 13 and under, at Independence Golf Club (Aug. 6-7).

At the VSGA Public Links Championship, scheduled for the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s Green Course from Aug. 23-25, the three-day event will consist of an 18-hole qualifying round, with the low 16 qualifiers advancing to the match play portion of the championship. Two rounds of match play will follow over the course of the championship’s final two days.

Meanwhile, the VSGA Club Championship, featuring three-player teams representing VSGA member clubs throughout the commonwealth, heads to one of the premier courses in the commonwealth in The Homestead’s Cascades Course, as well as the resort’s Old Course (Oct. 20-21). The event has moved to a fall date when golfers can enjoy mountain golf – and one of America’s premier resorts – at its finest. During this time of year, The Homestead’s layouts are in full bloom and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Continuing for 2013, clubs may have any mix of regular and senior competitors that they would like on their team, with senior golfers (ages 50 and over) playing a shorter yardage.

Men’s team-match action sees the Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches visit the acclaimed Greenbrier Sporting Club in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (April 27-28). The 68th renewal of the Captain’s Putter Matches rotates to North Carolina’s Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville on Oct. 11-12.

In junior team competition, the Virginias-Carolinas Junior Matches return to its host site in the commonwealth, Lynchburg’s Boonsboro Country Club (Aug. 17-18). Junior teams representing Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland will compete in interstate team competition in the 5th Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational at West Virginia’s Edgewood Country Club on July 25.

On the women’s side, the VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship visits The Country Club of Virginia’s Tuckahoe Creek Course in Richmond (July 9-13). The Women’s Amateur last visited CCV’s Tuckahoe Creek layout in 2003 and was won by club member Boodie McGurn in what many consider one of the most riveting final matches in the event’s history. For a third consecutive year, the VSGA Women’s Amateur will consist of two days of stroke-play competition, with the top 32 players advancing to the match play portion of the championship. New for 2013, the championship final is scheduled for 36 holes rather than 18 as has been the case in past years.

Three weeks after the VSGA Women’s Amateur, the VSGA Senior Women’s Amateur returns to its traditional site and The Homestead’s Old Course (July 29-Aug. 2). New for 2013, the VSGA Virginias Women’s Stroke Play and VSGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play will be held at the same site, Lexington Golf and Country Club, on overlapping days. The Stroke Play is set for Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-20, while the Senior Stroke will be held June 19-20.

The VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship heads to northern Virginia and the historic Fauquier Springs Country Club in Warrenton (July 16-17). In team action on the junior girls’ side, the Virginia-Maryland Junior Girls’ Team Matches comes back to Virginia, visiting the revamped Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club (July 6-7).

Meanwhile the Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Challenge, in which junior girls from Virginia and Maryland take on their Carolinas’ counterparts, is headed south to The Country Club of North Carolina’s Cardinal Course in Pinehurst, N.C. (July 27-28).

Championship action also sees the VSGA Women’s State Team Matches go to Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria (Aug. 27-29). The Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches heads to West Virginia’s Stonewall Resort (July 15-17).

The 2013 VSGA Women’s Division season schedule swings into action at Spring Creek Golf Club (April 15). Continuing this year, the Spencer-Wilkinson Benefit Tournament will feature a four-person captain’s choice format. The season-opener benefits the VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation’s Spencer-Wilkinson Scholarship Fund, which annually awards grants to high school seniors going on to attend college in the commonwealth.

New for 2013, the association has introduced the VSGA Mixed Four-Ball event. A “Jack and Jill” event in which a female and male golfer partner, the tournament is set for Independence Golf Club on Aug. 12. It features a four-ball format in which each player plays their ball into the hole, but only the best score is counted toward the team aggregate. Gross and net prizes will be awarded at the event’s conclusion.

Other one-day tournament events include the Four-Ball Stroke Play (May 6 at Spotswood Country Club in Harrisonburg) and the Four-Person Captain’s Choice (Sept. 30 at King Carter Golf Club).

Championship and event entry forms, a full list of qualifying sites, as well as the 2013 VSGA One-Day events schedule will be available in mid-January at www.vsga.org.

The “working” 2013 VSGA championship and event schedules are listed below.

–2013 VSGA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
April 22-May 1: VSGA Four-Ball Championship and VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship Qualifying
Bide-A-Wee Golf Course, Portsmouth, Va. (April 22)
Hidden Creek Country Club, Reston, Va. (April 23)
The Club at Ironwood, Staunton, Va. (April 29)
Augustine Golf Club, Stafford, Va. (April 30)
The Federal Club, Glen Allen, Va. (April 30)
Draper Valley Golf Club, Draper, Va. (May 1)

April 27-28:
31st Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches (invitation only)
The Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

May 10-11: 48th VSGA Four-Ball Championship
James River Country Club, Newport News, Va.

May 22-23: 31st VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship (ages 50 and over)
Fawn Lake Country Club, Spotsylvania, Va.

May 29-June 17: VSGA Amateur Championship and State Open of Virginia Qualifying
Meadowbrook Country Club, Richmond, Va. (May 29)
Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, Leesburg, Va. (May 29)
Fredericksburg Country Club, Fredericksburg, Va. (May 30)
Chatmoss Country Club, Martinsville, Va. (June 3)
Birdwood Golf Course, Charlottesville, Va. (June 4)
Colonial Heritage Club, Williamsburg, Va. (June 5)
The Crossings Golf Club, Glen Allen, Va. (June 5)

Cedar Point Country Club, Suffolk, Va. (June 10)
Hidden Valley Country Club, Salem, Va. (June 10)
Fincastle on the Mountain, Bluefield, Va. (June 11)
Chantilly National Golf and Country Club, Centreville, Va. (June 12)
Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va. (June 17) – last chance qualifier

June 11-12:
28th VSGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (ages 50 and over)
Danville Golf Club, Danville, Va.

June 18-21: 23rd VSGA Junior Match Play Championship (ages 14-18)
King Carter Golf Club, Irvington, Va.

June 25-29: 100th VSGA Amateur Championship
The Homestead (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va.

July 3-17: VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship Qualifying
Hanover Country Club, Ashland, Va. (July 3)
Waynesboro Country Club, Waynesboro, Va. (July 3)
Fincastle on the Mountain, Bluefield, Va. (July 8)
Riverfront Golf Club, Suffolk, Va. (July 9)
Ashley Plantation, Daleville, Va. (July 11)
The Piedmont Club, Haymarket, Va. (July 16)
London Downs Golf Club, Forest, Va. (July 17)

July 9-12: 19th VSGA Super Senior Amateur Championship (ages 65 and over)
The Golf Club at Lansdowne (Robert Trent Jones Course), Lansdowne, Va.

July 18-21: State Open of Virginia
Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.

July 25: 5th Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational (invitation only)
Edgewood Country Club, Sissonville, W.Va.

July 30-Aug. 1: 61st VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship (ages 18 and under)
Hidden Valley Country Club, Salem, Va.

Aug. 6-7: 7th VSGA Youth Championship (boys and girls ages 13 and under)
Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.

Aug. 6-16: VSGA Senior Amateur Championship and Senior Open of Virginia Qualifying
Westfields Golf Club, Clifton, Va. (Aug. 6)
Jefferson Lakesiide Country Club, Richmond, Va. (Aug. 8)
Nansemond River Golf Club, Suffolk, Va. (Aug. 12)
Waynesboro Country Club, Waynesboro, Va. (Aug. 13)
Danville Golf Club, Danville, Va. (Aug. 15)
Hidden Valley Country Club, Salem, Va. (Aug. 16)

Aug. 17-18: 31st Virginias-Carolinas Junior Matches (invitation only)
Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg, Va.

Aug. 23-25: 10th VSGA Public Links Championship
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Green Course), Williamsburg, Va.

Aug. 26-30: 66th VSGA Senior Amateur Championship (ages 50 and over)
Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Va.

Sept. 4-5: 1st VSGA Super Senior Four-Ball Championship (ages 65 and over)
Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club, Portsmouth, Va.

Sept. 20-22: 37th VSGA Mid-Amateur Championship (ages 25 and over)
The Foundry Golf Club, Powhatan, Va.

Sept. 26-27: 8th Senior Open of Virginia (ages 50 and over)
The Country Club of Virginia (Westhampton Course), Richmond, Va.

Oct. 11-12: 68th Captain’s Putter Matches
Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville, N.C.

Oct. 20-21: 71st VSGA Club Championship
The Homestead (Cascades Course and Old Course), Hot Springs, Va.

2013 VSGA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS AND EVENTS SCHEDULE
April 15: VSGA Women’s Division Spencer-Wilkinson Benefit Tournament
Spring Creek Golf Club, Gordonsville, Va.

May 6: VSGA Women’s Division Four-Ball Stroke Play Tournament
Spotswood Country Club, Harrisonburg, Va.

June 18-20: 36th VSGA Virginias Women’s Stroke Play Championship
Lexington Golf and Country Club, Lexington, Va.

June 19-20: 16th VSGA Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship
Lexington Golf and Country Club, Lexington, Va.

July 6-7: 15th Virginia-Maryland Junior Girls’ Team Matches (invitation only)
Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, Kilmarnock, Va.

July 9-13: 88th VSGA Women’s Amateur Championship
The Country Club of Virginia (Tuckahoe Creek Course), Richmond, Va.

July 15-17: 57th Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches (invitation only)
Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, W.Va.

July 16-17: 44th VSGA Junior Girls’ Championship (ages 18 and under)
Fauquier Springs Country Club, Warrenton, Va.

July 27-28: 12th Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Challenge (invitation only)
The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal Course), Pinehurst, N.C.

July 29-Aug. 2: 56th VSGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship (ages 50 and over)
The Homestead (Old Course), Hot Springs, Va.

Aug. 6-7: 7th VSGA Youth Championship (boys and girls ages 13 and under)
Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.

Aug. 12: 1st VSGA Mixed Four-Ball Tournament
Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Va.

Aug. 27-29: 67th VSGA Women’s State Team Matches
Mount Vernon Country Club, Alexandria, Va.

Sept. 30: VSGA Women’s Division Four-Person Captain’s Choice Tournament
King Carter Golf Club, Irvington, Va.