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The 2014 Delta Dental State Open of Virginia is set for Thursday-Saturday, July 17-19 at Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke.

The 2014 Delta Dental State Open of Virginia will be conducted at the award-winning Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke from July 17-19. Delta Dental of Virginia’s sponsorship solidifies the status of the championship, which brings together top amateurs, MAPGA professionals and other golf professionals.

The State Open dates back to 1924 and this year marks the 29th 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 2014 Delta Dental State Open of Virginia will consist of 144 competitors, including a field of approximately 72 amateurs and 72 professionals. The event is a 54-hole stroke-play championship. Following the completion of 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties for the final 18 holes.

Notable past State Open of Virginia champions include six-time winner Bobby Cruickshank, PGA, as well as five-time victors Jack Isaacs, PGA, and Tom Strange, PGA, among others. Also among those players to capture the championship on three occasions are Keith Decker of Martinsville and Richmond’s Vinny Giles, who remain amateurs, as well as PGA professional Faber Jamerson. Former State Open of Virginia victors who went on to play the PGA Tour include the likes of World Golf Hall of Fame member Lanny Wadkins as well as Bobby Wadkins, Mark Carnevale and Robert Wrenn.

Last year, central Virginia-based professional Jay Woodson of Powhatan cruised to a record-setting and historic 10-stroke victory. Woodson became the first professional to win back-to-back Open titles since the VSGA and MAPGA merged. He’s also only one of two Virginians to claim back-to-back VSGA Amateurs (2002-03) and consecutive State Opens. Chandler Harper won Amateur titles in 1933-34 and State Open crowns in 1940-41 and again in 1967-68.