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Courtney Ellenbogen and Meredith Swanson grew up playing junior golf together. From 2006-09, Ellenbogen starred at Blacksburg High School, while Swanson was a standout at Roanoke County's Hidden Valley High. Both players landed Division I golf scholarships - Ellenbogen from Duke and Swanson from South Carolina. Four years later, they will wind up their college careers on the same golf course in Athens, Ga., where the NCAA Championship runs today through Friday. When it's over, the two good friends will be taking separate roads. Ellenbogen will head to New York City in July for a job with Deutsche Bank.
Floyd County junior Amanda Hollandsworth has confirmed that she has verbally committed to Old Dominion. Hollandsworth, last year's VSGA State Junior Girls champion, will graduate from high school next year. "I visited ODU and fell in love with it,'' Hollandsworth said Sunday following her final round in the Scott Robertson Memorial at Roanoke Country Club. "I like being near the beach,'' said Hollandsworth, breaking into a huge grin. "I can play all year.
Most golfers go a lifetime without making a hole-in-one. Well, J.R “Butch” Blessard is an extreme exception to the norm. In a feat that comes straight out of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, the 67-year-old Roanoke retiree made a pair of aces in a span of less than an hour last Friday at Ashley Plantation. When asked his reaction when hearing the news, Peter Gardner , the Daleville club’s head
Talk about life in the fast lane. After completing a wire-to-wire, six-stroke romp Sunday in the 30th Scott Robertson Memorial, Gabriella Then was hailed in the routine post-tournament victory ceremony. Then she loaded up her winner’s hardware, golf clubs and baggage to head to Roanoke Regional Airport for the long flight home to California. What a whirlwind week for the girl. “I will be back in Los Angeles by maybe 10 o’clock their time,” the 17-year-old said. “[Today] I go to school
Sixteen-year-old Carl Yuan left the rest of the field all wet Sunday at the 30th Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf tournament. Yuan dusted the field at Roanoke Country Club to capture the featured boys 15-18 division championship. Matching the day’s best round of 3-under-par 68 in an all-day drizzle, the China native came from two shots behind to win the title in his first appearance in the event. Yuan was singing in
No Saturday night hoops and a strong Sunday morning breakfast. That’s Benjamin Griffin’s game plan going into today’s final round of the 30th Scott Robertson Memorial. One year after starting the final round in 10th place only to be forced to withdraw from a wrist injury sustained on a basketball court the previous evening, Griffin finds himself perched atop the featured boys’ 15-18 field heading into the final 18 holes of the 54-hole showdown at Roanoke Country Club.
The girl named Then has suddenly become now at the 30th Scott Robertson Memorial. Southern Californian Gabriella Then backed up a first-round 66 with a 68 Saturday to take a commanding six-shot lead into today’s final round of the 54-hole junior golf tournament at Roanoke Country Club. “I’m going to try to stay in the 60s again [today],” said Then, a 17-year-old Chinese-American from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. “This is my last
Scott Robertson Memorial Scores after the final round of the Scott Robertson Memorial, played at Roanoke Country Club. Boys 15-18 Played on the Redbud/Dogwood courses (6,506 yards, par 71) Carl Yuan 72-66-68-206 Peter Kim 70-71-68-209 Zachary Bauchou 70-72-69-211 Benjamin Griffin 67-69-75-211 Grant Hirschman 72-69-71-212 Andrew Novak 76-70-68-214 Clayton Forren 70-73-71-214 Nick Brediger 73-70-71-214 Thaddeus Obecny II 73-71-71-215 Qi Wen Wong 73-69-73-215 Zach McLain 75-65-75-215 Kendrick Vinar, Jr. 71-74-71-216 Nick Heinen 74-71-71-216 Anthony Alex 72-72-72-216
Texan Matthew Perrine decided to enter his first Scott Robertson Memorial because he has some friends that reside in this part of the United States. “I like it over here, so I came over here to see what I can do,” the Austin native said. “It’s a good part of the country. Now, I say it’s a great part of the country.” Only minutes earlier, Perrine had posted a 5-under-par 66
Living on the farthest eastern border of Timesland, Forest’s Zachary Bauchou had been somewhat of an unknown quantity to other junior golfers in the Roanoke Valley area. Well, the kid whose family lives on the 13th hole of London Downs Golf Course certainly has blown his cover to those in these parts in recent months. Bauchou, a 17-year-old sophomore at Forest’s ultra-private Timberlake Christian School who basically does most of his golfing damage at
Traveling alone this week for the 30th Scott Robertson Memorial, Gabriella Then is staying with a host family for the 30th Scott Robertson Memorial. Thus far, her home away from home at “Mister Rogers’ Place” has been quite enjoyable. Prepped by a cart tour of Roanoke Country Club’s Dogwood nine Thursday from her host Bob Rogers, the Californian fired 5-under-par 66 Friday to take the first-round lead in the girls’ 15-18 division. “Mr. Rogers is a great guy, he
Since the Scott Robertson Memorial’s strength of field bulked up in the late 1990s, there has yet to be a player from Timesland to win the crown in the older boys and girls divisions. Could this be the year the drought finally ends? Certainly, the odds appear to be better than in past years for the area’s top junior golfers. Not only do both fields appear to be a tick or
Kolton Cooper likes to tell people that he’s just a regular old teenager from the hills of Franklin County. Well, the self-described country boy found a jackpot Tuesday morning in the main ballroom of Roanoke Country Club. Cooper, a 17-year-old senior at Franklin County High, was named the recipient of the prestigious $20,000 Don Holliday Memorial Scholarship, the largest golf-related grant awarded in southwest Virginia. Cooper will use the prize
Face it. Jake Mondy couldn't have written a much better script himself for his first season of major college golf. After exploding out of the gate by winning in his college debut for 18th-ranked Auburn last September, Mondy scored another major coup last week when he was named to the powerful Southeastern Conference's 2012-13 All-Freshman team. Winning in your first college tournament? That's almost off the charts, especially when one
This was supposed to be the golden anniversary season for The Homestead resort’s Lower Cascades golf course. Well, the place never made it to 50. In yet another sign of struggling economic times in the nation’s golf industry, the resort’s owner, KSL Capital Properties of La Quinta, Calif., permanently closed the course last month and is attempting to sell the 830-acre tract in Hot Springs. “Right now, it has not
The 42 contestants in the girls 15-18 age division of next week’s 30th Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf tournament all can exhale now. There will be no one named Jutanugarn at Roanoke Country Club this time. After basically taking their Robertson competitors hostage the past two years, Thailand sisters Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn are now inflicting serious damage in the professional ranks. Moriya, 18, who became the fifth player to
Rustburg's Clayton Forren fired a 2-under-par 69 at Roanoke Country Club on Saturday to pace qualifying in the featured boys' 16-18 division for the May 17-19 Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf tournament. Sterling's Sam Stillwell posted a 70 to tie for second with Ko Johnson of Manhasset, N.Y., and Billy Tom Sargent of Georgetown, Ky. Forest's Zeke Shen led the Timesland contingent with a 77. Goodview's John Lyle posted an
Facing declining membership numbers like most private clubs across the U.S., Salem’s Hidden Valley Country Club has engaged in a partnership deal with Dallas-based Club Corps of America. The agreement allows Hidden Valley members — for an extra monthly fee of $50 — to play two free rounds of golf and enjoy two free meals per month at any of Club Corps’ 150 clubs across the nation and abroad. The
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