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From the outhouse to the penthouse ... from nowhere to somewhere. Blacksburg's George Perkovich has worn out both roads since last Tuesday in Morganton, N.C, In a script that could have come straight out of "Tin Cup," the Wofford College senior stunned the field at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate championship by posting his first college victory. The story of the long-shot winner was far from routine.
FRONT ROYAL — Cody Buchanan is a man of few words. The lanky, left-handed Parry McCluer senior let his golf clubs do the talking Tuesday. Buchanan won the VHSL Group 1A championship in stellar fashion as he birdied the final two holes at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club for a two-day total of 6-over-par 148 and a one-stroke victory over Josiah Singleton of William Campbell. While Parry McCluer fell 13 strokes short of catching champion Holston in the team standings, the boys from Buena Vista had their blues muted when Buchanan became the first golfer in school history to win the individual title. “It feels special, but I wish we would have won it as a team,” Buchanan said. While Buchanan and Singleton went head-to-head in the same foursome, reports that first-round leader Larkin Gross was struggling on the back nine proved to be accurate. Gross, who led Buchanan and Singleton by one stroke after a first-round 73, shot an 82 Tuesday and finished fourth at 155. That left a two-man race, and Buchanan was certain where he stood heading to the finish line. “Not really,” he said. “I knew it was going to be close, but I didn’t know how close it was.” Buchanan settled matters with a three-foot birdie on the par-3 17th and a slick 18-foot downhill slider on No.
FRONT ROYAL — Floyd County senior Amanda Hollandsworth entered the VHSL Group 2A tournament believing she merely had to overcome one albatross. She quickly learned Tuesday there would be two. Already facing tightening pressure from trying to become the second member of her family to win an individual state championship, Hollandsworth’s task became more difficult halfway through the second round at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. Hollandsworth saw a one-shot lead
HARRISONBURG — Jefferson Forest golf coach Garnet Manley had one girl on his team this season. He would love to have some more soon. Thanks in large part to key contributions by female players Emily Salamy and Christina Herbert, Jamestown was able to fend off Jefferson Forest for the 4A state golf championship Tuesday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course. Buoyed by Salamy’s final-round 71 and a 73 Monday by Herbert,
Heavy thunderstorms producing a deluge of rain Sunday night and this morning played havoc with high school regional golf tournaments involving Timesland scheduled for today. The 3A West championship, scheduled for today at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club, has been pushed back to noon Tuesday. The 1A West championship at Draper Valley Golf Club has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday. "We've got bunkers full of water. ... We would
After further evaluation of last Monday’s Conference 31 golf championship at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club, tournament director Chuck Pound of Lord Botetourt ruled a controversial two-shot penalty assessed to Rockbridge County senior Mason Grist for practicing his putting after finishing out a hole was erroneous. Wildcats coach David Miller said Sunday that rule 7.2 in the VHSL rulebook couldn’t be applied in the situation because it was a “local
TROUTVILLE - Rockbridge County's Mason Grist couldn't have picked a worse time to practice his putting stroke. Meanwhile, William Byrd's Dylan Carr couldn't have found a more opportune time to bag his second eagle of the season. Given a reprieve when Grist was administered a two-stroke penalty for practicing his putting on the sixth hole, William Byrd rode Carr's eagle-3 on the first playoff hole to capture the inaugural Conference
LAUREL FORK - What more appropriate occasion than the first Group 3A Conference 32 golf tournament to crown a pair of first-time champions? Hidden Valley won the team championship Monday, while Cave Spring senior Drew Lagan shot a 2-under-par 69 to claim the individual title at Olde Mill Golf Club. In previous years, the first level of the postseason was the district tournament, but that format has been scrapped in
TROUTVILLE - James River coach Carol Brenner was wearing a white visor with the words "Fincastle on the Mountain" enscribed on it Monday. Brenner's subliminal message obviously worked wonders at the inaugural Conference 38 championship at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club. Paced by senior Luke Arney's even-par 71, James River utilized its superior depth to a 25-over-par 309 total and outdistanced runner-up Floyd County by seven shots. Both teams earned
GOLF MONETA - Landon Prillaman earned co-medalist honors and led Franklin County to the Conference 3 team golf title on Monday at The Waterfront. Prillaman tied with Patrick Henry's Thomas Vance - each shot a 6-over-par 77. The Eagles won the team title by four shots over runners-up Cosby and James River-Midlothian. Cosby won a team playoff to earn the conference's second team berth at the Group 6A South Region
RICHMOND -- Professional Rick Schuller of Chester fired a final round of 2-under-par 68 to capture the Senior Open of Virginia on Friday at the Country Club of Virginia's Westhampton Course. Schuller, who recently turned 50 to become eligible, finished with a 36-hole total of 2-under 138, two shot ahead of runner-up John Cuomo, an amateur from Richmond. Salem's Jack Allara, who led following an opening-round 69, settled for a
RICHMOND - Salem's Jack Allara fired a 1-under-par 69 to lead a crowded first-round leaderboard Thursday at the Senior Open of Virginia at The Country Club of Virginia's Westhampton Course. Allara was one of only three players to shoot par or better. However, 15 competitors are within three shots of the lead heading into today's final round. Steve Isaacs (Richmond) and PGA professional Rick Schuller (Richmond) are tied for second
HEXHAM, England - Troutville's Chip Sullivan and his United States PGA Cup teammates have to feel like they let a title slip away Sunday. So what, they still retained the trophy. Erasing a five-point deficit in Sunday's final 10 singles matches, the Great Britain-Ireland team collected 7 1⁄2 of a possible 10 points to forge a 13-13 draw in the three-day competition that concluded at Slaley Hall's Hunting Course. By
ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson knows better than most players how it feels to go from the depths of a slump to the elite in golf. He’s done it twice now. The second time was sweeter — and richer. Not even among the top 200 players in the world two years ago, Stenson capped off the best three months of his career with a command performance Sunday in the Tour Championship.
ATLANTA - Henrik Stenson was so flawless that he built a nine-shot lead at the turn Saturday in the Tour Championship. Four bogeys in the rain on the back nine at East Lake put him right back where he started the day and injected some hope for Dustin Johnson and a few other players. "I think I'll choose to look at it from the bright side, even though the weather
POWHATAN - Ben Campbell, a relative unknown from Cleveland in far southwest Virginia, fired a 5-under-par 67 Friday at The Foundry Golf Club to take the first-round lead in the 37th VSGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Campbell was one of only eight players to break par in the first round of the 54-hole event. He leads 2010 champion Scott Shingler of Haymarket by one. Roanoke's Justin Young, who finished second to Hardy's
The Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame will hold its 2013 season-ending banquet Nov. 6 at Roanoke Country Club. Franklin County's Ron Willard, who was paramount in golf becoming one of the driving forces behind the growth of the Smith Mountain Lake area, will be formally inducted in the ceremony that starts at 6:30 p.m. Late Roanoker Archie Goode, who ran Roanoke's Brookside Par-3 Club for decades, will be inducted
BLACKSBURG - Ryan Mondy confessed he felt "sick as a dog" in Saturday's first round of the Allegheny Amateur Championship. Mondy walked the dog in Sunday's final 18 holes at Blacksburg Country Club. Posting the low score in the regular-division field for a second straight day, the 19-year-old Virginia Tech freshman carded another 3-under-par 68 to cruise to a five-shot victory over runner-up Justin Young of Roanoke. It marked Mondy's
BLACKSBURG - Home-clubber Ryan Mondy and Roanoke's Justin Young each shot 3-under-par 68 to tie for the lead in Saturday's first round of the Allegheny Amateur Championship at Blacksburg Country Club. Mondy, a 19-year-old freshman on Virginia Tech's golf team, birdied three of his first seven holes to turn in 3-under 33 and came home in 35. Young, 35, who won the Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship in July and
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Roanoke's Meredith Swanson can blame her first failed attempt in LPGA Qualifying School for a terrible opening round. After posting 10-over-par 82 in Tuesday's first round, Swanson improved in each of the next three rounds to finish the 72-hole Stage 1 qualifier at Mission Hills Country Club with a 14-over 302 total. Swanson's final-round Friday of 2-under 70, which tied for second low for the day
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Martinsville's Keith Decker added another title to his long list of accomplishments with a 3-and-2 victory over Col. James Gallagher (Ret.) of Yorktown on Friday in the Virginia State Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship final at Farmington Country Club. Decker, 53, has now won 21 VSGA championships. The last two, including the Senior Stroke Play earlier this year, have been senior events. He became eligible this year when
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Martinsville's Keith Decker beat his "hero" Thursday. Today at Farmington Country Club, he will attempt to win another VSGA title. In his first match-play meeting with the man he has idolized for years, Decker beat Richmond's Vinny Giles in 19 holes to win a classic quarterfinal match between the two most accomplished amateurs in Virginia golf history. After dispatching Giles, Decker beat Centreville's John Long 4 and 2
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