Forest teenager Zachary Bauchou and Virginia Tech’s Bryce Chalkley shared medalist honors.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
A slew of players with Timesland and Virginia Tech connections came to play on cut day at the 100th VSGA Amateur Championship in Hot Springs.
Forest teenager Zachary Bauchou and rising Tech senior Bryce Chalkley each shot 3-under-par 67 to share medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 3-under 137 at The Homestead’s Cascades Course.
Bauchou, 17, making his State Am debut, registered six birdies in posting nines of 32-35. There was one major blemish on his card — a triple bogey 7 at the 13th hole.
The rising junior at Timberlake Christian shot 5 under after making the triple on his fourth hole of the day. Bauchou, who finished third in the Scott Robertson Memorial in May, is currently ranked No. 15 in Golfweek’s junior boys world rankings.
“I really felt like I had it going because I made a big number and still shot even [on the outward nine],” Bauchou said. “I was able to make a couple putts on [the] back nine and got it pretty low.”
The qualifying medalist has captured the title only twice in the past 44 years, the last coming in 2004 when Leesburg’s Billy Hurley won the crown at Roanoke Country Club.
“It’s still match play, so we don’t look at who wins the medalist,” Bauchou said. “We don’t look at who the 32nd seed is. We just look at who’s holding the trophy at the end of the week. That’s the goal.”
Stanardsville’s Mikey Moyer, who concluded a standout golf career at Virginia Tech last month, birdied the 229-yard 15th and then eagled the 510-yard par-5 17th to shoot 67 and share third at 139 with Gordonsville’s Vincent Nadeau (70).
Reigning VSGA Mid-Amateur champion Matt Chandler of Hardy rebounded with a 69 to tie for ninth at 143. Chandler stood 8 over through 25 holes until he caught fire and played the final 11 holes in 5 under.
Chilhowie’s Conner Hayden, a rising sophomore on Radford University’s golf team, posted a 71 that left him tied for 14th at 144.
A couple of area standouts rebounded from atrocious opening rounds to make match play. Defending champion Jake Mondy of Blacksburg followed a first-round 77 with a 69 that left him tied for 21st at 146. Ex-pro Justin Young of Roanoke backed up a horrific 81 with a brilliant 66 to tie for 24th with teenager Alex Taylor (72) of Roanoke at 147.
Mondy, who was 6 over on the back side Tuesday, shaved seven shots off that number in the second round. The rising redshirt sophomore at Auburn had five birdies and four bogeys for the round.
“I’ll play more aggressively once match play starts,” Mondy said. “You can take some more chances and I’ll choose some different clubs off the tee.”
Young’s 66, which matched the low qualifying round, included five birdies and one bogey. Quite a contrast from Tuesday, when the former Charleston Southern standout’s card was littered with six bogeys, a triple bogey and a double bogey. His back-nine 31 was 10 shots better than the first day.
Salem’s Connor Walters (71) and Roanoke’s Jack Wilkes (75) tied for 28th at 148, one shot under the cut line for the low 32 players advancing to today’s first two rounds of match play.
Two-time champion Keith Decker, long considered the state’s top amateur, saw the wheels come off his round on the final nine. Decker, 53, was 3 over through 27 holes and looking like a lock qualifier until he toured the final seven holes in 7 over, including 5 over on holes Nos. 15-18. His final-round 76 and 150 total fell one stroke of making a six-way playoff for the final three spots in match play.
Ridgeway’s Dylan Jensen (77), a rising senior at Longwood, advanced into this morning’s first round of match play in the playoff that concluded as darkness ensued in Bath County.
Besides Mondy, former champions who qualified for match play were three-time winner Brinson Paolini (2008-10) of Virginia Beach; 2007 winner Pat Tallent of Vienna; 2011 champ Scott Shingler of Haymarket; and 2000 winner David Passerell of Scottsville.