In his fourth year of playing golf for a living, Salem’s Fielding Brewbaker is still waiting for that one big breakout week on the course. There would be no better time for it to happen than this week’s Rex Hospital Open Web.com Tour event in Raleigh, N.C. “That’s all you can ask for is just one week, that one break,” said Brewbaker, speaking via cellphone from the putting green Tuesday morning at TPC Wakefield Plantation. “If you keep getting those, stuff will happen for you and it will fall into place. You’ve just got to stay patient.” Brewbaker, 26, earned his way into the $625,000 tournament by firing a 6-under-par 66 Monday at the University of North Carolina’s Finley Course to tie for second in one of two qualifiers for 12 spots in the field.
Salem golfers paced Monday's local qualifier for the VSGA Men's State Amateur and State Open of Virginia at Hidden Valley. Aaron Eckstein and Conner Walters each shot 4-under-par 67 to tie for medalist honors in both divisions. Roanoke's Jack Wilkes and Tazewell's Matt Brittain each shot 70 to claim the final two spots among 26 players vying for spots in the State Open. Former Roanoke Valley Match Play champion Lee
Franklin County’s Matt Chandler often jokes about being the working man’s golfer. Well, the 31-year-old hardware supply worker from Hardy brought all his major tools to the final round of the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame men’s championship Sunday. Never breaking a sweat, Chandler fired a blistering 7-under-par 64 at Ole Monterey to capture his first Hall of Fame crown. The major completed the Roanoke Valley double — he
Don’t stick a fork in Sara Cole yet. Obviously, the 61-year-old Roanoker is far from done. Twenty-one years removed from her last Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women’s title, Cole found more gold Sunday at Ole Monterey. Holding steady playing against a trio of the valley’s teenaged hotshots, Cole fired a 3-over-par 74 to win her third H all of Fame crown. “Of the three, this absolutely was the
BLACKSBURG — The difficult set of pin placements Saturday at Blacksburg Country Club duped many a player into multiple mistakes Saturday in the 27th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women’s championship. Savvy veteran Sara Cole didn’t fall for the sucker bait. “I had actually played here the week before in the member-guest and they had some of those tricky pin placements,” Cole said. “So I thought, ‘I’m not going for them,
BLACKSBURG — Lift, clean and place? Enough said. Certainly, somebody had to go low in Saturday’s first round of the 40th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame men’s championship at waterlogged Blacksburg Country Club on Saturday, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Despite being able to pick up the golf ball in the fairway, being able to clean the mud off it and place it back on the ground, none of the
Hardy’s Matt Chandler nailed down the front end of the local golf major double last July when he captured the Roanoke Valley Match Play championship. Now it’s time for the 31-year-old ex-professional to start hammering on the back half of the double dip. Chandler will launch his quest to become the 15th player to win both of the Valley’s major titles when the 40th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame
The script for the 27th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women’s championship changed drastically with one phone call Friday. Roanoke Country Club’s Meredith Swanson, who has dominated the event in recent years, called RCC head professional Tim McAfee and informed him that she was withdrawing from the tournament due to a death of a close family friend in Atlanta. Swanson, who just finished her college career at South Carolina last month and is turning professional
Thursday’s heavy downpour, combined with today’s forecast of yet another deluge of heavy rain, forced officials to cancel today’s scheduled first round of the 40th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame men’s golf tournament at Mariners Landing in Huddleston. The 54-hole men’s event will now be trimmed to a 36-hole affair. Blacksburg Country Club, scheduled to play host to Saturday’s second round, will now be the opening-round site. The tournament
Ron Willard's golf game is not the reason he's headed to the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame. "The lowest my handicap has ever been has been a 10 and today, I'm shamed to say, it's a 16," Willard said. "Frankly, I never thought about taking the time to conquer the game." No big deal. The rest of Willard's golf resume is impeccable, thus there was no shock when he
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jim Justice revealed Tuesday that he’s again successfully landed one of the biggest fish on the PGA Tour for next month’s Greenbrier Classic. The Greenbrier resort owner now has his fingers crossed that huge draw Phil Mickelson will swim for four days instead of just two at the July 4-7 PGA Tour stop. Practice rounds begin on July 1. Despite missing the 36-hole cut the
Denny McCarthy fired a second straight 2-under-par 68 Sunday to capture the 77th Kenridge Invitational at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville. McCarthy, a Virginia sophomore who finished 22nd in last week's NCAA Championship, posted a 54-hole total of 4-under 206 to beat four-time champion Steve Liebler (72) by three shots. Martinsville's Keith Decker, who was bidding for his record seventh Kenridge title, entered the final round one shot behind McCarthy.
POTOMAC, Md. -- Troutville's Chip Sullivan shot a final-round 5-over-par 75 Sunday and finished tied for 43rd in the Web.com Tour's Mid-Atlantic Championship at TPC Potomac Avenel Farm. Sullivan, the head pro at Hanging Rock Golf Club, finished with a 72-hole total of 9-over 289. Sullivan, who got into the tournament on an exemption, opened 69-71 and was tied for 17th at the halfway point before closing 74-75. Michael Putnam
A qualifier for those wishing to gain individual playing spots in next week's Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame men's and women's championships will be conducted Sunday at Ashley Plantation. Anyone with ties to current HOF clubs are eligible to enter the 18-hole qualifier, which will start at 2 p.m. at the Daleville club. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were six available open spots in the men's field and three
ATLANTA, Ga. — Blacksburg graduate Jake Mondy of Auburn University carded a 3-over 73 and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy fired a 2-over-par 72 in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Capital City Club. McCarthy, who is competing as an individual, is in a tie for 66th place and Mondy is tied for 95th. Arizona State’s John Rahm leads the individuals with a score of 9-under 61. Auburn is
Those who didn’t know Blacksburg’s Ty Olinger and his strong golf game should take serious notice now. In a breakout performance in Sunday’s final round at Hanging Rock, the 15-year-old left-hander rode a deft short game and a sizzling putter to a 3-under-par 69 that thrust him to victory in the 40th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Junior Championship. Ask runner-up Garrett Sweeney, who finished second by a distant six strokes.
FINCASTLE — Heading to Botetourt Golf & Swim Club on Saturday, the top players in the field for the 40th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Junior field had red on their minds as the set out to play the 5,711-yard course. Then Mother Nature decided to intervene. In what turned into a round of golf played in a veritable wind tunnel, the field got blown away by the turbulent,
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
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
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
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
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