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Michael Wade held the low score among several Timesland golfers in the Richmond tournament.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Floyd's Michael Wade, who made the field by shooting 65 to win a last-chance qualifier Monday at Richmond's Providence Club, carded a 3-under-par 68 Thursday to pace the Timesland-area contingent in the first round of the State Open of Virginia at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian.
Wade, who turned professional after graduating from Radford University last year, recorded six birdies to go with three bogeys and stands in a four-way tie for third in the 168-player field.
Defending champion Jay Woodson of Richmond and pro Mike Gooden of McGaheysville each shot 65 to share the lead.
Troutville's Chip Sullivan birdied his final hole to post a 69 that left him in a five-way tie for seventh. Sullivan, the head professional and general manager at Salem's Hanging Rock Golf Club, has finished second four times in the past six years in the 72-hole event.
Martinsville's Keith Decker, the state's preeminent amateur the past quarter century and a three-time champion, is locked in a 15-player logjam for 23rd at 71.
Roanoke College golfer Alex Taylor continued his recent stellar play. Taylor, 20, recovered from a dismal start - he was 5 over through six holes - by touring the final 12 holes in 4 under to join Ridgeway's Dylan Jensen in a 15-player group at 72.
The Martinsville duo of Brandon Grogan and Jack Adkins are among 20 players tied at 73 that included 2011 Roanoke Valley Match Play champion Lee Fisher of Lynchburg.
There are 70 players at 73 or better, which is important since only the low 70 players and ties make the 36-hole cut.
Roanoke's Jack Wilkes and Salem's Connor Walters each shot 74. Salem's Aaron Eckstein shot 76.
Salem's Tommy Joyce, the PGA general manager at Hunting Hills, posted a 77 and is tied for 105th.
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