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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
HOT SPRINGS — Salem’s Marilyn Bussey and Ridgeway’s Fran Hensley advanced to the quarterfinals in the championship flight of the VSGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championships at the Homestead’s Old Course on Tuesday.
Bussey, who was seeded No. 15 after Monday’s single round of stroke play, defeated Cindy Morris of Portsmouth, 2 and 1, while Hensley, the sixth seed, outlasted Becky Hawkins of Coleman Falls by winning the fifth sudden-death hole.
Roanoke’s Valeta Pittman lost to Gail Schenck of Richmond and dropped to the consolation bracket in the top flight.
Bussey will play Joanne Kitusky of Glen Allen in the quarterfinals. Hensley gets Boodie McGurn of Richmond.
In the first flight, Slame’s Sara Cole is the first seed, and she beat Nancy Williams of Richmond, 2 and 1 to advance.
Leigh Lacy of Daleville and Becky Bondurant of Buchanan lost their opening matches.
Wanda Flora of Roanoke and Kit Davis of Salem were winners in the second flight, while Juanita Petrone of Dublin lost.
Third flight winners included Judy Knight and Kailyn Sprinkle of Salem, and Jean Summerbell of Roanoke. Julie Light of Roanoke and Sue Arrington of Rocky Mount lost their matches.
Fourth flight winners included Betty Compton of Rocky Mount, and Dottie Webb and Linda Johnson of Roanoke.
Linda Simpson of Penhook lost in the first round of the fourth flight.
Richmond player leads Boys Junior Am at HVCC
Mark Lawrence Jr. took a two-stroke lead at the 61st VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship with a 5-under-par 66 at Hidden Valley Country Club.
Lawrence, of Richmond, leads Logan Yates of Ruckersville and Ian Hildebrand of Purcellville by two shots.
Nick Brediger of Roanoke shot a 70, and Roanoke’s Drew Lagan and Goodview’s John Lyle are tied for seventh after finishing with even-par 71s.
The three-round tournament continues today in Salem.
Mickelson still pinching himself after Open win
AKRON, Ohio — Phil Mickelson still can’t believe he won the British Open.
Every day he takes a peek at the iconic claret jug, just to make sure it’s all real.
He had dreamt he won the U.S. Open a month earlier, only to discover — after a minute of contemplation — that he still had 18 holes left. Then he went out and lost.
Not at Muirfield. Nine days after his crazy, final-round sprint brought him his fifth major championship, he’s still pinching himself.
Mickelson tees off Thursday in the opening round of the Bridgestone Invitational. He laid the groundwork for a sixth Grand Slam title by spending Monday at Oak Hill, site of next week’s PGA.
No matter what happens there, he’ll always have that claret jug.
Oosthuizen to miss 2 months with injuries
JUPITER, Fla. — Louis Oosthuizen will take two months away from golf to let a series of injuries heal.
Oosthuizen had to withdraw from the U.S. Open and the British Open because of injuries to his neck, back and hip. He will miss the Bridgestone Invitational this week and the PGA Championship next week at Oak Hill.
The 2010 British Open champion is treating the injuries with rest and strengthening exercises. He hopes to return at the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland at the end of September.
Oosthuizen is No. 147 in the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour and is not eligible for the four playoff events.
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