Roanoke Valley golf’s version of the “Odd Couple” were certainly a formidable combination this weekend.
Daleville’s Chips Wooddy and Roanoke’s L.B. Bailey come from totally different avenues in life, but the old-timers have been mining success recently in the area’s super senior ranks.
The 69-year-old Wooddy and the 67-year Bailey followed up Saturday’s sizzling 8-under-par 63 first round with a 67 on Sunday to waltz through their division at the Hidden Valley 4-Ball Classic, winning by six shots.
“[Bailey] and I are a good team and we have fun,” said Wooddy, a longtime Roanoke Country Club member. “We started playing together this year in a tournament in South Carolina and we’ve been on a roll.”
While other super senior players may wonder what makes the well-heeled Wooddy and the blue-collared Bailey, also known as “Big Cat,” connect, Bailey shrugged off the odd couple tag.
“I don’t know about that,” Bailey said. “I know my wife [Robin] and his wife [Janet] get along, and Chips is a gas.”
Wooddy, once dubbed the “Human Typo” by a reporter for the funky spelling of his name, said off the golf course the playing partners “go out with our wives a lot and we eat a lot.”
When Wooddy’s former tournament partner Jack Tuttle moved out of town, Bailey quickly jumped at the opportunity to join forces .
“We started teaming up about a year ago,” said Bailey, who is also noted as one of the area’s top fast-pitch softball instructors. “I called Chips because I knew Tuttle had moved out of town and asked him did he want to play. He tells me that I’m trying out every time we play.”
While Wooddy and Bailey were taking care of business, the Tazewell tandem of Buck Brittain and former Virginia Tech player Garland Green fired a scorching final-round 62 to finish with a 36-hole total of 126 to capture the men’s division crown.
In senior men’s play, Salem’s Jack Allara and partner Tony Green won for the second time. Green provided the winning blow, draining a short birdie putt.