December News Briefs: Virginia State Golf Association

GAINESVILLE, VA – One of Virginia's most highly anticipated daily fee golf courses, the Tom Fazio-designed championship layout has not disappointed in providing a premier offering to patrons and golfers throughout the commonwealth. Independence Golf Club, "Virginia's Home For Golf" is now open. Come and enjoy this premier Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship course as well as the nine-hole par-3 short course, created by the VSGA Foundation.

Note: Patrons eligible for the VSGA rate are VSGA VIP Members and members of VSGA Clubs who maintain a VHP handicap. Discount will be available by displaying a current VSGA VIP Card or a VSGA membership card validated with a current VHP handicap sticker or a VHP Handicap card validated with a current VHP handicap sticker.

Join the VSGA VIP program by signing up on the VSGA web site a or by calling the VSGA at 804 378-2300 ext. 10.

VSGA ANNOUNCES 2002 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Some of the premier courses in Virginia, including The Homestead's Cascades Course, Stoney Creek at Wintergreen Resort as well as two Tom Fazio-designed layouts will host VSGA Championships next year.

The Fazio-designed Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach will host the State Amateur from June 25-29, marking the first time that the course has ever welcomed the Am. In addition, for the first time in the championship's history, the Comcast State Open of Virginia will be played at the Arthur Hills-designed Lowes Island Club's River Course, July 1-21.

Another newcomer, Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Glen Allen, will be the site of the Mid-Amateur Championship from September 27-29. The VSGA Four-Ball Championship will be contested at Stoney Creek at Wintergreen on May 10-11, while the VSGA Team Championship is slated for Nansemond River Golf Club in Suffolk, September 20-21.

At the senior level, The Golden Horseshoe's Gold and Green Courses in Williamsburg play host to the Senior Am (August 26-30), the Senior Stroke Play is at Westwood Country Club in Vienna (May 7-8) and the Senior Four-Ball Championship is set for the Fazio-designed and Williamsburg-based Two Rivers Country Club (April 30-May 1). Westwood and Two Rivers will be welcoming the respective championships for the first time.

In junior competition, two layouts will host junior championships for the first time. The Junior Amateur will be at Waynesboro Country Club in Waynesboro, August 5-7, the VSGA Junior Match Play visits Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, June 17-21. The Adult-Youth Championship returns to The Crossings Golf Course in Glen Allen on July 29.

Get A Headstart On Your Holiday Shopping

As a special offer to the VSGA, you may now purchase the Cutter and Buck tournament jacket for $70 with free shipping! This is a $9.95 reduction from the listed price and we hope you will take advantage of this terrific offer.

This exciting new opportunity is just one click away at the VSGA'S Web site at the VSGA Golf Shop. Simply click on the new merchandise icon found on the familiar VSGA home page and consumers will find a terrific array of shopping options.

Everything found in the VSGA Golf Shop has been carefully chosen for discriminating VSGA players. Selections include apparel from Ashworth, Cutter and Buck, as well as Slazenger and include distinctive headwear in addition to other items. Golf Balls from Titleist and Slazenger and gloves from the same makers. Golf bags, travel bags and umbrellas from Virginia's own Bag Boy Company. The items also include more bags from Ping, beautiful leather goods, outerwear, golf towels and more. All prices include free shipping!

All items are embellished with the VSGA logo, making the VSGA Golf Shop your exclusive destination for VSGA merchandise. The VSGA Golf Shop will continuously update its offerings with new items, and offer seasonal and holiday specials.VSGA Golf Shop and requests for merchandise.

2001 VIP MEMBERSHIPS OFFER PRIVILEGES THROUGH FEBRUARY 2001! PLAY GREAT COURSES SUCH AS INDEPENDENCE, THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE, STONEY CREEK AT WINTERGREEN, KINGSMILL, AND HELL'S POINT

It's the largest and best golf membership program in the Virginias. It grants complimentary green fees at nearly 100 Virginia courses and over 40 West Virginia courses (with a golf cart rental). It's the one and only VSGA VIP Program, and it's now available for 2001.

River Course for $50 per player, once players play both the Plantation and the Woods Courses. This offer is good through March 15, 2002. The offer will allow players to play the home of The Michelob Championship at Kingsmill for a special discounted price after enjoying both the Plantation Course and the Woods Course through the VSGA VIP Program.

VIRGINIA GOLF SHOW SCHEDULES TEE TIME IN RICHMOND - JANUARY 11-13, 2002

Richmond-based Royal Productions, Inc. and the VSGA have partnered to announce the launching of the 2002 Virginia Golf Show, slated for January 11-13, 2002 at the Richmond Raceway Complex.

This winter event is sure to be welcomed by the industry as well as avid golfers who will undoubtedly be awaiting spring tee times. Manufacturers, retailers and golf courses will join forces to create a first-class showcase for golfers.

Ultimately, golfers will be able to take advantage of deep discount pricing on equipment. In addition, visitors will have access to apparel and accessories, enjoy a manufacturer's indoor driving range as well as compete in long drive, longest putt and closest-to-the-pin contests. Lifetime PGA Member and trick shot artist Paul Hahn, Jr. will also be appearing all three days of the show.

Show Manager Chris Grubbs and VSGA Executive Director David Norman agree the goal of the show is to promote the growth of golf by exposing people to the fun of the sport. The VSGA's endorsement and support of the 2002 Virginia Golf Show is bringing yet another benefit to its members.

www.virginiagolfshow.com or www.vsga.org.

VSGA, USGA RULES OFFICIAL CLYDE LUTHER HONORED

Renowned VSGA and USGA rules official Clyde Luther has been honored as the David Wortman Citizen of the Year Award by the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA of America. The award recognizes an outstanding amateur, whose outstanding contributions to golf in the mid-Atlantic region include the promotion of the game, the MAPGA and its professionals as well as support of MAPGA programs throughout the region.

Luther has officiated more than 85 national championships, countless VSGA, junior and intercollegiate championships, every United States Open Championship since 1988 and has participated in over 50 national rules workshops. He has officiated every one of Tiger Woods' seven national championship victories.

In addition to chairing the VSGA rules and intern committee, Luther serves on the tournament and junior committee. In 1999, he was presented the VSGA's highest award, the President's Award for over 25 years of service to golf in Virginia.

VSGA TO OFFER P.J. BOATWRIGHT INTERNSHIPS IN GOLF ADMINISTRATION

The VSGA is offering two P.J. Boatwright golf administration internships for 2002. One is slated for 12 months beginning in January 2002 or later, according to availability, while the other internship will span four months during the summer.

In order to be considered, prospective applicants must be enrolled at a college or university as a sophomore, junior or senior, graduate student or be a recent graduate. In addition, applicants should possess a solid knowledge of the game of golf.

The responsibilities of the 12-month intern entail championship administration, database management, junior golf and membership activities. Also, the intern will help to coordinate the VSGA's involvement in Hook-A-Kid-On-Golf and the Challenge Golf League junior programs to be implemented at various sites throughout Virginia during the summer. In addition, VSGA interns will also assist the staff in general administration.

One of the four-month summer interns will serve the VSGA Women's Division. The Women's Division internship will focus on championship administration for women's events. For more information about the P.J. Boatwright golf administration internships, please contact Mark A. Montgomery at the VSGA at (804) 378-2300, ext. 19

Each year, the USGA perpetuates a memorial tribute to P.J. Boatwright through funding of internship programs for regional golf associations throughout the country, including the VSGA. The program is designed to benefit junior golf, public golf and championship administration and the VSGA has received a grant every year since the internship's inception in 1992.

CAROLINAS TEAM WINS 56TH VIRGINIAS-CAROLINAS MATCHES

The Carolinas team outscored Virginias 39-33 in closing round four-ball action and captured the 56th Virginias-Carolinas Matches by 23 points (119 ½-96 ½).

Final round scoring was based on a nassau format with six points available in each match. Two points each were available for the front nine match, the back nine match, and the overall 18-hole matches.

Trailing 80 ½-63 ½ heading into final round play, the Virginias team could not close the gap on the last day, winning five of the 12 matches and accounting for one tie. In the regular division, the combinations of Paul Kane (Charlottesville)-David Passerell (Scottsville) as well as Pat Carter (Lesage, W.Va.)-Bill Sharp (Cross Lanes, W.Va.) each notched 6-0 victories. In addition, the tandem of Keith Decker (Martinsville)-David Partridge (Manakin-Sabot) registered a 5-1 triumph, while Matt Mankin (Daleville)-J.T. Belcher (Franklin) halved their match and contributed three points.

In the senior division, team playing captain Stan Fischer (Richmond) and Jamie Gough (Fairfax) posted a 6-0 win, while David King (Sterling) and Tom Flory (Alexandria) were 5-1 victors.

However, with two sweeps in the regular division and a pair of 5-1 wins, Carolinas outscored Virginias, 26-22 and claimed senior division action, 13-11.

Ultimately, the Virginias squad was unable to recover from an opening round 48-24 deficit. "The Virginias seniors only scored one point out of 24 on the fist day in the foursomes matches," reflected Fischer. "That deficit put us in a catch-up mode for the rest of the week."

In competition history, Carolinas now own an 8-3-1 advantage since 1990 and lead the all-time series, 42-13-1.

SERRAO BROTHERS NET WILLOW OAKS FALL INVITATIONAL VICTORY

Call it brother taking care of brother. That's what brothers Steve and of Virginia Beach showed in capturing the 14th Willow Oaks Fall Invitational at Willow Oaks Country Club.

Steve, 33 older by 17 months, combined with Jay to post a final round championship-best 8-under 64 and completed the championship at 10-under 134. Bolstered by Jay's inward 33 as well as his four birdies and an eagle during closing round action, the tandem finished one shot clear of Richmonders and (68-67--135, -9), the 1991 champions, and Lexington's - (68-67--135, -9).

"We did a pretty good job of covering for each other," noted Steve, a former golf standout at the University of Virginia and the 1984 Virginia State Golf Association State Junior champion.

A pair of other former champions -- 1996 victors Steve Isaacsand Dan Rizzo of Richmond and Charles Green III (Tazewell)-Allen Barber (Yorktown), repeat champions in 1995 and 1997 -- finished a shot back at 8-under 136, along with Jeff Nemoytin (Elkton)and Jeff Forbes (Penn Laird).

RICHMONDER ROLLINS EARNS PGA TOUR CARD

Fueled by his victory at the BUY.COM Hershey Open, Richmond native John Rollins finished sixth on the tour's season-ending money list with $242,841 and earned his PGA Tour card for next year. The top 15 money winners earn their cards for the season-long money list earned their PGA Tour cards for next year.

He was also honored as the VSGA Golfer of the Year in 1997.

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