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Roger Newsom wins Eastern Amateur
15 Jul 2012
by Golfweek

see also: Elizabeth Manor Country Club, Roger Newsom Rankings

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (JULY 15, 2012) -- Roger Newsom, a 48-year-old ophthamologist from Virginia Beach, Va., used home-course knowledge to capture the 56th Eastern Amateur with a 16-under 264 total on July 15.

Newsom, who grew up next to Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club and is a longtime member, was keyed by an 8-under 62 in Round 2 in which he was 4 under on each nine. He shot 66-62-68-68 and won by four shots over three golfers: University of Richmond senior Nick Austin, University of Virginia senior Gregor Orlando and mid-amateur Adam Horton of Chesapeake, Va.

Newsom, who competed in the Eastern Am for the first time at age 13, said his familiarity with the course was a key in his second-round score. He had posted only two previous top-10 finishes at the event, including a tie for second in 2006.

"I played about as good as I could play. . . . I know this golf course better than anybody out here, even the groundskeeper," Newsom told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper. "I know every bump, every little place on this golf course. It's almost like cheating."

ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event. The impressive list of winners includes Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, and Lanny Wadkins. It has been played at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club, a par 70 Dick Wilson golf course in Portsmouth, Virginia since 1957; the only exceptions were in 1977 when it was played at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk, Virginia and in 1999 when it was played at nearby Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth during renovations at Elizabeth Manor.

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Results For Eastern Amateur Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1VARoger NewsomVirginia Beach, VA50066-62-68-68--264
T2VANick AustinMidlothian, VA40066-66-70-66--268
T2VAAdam HortonChesapeake, VA40065-68-66-69--268
T2PAGregor OrlandoErie, PA40070-67-64-67--268
5VAJeremy WellsHopewell, VA30067-68-69-65--269

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