HOT SPRINGS, VA (April 30, 2006) -- The Virginia team recorded a final day five-point win in singles action to notch a 43-29 victory as the 23rd Virginia-West Virginia Team Matches concluded today at The Homestead’s Cascades Course (6,699 yards, par 35-35—70).
Owning a nine-point advantage (22½-13½) following day one alternate shot and four-ball matches, Virginia outscored their West Virginia counterparts 20½-15½ in final day singles play. On the last day, Virginia’s seniors were 8½-3½ victors, while the regulars tied 12-12. In the format, a point is earned by winning the outward nine, the inward half and the overall match.
With the win, Virginia retained the Ye Ole Feudin’ Stick going to the matches’ winner, captured its 13th consecutive victory in the series and notched its 14th win in the past 15 meetings.
Virginia got off to a strong start in seniors’ matches to take a 31-17 lead. Richmond’s John Cuomo (left) helped to lead the way, scoring a 3-0 shutout over Tom Foxworth (Hurricane, W.Va.). In addition, three time defending VSGA Senior Stroke Play champion J.P. Leigh (Suffolk, Va.) as well as Tom Hackett (Powhatan, Va.) scored two points each, while reigning State Senior Amateur champion and team captain Jamie Gough (Fairfax, Va.) earned a point-and-a-half tie against Jack Forbes (Morgantown, W.Va.).
Among the regulars, Paul C. Erdman (West Point, Va.) accounted for Virginia’s only shutout among the regulars in singles matches, registering a 3-0 victory over Mitch Roush (Mason, W.Va.). Meanwhile, central Virginians Larry Loving Jr. (Richmond, Va.) and Tim Kelley of Ashland (right) scored two-and-a-half points each for Virginia. Counting day one alternate shot and four-ball competition, Loving had a team-best seven-and-a-half points for Virginia. Jason Pool (Dunn Loring, Va.) and Jason Copeland (Virginia Beach, Va.) scored one-and-a-half points each for Virginia, while Scott Campbell (Mechanicsville, Va.) added a point. Pat Carter (Lesage, W.Va.) and Stephen Fox (Huntington, W.Va.) posted 3-0 blankings for West Virginia.
Virginia’s regulars outscored their West Virginia counterparts 27½-20½, while the seniors triumphed 15½-8½ over the two days.
For complete results, click on the tournament link above.