Virginia Super Senior: Abbett holds lead
KILMARNOCK, Virg. (July 9, 2014) –– McLean’s Jon Abbett, 66, shot 4-under-par 68 to lead the first round of stroke play qualifying in the 65-69 age division at the 20th Virginia State Golf Association Super Senior Amateur Championship being conducted at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club.

Also in the 65-69 age category, Don Jeanes of Fairfax opened with a 2-under 70. Alexandria’s Bill Engel returned 1-under 71 to complete the rounds in red numbers in the division.

Abbett accounted for five birdies, including four in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 7-11, to deliver the low round on day one. Jeanes matched his fellow-competitor’s five birdies to offset three bogeys on the day. Engel, meanwhile, logged four birdies against three bogeys.

In the 70-74 age bracket, George Owens, 70, of Virginia Beach fired 1-under 71, bettering the next closest competitor’s score by three strokes. Four others shot 2-over 74—Tom Flory (Madison), Thomas Vogt (Richmond), Walt Martin (Oakton) and Joe Cochran (Staunton).

In the 75 and older division, Wayne Jackson, 79, of Gloucester, bettered his age by three strokes with a score of 4-over 76 and leads the division. James Naylor (Lexington), Harry Cain (Williamsburg) and Wilton Burgess (Lynchburg) each signed for 77.

Following Wednesday’s second round of stroke play qualifying, eight players will qualify for the match play field in both the 65-69 and 70-74 age divisions, while four players will make match play in the 75 and over division.

Match play qualifiers in the 65-69 and 70-74 age groups will play two rounds of matches on Thursday, July 10 and final round matches on Friday, July 11. Golfers making match play in the 75 and over division will play one match on Thursday and the final on Friday. Players will only compete with those in their age group.

ABOUT THE Virginia Mid-Senior & Super Senior

36 holes of stroke play qualifying (18 holes per day); the low 8 players advance to match play. The Mid-Senior field is for players aged 60-64, and the Super Senior field is divided into three age groups (65-69, 70-74 and 75-and-over). Players will only compete against those in their age group. Open to VSGA members who hold an active GHIN number issued by a licensed VSGA Member Club in good standing.

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