SMU's Schovee Wins Wintergreen National
09 Jun 2009
see also: Wintergreen National Amateur, Wintergreen Resort


WINTERGREEN, VA (June 7, 2009)--The Stoney Creek Golf Club showed its mountain strength today as the entire field played in over par. While the players raved about course conditions the course yielded few birdies throughout the tournament.

It all started again with the first tee shot for Matt Schovee. Today Matt started his round with a hooked tee shot into the lake; however, he crafted an up and down from 80 yards for a par on the opening hole. The rising sophomore carded a one over par 73 for a total of one under total of 215. All week the opening tee shot has been his nemesis and all week he has kept his composure with a birdie on the second hole. “Today I struggled with my tee shot – it was horrible. All week I chipped and putted beautifully. My shortgame really kept me in it all week."

Chris Olson a rising junior at Christopher Newport University applied the pressure on Schovee with a series of birdies late on the front nine and early into the back nine. He closed the gap to 3 shots standing on the 12th tee box; however Schovee made a critical birdie on Virginia’s longest par 4, 505 yards. Runner up Chris Olson finished with a three over par 75 for a total of 222.

Coming in third place was Coastal Carolina’s Andrew Kegarise with a score of 225. Finishing g forth place was Christopher Newport’s Joseph Suarez with a score of 229. Rounding out the top 5 was Bridgewater College’s John Phillips with final score of 231.

In the end Matt Shovee’s play was absolutely methodical, carefully constructed and highly well executed. He outplayed the entire field to his first Wintergreen National Amateur Championship. Look out college golf this rising sophomore is a mile high versus his classmates.

Championship Results
Matt Schovee 72 70 73 215
Chris Olson 75 72 75 222
Andrew Kegarise 74 73 78 225
Joseph Suarez 75 76 78 229
John Phillips 78 79 74 231
Jacob Singelton 76 84 73 233
RJ Milford 84 73 76 233
Michael Heller 80 78 76 234
Troy Hawkins 79 77 81 237
Karl Lindblad 77 85 77 239
Brian Cox 82 76 86 244
Tyler Yancy 87 79 79 245
Blaine Zimmerman 81 81 84 246
Jason Drewey 81 86 81 248
Greg Ottani 87 81 87 255
Corbin Pillow 92 81 86 259
Scott Cartledge 86 94 81 261
Brad Whitmore 89 88 84 261
Chris Chung 90 86 86 262
Daniel Coulter 92 86 86 264
Brian Gehrman 97 94 83 274
Matt O'Brien 94 90 95 279
Andy Matthews 101 87 92 280

In the Senior Division, Gary Preston wore down his competition. Hole after hole, par after par this smooth swinging “Boomer” carefully managed his game around the Stoney Creek Golf Club. Gary who regularly plays his golf out of variety of golf clubs throughout Central Virginia played the Rees Jones Masterpiece as if he was a full paying dues member. This past Charlottesville, VA senior City Champion can add one more big trophy to the mantel this year with his closing round of 76 for a total of 231. Hunter Morrissette claimed the runner up position at 241.

Senior Division
Gary Preston 77 78 76 231
Hunter Morrissette 85 79 77 241
Steve Yukniewicz 85 83 84 252
Bob Hudson 88 76 95 259
Ben Green 91 87 82 260
Barry Barnard 84 85 94 263
Joe Daniel 96 92 94 282
Allan Drewry 87 81 wd wd

ABOUT THE Wintergreen National Amateur

The Wintergreen National Amateur is an individual 54-hole stroke-play tournament to be played at the resort's two award-winning golf courses--Devil's Knob and Stoney Creek--which have a rich tournament history that includes hosting the Virginia State Amateur, the Virginia State Mid-Am and Virginia State Junior, as well as the Canadian Tour event. The first round is to be played at Devils Knob, with the final two rounds at Stoney Creek.

The Wintergreen National Amateur field is open to men with a USGA handicap index of 5.0 or less and to women with a USGA handicap index of 10.0 or less, with a maximum field of 280 players. The name of the winner is to be engraved on the championship's perpetual trophy, with individual trophies to be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. 2010 will add a Senior division.

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