Team Hanover wins the Virginia Club Championship

PETERSBURG, VA., (July 31, 2011) – For a second straight day, Hanover Country Club team members delivered two rounds in the 60s to help the three-golfer team post a wire-to-wire 11-stroke runaway victory as the 69th Virginia State Golf Association Club Championship concluded today at the Country Club of Petersburg.

The central Virginia-based VSGA member club matched its day one 8-under-par 136 aggregate to finish the championship at 16-under 272. For Hanover, reinstated amateur Spence Andrews (Glen Allen) carded a single-day championship-best 5-under 67 in the final round. Meanwhile, Ashland’s Tim Kelley, 55, followed his opening round 67 with a closing 69 to compile an 8-under 136 aggregate, the lowest 36-hole total of any competitor in this year’s field. Hanover’s talent and depth showed throughout, with each team member having at least one score count over the two days. Mid-amateurTom Vlahakis, 37, of Ashland (4-under 140) had his 4-under 68 counted on the first day and closed with 72, which wasn’t used on Sunday in the best two scores of three format.

With a fourth title, Hanover, also the event’s victors in 1999, 2004 and 2005, owns the second-most wins by any club over the championship’s recent history dating back to 1986. Hermitage Country Club collected seven of its record 17 event titles over the past 25 years.

The Dominion Club, based in Glen Allen, and Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg each shot 1-under 143 in the final round to finish this year’s championship at 5-under 283.

For Hanover, Andrews’ 73 wasn’t used on the first day, but he rebounded in the final round to post seven birdies against a bogey. After making bogey on the first hole of the day, Andrews didn’t have a blemish on his scorecard the rest of the way. Andrews played a seven-hole stretch from Nos. 2-8 in four under par and he added two more birdies on the second nine.

Kelley, this spring’s VSGA Senior Stroke Play champion, continued his strong play and was one of two players to post consecutive rounds in the 60s; Martinsville’s Keith Decker, representing Chatmoss Country Club, was the other, shooting 69 (6-under 138) both days. Last week’s club championship winner at Hanover Country Club, Kelley had four birdies against a bogey and played the classic layout’s four par 5s in three under for a second consecutive day. 

Glen Allen residents Sam Beach (final round 72) and 18-year-old Jason Schumacher (second straight 71) led The Dominion Club. Beach, 22, a semifinalist at this summer’s VSGA Amateur Championship, finished at 3-under 141, while Schumacher closed play at 2-under 142.

Fellow 21-year-olds Chad Mozingo of Culpeper (1-under 71) and Matthew Neely of Monterey (even-par 72) also completed the competition with three under and two under aggregates, respectively.

ABOUT THE VSGA Club Championship

18-hole stroke play competition. Four players per club, each club enters two four-ball sides (any combination of regulars, seniors and/or super seniors and up to one professional). Sum of two (2) four-ball scores make up the team total. There will be a regular set of tee markers, a senior set of tee markers (for those ages 50 & over) and a super senior set of tee markers (for those ages 65 & over).

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