The Federal Club takes Virginia Club title
ASHLAND, Va. (Aug. 5, 2012) –– Stoked by closing day rounds of even-par 71 by both Ryan Taylor (Richmond) and Maxwell Wyndorf (Glen Allen), central Virginia-based The Federal Club posted a one-stroke comeback victory as the 70th Virginia State Golf Association Club Championship concluded today at Hanover Country Club.

Taylor, 30, and Wyndorf, 24, matched the low round of the final day among the regular contingent, pacing the team to an even-par 142 aggregate in the three-count-two format. The Federal Club completed the two-day championship at 6-over 290.

First round leader Mill Quarter Plantation placed second (final-day 145, 7-over 291), while Two Rivers Country Club registered the low single-day total of the championship of 1-under 141 to finish third (10-over 294). Martinsville-based Chatmoss Country Club (8-over 150) and host Hanover Country Club (9-over 151) closed play eight shots back at 298.

The Federal Club, a semiprivate club opened in 2007, claimed its first victory in the event.

For the three-player Federal Club team, Taylor made two birdies inside 6 feet in a late three-hole stretch at Nos. 15 and 17 to help fuel the rally. Wyndorf accounted for three birdies and escaped a troublesome spot from the left trees at the par-4 17th, playing a low 5-iron second shot that scurried onto the putting surface where he converted what would be an important two-putt par.

Fellow team member Austin Bingham, 24, of Glen Allen returned a first round 72 to go along with Taylor’s 76 on day one to keep The Federal Club within two shots of Mill Quarter’s lead to start the final round.

“Having Austin and Ryan play well [Saturday] freed everything up for me on the last day,” Wyndorf said. Hanover Country Club served as his home course as a collegian at Randolph-Macon College.

The three competitors complemented each other well in the two-day event.

“That’s the beauty of the event – Max had his off day Saturday and I had mine today,” Bingham said. “Fortunately, two of us didn’t both struggle on the same day.”

The Federal Club team members uniformly admitted that facing the demands that their home course presents was an ally in negotiating Hanover’s challenges.

“If you want to take strokes off your game, go play The Federal Club for a living,” said Taylor, who placed third in the regular division with a 5-over 147 total. “It’s a great test of golf.”

Said Wyndorf: “Playing The Federal Club is the best thing you can do to prepare for any other course.”

For Mill Quarter, Paul Woodson, 22, of Powhatan, returned his second consecutive round of even-par 71 to share individual medalist honors among the regulars. He made birdie at the last to help set the final margin.

Mid-amateur Jon Hurst, 42, of Fredericksburg, representing Lee’s Hill Golfers Club, also registered a two-day score of 142 (70-72).

For Two Rivers, Mike McDonald (Williamsburg), the 2009 VSGA Senior Amateur champion, shot 2-under 69 to deliver the low round of the championship – senior competitors played from a shorter yardage than the regulars – to help the team climb the leaderboard.

Sixteen teams, representing VSGA member clubs throughout the commonwealth, competed in the championship.

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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