David Partridge (VSGA photo)
PURCELLVILLE, Va. (Oct. 30, 2018) — The Virginia State Golf Association championship season concludes this week at Loudoun Golf & Country Club with the playing of the 3rd VSGA Mid-Senior Amateur Championship and the 24th VSGA Super Senior Amateur Championships. The events were rescheduled from late September after heavy rains rendered Loudoun’s layout unplayable.
The Mid-Senior Amateur Championship is for players ages 60-64. The Super Senior Amateur is divided into three age divisions: 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over. One round of stroke-play qualifying, held Tuesday, determined the participants and seeds for match play, which begins Wednesday.
Eight players advanced to match play in the Mid-Senior and 65-69 Super Senior division. Four players advanced in the 70-74 and 75-and-over divisions.
David Partridge easily earned stroke-play medalist honors Tuesday, firing a 5-under-par 67 to finish five strokes clear of Tim Vigotsky. Partridge, a 12-time VSGA champion, will be the top seed in match play, which begins Wednesday morning with the quarterfinals.
Vigotsky returned an even-par 72. There was a wide gap between Partridge, Vigotsky and the rest of the field. Harry Thomas shot 76 to finish third, a stroke clear of Kurt Swenson. The four other match-play participants are Richard Lion, Ron Clatterbuck, Wil Fekeci and David Prokop. Fekeci and Prokop finished one shot ahead of Craig Lund and Mark Boedicker for the final match-play spots.
Partridge birdied three of his first five holes Tuesday before hitting a rough patch near the turn. He fell back to even par with a bogey on No. 10 but recovered quickly with back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12. After a par on 13, he birdied the next three holes to get to 5 under. He shot 4-under 33 on the par-37 back nine.
Super Senior 65-69
Marc Halley, a member at nearby Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club, posted a 4-over 76 to earn the top seed in match play. He finished a shot ahead of Dayton Slater. Van McCarter returned 78 and will be the No. 3 seed for match play, followed by Corky Bishop, who returned 79.
Five players tied at 80, with four advancing to match play after a playoff: Jeff Johns, Brian Maloney, Bert Wilson and John Hoffman.
Halley finished with three birdies, including one on Loudoun’s par-3 closing hole.
Super Senior 70-74
Don Jeanes and Mike Brown each toured Loudoun’s layout in 6-over 78, with Brown earning the top seed in the four-player match play portion of the championship. Brown will face Charles Ballou in one semifinal with Jeanes facing Ray D’Amore in the other.
Jeanes and Brown each posted a pair of birdies in their stroke-play rounds. Ballou finished one shot ahead of Donald Meyer and Roger Carpenter to earn the final match-play seed.
Super Senior 75 and over
Jack Vardaman, winner of the 33rd VSGA Super Senior Stroke Play Championship in June, posted a 7-over 79 to finish three shots ahead of Bob Moyers for medalist honors. Vardaman will meet David King in one semifinal, with Moyers facing Joe Cochran in the other.
Vardaman last won a VSGA Super Senior Amateur title in 2015, when he defeated Harry Cain in the championship match of the 75-and-over division at The Homestead.
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
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
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