Roger Newsom wins Eastern Amateur
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (JULY 15, 2012) -- Roger Newsom, a 48-year-old ophthamologist from Virginia Beach, Va., used home-course knowledge to capture the 56th Eastern Amateur with a 16-under 264 total on July 15.

Newsom, who grew up next to Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club and is a longtime member, was keyed by an 8-under 62 in Round 2 in which he was 4 under on each nine. He shot 66-62-68-68 and won by four shots over three golfers: University of Richmond senior Nick Austin, University of Virginia senior Gregor Orlando and mid-amateur Adam Horton of Chesapeake, Va.

Newsom, who competed in the Eastern Am for the first time at age 13, said his familiarity with the course was a key in his second-round score. He had posted only two previous top-10 finishes at the event, including a tie for second in 2006.

"I played about as good as I could play. . . . I know this golf course better than anybody out here, even the groundskeeper," Newsom told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper. "I know every bump, every little place on this golf course. It's almost like cheating."

Results: Eastern Amateur
1VARoger NewsomVirginia Beach, VA50066-62-68-68--264
T2VANick AustinMidlothian, VA40066-66-70-66--268
T2VAAdam HortonChesapeake, VA40065-68-66-69--268
T2PAGregor OrlandoPhiladelphia, PA40070-67-64-67--268
5VAJeremy WellsHopewell, VA30067-68-69-65--269

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ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field. The tournament has been played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the Eastern in three different decades and is the only golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as well as representing his state in the USGA Team competition.

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