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PLAY THROUGH: This ‘n’ that

Congratulations are in order for Peter Gasperini as he went to Chatmoss Golf Club in Martinsville to attempt to qualify for the 100th renewal of the Virginia Amateur Golf Tournament that will be played at The Homestead.

Gasperini shot a very respectable 74, and missed qualifying by three shots. This is great considering it was the first time he has seen the course.

This is going to be a busy summer for the Commonwealth as four major golf events will be held in the state. The U.S. Public Links Amateur Tournament will be held at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Norton in Northern Virginia in mid-July.

The AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods will be played at Çongressional  Country Club June 27-30 with a purse of 6.5 million. The Greenbriar Classic will be held on July 4-7 on the resorts Old White TPC, and this being the fourth year, it is growing in popularity every year.

The Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship turns 100 in June, and they are celebrating with a big celebration at the Homestead Resort’s Cascades Course. This is the 43rd time they have hosted this prestigious event.

When you mention the Virginia Amateur, it brings back many memories of the former champions that have played in our area. A lot of them came in to play at Green’s Folly Golf Course which was run by George Crews at the time. George was noted for running his pro-ams, and he brought in some big names.

I am going to name a few and I am sure I will miss some but it is only because it has been awhile. Seven-time winner Vinny Giles and three-time winner Tom  McKnight lead the list along with 1958 winner, Jimmy Flippen of Danville.

Sam Wallace, who has won twice, has played at Halifax Country Club as well as Keith Decker of Martinsville and John Rollins of Richmond. Not a bad lineup of golf greats in the Commonwealth that have played local courses.

The bad playing of Tiger Woods in last week’s Memorial just goes to show how frustrating the crazy game of golf can be. When the world’s top-ranked player can lose it that fast and not have a clue, just think about us regular guys and girls that do it just about every day. 

If you have been watching the college baseball playoffs I am sure you have seen some umpiring that leaves a lot to be desired. I know the announcers get to watch replays, but some of the obvious ones make you wonder.

In Monday’s game between Florida Atlantic and North Carolina, the announcers got hung up on trying to coach, and when the coaches put in pitchers that did not have the rest they thought they should have had, they went off.

From the 8th inning until the end the two used the words tired and fatigued 87 times. Now give me a break. ESPN does not have the best announcers unless you are a NBA fan, but give it a rest.

Next week will be a big week at Green’s Folly Golf Course as club officials will be preparing to host the annual men’s Member-Guest Golf Tournament. Play will start off Saturday morning and afternoon (June 1 5) with a shotgun start using a best ball format. The tournament will finish on Sunday with captain’s choice format to determine the champions.

It’s always exciting golf and a lot of action. Come out and support your favorite teams. Tee times will be posted in next Friday’s paper.

I promised my buddy June Hancock I would not mention anything about a yellow chicken and I am a man of my word, so I will not. But just for curiosity, what is a yellow hen?

I think what I said last week about our buddy Jim Burton was enough, but since his actual passing I would just like to say that our whole community’s prayers go out to his family and hopefully they will give them the strength they are going to need the next few months.

If you are going to take your youngsters to the golf course this summer, make sure you make sure they have plenty of liquids and have a way to get in touch with you. Both courses want juniors to play, but neither course is a babysitting service.

If you are going to the festival today, have fun, drink responsibly, and make sure you have a designated driver. 

If you are playing golf, hit it straight, hit it long and most of all, hit it in the hole. 

Have a great weekend, and if you have news let me know.