Hats off to Farmington Country Club for hosting its fourth annual invitational tournament to benefit First Tee Charlottesville, having raised approximately $90,000 over that span of time for the organization.
Del. David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) presented a resolution to First Tee Charlottesville from the Virginia House of Delegates that read in part: “Virginia General Assembly honors the First Tee mission and all the chapters in the Commonwealth for its positive youth development, not only in golf but in life.”
Toscano played in the tournament and displayed some rather strong golf skills in a foursome that included former UVa men’s basketball coach Pete Gillen and Carlos Vicioso of Callaway Golf and Dick’s Sporting Goods. If you haven’t seen Vicioso hit a golf ball, then the closest things we’ve seen to it are John Daly and rocket launches.
Kelly Martin, vice president and executive director of the First Tee Home Office (national), and a graduate of UVa law school, was on hand to talk about the future of the organization. Tony Powell, director of the Central Atlantic Region Affairs also talked about the organization.
Wayne Hall, assistant general manager of Farmington and Phillip Seay of the First Tee Charlottesville hosted the tournament and updated the players on the organization’s efforts locally.
Alexis Cary, 2007 RBS Achiever of the Year Semi-Finalist, and a graduate of the Charlottesville program, gave the crowd an update on how First Tee helped her progress. She is now a sophomore at Virginia Tech and worked in the Farmington pro shop.
First place in the tournament was captured by a team from Marco Supply. The low gross winners with a 56 were John Hudson, Jeremy Chandler, Tommy Rooney and Mike Kurtz.
Low net was won by a team from Farmington — Karen Ryder, Patty Devine, Barry Easter and Jeff Easter with a 51.6 net.
Battle & Old Trail
The Old Trail Invitational begins today in Crozet, and it will be interesting to see if any club can dethrone the Old Trail team on its own course. Old Trail has won every one of its previous invitationals.
With Phillip Mahone’s win at the Reines Jewelers Charlottesville City Championship a couple of weeks ago, the Farmington golfer has strengthened his lead in the chase for the 20th annual Battle Trophy, which will be presented during the Jefferson Cup tourney. Mahone has a 24-point lead over his two nearest pursuers, Scott Garrison and Jeff Toms, with two events to go.
Lost in the shuffle at the City Championship was Toms’ tremendous shot at the short, par-4 No. 5 hole (which was the 14th hole for that round). Toms’ tee shot landed on the mound in front of the right of the green and headed straight for the pin, hit the pin and stopped 12 feet from the cup.
Applications for the Jefferson Cup at Birdwood (Aug. 6-8) are now available at the pro shop. For more information or to sign up, call (434) 293-GOLF.
This year’s Jefferson Cup has been recognized by the VSGA Player Rankings Committee and will offer points on the state and the local Battle Trophy level. Usually tournaments that award VSGA player rankings points attract stronger fields.
The Jefferson Cup dinner is always a highlight of the local golf season on the Saturday following the second round of action.
Tee it up fore a cure
The Lou Beeler Foundation and UVa Cancer Center’s Brain Tumor Fund will benefit from next week’s captain’s choice tournament at Old Trail Golf Club (www.oldtrailgolf.com).
First 32 teams to enter are in, $100 per person or $400 per team, Tuesday, July 27 at 9 a.m. (shotgun start).
The late Lou Beeler, a contractor and local high school coach, was always willing to lend a helping hand in his community. When Lou’s insurance company denied payment on his reimbursement claim during the course of his treatment, causing emotional stress from mounting medical expenses, Lou’s neighbors were there for him. The Beeler’s hope this tournament will help relieve those pressures from other families living the same experience.
Get Golf Ready
Get Golf Ready is a new program for golfers and for those that used to play and want to get back into the sport. It is run and sponsored by the PGA and Meadowcreek teaching pro Dan Knop is participating.
The cost is $99 and includes five 1 1/2-hour group golf lessons, all instruction, golf course fees, range balls and rental clubs if needed.
The shag bag …
Birdwood will host a USGA Men’s Amateur Qualifier (36 holes) on Aug. 2. Two or three spots will be awarded from the qualifying site for the Amateur. Matt Smiley and the VSGA staff will be hosting the event at the Birdwood course on behalf of the USGA. ... The eGolf Tour is returning to Spring Creek for its tour championship Aug. 4-7, but with a few changes. After a 13-event regular season, this will be the tour championship followed by a four-tournament “fall series” beginning in September. The eGolf Tour championship will consist of the top 50 members on the money list and is a no-cut event. The tour is adding $100,000 of purse money for the event.
We received a request about how the World Golf Rankings are computed, we suppose because of Tiger Woods’ having dominated those rankings for the past few years.
Well, the rankings are computed through a math formula that we don’t have, and all pro golfers from the PGA Tour down to the smaller circuits are eligible for points. Those points are awarded based on their finish in events for their respective tours and the stronger the field and more prestigious the tournament, the more points are available. Points are accrued on a two-year rolling cycle and the more consistent a golfer is, year after year, the more secure their ranking.
In other words, up until this year, Tiger’s points lead has been, as one pundit put it, “like his personal moat, stocked with crocodiles.” However, Tiger has gained only 6.523 points this year, compared to 213.99 by Phil Mickelson, who has greatly narrowed the gap.