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Men’s Golf Catches Fire Late for Third-Place Finish at Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate

Byline: Old Dominion Sports

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Propelled by a late outpouring of birdies, the Old Dominion men’s golf team shot a final-round 289 to jump six spots into third place at the Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate. Reigning individual medalist Jakob Henriksson tied for fourth place, and Rasmus Konradsson was tied for sixth.

It was really tough yesterday with the wind and the cold,” head coach Murray Rudisill said. “The guys played today like I thought they should have the entire tournament, but something clicked today.”

ODU’s scoring four of Henriksson, Konradsson, Gustav Fransson and Jakob Chicoyne all finished out on a tear, going a combined 13-under par down the closing stretch. Henriksson birdied two of his last six holes for a final-round score of 2-over 73 and a 54-hole total of 220 (+7). Konradsson eagled the par-5 second hole and added a birdie on the sixth, his final hole of the day, for a 74 on Tuesday and finished the two-day event at 9-over 222.

Fransson played his last four holes at 5-under and carded a 1-under 70. Like Konradsson, he eagled the second hole and then closed out with three straight birdies. Tuesday’s 70 was a six-shot improvement from the second round and helped Fransson finish tied for 25th at 229 (+13).

Chicoyne used an eagle on the second hole to ignite a late run as well, playing his last seven holes at 5-under to finish the day with a 1-over 72. He tied for 35th at 232.

Filip Wetterqvist rounded out the Monarchs with a 79 on Tuesday and a two-day total of 243, good for a share of 62nd.

ODU’s 289 in the final round was the third-best round by a team at the event and the second-lowest score on Tuesday. The Monarchs were the third-best team on the par-71, 6,817-yard Golden Horseshoe Gold Course’s par-4 holes and were tied for fourth in par-5 scoring as well (-4). ODU also logged the most birdies by any team in the field with 45 and had three eagles.

Towson won the team championship with a three-round score of 882 (+30). Georgetown finished second seven shots behind the Tigers and 10 strokes ahead of the Monarchs.

Villanova’s Peter Weaver earned individual medalist honors at 1-over 214. He edged out Georgetown’s William O’Neill by a single shot. Will Halamandaris of George Mason rounded out the top-three at 6-over.

Robb Kinder and Alex Price Play Sudden Death Playoff as Captains Golf Wins Glenn Heath Memorial by Forty Strokes

Byline: Christopher Newport Sports

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The Christopher Newport men’s golf team added to it’s first round lead and dominated the 2022 Glenn Heath Memorial by forty strokes on Tuesday after wrapping up the 36-hole event with a 26-over 602 (293-309). CNU scored four of the top five finishing scores with Robb Kinder and Alex Price tying for the individual medalist honors. On the second playoff hole, Kinder notched a championship-winning par putt from 15-feet to edge out his teammate for the top spot on the individual leaderboard.

After matching each other shot for shot through the first 36 holes, Christopher Newport veterans Robb Kinder and Alex Price were still deadlocked at the conclusion of the second round. Headed to a sudden death playoff, both players delivered long drives off the first tee. Kinder found himself just off the fairway to the left about 145 yards from the pin; Price was in the middle of the short grass a yard or two back and took the second shot first.

The lefty stared down the green with a heavy contingent of onlookers as the two Captains vied for the individual medalist honors and delivered a picture-perfect iron pin-high. Moments later, Kinder matched his roommate and teammate with a beautiful second shot up the hill and the gallery streaked up the fairway to find both balls on the green in regulation. Kinder stepped up to his putt first and opened the door for Price with a tap-in for the two-putt par. With his birdie putt, Price slid the attempt just right of the hole and the playoff would continue on.

No way that one playoff hole would be enough for the two in match play, the Captains’ duo headed to the second for what would prove to be a decisive hole in the match and tournament. The second hole — a 210-yard Par 3 — saw both players with challenging second shots. Kinder’s tee shot found a greenside bunker and Price was long and forced to chip on as well. A beautiful out from Kinder set up a par putt and applied the pressure on Price to get close and potentially force another head-to-head hole. Price got on, but the fast green betrayed the Captains’ all-time scoring leader and the ball trickled 20 feet past the hole. He lined up a solid par putt, but would be forced to settle for bogey.

With medalist honors on the line, Kinder needed to sink a 15-footer to close out the win. Wasting little time, the CNU junior lined up and slammed in a match-winning par off the back of the cup.

Playing at the Williamsburg Club, Christopher Newport had the support of the CNU Women’s Golf team as well as other fans throughout the day and into the playoff. The conditions were tough with gusting winds and temperatures in the low 40’s, but CNU persisted for a second-day 309 on the Par 72 Black tees.

Price and Kinder fired matching 147’s (72-75) to lead the way for Christopher Newport. Aidan Baron and Jackson Gessaman also finished in the top five at ten-over par for the tournament. Baron finished 154 (76-78) and Gessaman also signed for a 154 (73-81).

In addition to the counting scores for CNU on day two, Carrter Morris rounded out the CNU starting lineup and tied for 16th with a 163 (82-81). Three Captains finished the evenet as individuals with Michael Thomas tying for 11th at +16 with a 160 (80-80) and Drew Parr tying for 16th at +19 with a 163 (83-80). Bobby Stribling finished in 30th with a 169 (90-79) after shaving 11 strokes off his opening day score. The 79 is a career-low round for Stribling.

Christopher Newport will close out the spring season at the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate from April 8-10.

The Path to The Country Club Begins Today

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 23, 2022) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that online entry applications are available now for the 122nd U.S. Open Championship, to be contested from June 16-19 at The Country Club (Championship Course), in Brookline, Mass.

Thousands of golfers will once again attempt to qualify for the championship through a two-stage process in which eventually 156 players will advance to The Country Club and one will be crowned U.S. Open champion. Non-exempt players will compete in one of 109 local qualifiers hosted throughout the United States (with one in Canada) between April 25 and May 23. Nearly 1,000 players will then compete in final qualifying, scheduled at 11 sites worldwide on May 23 and June 6.

Final qualifying will not take place in England for the second consecutive year due to continued international travel requirements, but as was done in 2021, an exemption category will allow players to earn entry based on a four-event U.S. Open 2022 European Qualifying Series. The top 10 aggregate point earners from those DP World Tour events (Betfred British Masters, Soudal Open, Dutch Open and Porsche European Open, which take place between May 5-June 5), who are otherwise not exempt, will earn spots in the U.S. Open field.

Exemptions will also be awarded to the 2020-21 top finisher on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, the 2021-22 top finisher on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and the 2021-22 top finisher on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, who are not otherwise exempt as of May 23.

Entry applications along with a list of qualifying sites can be accessed at champ-admin.usga.org, and entries will be accepted through Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. EDT. To be eligible for 2022 U.S. Open qualifying, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.

Allied Golf Associations (AGAs) in the United States, the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada are working together to provide thousands of entrants from across the globe and from all backgrounds with the opportunity to compete for a spot in this major championship. This collaboration with AGAs allows for an open qualifying process in all four USGA Open championships. Since 2010, the U.S. Open has averaged 79 players in the final field who have advanced through one or both stages of qualifying.

Entry applications for the other three USGA Open championships are also available. The 77th U.S. Women’s Open Championship will be played June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C. The 42nd U.S. Senior Open Championship will be contested June 23-26 at Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), in Bethlehem, Pa., and the 4th U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship will be held Aug. 25-28, at NCR Country Club (South Course), in Kettering, Ohio.

The Country Club will host the U.S. Open for the fourth time. The champion was determined in a playoff in all three previous Opens at the club, with amateur Francis Ouimet (1913), Julius Boros (1963) and Curtis Strange (1988) winning the title.

Annual Invitational Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Registration is now open for our Annual Invitational Golf Tournament, August 28. 2021. Registration closes 8/27/21 9:00 pm.

Choose from individual ticket to Title Sponsor.

1) Make Payment

2) Email registration form (see below)

3) Questions contact Ms. Cathy Wysong @ crwysong@yahoo.com

Individual ticket– $100 (Includes cart, breakfast, lunch and range balls)

Foursome– $380 (Includes cart, breakfast, lunch, and range balls)

Challenge Sponsor– $100 (Corporations/Associations/Individuals unable to participate, but would like to be listed in event program as Challenge Sponsor)

Hole Sponsor– $500 (Signage at a hole, one foursome included, cart, range balls, breakfast and lunch, recognition at awards’ luncheon)

Snack, Beverage or Player Cart Sponsor – $650 (Signage on respective cart, opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate prize to event raffle, one Foursome included)

Breakfast Sponsor – $1000 (Corporate banner displayed at breakfast, CRWS sponsor plaque, Opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate a prize to the event raffle, one Foursome included)

Lunch Sponsor– $1500 (Corporate banner displayed at lunch, CRWS sponsor plaque, Opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate a prize to the event raffle, one Foursome included)

Title Sponsor– $2000 ( Name/Logo on all promotional material mailed to businesses and friends, Name and logo on advertisements, Corporate banner displayed at entrance, CRWS sponsor plaque, Opportunity to add promo materials to player bags, opportunity to donate a prize to the event raffle, two Foursomes included)

21st Annual Lawerence E. Anderson, Jr. Education Assistance Golf Tournament by Tidewater Chapter – Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

The Tidewater Chapter of TAI, inc. is a non-profit organization formed to promote historical, scientific, and social research; fund educational programs; and to grant scholarships to local high school seniors wishing to enter college. We also mentor students and support our flying and drone training programs.

For additional information please visit our web site  www.tai-tidewaterchapter.com.

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WEI LING HSU CAPTURES FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN THRILLING SHOOTOUT AT PURE SILK CHAMPIONSHIP

JANE PARK RECORDS ‘PERFECT’ HOLE-IN-ONE DURING FIRST ROUND

The first round of the Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg at Kingsmill Resort had a hole-in-one from Jane Park, the first in her 15-year LPGA Tour career. The #LPGAMom found the bottom of the cup on the par-3 5th from 148 yards with an 8-iron.

“I actually hit the perfect shot. People by the green said it rolled in just like a putt,” said Park, who shot a 3-over par 74 on the River Course in the first round. “I hit exactly where I wanted to, and once I saw it hit the green, I kind of turned away and started walking back towards my bag. Then I heard an eruption of applause up by the green. There were a few volunteers, and my cousin is here watching. One of my playing partners said, ‘You holed out.’ I got chills. Started jumping up and down. High fived everyone.”

For the ace, CME Group will donate $20,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The 2021 season now has five aces for a total of $100,000 in donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

“Did you say $20,000?” Park said in questioning amazement. “Wow, well it is an absolute honor to help the cause and obviously, having a baby girl myself, I sympathize with all those parents suffering with sick children. I’m just so happy that I can be part of that. It’s really awesome.”

BE WARY OF THE WEARY GOLFER: WEI-LING HSU FIRES OPENING 66 ON ALMOST NO SLEEP

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. | The rock band Bon Jovi used to belt the lyrics “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” in the early 90s. Of course, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora also slept past noon during their touring days. And almost never did the band play on four hours of sleep a night for the better part of a week.

Wei-Ling Hsu, the 26-year-old Taiwanese player in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour, doesn’t know much about big-haired stadium rock. But she can certainly relate to some of the words Jon wrote. “Sometimes I sleep / Sometimes it’s not for days.”

“I’ve only slept I will say 20 hours in the last five days,” Hsu said after going out in the morning at Kingsmill Resort and firing a bogey-free, 5-under par 66. “Since I didn’t get much sleep, I didn’t really expect much this week. Just try to sleep and relax and play golf.” Then she laughed, shook her head and said, “I mean, I’m so tired.”

Hsu is not an insomniac. Far from it. She loves a good nap as much as the next person. But like many travelers, sleeping on airplanes is a problem for her. So, the 8,500-mile trip from Chonburi and the Honda LPGA Thailand to Williamsburg and the Pure Silk Championship was always going to be tough. However, Hsu had even more stress in the middle. Last Thursday, she played a 36-hole qualifier in Arizona for the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I actually flew into L.A., picked up my mom and then drove all the way from L.A. to Phoenix,” she said. “I got in on Wednesday, no, no, no, on Tuesday, and then had a practice round on Wednesday.”

 

We’ve all been there. Days run together. Eyes feel as dry as rice paper. Every step is an effort. “I didn’t really play a practice round,” Hsu said of her prep for the qualifier. “I was just too tired. I couldn’t even swing. So, I just got a cart and drove around. Didn’t even chip and putt. I just looked at the course. I’d never been there, but I was so tired I didn’t want to leave that golf cart. I was just like, ‘I can’t do it.’ And I needed to play 36 holes the next day, so I told myself that it was okay just to drive around.”

 

Turns out it was 37 holes. Hsu was in a playoff for the final alternate spot. She made a birdie putt on the first extra hole to earn the alternate spot and will be waiting anxiously in San Francisco in a couple of weeks to see if she is in the field at Olympic Club.

 

But the travel odyssey wasn’t over. “I had a redeye flight that night, which was like 11:05 pm or something from Phoenix to Charlotte,” she said. “So, by the time I got home I was like, ‘Oh, my God,’ because I’d only slept two hours.”

 

A couple of days on the east coast where she tried to catch up and she was back in the car to Kingsmill.

 

“I think I just need to recognize that you need breaks and you have to tell yourself, ‘Hey, you are tired,’ and not be like, ‘Oh, I’ve still got a tournament going on, I need to practice, hit like a thousand balls on the range.’ I feel like if I can sleep well, I can hit more quality shots and have a clear mind, recognizing that (sleep) is helping my body relax and recover.”

 

Low expectations might have played a role in Hsu’s great opening around. “I just didn’t really set any goals,” she said. “I had a good experience in Thailand and Singapore because when we go overseas, it’s really hot and high humidity, so after 18 holes you are always hot and sweating. You can’t really do anything on the driving range or putting green (because of the heat), so I tried to take a break and relax more after my rounds. It felt pretty good. I think I’ve learned from that experience and I’m carrying it forward to this week.

 

So, what is her game plan for the rest of the week in Virginia?

 

“Sleep,” she said with a smile and shoulders that sagged in relief, proving once again that the old adage holds true: Be wary of the weary. For they are capable of surprising things.

Newport News Medical Device Manufacturer become official mask of Kingsmill LPGA Tournament

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – April 19, 2021 – The Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg, announced that bloxTM is the official mask provider for this year’s LPGA tournament event at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. blox is a collection of high-fidelity face masks developed by ivWatch, a Virginia based medical device company.  blox98 respirator style face masks will be provided to athletes, tournament staff, volunteers, media, and more to keep tournament-play safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is the largest professional golf event in Virginia and will operate with limited patrons for the 2021 cycle, after being cancelled in 2020. In addition to providing high performance masks, members of the ivWatch clinical staff will be on-hand to offer educational clinics on the importance of proper mask wearing.
“The safety of players, tournament staff, volunteers, and our limited patrons remains a top priority. We’re thrilled to partner with ivWatch, a local well-respected company that has put in the work to provide better, quality blox masks to help improve education around proper mask wearing for our community and our tournament,” said Landon Stulen, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Kingsmill Resort.
“ivWatch is excited to play a critical role in getting Virginia back to sports with high performance blox face masks,” said Erin Wendell, Chief Marketing Officer for ivWatch. “Our premium masks are designed to be tough enough for the front line, giving everyone confidence to safely get back to sports and everyday life. Whether participating in the tournament or watching it, we believe everyone deserves the highest quality, comfort, and protection in their mask.”
ivWatch, a trusted biosensor medical device manufacturer, expanded its innovation center footprint to manufacture quality blox masks in Virginia for everyone. blox98  face masks are high-fidelity masks designed to create a proper seal on the upper and lower part of the mask to keep out ≥98% of 0.1 micron aerosolized particles while still being comfortable, affordable and disposable. blox masks are backed by the vQaulity System showing the exact performance of each mask. Consumers now have access to the same filtration test results used to certify N95s. Each mask comes with a QR code that consumers can quickly scan, delivering test results directly to the palm of their hand. This interactive tool was designed to fight against poor quality and counterfeit masks that flooded the marketplace during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Pure Silk Championship will be held at the Kingsmill Resort. Kingsmill, a AAA Four Diamond resort, is a stunning James River escape featuring spacious accommodations including stand-alone, easy-access, two-story condominium buildings.  Kingsmill is known for its championship golf courses, a boundless range of recreational activities and leisure pursuits. There is something for the entire family, with fun choices like diving into the Sports Club pools or the famous Lazy River pool. Discover Warehem’s pond located just a short walk from Kingsmill’s full-service marina where jet ski, pontoon boat, kayak and paddleboard rentals await guests. Retreat with miles of jogging and biking trails. Relax and recharge in the resort’s world-class spa. The championship River and Plantation Courses will help guests ace their game. The 15 courts and two pickleball courts at Kingsmill’s Tennis Club are a haven for the racket set, and just the place to serve up a little fun. And don’t forget to savor a meal or two at one of the resort’s five exquisite dining venues.
To learn more about the tournament, visit www.kingsmill.com or call (844) 419-0600. For more information on ivWatch and the blox mask collection, visit blox.ivwatch.com or to purchase blox98 masks, visit bloxdirect.com.
About ivWatch and blox:
ivWatch, LLC is a biosensor technology company focused on improving patient safety and the effectiveness of intravenous therapy. Our dedicated and passionate team is pioneering the use of optical sensors to detect adverse IV events early to minimize the risk of injury caused by infiltrations and extravasations. By using this technology, clinicians can leverage continuous monitoring to help identify infiltrations as early as possible. Our innovative IV monitoring solutions are backed by decades of clinical research, device development, and ongoing use in facilities worldwide.
ivWatch, LLC has now introduced blox, a product line of high-fidelity particulate filtration face masks. ivWatch leveraged its research and development expertise in the healthcare industry and its manufacturing prowess to create superior high quality particulate face masks. Each blox mask is verified via vQuality, the company’s authentication platform, that provides transparency about product performance data to consumers in an easily accessible, simplified report, which illuminates blox’s superior mask performance. In a world currently swarmed by counterfeit and below average face masks, ivWatch and blox are here to give you the protection you deserve.
To learn more, follow us on Twitter @ivWatch, Facebook @ivWatchLLC, on Instagram @ivWatchLLC and LinkedIn @ivWatch-LLC, or visit www.ivWatch.com and blox.ivWatch.com.

Dominion Energy Charity Classic surpasses $5.1 million generated for local charity since tournament’s debut

2020 event helped generate more than $1.5 million

RICHMOND, Va.Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Tournament officials announced today that the 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic helped generate more than $1.5 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region, bringing the tournament’s total charitable impact to over $5.1 million since the event debuted in 2016.

The PGA TOUR Champions tournament, currently in its sixth year, is dedicated to giving back charitably in the local community, with a focus on military support. As a result of the 2020 event, the tournament distributed funds to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, the Richmond Fisher House and more than 100 additional non-profit organizations in Central Virginia.

“Five years in, we have averaged over $1 million a year for charitable organizations in the local area,” said Tom Farrell, executive chairman of Dominion Energy. “2020 was especially challenging for non-profits, so this announcement and its impact comes at a good time. We look forward to hopefully welcoming fans and players back to the area in October for what has become an exciting sports tradition.”

Each year, the Charity Classic offers area non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate in the Birdies for Charity program presented by TowneBank. This program provides participating 501(c)(3) organizations the ability to generate donations that the PGA TOUR bonuses by 10 percent. Some of the organizations that generated significant funds through the program in 2020 included Swim RVA, Richmond Ballet, Mission Gait, Louisa Arts Center, The Richmond Symphony and Boots to Suits.

“During a year that saw the world reeling from a pandemic, we were especially glad the tournament could continue to make a positive impact in our community,” said Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. “Even without the ability to host spectators on site, the event was able to help generate charitable funds, which is a testament to the philanthropic mentality of the many local residents and corporations that support the tournament.”

“We are excited and grateful that the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) has again been chosen to be a recipient of the funds generated by the Dominion Energy Charity Classic,” said John Lesinski, VVSF Board Chair. “The charitable dollars generated by the Charity Classic over the past five years have made a major difference in our efforts to help our military veterans who need financial assistance, to find gainful civilian employment and to prevent homelessness throughout the Commonwealth and will again be used to accomplish our important mission to serve those who have served us.”

Since beginning in 2016, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has received several accolades. In 2016, 2017 and 2019 the tournament received the Players Award for being voted the favorite event of the year by PGA TOUR Champions players. The 2018 Charity Classic won the Sales Award, recognizing the outstanding sponsorship support from the Richmond business community as well as the 10-year extension announcement with Dominion Energy and The Country Club of Virginia, solidifying professional golf in Richmond through 2029.

The 2021 event will return to The Country Club of VirginiaJames River CourseOctober 21-24, with the top 72 players competing for a $2 million purse. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion.

For additional tournament information or to find out more about Birdies for Charity, please visit www.deccgolf.com.