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Caprio Advances to VSGA Senior Am Finals Against Decker - Defeats Kapetanakis on 19th Hole in Semis
August 28, 2014
Update: August 29 - Michael Caprio became the first of Keith Decker's opponents to take him to the 18th hole, but lost to Decker 1-down in the finals.
With over half of the field qualifying for match play in the VSGA Senior Am being from the Northern Sections, you would have to think the odds were pretty good at least one local golfer would make the finals. That was assured in this morning's quarterfinals when McLean's George Kapetankis and Arlington's Michael Caprio both won their matches 4 and 3 and had to face each other in the afternoon's semifinal match. Neither golfer led by more than one hole with Kapetanakis taking the early advantage with a win on the third hole, but Caprio took the fifth and sixth holes to make the turn one up. Kapetanakis then won the eleventh and thirteenth holes to go back to 1 up before Caprio evened the match with a win on the fourteenth hole. Both golfers made par on the remaining four holes before Caprio won the first extra hole with a par.
In Friday's final, Caprio will face medalist and defending champion Keith Decker (Martinsville) who has dominated VSGA senior championships since the age limit was lowered to 50 in 2012. Decker will be trying for his sixth VSGA senior major and 24th overall VSGA championship. Decker defeated John Cumo (Richmond) in the semifinals 3 and 1. Cumo was the first golfer to take Decker as far as the 17th hole in match play in this event. For complete results see www.VSGA.org
Kapetanakis, Caprio Advance to VSGA Senior Am Quarterfinals - Five Area Golfers Fall in 2nd Round
August 27, 2014
McLean's George Kapatenakis
is trying to finish off August like he finished July - on a roll. The Trump National senior was runner-up four weeks ago in the Dave King Senior Invitational and today won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the VSGA Senior Amateur at Army Navy CC (Arlington). Qualifying as the 31st seed, Kapatenakis upset the 2nd seed, Pete DeTemple (Callaway, MD), in the opening round, winning on the third extra hole. In the second round, he defeated Amry Navy member Lynn Wessman 3 and 2. Wessman won over fellow Army Navy member Walt Martin 4 and 2 in the morning round.
Also advancing to Thursday's quarterfinals is Reston National's Michael Caprio.
Caprio defeated Springfield CC's Richard Lion 3 and 2 in the first round, then easily won 5 and 4 over Yorktown's Bob Bailey in the afternoon. Larry Spielberg (Stonewall), Bill Engel (Army Navy), Mark Boedicker (Raspberry Falls) and Jim Nircih (Stonewall) all won opening round matches before falling in the second round. Eddie Walker (Laurel Hill) went 21 holes in the first round before losing to Dave Pulk of Williamsburg.
The quarter-and semifinals are scheduled for Thursday and finals on Friday. For complete results see www.VSGA.org
Northern Section Seniors Comprise 50% + of Match Play Bracket in VSGA Senior Am - Detemple, Steele, Spielberg Lead Area Qualifiers
August 26, 2014
Army Navy CC's Arlington course is playing host to the VSGA Senior Amateur this week, and even though participants had to qualify from across the state just to make it this far, seniors from Northern Virginia captured 17 (or 18 depending on how you count) of the 32 spots for match play after two days of medal play which concluded today. Defending champion Keith Decker (Martinsville) shot 3-under 68 today to go with an opening round 71 to capture the medalist honors and the number one seed. He will play Joe Johnson (Springfield GCC), who survived a three-man playoff for the final (32nd) spot with a birdie on the sixth hole. The top local qualifier, Pete DeTemple (Callaway, MD), is not from Northern Virginia but plays out of Old Hickory GC in Woodbridge. DeTemple led qualifying after day 1 with 70 and added 75 today for the second seed. He will face Trump National's George Kapetanakis in the opening round. John Steele (Westwood CC) was the third seed with 145 and will play Lexington's David Brogran while Larry Spielberg (Stonewall GC), the fifth seed with 147, will play Roanoke's Keith Meyers. Several Army Navy members qualified for match play with Peter Jacobi facing Suffolk's George Reifler, Bill Engel facing Culpeper's Martin Taplett and members Walt Martin and Lynn Wessman finding themselves paired against each other. Jim Nirich (Stonewall GC), Richard Lion (Springfield GCC), Eddie Walker (Laurel Hill GC), Mark Boedicker (Raspberry Falls GC), Michael Caprio (Reston National GC), Steve Castro (Herndon Centennial GC), Steve Thomas (Mt. Vernon CC), and Phil McQuitty (South Riding GC) also made match play.
The first and second rounds of match play are scheduled for Wednesday with the
quarter-and semifinals Thursday and finals on Friday. For complete scoring and match play brackets see www.VSGA.org
Mark Rallas Medalist In US Senior Am Qualifying - 66 Low by 5 Shots
August 20, 2014
Leesburg's Mark Rallas shot 4-under 66 at the Fountain Head CC in Orchard Hills, MD yesterday for medalist honors in the sectional USGA Senior Amateur qualifying. Grabbing an old putter out of the trunk of his car just prior to the round, Rallas made five birdies and one bogey to lead the field by five shots. Hitting driver on only four holes, Rallas hit 15 greens. After a birdie at the par-5 third hole and bogey at the fourth, his round took off with a birdie 3 at the sixth which normally plays as a par 5 for the members but was playing as a tough par 4 for the tournament. Rallas turned in 32 after birdies at the sixth and ninth, then finished with 8 pars and a birdie at the thirteenth for a 34 -66. The US Senior Amateur will be conducted September 13-18 at the Big Canyon CC in Newport Beach, CA.
Jason Pool and Derick Paxton Win Northern Virginia Four Ball in Decisive Fashion - Final Round 62 Results in Seven Shot Margin
August 9, 2014
Jason Pool and partner Derick Paxton are both lifelong members of the River Bend Club in Great Falls, host of this year's Northern Virginia Four Ball, and both went to Langley High School. Beyond that the comparisons pretty much ends. With their victory today in the championship which began 28 years ago, Pool captured his second Four Ball and fifth overall Northern Virginia title while Paxton captured his first. Pool will be 40 on his next birthday while Paxton, who is a rising sophomore at Clemson this year after transferring from Rhode Island, will be 20. Pool captured the Virginia AAA High School championship in 1992 before his partner was even born. Differences aside, they used their local knowledge and apparent team chemistry to pull away from the field on the back nine in the final round. Pool and Paxton started the day tied for first with 2012 champions Jimmy Delp (Laurel Hill) and Dan Hosek (Ft. Belvoir) at 5-under 66 with seven other teams within 3 shots. Pool birdied the first and sixth holes with Paxton adding another on the fifth for a front nine 3-under 33, then got a break on the eleventh hole when Paxton made a birdie after his second shot went through a tree while his partner was making bogey. Pool then kept the round going with a good par save at the fourteenth, setting up their seal-the-deal finish. Pool stiffed his second on the 15th to 12 inches for birdie and made a 12 footer on the 16th for another. After Paxton had hit his second shot to within 15 feet with a 9 iron on the 478 yard par-four 17th, Pool holed out for birdie from the bunker. On the final hole Pool hit his 252-yard second shot on the par-five to within 12 feet and, after Paxton had made birdie from near the first tee, rolled in the eagle putt for a final round 62 and a seven shot victory. Their total was 14-under 128.
Geoff Castleton and Harold Dill from South Riding tied for second with Don McClintock (Laurel Hill) and Chris Hoffman (Jefferson District) with 135. Castleton and Dill followed their opening 67 with 68, while McClintock and Hoffman shot a final round 66 to go with an opening 69. Brandon Cigna (Arlington) and Chris Robb (Augustine) tied for fourth with Brandon Burns and Mark Fegani of Raspberry Falls with 136. Cigna and Robb had 68-68 while Burns and Fegani had 69-67. Hosek and Delp finished in a tie for sixth at 137 with Kevin Dillard (Army Navy) and Jim Nirich (Stonewall). Dillard and Nirich had 66 in the final round.
The Northern Sections would like to thank the River Bend Club, PGA Professional John Madden and his staff, along with
Superintendent Tom Lipscomb and his staff for hosting this year's event. The course was in magnificent condition and the members were very gracious in the support of the championship.
Pictured: Pool (L), Paxton (R)
Pool/Paxton, Delp/Hosek Lead Northern Virginia Four Ball
August 7, 2014
River Bend members Jason Pool and Derick Paxton and 2012 champions Jimmy Delp and Dan Hosek are tied for the lead with 5-under 66 after the first round of the Northern Virginia Four Ball at the River Bend Club. South Riding's Geoff Castleton and Harold Dill are one stroke back at 67 while three teams are are 68. The final round will be held Saturday with tee times beginning at 7:30 AM. A score of 72 made the cut for Saturday's final round.
1st Round Scores Final Round Pairings
Boedicker and Rallas Survive Playoff to Win Northern Virginia Senior 4-Ball - Six Teams Tie with 69
August 4, 2014
When it was announced this spring that this year's Northern Virginia Senior Four Ball would be hosted by the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Tournament Director Don Jeanes knew that he would have more entries than the 44 team limit. What he didn't expect were the number of teams that didn't want to leave. Six teams finished tied for first today with 3-under 69s and went into a playoff which went five more holes before Raspberry Fall's Mark Rallas and Mark Boedicker made par to win the title. All six teams could look back at a hole or a putt they missed which would have avoided the playoff and for Rallas and Boedicker it was the same hole on which they won. Starting out on hole #1 in the shotgun start, they made bogey but quickly recovered when Rallas holed a 115 yard wedge for an eagle two on the par 4 sixth hole. Boedicker birdied the fourteenth and came back with another at the sixteenth after the team made bogey at the fifteenth. Rallas made their final birdie on their closing hole, the eighteenth, which got them into the playoff.
The playoff began on hole #1 where the team of Rod Stanley and Fred Glumsic (Chantilly National) were the first team eliminated when they failed to get up and down for par after Glumsic's excellent second shot rolled up up against the collar of the fringe only 15 feet from the pin. Sam Ball and Tommy Harrison (Loudoun) had the best shot at ending it when Ball knocked his second shot to within 8 feet. The putt stayed on the edge, however, and they were eliminated on the second playoff hole, #18, when they made bogey. Also eliminated on the 18th were Springfield's Joe Johnson and Phil Goldberg with bogey. That left Rallas and Boedicker (who survived the first playoff hole when Boedicker two-putted from 60 feet, making an 8 foot putt for par), Eddie Walker and John Hoffman (Laurel Hill), and Michael Keating (Laurel Hill) and Richard Lion (Springfield) to go back to #1 for the third playoff hole. Both Boedicker and Lion had good opportunities for birdie with Boedicker lipping out on a 12 foot putt and Lion missing from 9 feet. Walker kept his team alive with a 10 foot par putt which did a 360 degree loop around the rim before going in. After three more pars at the 18th, a par by Boedicker at #1 for the third time ended the marathon as the sun was setting on Lake Manassas.
One shot back of the leaders were defending champions Bob Harwick (Chantilly National) and John Steele (Westwood), along with Army Navy's Walt Martin and Bill Engel.
The Northern Sections would like to thank the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, PGA Professional Cary Sciorra and his staff for hosting this year's championship and their support to Northern Virginia amateur golf.
Pictured (L to R): Rallas, Jeanes, Boedicker
Northern Virginia Four Ball Pairings Posted- Championship Set For River Bend Aug 7, 9
August 4, 2014
Thirty-eight teams are entered in theThe Northern Virginia Four Ball Championship which will be hosted Thursday, August 7 and Saturday, August 9 by the River Bend Club. Among the teams entered are 2012 champions Jimmy Delp and Dan Hosek with Delp having won the Bay Creek Amateur this past weekend in Cape Charles, VA, and 2013 Northern Virginia Amateur champion Jason Pool with fellow River Bend member Derick Paxton. Thursday's first round is a 1:00 PM shotgun start with a cut to the low 20 teams for Saturday's final round. 1st Round Pairings
Addison Coll Wins Metropolitan Amateur
August 3, 2014
Arlington's Addison Coll continued his excellent golf from July right into August by winning the 95th Washington Metropolitan Amateur held July 31-August 3 at The Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, MD. The rising Ohio State sophomore qualified for match play with a 72 on Thursday, then won five matches, beating one of this year's Belle-Haven 4-Ball finialists, Matt Oshrine, 4 and 3 in a scheduled 36 hole final. Coll survived a four-hole playoff in the semi-finals against Collin St. Maxens before defeating Oshrine in the finals. Two weeks ago Coll tied with Scott Shingler for low amateur in the Delta Dental Virginia State Open, then followed the next week with winning the medal for low score in the US Amateur qualifier at the CC of Woodmore. He will play in the US Amateur starting August 11 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. For complete results of the Washington Metropolitan Amateur, see www.wmgagolf.org
Northern Virginia Senior 4-Ball Set for Monday- Shotgun Start at 12:00
August 1, 2014
Chantilly National's Bob Harwick and Westwood's John Steele will try to become the fourth team to win back-to-back titles in the Northern Virginia Senior Four-Ball next Monday, August 4 at the Robert Trent Jones GC in Gainesville. Dave King and Lew Blakey were the first to accomplish the feat in 1999 and 2000, John Price and Dave LeClere then won in 2006 and 2007 (and again in 2008 and 2009 for four in a row), and Stan Williams and Bill Stout doubled up in 2011 and 2012 before Harwick and Steele's win last year. Williams is teaming up this year with RTJ member Tim Vitgotsky with Stout partnering with fellow Washington GCC member Harry Thomas. NOTE: The time for the shotgun start is 12:00.
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