Area Golfers Chasing Woodson at State Open

From the VSGA:

MIDLOTHIAN -- Defending champion and co-first round leader Jay Woodson of Powhatan shot a 3-under-par 68 in the second round of the State Open of Virginia Friday and separated himself from the rest of the field.

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Woodson, 31, who plays primarily on the developmental NGA Tour, completed two tours of the 7,026-yard, par-71 Independence Golf Club layout at 9-under 133 and is four strokes clear of amateur Chris O'Neill, 20, of Glen Allen.

PGA assistant professional Robert Taylor, 23, of Zion Crossroads (Charlottesville area) and PGA professional John O'Leary, 38, of Reston are five strokes back at 4-under 138 after each shot 67. Amateurs Vincent Nadeau (69) of Gordonsville, Jimmy Delp (71) of Arlington and Matthew Brittain (71) of Abingdon are at 3-under 139.

First-round co-leader Mike Gooden, PGA professional at Lakeview Golf Course in Harrisonburg, followed his opening 65 with 76 Friday.

Eighteen players are in red figures through 36 holes. For the second year in a row, the cut came at six over par. That's a 148 aggregate this year since the 13th hole has been converted to a par 4 from its usual par 5 and has played as the toughest hole in the championship.

Woodson has carded five consecutive rounds in the 60s counting last year's State Open. Playing in the afternoon Friday, he shot 4-under 32 on the front nine and reached 11 under for the event with a birdie at No. 13 but bogeyed the next two holes and missed a good birdie try at 17.

"I started off really well. I hit a lot of wedges close on the front nine," said Woodson, whose four birdie putts were from inside 6 feet each time.

The back nine was just the opposite on the greens. He made nothing.

"The greens are pretty bumpy right now. It was hard to pick a line and trust it," he said. "I felt like I gave three or four shots back. You know you are going to have nines like this in a 72-hole [championship]. I didn't do anything crazy. I'm almost where I should be for 36 holes. Not quite. We'll just go from there."

O'Neill, a Deep Run High School graduate, played No. 1 on the University of Michigan golf team this past season as a freshman. The past two-time Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro golfer of the year has a simple desire as he works through the busiest part of his summer golf schedule.

"I want to win. I haven't won anything in a long time. I feel like I need to win," O'Neill said.

O'Neill teed off in the morning wave when the greens were smoother.

"[Thursday] I had so many lip-outs. I was really glad to get off early (8:15 starting time) and play without the footprints on the green," O'Neill said.

O'Neill birdied three of the first four holes and made the turn four under for the day. Three bogeys and a birdie in a five-hole stretch midway through the back nine curtailed momentum, but he got it back with two monster shots and a chip-in from about 10 feet for eagle on the par-5 17th hole.

"To make eagle on 17 was huge. I wanted to get to six under. That was kind of the goal to get back in the [championship]," he said.

This is O'Neill's fourth event in four weeks. O'Neill was a semifinalist in the Richmond Golf Association Amateur, missed match play by a stroke at the VSGA Amateur and was third in the Eastern Amateur after being the 36-hole leader.

"I've been hitting it so well lately. I've got a lot of good mojo coming in so I'll try to keep it going and hope it stays through the weekend and U.S. Amateur qualifying (Monday)," he said.

As it was in Thursday's first round, the morning wave produced most of the low scores. Past VSGA Amateur and VSGA golfer of the year Scott Shingler of Haymarket shot the low round of the day, a 6-under 65. That followed an opening-day 75 in which he hit a ball out of bounds, had a couple of unplayable lies and finished with a triple bogey.

"The right person showed up today," Shingler said. "After shooting myself in the foot [Thursday], basically my goal was to shoot three rounds in the 60s for the rest of the week, and I have two days left."

Taylor, who works at Glenmore Country Club in Charlottesville, is a December graduate from the golf management program at North Carolina State University. He grew up in Charlottesville and attended Albemarle High along with last year's State Open runner-up Weston Eklund. Baseball was Taylor's game until he went to N.C. State. This is his second State Open and first as a professional.

Taylor, who was in the first group off the 10th tee and recorded six birdies and two bogeys.

"I'm playing solid golf and giving myself a lot of looks," he said.

Arthur Utley, a longtime sports reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, is writing at this week's State Open of Virginia.

MIDLOTHIAN -- Results following the second round of the 2013 State Open of Virginia at Independence Golf Club (7,026 yards, par 36-35--71) on Friday, July 19.

(a) - denotes amateur

Jay Woodson (Richmond), 65-68--133

(a) - Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen), 70-67--137

John O'Leary, PGA (Reston), 71-67--138

Robert Taylor, PGA (Zion Crossroads), 71-67--138

(a) Vincent Nadeau (Gordonsville), 70-69--139

(a) - Jimmy Delp (Arlington), 68-71--139

(a) - Matthew Brittain (Abingdon), 68-71--139

(a) - Scott Shingler (Haymarket), 75-65--140

(a) - Ji Soo Park (Clifton), 69-71--140

Steven Pierce (Centreville), 70-70--140

(a) - Bryce Chalkley (Richmond), 70-71--141

(a) - Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville), 71-70--141

Michael Wade (Christiansburg), 68-73--141

Adam Decker, PGA (Mechanicsville), 72-69--141

Faber Jamerson, PGA (Appomattox), 72-69--141

Mike Gooden, PGA (McGaheysville), 65-76--141

Patrick Hawkins, PGA (Richmond), 69-72--141

Ricky Touma, PGA (Olney, Md.), 70-71--141

(a) - Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond), 74-68--142

(a) - Richard Hanna (Virginia Beach), 72-70--142

(a) - Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg), 73-70--143

(a) - Weston Eklund (Charlottesville), 73-70--143

Cameron Yancey (Blackstone), 70-73--143

Chip Sullivan, PGA (Salem), 69-74--143

John Francisco, PGA (Westminster, Md.), 72-71--143

(a) - Matthew Ball Jr. (Richmond), 68-76--144

(a) - James Gallagher (Yorktown), 72-72--144

(a) - Sam Stilwell (Potomac Falls), 73-71--144

Jon Corliss, PGA (Virginia Beach), 71-73--144

Tim Lewis, PGA (Hampton), 71-73--144

Pleasant Hughes, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.), 69-75--144

(a) - Jack Adkins (Martinsville), 73-72--145

(a) - Christopher Kapsak (Richmond), 75-70--145

Rick Schuller, PGA (Chester), 73-72--145

Jimmy Flippen Jr., PGA (Danville), 71-74--145

Cary Sciorra, PGA (Gainesville), 72-73--145

(a) - Ryan Patrick (Reston), 72-73--145

(a) - Thomas Garner (Richmond), 70-75--145

(a) - Nick Tremps (Williamsburg), 73-72--145

Brendan McGrath, PGA (Centreville), 73-72--145

Ted Brown (Glen Allen), 70-75--145

Justin Heimer (Leonardtown, Md.), 72-73--145

Yong Joo (Bristow), 73-72--145

(a) - Travis Benson (Herndon), 73-73--146

(a) - Alex Sleeker (Richmond), 71-75--146

(a) - Connor Walters (Salem), 74-72--146

(a) - Alec Kormanec (Vienna), 74-72--146

(a) - Ben Beach (Glen Allen), 71-75--146

(a) - Ryan Douglass (Leesburg), 73-73--146

(a) - Nick Schafer (Arlington), 73-73--146

(a) - Keith Decker (Martinsville), 71-75--146

Randolph Darden III, PGA (Radford), 73-73--146

(a) - Buck Brittain (Tazewell), 74-73--147

(a) - Roger Newsom (Virginia Beach), 75-72--147

(a) - Jay Zapko (Glen Allen), 73-74--147

(a) - Scott Bemberis (Richmond), 70-77--147

(a) - Andy Heye (Centreville), 69-78--147

(a) - Alex Taylor (Roanoke), 72-75--147

Kenny Clark, PGA (Colonial Heights), 73-74--147

(a) - John Dawson (Chesapeake), 73-74--147

(a) - Trey Treadwell (Haymarket), 71-76--147

(a) - Ben Campbell (Cleveland), 72-75--147

(a) - Jack Wilkes (Roanoke), 74-74--148

(a) - Dylan Jensen (Ridgeway), 72-76--148

Patrick Scheil (Williamsburg), 76-72--148

Mike Morrone, PGA (Glen Allen), 71-77--148

Jeffrey Thomas, PGA (Lynchburg), 71-77--148

(a) - Matt Brantingham (Richmond), 75-73--148

Paul Gooden, PGA (Harrisonburg), 75-73--148

(a) - Ashton Newsom (Chesapeake), 73-75--148

(a) - Brian Hood (Stafford), 74-74--148

Ryan Zylstra (Glen Allen), 76-72--148

(a) - Kevin Clarke (Midlothian), 75-73--148

Blake Brookman (Seaford), 78-70--148

(a) - Chase Duffy (Virginia Beach), 72-76--148

Jay Lindell, PGA (Fairfax), 75-73--148

Andrew Hardin, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.), 77-71--148


(a) - Tim Ritter (Chantilly), 76-73--149

(a) - Elmer Amaya (Falls Church), 73-76--149

(a) - Ryan Rettburg (Front Royal), 70-79--149

(a) - Joey Lane (Great Falls), 76-73--149

(a) - Sam Early (Leesburg), 73-76--149

Sean English, PGA (Westminster, Md.), 71-78--149

Billy Hoffman, PGA (Bethesda, Md.), 75-74--149

Dan O'Boyle, PGA (Portsmouth), 76-73--149

Craig Callens, PGA (Richmond), 74-75--149

Evre Veress, PGA (Manassas), 75-74--149

(a) - Lee Fisher (Lynchburg), 73-77--150

David Newsom, PGA (Leesburg), 71-79--150

Brett Robertson, PGA (Midlothian), 79-71--150

Geoff Redgrave, PGA (Crozet), 74-76--150

Dan Bengtson, PGA (Bethesda, Md.), 74-76--150

(a) - Matt Paciocco (Glen Allen), 77-74--151

(a) - Tony Good (Glen Allen), 78-73--151

(a) - Adam Ball (Richmond), 77-74--151

(a) - Billy Mellon (Nokesville), 72-79--151

(a) - Richard Blackburn (Alexandria), 79-73--152

(a) - Aaron Eckstein (Salem), 76-76--152

(a) - Brandon Grogan (Martinsville), 73-79--152

Scott Graber, PGA (Chesterfield), 79-73--152

(a) - Jon Zampedro (Centreville), 77-75--152

Tim White, PGA (Midlothian), 78-74--152

(a) - Chad Jones (Charlottesville), 77-75--152

Steven Bogdanoff, PGA (Fairfax), 75-77--152

Eric Cobb, PGA (Staunton), 70-82--152

Steven WenPetren, PGA (Herndon), 75-77--152

(a) - Kevin Yerks (Leesburg), 79-74--153

Tim Crumrine, PGA (Richmond), 81-72--153

Patrick McGuire (Reston), 80-73--153

(a) - Andrew Brenneman (Leesburg), 74-79--153

(a) - Clayton Forren (Rustburg), 76-77--153

Matthew Hess, PGA (Round Hill), 75-78--153

Dave Ambrose, PGA (Chevy Chase), 78-75--153

Jason Goslee, PGA (Richmond), 77-76--153

(a) - John David Sanderson (Suffolk), 71-83--154

(a) - Zack Henry (Front Royal), 80-74--154

Tommy Joyce, PGA (Salem), 77-77--154

Michael Ferguson, PGA (Glen Allen), 78-76--154

Woody Fitzhugh, PGA (Great Falls), 77-77--154

Clark Sisson Jr., PGA (Rockville, Md.), 78-76--154

(a) - Adam Pearson (Richmond), 77-78--155

Justin Martin (Williamsburg), 80-75--155

(a) - Sameer Qader (Fredericksburg), 77-79--156

Tim Butler, PGA (Windsor Mill, Md.), 78-78--156

Chris Cramer (Centreville), 77-79--156

Kellen Seligman (Mitchellville, Md.), 78-78--156

(a) - Josiah Singleton (Brookneal), 75-82--157

Roger Hatcher, PGA (Manassas), 78-79--157

Jerry Donahue, PGA (Purcellville), 74-83--157

Joe Max, PGA (Haymarket), 79-78--157

(a) - Charlie Peavley (Jeffersonton), 77-80--157

(a) - Mike Reese (Charlottesville), 74-83--157

(a) - Paras Pandya (Midlothian), 80-78--158

Craig Gunn, PGA (Danville), 76-82--158

(a) - Larry Spielberg (Gainesville), 79-79--158

(a) - Ryan O'Sullivan (Leesburg), 81-77--158

(a) - Vishal Giri (Chantilly), 79-79--158

Ed Miller, PGA (Bel Air, Md.), 82-76--158

(a) - Cameron Robinett (Portsmouth), 82-77--159

(a) - Chris Tuttle (Virginia Beach), 78-81--159

(a) - Jeff Newman (Midlothian), 77-82--159

Dan Stepnicka, PGA (Harrisonburg), 80-79--159

(a) - C.J. Dreyfuss (Yorktown), 81-78--159

Rion Summers, PGA (Charlottesville), 80-79--159

(a) Kelvy Donovan (Fredericksburg), 80-80--160

Scott Ezell, PGA (Earlysville), 81-79--160

(a) - Kenneth Van Wyck (Sterling), 80-80--160

(a) - Shelby Seamster (Midlothian), 79-82--161

Brad Shepard (Pounding Mill), 79-82--161

Clifford Stone, PGA (Chesterfield), 79-82--161

Michael Bell, PGA (Fairfax), 82-80--162

Ryan Burchett, PGA (Springfield), 79-83--162

Will Andrews, PGA (Lynchburg), 80-82--162

Tyson McFarland (Glenwood, Md.), 76-86--162

Steve Miller, PGA (Ranson, Md.), 80-83--163

Dan Baker, PGA (Midlothian), 86-77--163

Mark Houston (Newport News), 84-80--164

(a) - Chad Lipscomb (Phenix), 84-80--164

(a) - Turner Lisle (Charlottesville), 83-81--164

Arthur Shih, PGA (Haymarket), 78-86--164

Mark Lambert, PGA (Suffolk), 83-82--165

Matt Evans, PGA (Mechanicsville), 80-85--165

Timothy Reeves, PGA (Hagerstown, Md.), 84-81--165

Chad Craft, PGA (Cambridge, Md.), 87-85--172

Justin Ford, PGA (Chester, Md.), 86-89--175

David Anderson, PGA (Richmond), 91-86--177

Jim Fitzgerald, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.), 77-WD

Mark Guttenberg, PGA (Aldie), WD

MIDLOTHIAN -- Groupings and starting times for the third round of the 2013 State Open of Virginia at Independence Golf Club (7,026 yards, par 36-35--71) on Saturday, July 20.

(a) - denotes amateur

All Times EDT

-Saturday (July 20), hole No. 1-

7:30 a.m. - (a) - Christopher Kapsak (Richmond); (a) - Thomas Garner (Richmond); (a) - Jack Adkins (Martinsville)

7:40 a.m. - Brendan McGrath, PGA (Centreville); Justin Heimer (Leonardtown, Md.); (a) - Ryan Patrick (Reston)

7:50 a.m. - (a) - Matthew Ball Jr. (Richmond); (a) - Nick Tremps (Williamsburg); Jimmy Flippen Jr, PGA (Danville)

8 a.m. - Tim Lewis, PGA (Hampton); Jon Corliss, PGA (Virginia Beach); Pleasant Hughes, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.)

8:10 a.m. - Cameron Yancey (Blackstone); (a) - Sam Stilwell (Potomac Falls); (a) - James Gallagher (Yorktown)

8:20 a.m. - (a) - Jon Hurst (Fredericksburg); (a) - Weston Eklund (Charlottesville); John Francisco, PGA (Westminster, Md.)

8:30 a.m. - (a) - Richard Hanna (Virginia Beach); (a) - Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond); Chip Sullivan, PGA (Salem)

8:40 a.m. - Patrick Hawkins, PGA (Richmond); Adam Decker, PGA (Mechanicsville); Michael Wade (Christiansburg)

8:50 a.m. - Mike Gooden, PGA (McGaheysville); Ricky Touma, PGA (Olney, Md.); (a) - Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville)

9 a.m. - (a) - Ji Soo Park (Clifton); (a) - Bryce Chalkley (Richmond); Faber Jamerson, PGA (Appomattox)

9:10 a.m. - (a) - Jimmy Delp (Arlington); Steven Pierce (Centreville); (a) - Scott Shingler (Haymarket)

9:20 a.m. - John O'Leary, PGA (Reston); (a) - Matthew Brittain (Abingdon); (a) - Vincent Nadeau (Gordonsville)

9:30 a.m. - Jay Woodson (Richmond); (a) - Chris O'Neill (Glen Allen); Robert Taylor, PGA (Zion Crossroads)

-Saturday (July 20), hole No. 10-

7:30 a.m. - Yong Joo (Bristow); Cary Sciorra, PGA (Gainesville); Rick Schuller, PGA (Chester)

7:40 a.m. - Ted Brown (Glen Allen); (a) - Alec Kormanec (Vienna); (a) - Travis Benson (Herndon)

7:50 a.m. - (a) - Ryan Douglass (Leesburg); (a) - Keith Decker (Martinsville); (a) - Nick Schafer (Arlington)

8 a.m. - (a) - Connor Walters (Salem); (a) - Alex Sleeker (Richmond); (a) - Ben Beach (Glen Allen)

8:10 a.m. - Randolph Darden III, PGA (Radford); Kenny Clark, PGA (Colonial Heights); (a) - Roger Newsom (Virginia Beach)

8:20 a.m. - (a) - John Dawson (Chesapeake); (a) - Andy Heye (Centreville); (a) - Trey Treadwell (Haymarket)

8:30 a.m. - (a) - Jay Zapko (Glen Allen); (a) - Buck Brittain (Tazewell); (a) - Alex Taylor (Roanoke)

8:40 a.m. - (a) - Scott Bemberis (Richmond); (a) - Ben Campbell (Cleveland); (a) - Matt Brantingham (Richmond)

8:50 a.m. - Blake Brookman (Seaford); Mike Morrone, PGA (Glen Allen); (a) - Jack Wilkes (Roanoke)

9 a.m. - (a) - Kevin Clarke (Midlothian); Jeffrey Thomas, PGA (Lynchburg); Jay Lindell, PGA (Fairfax)

9:10 a.m. - Andrew Hardin, PGA (Chevy Chase, Md.); Patrick Scheil (Williamsburg); (a) - Brian Hood (Stafford)

9:20 a.m. - (a) - Dylan Jensen (Ridgeway); Paul Gooden, PGA (Harrisonburg); (a) - Chase Duffy (Virginia Beach)

9:30 a.m. - (a) - Ashton Newsom (Chesapeake); Ryan Zylstra (Glen Allen)