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)