Jim Gallagher of Yorktown ran into a buzz saw on Monday, losing to Hill Adams of Texas, 5 and 3, in the first round of match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur at the par-72 Wade Hampton Golf Course in Cashiers, N.C.
Gallagher, who qualified for match play with rounds of 76 and 78 on Saturday and Sunday, made three birdies during his match against Adams but needed more.
Adams, 3-under for the round, made five birdies and closed out the match with a conceded birdie at 15.
"He shot a heckuva round," Gallagher said.
Gallagher said he played "OK" against Adams, but "I ran into the guy who played the best of anybody in the field" during the opening round of match play. "Of the 32 matches played, he would have won all of them."
Adams took a 1-up lead with a birdie on the first hole while Gallagher lipped out a putt. That set the tone for the day. Gallagher found himself 3-down at the turn and trimmed that deficit to two holes at 10 before Adams took command for good by winning the next two holes.
Vinny Giles , 70, of Richmond, the 2009 champ, was the oldest player to make the cut with rounds of 75-80, but he also lost in the opening round of match play, to Brady Exber of Las Vegas. That match went 19 holes.
David Pulk of Williamsburg (85-78) failed to qualify for match play. ...
Joe Monk, a freshman at Christopher Newport University, birdied two of the last three holes for a 69 on Sunday to win the Norfolk City Amateur by two strokes at the par-70 Ocean View Golf Course. In the opening round, he finished in a tie for the lead with a 67.
Running in the Blue Ridge Relay for the first time turned into an unforgettable 208-mile experience for the Dirty Half Dozen.
Among the indelible memories for the area running team will be the ultimate tests of endurance they faced during the 24-plus-hours race, which featured the scenic beauty of the mountainous course, laboring up and down the trails and country roads with treacherous and energy-sapping elevation changes, and running parts of the course at times in almost total darkness.
Forget all the tough stuff. Up for the challenge from the beginning were Patricia Holland and team captain Victor Flemming of Smithfield, Michael Leech of Newport News, Kevin Clauberg of Williamsburg, Patrick Bowler of Virginia Beach and Jesse Austin of Portsmouth.
Though newcomers to the popular race, which included a full field of 155 teams on Sept. 6-7, the Dirty Half Dozen made a strong showing. It finished sixth out of 33 teams that included six members in the Ultra category and 25th overall. They were timed in 26 hours, 56 minutes and 22 seconds.
"We were very pleased with our performance, finishing more than an hour better than we anticipated," Clauberg said Monday.
The group began the ultra challenge at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 and finished at 1:56:22 the next afternoon.
The race started at Grayson Highlands State Park near the base of Mount Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia at 5,729 feet. It ended in downtown Asheville, N.C. Captivating sites along the way included the Blue Ridge Parkway, New River, Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 feet.
Holland, who has competed in the Ironman World Championships in the past, ran the leadoff leg and was followed by Flemming, Austin, Leech, Bowler and Clauberg. Each ran six segments of the race, which was mainly run on country roads through the North Carolina high country.
Does the Dirty Half Dozen plan to return for next year's race?
"Right after the race a couple of us started talking about doing it all over again, and a couple of others talked about needing time to recover," Clauberg said. "As for me, I'd do it again. It was a different kind of experience and it was fun."
Running his second marathon in two weeks didn't take its toll on John Piggott of Williamsburg on Sunday. The 48-year-old distance-running sensation won the masters title and finished 11th overall among 777 finishers at the Quad Cities Marathon.
The 26.2-mile race started and finished in Moline, Ill.
Piggott, who had won the masters title two weeks earlier at the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Marathon, never showed signs of fatigue. Instead, he ran the last six miles at Quad Cities at a faster pace — around 6 minutes, 3 seconds a mile — than his first six miles, which he ran between 6:10 and 6:13. He completed the fast and flat course in 2:42:37.
The Virginia Crusaders' up-tempo, no-huddle offense did its damage again Saturday.
With quarterback Andre McGlone running the attack at high efficiency, the Crusaders demolished the Virginia Steelers 58-0 on a rainy night at Wanner Stadium in Williamsburg.
The rout upped the Crusaders' record to 9-0 this season and extended their winning streak to 22 in a row over the past two seasons.
McGlone, a Hampton High product, connected on five touchdown passes — the first a 20-yard strike to Scorpio Brown on the Crusaders' opening possession.
McGlone also hooked up on a pair of touchdown passes to Shawn Jackson covering 6 and 30 yards, a 40-yarder to Isaiah Wigfall and a 27-yarder to Josh Lailson.
The other scores came on a 60-yard interception return by defensive back Marcus Golden, a 45-yard run by Clifton Humphrey and a 30-yard fumble return by linebacker John Franklin.
The defensive spotlight belonged to Franklin, who also had four sacks, six solo tackles and two assists.
The Crusaders close out their regular season with a road game on Saturday against the Wilmington (N.C.) Tigers, a team they beat 55-6 in Williamsburg earlier this season.
Registration deadline is Friday for the Virginia Joola Open and Virginia State Championships.
The Open, expected to attract some of the top table tennis players from Maryland to North Carolina, is set for Oct. 5 at the Denbigh Community Center in Newport News. The state championships are the following day at the same site. That tournament is only open to current Virginia residents, students and employees.
All participants must show proof of current membership with USATT or an ITTF-recognized association. USATT membership may be renewed or purchased at the tournament.
After Friday, late entries will be accepted on a space-available basis with a $10 late fee.
For entry forms and more information, go to nnttc.com.
Richards can be reached by phone at 757-247-4645