Tom Crow of Virginia Beach won the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship at Williamsburg Club.
Crow, 16, a student at Cape Henry Collegiate, shot a 2-under-par 70 in Thursday’s final round for a 54-hole total of 4-under 212. He finished one stroke clear of Nathan Chuwait, 16, of Herndon and Charlie Musto, 16, of Sterling.
“I’ve grown up a lot since last year. I play a lot more golf tournaments. I’ve gotten a lot more coaching. My swing is in better shape,” Crow, who trailed by four strokes after 36 holes, told Arthur Utley for a VSGA,org story. “My mental game is a little bit better. I mean I’m still a kid, and I like to go for everything as all kids do. I probably get a little heated once in a while, but I like to think I’m pretty level-headed at all times, whereas a year ago I used to get a little hot, and I’ve worked really, really hard on that.”
Other than Crow, the top finishers from Hampton Roads were Chesapeake's Alston Newsom (final-round 72 for 223), Yorktown's Connor Rinoski (79-226) and Virginia Beach's Christopher Angelelli (73-226).
Former champions Mimi Hoffman of Springfield and Boodie McGurn of Richmond posted decisive semifinal victories and will meet in Friday’s scheduled 18-hole final at the 57th VSGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at The Homestead’s Old Course in Hot Springs.
Hoffman ousted Lindsay Wortham of Richmond 7 and 6, while McGurn bested fellow central Virginian Joanne Kitusky of Glen Allen 6 and 5. Hoffman won the title in 2006 and 2011, while McGurn claimed the championship in 2004 and 2009. The finalists will be meeting in the deciding encounter for the first time.
In the third-flight consolation, Marcie Moreau beat fellow Williamsburg golfer Susan Krancer 4 and 3 to reach the final against Wicomico’s Ellen McGowan.
In the sixth-flight consolation, Stephanie Heller won an all-Williamsburg match 4 and 3 against Patricia Fowler to advance to the final against Richmond’s Cathy Levy.
In a second-flight main-draw semi, Williamsburg’s Margaret McMillen fell 8 and 7 to Middletown’s Barbara Scarlett.
The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Saint Louis men’s soccer player Adnan Gabeljic, a native of St. Louis, and Richmond swimmer Amalia Kobelja of Fort Wayne, Ind., its men’s and women’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year.