2019 SPRING CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19-22, 2019 | Williamsburg, Virginia
Williamsburg, Virginia – A wonderful group of ASGA members plus many spouses enjoyed a memorable four-day experience at the 2019 Spring Championship which was held at historic Colonial Williamsburg Resort on May 19-22.
For those four days, our members felt as if they had journeyed back in time to experience what our country was like back in the 18th century. Here are highlights from our historic adventure.
Our adventure began with a welcome reception hosted at the Williamsburg Inn, which truly provided our members with the best of the old world and the new in the height of luxury.
Our first round of competition was held at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which was designed by the father-and-son team of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Rees Jones. Following our first 18 holes on the Gold Course, we retreated to the Williamsburg Lodge for an early evening reception where we were serenaded by a Colonial band on the patio of the Williamsburg Lodge.
Day three featured the second round of men’s golf and the final round of ladies’ golf on the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club’s Green Course. Another impeccably organized evening reception prepared members for the third and final day of competition and fun.
The Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club was the site of the final round of men’s golf. The closing awards luncheon did not disappoint as members enjoyed celebrating the victories of our friends while enjoying light fare and cocktails.
Our trip to Colonial Williamsburg was made even more special because we were joined with new members.
Bob & Toni Allen Clark – Bethesda, Maryland
Gary Pirri – Dedham, Massachusetts
Dan Thompson – Haymarket, Virginia
Joe & Sue Ellen Vayda – Chagrin Falls, Ohio
We look forward to many more adventures together with our new friends.
Following an option practice round on day one, our members competed in a three-round Spring Championship which featured three divisions: Individual Stroke Play (gross & net); Stableford (net); Super Senior Stableford (net); and Ladies Stableford (gross & net).
INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY – GROSS DIVISION
Arty Trojan was one stroke back of the field following the first round, but his sensational finish which included an 81 and then an 80 during the final round on the Golf Course of Golden Horseshoe Golf Club led him to a three-stroke victory in the Individual Stroke Play Gross Division. This marked Trojan’s second Spring Championship title in three years. He last captured the division title in 2017 one year after he claimed second place when the event was held at Sea Island Resort back in 2016.
Keith Hynes, who came in T2 with James Sellgren, delivered the round of the championship when he posted an event-low gross score of 77 during the final round. Bruce Shannahan claimed fourth place with a three-round total of 250, while new member Dan Thompson made an impressive ASGA debut by capturing fifth place overall.
INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY – NET DIVISION
For a second straight year, James Sellgren was able to call himself a champion. His final round score of 72 proved enough for him to claim the top spot in the net division, besting Bruce Shannahan by one stroke. The two members were tied following matching 73’s on day one, but Sellgren’s score of 71 gave him a one-stroke advantage that he would hold onto for the ultimate victory. Keith Hynes and Bryan Moorhouse closed out the top four with scores of 222 and 223, respectively.
STABLEFORD – NET DIVISION
Jon Ferro was a model of consistency en route to claiming the Stableford top prize with a three-day score of 115, which was two better than Ken Auerbach. Ferro, who traveled more than 2,600 miles from Point Loma, California to Williamsburg to compete in this year’s event, posted matching scores of 38 the first two days before closing out the competition with a 39. Tom Cole, who made a valiant run at the top spot with a division-low score of 32 on day three, finished T3 with David Splaine with scores of 109. Special congratulations to new members Joe Vayda and Gary Pirri who finished T6 and 8th overall in their inaugural Spring Championship performances.
SUPER SENIOR STABLEFORD
Peter Malkin enjoyed a magical three rounds of play which saw him claim the divisional title by an impressive 14-point margin. Malkin, who traveled to Williamsburg from Greenwich, Connecticut, earned 39 points on the first and third days and used a strong second day performance of 45 points to fuel his victory. He finished 13th in this division just one year ago.
Virginia resident Nick Nishiwaki grabbed sole possession of second place with a score of 109, just one stroke ahead of Jerry Missel and Frank Sims who finished T3.
LADIES STABLEFORD – GROSS & NET DIVISIONS
It was a stellar performance by Rekha Lawande, who finished atop the leaderboard in the gross division, while Carol Cerone took home the trophy for top net honors. It marked the second straight divisional win for Lawande, who was victorious in the net divison last year when the event was held at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Finishing second in the gross division and third in the net competition was newcomer Sue Ellen Vayda. Teruko Sakata of Rye Brook, New York was fourth in both divisions.