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Golf: Decker Earns Medalist Honors

 From the VSGA:

ARLINGTON –– Defending champion Keith Decker, 54, of Martinsville, shot a qualifying-best 3-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors at the 67th Virginia State Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship being conducted at Army Navy Country Club's Arlington Course.

Decker finished qualifying with a 3-under 139 total and was the only competitor to conclude 36-hole qualifying with a subpar aggregate.

Local Pete DeTemple, 52, of Old Hickory Golf Club and Callaway, Md., shot a day two 73 and was the second low qualifier for match play (1-over 143). Stan Britton, 54, of Cypress Cove Country Club in Franklin, Va., who lives in Conway, N.C., had a second round 1-under 70 and is the third low qualifier for match play (3-over 145). Northern Virginians John Steele, 58, of McLean (72, 4-over 146) and Larry Spielberg, 57, of Warrenton (74, 5-over 147) complete the top five seeds for match play, which begins on Wednesday morning.

The day belonged to Decker who logged four birdies against one bogey. He turned in two under following a birdie from 4 feet at the par-4 fifth hole and rolled in a 12-footer two holes later. Decker made birdie from 15 feet at the par-4 10th and, despite a bogey at No. 14, he made birdie from close range at the par-5 16th hole.

“I played pretty well today,” Decker said. “The key to this golf course is hitting it well off the tee. If you hit it well off the tee and put it in position, it makes life a lot easier. It's fairly tight, so it's not easy.”

Decker has collected five VSGA senior titles, including the most significant senior events the association conducts, since turning 50 in April 2010. In addition to triumphing at last year's Senior Amateur, he posted a repeat victory at the VSGA Senior Stroke Play this spring. Decker claimed the VSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship (with Vienna's Pat Tallent) in May. He also won the 2010 Senior Open of Virginia.

Decker has played a ton of match play throughout his distinguished VSGA career and knows the uncertainties inherent in that type of format.

“Anybody can win it starting (Wednesday),” said Decker who is trying to become the event's first repeat champion since Jamie Gough won consecutive titles in 2005-06. “You want to play the golf course, but you wind up playing your opponent. If you're steady, normally good things happen.”

DeTemple, who finished his round with seven straight pars, will only face Decker if they win four matches and meet in Friday's scheduled 18-hole final.

“I really enjoy match play,” DeTemple said. “(Decker) and I are on opposite sides of the bracket, so hopefully we'll see one another in the final. That would be a match to see.”

Decker was one of three former VSGA Senior Amateur champions to advance to match play. The group also includes Charles E. Green III of Tazewell (2008) and Richmond's John Cuomo (2004). Central Virginian David Partridge (Manakin), the 2012 winner, returned a first day 73, but unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury.

At the conclusion of stroke play qualifying, three competitors at 14-over 156 vied for one spot in the match play field, with Joe Johnson of Falls Church earning the last spot with a birdie on the sixth extra hole.

The first and second rounds of match play are set for Wednesday, Aug. 27, followed by the quarterfinals and semifinals on Thursday, Aug. 28 and the deciding encounter on Friday Aug. 29.

ARLINGTON –– Results from the second round of stroke play qualifying at the 67th VSGA Senior Amateur Championship at Army Navy Country Club's Arlington Course (6,366 yards, par 35-36—71) on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Keith Decker (Martinsville), 71-68—139

Pete DeTemple (Callaway, Md.), 70-73—143

Stan Britton (Conway, N.C.), 75-70—145

John Steele (McLean), 74-72—146

Larry Spielberg (Warrenton), 73-74—147

Allen Barber (Yorktown), 74-74—148

Peter Jacobi (Arlington), 75-73—148

Charles E. Green III (Tazewell), 74-75—149

Jim Nirich (Catlett), 78-71—149

Jack Allara II (Salem), 77-72—149

Dave Pulk (Williamsburg), 74-75—149

John Cuomo (Richmond), 73-77—150

Danny Hopkins (Roanoke), 77-73—150

Walt Martin (Oakton), 75-76—151

Martin Taplett (Culpeper), 75-76—151

Richard Lion (Springfield), 75-76—151

Lynn Wessman (Arlington), 74-78—152

Mark Boedicker (Great Falls), 83-69—152

Bill Engel (Alexandria), 77-75—152

Michael Caprio (Arlington), 77-75—152

Steve Castro (Chantilly), 78-75—153

Eddie Walker (Springfield), 72-81—153

George Riefler (Suffolk), 79-75—154

Steve Thomas (Alexandria), 78-76—154

Bill Nunnenkamp (Blue Ridge), 79-75—154

Phil McQuitty (South Riding), 76-78—154

Greg Bales (Glen Allen), 78-76—154

David Brogan (Lexington), 77-78—155

George Kapetanakis (McLean), 77-78—155

Bob Bailey (Yorktown), 76-79—155

Keith Myers (Roanoke), 76-79—155

* – Joe Johnson (Falls Church), 75-81—156


James Gallagher (Yorktown), 84-72—156

Michael Keating (Fairfax), 77-79—156

Michael Ancel (Newport News), 78-79—157

Jeff Fleishman (Williamsburg), 76-81—157

Leon Roday (Henrico), 78-79—157

Mark Funderburke (Roanoke), 80-77—157

John Hoffman (Fairfax), 80-77—157

Steve Nolin (Herndon), 80-77—157

Al Bello (Stafford), 78-79—157

Dayton Slater (Winchester), 77-81—158

Roger Pitkin (Springfield), 82-76—158

David Price (Purcellville), 80-78—158

Tom Grady (Marshall), 81-77—158

Jack Catlett (Richmond), 82-76—158

David Tolley (Roanoke), 84-74—158

Greg Morrison (Front Royal), 77-81—158

John Caulfield (Fairfax Station), 81-78—159

Don Jeanes (Fairfax), 82-77—159

Billy Jahn (Virginia Beach), 77-82—159

Marc Hogan (Woodberry Forest), 83-76—159

Mike McLister (Leesburg), 88-72—160

Kurt Swenson (Lexington), 79-81—160

Drew Smith (Alexandria), 81-79—160

Dan DeRisio (Springfield), 85-76—161

Kevin Seekford (Potomac Falls), 76-85—161

Jim Heidel (Charlottesville), 80-81—161

Kalani Cotner (Vienna), 81-81—162

Greg Marbold (Richmond), 82-80—162

David Henshaw (Virginia Beach), 85-77—162

Mike McDonald (Williamsburg), 83-80—163

Buddy Patch (Fairfax Station), 84-79—163

Tim Kelley (Ashland), 82-82—164

Bob Harwick (Oak Hill), 81-83—164

Donald Ragley (Leesburg), 81-84—165

Darrell Carlisle (McLean), 88-78—166

Mark Baldwin (Mechanicsville), 86-80—166

Bill Bailey (Glen Allen), 85-81—166

Samuel Bailey (Gainesville), 82-86—168

Mike Byrum (Suffolk), 88-81—169

Randall Jones (Warrenton), 90-80—170

Scott Shortnacy (Fairfax), 86-84—170

Skip Zobel (Virginia Beach), 88-82—170

Shawn Henry (Virginia Beach), 87-84—171

Edward Shine (Chesapeake), 93-83—176

Jeff South (Powhatan), 89-90—179

David Partridge (Manakin), 73-WD (injury)

J.W. Entsminger (Lexington), 80-WD

Gary Cicatiello (Providence Forge), 80-WD

Chuck Taylor (Atlee), 85-WD

Mike Nicewarner (Middletown), 80-WD

* – denotes qualified for match play in a playoff, three players for one spot

ARLINTON –– Pairings and starting times for the first round of match play at the 67th VSGA Senior Amateur Championship at Army Navy Country Club's Arlington Course (6,366 yards, par 35-36—71) on Wednesday, Aug. 27 (stroke play qualifying score indicated).

Wednesday (Aug. 27), Hole No. 1

8 a.m.: (1) Keith Decker (Martinsville), 139 vs. (32) Joe Johnson (Falls Church), 156

8:08 a.m.: (16) Martin Taplett (Culpeper), 151 vs. (17) Bill Engel (Alexandria), 152

8:16 a.m.: (8) Jack Allara (Salem), 149 vs. (25) Greg Bales (Glen Allen), 154

8:24 a.m.: (9) Jim Nirich (Catlett), 149 vs. (24) Phil McQuitty (South Riding), 154

8:32 a.m.: (4) John Steele (McLean), 146 vs. (29) David Brogan (Lexington), 155

8:40 a.m.: (13) Danny Hopkins (Roanoke), 150 vs. (20) Mark Boedicker (Great Falls), 152

8:48 a.m.: (5) Larry Spielberg (Warrenton), 147 vs. (28) Keith Myers (Roanoke), 155

8:56 a.m.: (12) John Cuomo (Richmond), 150 vs. (21) Steve Castro (Chantilly), 153

9:04 a.m.: (2) Pete DeTemple (Callaway,Md.), 143 vs. (31) George Kapetanakis (McLean), 155

9:12 a.m.: (15) Walt Martin (Oakton), 151 vs. (18) Lynn Wessman (Arlington), 152

9:20 a.m.: (7) Peter Jacobi (Arlington), 148 vs. (26) George Riefler (Suffolk), 154

9:28 a.m.: (10) Charles Green (Tazewell), 149 vs. (23) Steve Thomas (Alexandria), 154

9:36 a.m.: (3) Stan Britton (Conway, N.C.), 145 vs. (30) Bob Bailey (Yorktown), 155

9:44 a.m.: (14) Richard Lion (Springfield), 151 vs. (19) Michael Caprio (Arlington), 152

9:52 a.m.: (6) Allen Barber (Yorktown), 148 vs. (27) Bill Nunnenkamp (Blue Ridge), 154

10 a.m.: (11) Dave Pulk (Williamsburg), 149 vs. (22) Eddie Walker (Springfield), 153
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