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Leigh finishes in top 20 at golf tourney

Suffolk’s Preston Leigh finished in a tie for 17th Thursday at the 58th VSGA (Virginia State Golf Association) Junior Amateur Championship at Roanoke Country Club.

Leigh carded scores of 72, 73 and 74 at the par-71 course to finish six-over par.

Leigh, a recent graduate of Greenbrier Christian Academy, was a hole away from finishing with an even-par round to cap his tournament, but he made a triple-bogey seven on No. 18. Leigh birdied two holes Thursday for a total of eight birdies in his 54 holes.

Suffolk’s John David Sanderson finished tied for 67th with rounds of 81, 79 and 76 (23-over par). Eighty-eight players completed all three rounds.

Jake Mondy, a 17-year-old from Blacksburg, won the title by five strokes over Jack Adkins and Bryce Chalkley. Mondy shot 69, 65 and 68 for an 11-under par total. Mondy and Chalkley were co-leaders going into the final round.

During the high school season for GCA, Leigh led the Gators to the Tidewater Conference championship and Virginia Independent Schools Division II state championship, being the medalist in both tournaments.

58th VSGA Junior Amateur Championship

Roanoke Country Club (par 71, 6,480 yards)

Tuesday-Thursday, 54 holes

Top finishers

1. Jake Mondy (Blacksburg) 69-65-68 202 (-11)

2. Bryce Chalkley (Richmond) 64-70-73 207

2. Jack Adkins (Martinsville) 68-69-70 207

4. Ashton Newsom (Chesapeake) 71-70-71 212

5. Alex Lloyd (Virginia Beach) 70-69-74 213

5. Jack Wilkes (Roanoke) 72-70-71 213

5. Adam Ball (Richmond) 72-71-70 213

5. Justin Roberto (Williamsburg) 72-71-70 213

9. Chris O’Neill (Glen Allen) 71-72-72 215

9. Jason Schumacher (Glen Allen) 75-70-70 215

11. Zack Henry (Front Royal) 76-70-70 216

12. Blake Carter (Bassett) 77-74-66 217

12. Tim Ritter (Centreville) 70-74-73 217

12. Wesley Liu (Herndon) 72-75-70 217

15. Tanner Carbaugh (Pearisburg) 70-76-72 218

15. Mason Stutler (Fredericksburg) 68-75-75 218

17. Preston Leigh (Suffolk) 72-73-74 219

17. Matthew Ball, Jr. (Richmond) 69-76-74 219

17. Christopher Kapsak (Richmond) 69-76-74 219

17. Trey Smith (Virginia Beach) 73-67-79 219