Sanderson beats seven pros

Published 9:43 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Suffolk’s John David Sanderson, a amateur competing in the 2012 SunTrust State Open of Virginia, finished ahead of 7 professionals competing in the same tournament, which concluded on Sunday.

Sanderson finished with a four-round total of 78 on the 7,033-yard, par-72 course at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian. After starting the tournament by shooting a 76, he shot consistent 74s to round out the competition.

Sanderson’s score earned him a tie for 58th place out of the 79 competitors completing the tournament, and he tied or outscored 10 professionals and 11 amateurs who participated.

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Professional Jay Woodson, 30, of Richmond delivered his second consecutive round of 4-under-par 68 to blow past the field and post a four-stroke win.

In claiming his first SunTrust State Open title, Woodson finished the championship at 13-under 275. Charlottesville’s Weston Eklund, a 22-year-old rising senior at Radford University, closed with 2-under 70 to take home low amateur honors and was runner-up at 9-under 279. Amateur Ji Soo Park, 19, of Centreville, a rising sophomore at the University of Virginia had 71 (7-under 281).

Woodson, who plays the developmental NGA Tour, will have his name engraved on the Farmington Trophy and etched his name into history. He became the seventh player to triumph at the VSGA Amateur and the State Open.