Gallagher wins Senior Amateur

Published 10:45 pm Friday, June 27, 2014

James Gallagher of Yorktown employed a superb first round to help him come away with a 10-stroke win this past weekend in the growing Suffolk Senior Amateur at Riverfront Golf Club.

Though the tournament is in only its second year, Gallagher established a strong event record with his 8-under-par, 36-hole total score of 136.

The Suffolk Senior Amateur grew from 48 players last year to 55 this year, and Gallagher leaped to the front of the pack during round one on Saturday with an 8-under-par 64. On that day, he hit 11 greens and made nine birdies, putting him up by five strokes going into the final round.

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He shot an even-par 72 in the final round, a score only bettered by Mike Dunavan, who shot a 71.

Riverfront Golf Club director of operations Tim Newsom was pleased with how the tournament went, as well as the increased participation and quality of players.

“We’re going to grow it to get to 144-150 players,” he said. “This year we had a lot of good players.”

Players came from Suffolk, Richmond, North Carolina and around Hampton Roads, which is what Newsom was hoping for.

“We’re trying to make it more of a regional tournament,” he said.

Following are the results from the second annual Suffolk Senior Amateur this past weekend at Riverfront Golf Club:

Seniors (ages 50-64)

1) James Gallagher 64-72—136

2) Brian Jeltema 69-77—146

3) Brian Layne 69-77—146

4) George Diggs 73-73—146

5) Mike Dunavan 75-71—146

6) George Riefler 73-74—147

7) Steve Williams 73-75—148

8) Greg Duliciano 76-72—148

9) Dan Stevens 72-79—151

10) Pug Taylor 74-77—151

11) Donny Marshall 75-80—155

12) Chris McCullough 75-82—157

13) Ron Sullins 75-82—157

14) Doug Henchen 74-86—160

Super Seniors (ages 65 and up)

1) Morris Deal 72-74—146

2) Bill Summerour 75-76—151

3) Marvin Teachey 80-78—158

4) Jim Groves 81-77—158

5) Goodwyn Henderson 74-88—162

6) Phil Chasse 82-89—171