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Decker wins Chatmoss and Fox-Puss Invitationals A

dd two more amateur titles

to the long list owned by Mar- tinsville resident Keith Decker. Decker won his 19th Chatmoss Invitational crown and sixth Fox- Puss title.

At his home

course, Chatmoss Country Club, Decker shot 73- 70 to edge 2012 VSGA Player of the Year winner Buck Brittain and Fredericksburg resident Jon Hurst by a shot. Glen Allen resident Tony Good shot 75-72 to win the fi rst fl ight.

In the senior di- vision Dave Davis shot 70-73 to claim the crown. Low central Virginian in the Senior Championship fl ight was Richmonder Leon Roday, who shot 77-79. Glen Allen resident Greg Bales won the fi rst fl ight in the senior division after rounds of 82-72 and Rich- monder Rob Leisy shot 86-80 to take low honors in the second fl ight of the senior division.

Keith Decker In the Fox-Puss Invitational played at Boonsboro

The old phrase “courses for horses” held true again at the LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship played at Kingsmill Resort, when Cristie Kerr picked up her third win at the River Course. Kerr shot rounds of 66- 71-66-69 to fi nish regulation play tied with Suzanne Pettersen. She won the sudden-death playoff on the second extra hole. Kerr’s fi nal round included numerous up and down saves and clutch par putts. Her ball-striking was less than perfect until late in the round.

“I’m just so thrilled,” said Kerr after the round. “Honestly, the way I hit it today to even have a chance to win. I just made so many putts out there to save par and kind of save my momentum and I started hitting it a little bit better late in the round, just in time….I’m very happy.”

Kerr entered the fi nal round with a two-shot lead over Pettersen and the two intense competitors battled for the lead throughout the day. Pettersen held a one-shot lead after the 15th hole before Kerr made birdie on 16 to tie.

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CC in Lynchburg, Decker shot 73- 72-70 to win the title for the sixth time. The victory ties Decker with Richmonder Vinny Giles for all-time win totals at the Fox-Puss. “Vinny is my hero,” Decker told the Lynchburg News & Advance. “He’s a lifelong amateur, as I am. He is the most ac- complished player ever in the state of Virginia. I really look up to him.” Decker won by two shots over David Schmidt and Steven Leibler but the margin of vic- tory is a bit mis- leading as Decker double-bogey’d his fi nal hole.

In the fi rst fl ight Charlottesville resident Jerry Burton, who plays out of Spring Creek, shot rounds of 77-75-73 to tie for fi rst with Donnie Hankins and Rodney Laughon. Jack Allara shot 74-69-73 to win the senior cham- pionship. Allara, who plays out of Hidden Valley in Roanoke, edged Allen Barber by one shot.

Third win for Kerr at Kingsmill Championship

In the playoff(18th hole) Kerr failed to convert a 6 foot birdie putt the fi rst go-around but was able to seal her third title at Kingsmill when Pettersen missed a 12- foot par putt the second time the two played the hole. The bogey was Pettersen’s fi rst of the day. Making the win even sweeter for Kerr was having her father on-site in the gallery. It was the fi rst time he has witnessed his daughter win as a professional. The LPGA has not announced yet whether the tour- nament will return next year. A sponsor has still not been found. Kerr is one of many that hopes for a return visit.

“I just love it here,” said Kerr. “This tournament de- serves to be here and it deserves to be on our schedule. Please write some nice things about Xanterra and all the other sponsors that helped. It just deserves to be a premier event and it is in my mind obviously. Every- body loves the golf course and where it is, you know. It would be great if we could get another sponsor to step up.”

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