Ross Funderburke leads qualifying for State Amateur and State Open

Ross Funderburke leads qualifying for State Amateur and State Open

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Furman golfer and Hidden Valley High School graduate Ross Funderburke shot a 7-under 64 on Monday to lead qualifying at Roanoke Country Club for both the 107th VSGA Amateur Championship and the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia.

Funderburke, who was the 2018-19 Timesland golfer of the year as a Hidden Valley senior, belongs to Roanoke Country Club. He earned spots in both the State Open, which will be held July 16-18 at Roanoke’s Ballyhack Golf Club, and the rescheduled State Am, which will be held Aug. 3-7 at River Bend Club in Great Falls.

Three spots in the State Amateur and two in the State Open were up for grabs at Roanoke Country Club on Monday.

Virginia Tech assistant men’s golf coach and former Davidson golfer Todd Eckstein (70) also won a spot in the State Am, as did Rhodes College golfer and Patrick Henry graduate Vince Wheeler (71).

Ex-Hokie Garland Green (67) of Tazewell earned the second State Open spot.

The tournament was one of three State Am and State Open qualifiers in the commonwealth Monday, marking the first day of VSGA-sanctioned tournament action after a more than three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. There will be additional qualifiers in the state this week and next.

107th VSGA Amateur Championship qualifying

At Roanoke Country Club (Par 71, 6,409 yards)

Qualifiers

Ross Funderburke (Roanoke CC) 29-35–64        

Todd Eckstein (VT-Pete Dye RC) 35-35–70

Vince Wheeler (Roanoke CC) 37-34–71

Alternates

Hunter Duncan (Blacksburg) 35-36–71

Andrew Withers (Hidden Valley CC) 39-33–72

Connor Creasy (Glenrochie CC) 37-35–72

Rest of top 10

Adam Hooker (The Virginian GC) 36-36–72

William Smith (Chatmoss CC)  38-35–73

Channing Blevins (Wytheville GC) 36-37–73

Jack Adkins (Chatmoss CC) 39-35–74

Ezra Park (Blacksburg) 37-37–74

Brad Chambers (Blue Ridge CC) 37-37–74

Delta Dental State Open of Virginia qualifying

At Roanoke CC (Par 71, 6,409 yards)

Qualifiers

Ross Funderburke 29-35–64

Garland Green (Tazewell CC) 33-34–67

Alternates

Aaron Summers (Blacksburg CC) 35-33–68

Todd Eckstein 35-35–70

Vince Wheeler 37-34–71

Rest of top 10

Hunter Duncan 35-36–71

Matt Harman (Blacksburg CC) 40-32–72

Andrew Withers 39-33–72

Chase Bailey (Ole Monterey) 37-35–72

Black Carter (Chatmoss CC) 37-35–72

Connor Creasy 37-35–72

Adam Hooker 36-36–72

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