First-time winner takes Faulconer golf tournament

In his two prior attempts to capture the Faulconer golf tournament crown, Brian Bassett came up short, finishing second each time. On Sunday (May 14), he decisively ended his runner-up string. In the second round of the tournament, playing from the challenging blue tees, Bassett fired a very impressive two under par 70. His two-day score of 142 was three strokes better than the 145 recorded by longtime Faulconer standout, Phil Mahone.

The Faulconer this year had glorious weather for the final round, sunny with a light wind. Weather on Saturday was decent, cloudy, and a little chilly, The course was already in outstanding shape and because of heavy rains prior to the weekend, the course was as green as it can get, but the greens were a little soft. Top ranked players like to play to softer greens because they hold high arcing shots better. If greens are dry and hard, shots are more likely to bounce uncontrollably and roll to the back of the green, or off the green altogether.

In the Faulconer senior division the winner for the second year in a row was Leon Roday. He shot an awesome score of 68 on Saturday. He followed that with a 74 on Sunday, for a winning score of 142. The seniors played from the gold tees.

In the super senior division (age 65 and over) there was a three-way tie for first place. After 36 holes, John Casstevens, Chris Harvey and Steve Cox all came in at 152. The play-off for first took only one hole. All three players returned to hole number one. Casstevens rolled a birdie putt close and tapped in for par, while Harvey and Cox both bogied the hole.

The tournament was catered by BBQ Connection out of Fork Union. Golf pro Mark Marshall said that their servings received rave reviews. The players also reportedly were pleased to enjoy their post-game food and beverages on the outdoor patio of the new Fairway facility, which has some pleasant views of the closing 18th hole.