By Brad Fauber - firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Bryan Snow and Dirk Schultz each took a share of the Top Pro honors as both golfers ended the day with a 65 at the 16th annual Apple Blossom Festival Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club on Wednesday.
For Snow, who is from the Loudoun Golf and Country Club, it was the second year in a row that he has claimed the top spot in the tournament as he also won last year's Pro-Am with a 65.
"It's really exciting. It's a great to honor to be able to play so well at such a big event," Snow said. "Overall, my performance was pretty good. I hit the driver well, putted well. The course was set up really well for scoring today, so I wasn't sure a 65 would be good enough.
"The whole key to playing well there is putting yourself in play, making sure you're not ruining your round by hitting it into the trees or just in a bad spot. I kept it in play all day, hit a lot of fairways and gave myself a lot of opportunities to play well."
Schultz, from Beaver Creek Country Club in Hagerstown, Md., turned in an equally solid performance as he shook off a slow start to redeem his one-stroke loss to Snow in last year's tournament.
"I've been pretty successful there, so I was kind of looking forward to a good round," Schultz said. "I kind of started slow. I started out on [hole] three [white], and I parred three and four, and I bogeyed five from 75 yards so I was a little disappointed. Then I bogeyed eight, the par-three, and I was thinking, 'Man, when's this thing going to get started.'
"But then number nine on the white was a par-five that I birdied, and number one on the blue I birdied, so that kind of got me going."
Other professionals to finish in the top five were John O'Leary, who shot a 67 to claim the third spot, and Tim Ganse, whose 68 was good for fourth place.
Marty O'Rear and Bud Lintelman tied for the top spot in the senior professional standings as each shot a 70. Tim White shot a 71 to take third place.
Josh Riggleman (Winchester) grabbed the top Amateur Gross Score with a 68, and was followed by Rich Rosenberry and John Long, who tied for second with a score of 70. Scott Cornwell was fourth with a 71.
Three golfers tied for the Best Amateur Net Score as Dan Airgio, Beth Hough and Dennis Johnson all finished with a 61. Warren Ross (62) took fourth.
Fifty-one teams participated in the event as each professional was joined by three amateur teammates. The team competition was won by Mike Farewell's team, who finished with a 121, just ahead of O'Rear's team score of 122.
Farewell, who shot a 73, was joined by Dennis Johnson (75), Roy Boyles (80) and Ted Johnson (82).
For Jeff Forman, the head golf professional at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Wednesday's event was another success as the competition drew an excellent turnout and the rain cleared before the 8 a.m. tee time and held off throughout the afternoon, with the exception of a mid-afternoon shower.
"Great turnout, everybody had a great time," Forman said. "We were fortunate with the weather. We got a few sprinkles throughout the day, but nothing major.
"The course was in great shape -- kudos to the superintendent and his crew -- and I think all the amateurs and professionals all had a great time. It was a good day, that's about all I can say. Couldn't have asked for a better day."