Clothing and Friendship Highlight Apple Blossom Golf Tournament | Winchester star

WINCHESTER –Shane Rose and his band played in shirts purchased from the “U Suck at Golf” clothing website, but there was nothing to complain about Friday at the Virginia Business Systems Shenandoah Apple Blossom Golf Classic.

Stephenson’s Rose and Kevin LeVan and playing partners Chris Johansen and JT Rose performed in matching black shirts with pink and green azaleas on them, and completed the ensemble with green shorts at the annual event held on the The Rock course at Rock Harbor Golf Course.

“We got them 100% just for the tournament,” Shane Rose said. “It’s apple blossom, and pink and green are the way to go. They’re azaleas, so they brought them out for the Masters, but we thought we’d get them.

And as Rose pointed out, their band “didn’t totally suck.” The group finished second in the second of three flights with a captain’s choice score of 62. There were 24 teams of four for a total of 96 golfers, with eight teams in each flight.

The overall winning score came from the group comprising former and current chairman of Walter & Walter Insurance Agency in Winchester. Ron Walter, an 80-year-old retiree, his son Brian, 51, Jack Clauser (30, of Winchester, formerly of Philadelphia) and Justin Moseley combined for six eagles, including those on the four par-5s, and recorded a 52 win at once.

They couldn’t have asked for a better performance or better weather considering the recent cold. The temperature reached 70 on Friday.

“It was a great day,” Clauser said.

It was no surprise that they played well either. Brian Walter is a member of Rock Harbor, and Clauser plays with him two or three times a week and competes in a league in Winchester.

“We play 20, 30 tournaments a year,” Brian Walter said.

Ron Walter said he took full advantage of his age on Friday.

“I have to play from the green starts,” Ron said with a laugh. “It helped me.”

Former Shenandoah University baseball player David Divine played in a group that also shot a 62.

The 36-year-old Danville native, current Stephens City resident and former catcher loved the opportunity to play with his friends, even if one of them was away. SU assistant baseball coach Nick Sborz (class of 2006) was originally supposed to play but was unable to between games in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on Thursday and Lynchburg on Saturday.

TJ Young – who works for one of the tournament sponsors, Virasec IT Support Services in Frederick County – Winchester’s Josh Ussel and Charles Savary joined Divine on Friday.

“TJ, Charles and I all live in the same neighborhood and we play golf together at least twice a month,” said Divine, a physical therapist with Virginia Healthcare Services who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007 and her doctorate in physical therapy. in 2010, both from SU. “We actually just got back from a golf trip where we took 20 guys to Williamsburg.

“There were some good shots today, of course, but the shift to warmer weather, being able to take the day off and hang out with friends, that was the highlight for me. “

Ussel, 43, said it was his first appearance in the Apple Blossom Tournament. When Young said his company was sponsoring the tournament, Ussel jumped at the chance to play.

“It was a great day to play golf,” said Ussel. “There were no holes in one today or anything, but it was a great day to be outside.”

The club’s general manager and pro, Curt Corey, just started at Rock Harbor two weeks ago, and he was thrilled with the reaction to the tournament.

“We got a lot of compliments on how we settled in,” Corey said.

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