Swanson scores record low in Hall of Fame win Jun 11, 2012  (7 years ago)

By Randy King
Jun 11, 2012, 19:38

The South Carolina junior leads Roanoke Country Club to its 4th straight team title.


DALEVILLE - After leading her Roanoke Country Club squad to its fourth straight Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's team title Sunday at Ashley Plantation, Meredith Swanson finally got to take a sip of the champagne championship toast teed up for the winning team members.

"Yes, now that I've turned a big 21, I finally get to offically partake in a swig of the wine," an excited Swanson said.

Then she broke into laughter and confessed: "For a couple of years ... it's been sort of unofficially."

Meanwhile, once again the rest of the field had to confess again: They can't touch the long-bombing blonde yet.

Swanson, who played on a University of South Carolina squad that finished fifth in the NCAA Championship last month, put the locks on her third straight and sixth HOF individual crown in the past eight years, firing a final-round 2-under-par 71 to win by nine shots over on fast-coming Lyndsey Hunnell of Ashley Plantation.

Swanson's 36-hole total of 5-under 139 broke the tournament scoring record of 141 of Dot Bolling in 2006.

"Wow, I didn't know that," Swanson said. "Awesome!"

Swanson, who plans to go professional next summer after graduating from college, said she does plan on being back for the HOF again next June. She wants to keep stamping her name all over the HOF record book. Her six titles rank second to Bolling's eight crowns.

"I figure I'm going to look back some day and be able to cherish these moments â? be able to tell my kids and grandkids and just let them see my name in the book or on a plaque," Swanson said.

Swanson, who led Bolling by six and Hunnell by seven coming off a first-round 68 at Hidden Valley, never had to break a sweat Sunday. While Bolling faded to a final-round 81, Hunnell recorded two eagles and four birdies in posting 73.

"There was no chance of catching Meredith â? impossible," Hunnell said. "I'm really happy with how I played. I've got to stay away from out of bounds and lost balls."

Roanoke Country Club's Meagan Board, 16, shot 76 to tie Bolling for third at 155.

"I could have done so much better," Board said. "I had so many three-putts and lipouts. But it's great having Meredith on the team. It takes away a lot of stress."


Roanoke Valley
Golf Hall of Fame

DALEVILLE — Sunday’s final scores of the 34th Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women’s championship held at Ashley Plantation (par: 36-37—73:


Meredith Swanson (RCC)  68-71—139

Lyndsey Hunnell (AP) 75-73—148

Dot Bolling (HR) 74-81—155

Meagan Board (RCC) 79-76—155

Sara Cole (HR) 80-79—159

Sara Moir (RCC) 82-77—159

Meg Wise (HV) 84-79—163

Beth Gold (AP) 84-83—167

Leigh Lacy (Blk) 86-81—167

Sue Smith (OM)  86-81—167

Janet Cochrane (BH) 92-76—168

Valeta Pittman (RCC) 82-87—169

Wanda Flora (OM) 88-81—169

Carin Wollmann (Blk) 89-82—171

Katie Turk (Blk) 92-79—171

Brenda Harvey (BH) 93-79—172

Nancy Snodgrass (HV) 87-87—174

Linny Streger (Blk) 90-84—174

Debbie Young (BH) 92-82—174

Bonita Hodges (BH) 92-83—175

Sue Angle (HR) 93-85—178

June Reed (HR) 90-91—181

Vickie Vandergrift (OM) 96-85—181

Joan Binnings (HV) 91-91—182

Jean Summerbell (HV) 91-91—182

Norma Quarles (AP) 96-90—186

Vicki Glass (AP) 99-88—187

Karen DeLong (OM) 95-93—188

Holley Updike (HV) 93-97—190

Sharon Akers (Blk) 97-94—191

Deborah Sampson (OM) 97-103—200


1, Roanoke Country Club (RCC), 451; 2, Hanging Rock (HR), 489; 3, Ashley Plantation (AP), 499; 4, Blacksburg Country Club (Blk), 507; 5, Blue Hills (BH), 513; 6, Ole Monterey (OM), 516; 7, Hidden Valley (HV), 519.


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