Super senior golfer Sisson beats his age at HOF tourney Aug 8, 2011  (8 years ago)

By Randy King
Aug 8, 2011, 20:15

Following a first round in which both leaderboards in the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Senior/Super Senior championship were tightly wound, the separation story Monday at Ole Monterey was provided by the field's oldest competitor.

Forget about the novelty of some guy shooting his age. J.D. Sisson, 83, of Roanoke, shredded his age by eight strokes with a eye-turning 4-over-75 that ranked as the day's ninth-lowest round among the combined field of 83.

Somebody check this man's birth certificate.

"That's what a man said in 2002 when I beat Bo Bohon for the VSGA super senior title in Williamsburg," Sisson said, laughing. "The Lord has blessed me; I've had good health. I still work the farm in Catawba. ... I have three chain saws and a Weed Eater. I went to the doctor a couple weeks ago, and he said, 'For an 83-year-old man, you're in tip-top shape.' "

You think?

The Roanoke native won the 55-and-over senior crown in 1986, 1989 and 1993 and won five of the first seven super senior titles when the HOF began the 65-and-over division in 2000.

Sisson, a 2006 inductee into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame, said it's no big deal for his scorecard number to be lower than his age.

"Not routinely, but I do it every now and then," the longtime Blue Hills member said. "I don't even remember the first time. I've had a bunch of 66s and 67s at Blue Hills.

"Really, I don't want a lot of this stuff to get out to my buddies," said Sisson, laughing. "Nobody lets me play the senior tees anymore. I get in an argument every time I go out with this bunch of guys I go with."

Sisson's number leaves him only three shots off the lead in the older division.

Mac McClelland, the 2008 winner, leads the pack after a day's best 72. The Radford native will take a 1-shot lead into today's final round at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club.

"Absolutely, everybody likes to win," McClelland said. "These guys here have been sharks for a long time. They don't school well, but they do work! Hopefully, something will work and I will keep it all together [today]."

When asked about his golf background, McClelland, 68, talked about his college days at Davidson.

"I just played golf there. ... I should have played some football," he said. "I went there in 1961, the year after Davidson beat Virginia Tech [9-7 in Blacksburg]. My wife will kill me for saying that, because she's a Tech graduate!"

Led by McClelland, Blacksburg Country Club has a 1-shot lead on Blue Hills in its bid for a third super senior team title in five years.

Botetourt's Charlie Snyder, 2009 champion Chips Wooddy, of Roanoke, and Mariners Landing's Hal Clary each are tied atop the senior standings at 74. Three players, including 2008 champ Bill Nunnenkamp, are one shot back.

Two-time defending champion Roanoke Country Club has a 3-stroke edge on Blue Hills and Hidden Valley in the senior team chase.


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