Wooddy, Proffitt add to their considerable golf resumes Aug 8, 2011  (8 years ago)

By Randy King
Aug 8, 2011, 19:45

Chips Wooddy of Roanoke Country Club rolls in a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 10th hole en route to the senior division title at the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Senior Championship at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club. Photo by Stephanie Klein-Davis / The Roanoke Times

FINCASTLE -- Chips Wooddy and Bill Proffitt keep getting better with age.

Wooddy, a 61-year-old retiree, and Proffitt, a 67-year-old semi-retiree, continued to get it done on the short grass Tuesday at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club, capturing titles in the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Senior Championship.

Who says growing old doesn't offer some benefits?

Counting their work in the Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship, Wooddy and Proffitt each posted their third triumph in a valley major. All six have come since the duo reached senior status.

"This never gets old. You always like to beat the guys you play with,'' said Wooddy, whose final round of 1-under-par 70 powered him to a two-shot victory over Roanoke Country Club teammate Jeff Lynch in the senior division.

"I won this two years ago, I lost in a playoff last year to Ken Stump, and now I'm lucky enough to come back and win it this year. It could have been three in a row, but I got beat by a better player last year. [Stump] made par in the playoff, while I screwed it up and made bogey.''

There was no late miscue this time, however.

Wooddy drained a 30-footer for birdie at the par-3 10th, then birdied Nos. 11 and 12 to take command. He made a strong up-and-down from the trees on the final hole to finish the deal with a 36-hole total of 1-over 144.

Hidden Valley Country Club's Bill Proffitt eyes a putt on No. 18. "Damn right, it's nice to win," said Proffitt, who claimed the super senior division title with a 71. "That's what you strive for; that's why you play the tournament." Photo by Stephanie Klein-Davis / The Roanoke Times

It was a sweet turnaround for Wooddy, who only 12 days before was eliminated in the first round of the Roanoke Valley Match Play in 19 holes by huge underdog Woody Deans, of Roanoke.

"I won the Match Play [senior] in 2000, but ever since then I've had a hard time getting past Woody Deans,'' said Wooddy, referring to the ex-Patrick Henry High boys basketball coach. "I can play with anybody in this room but Woody Deans. ... He just beats me to death!''

Rodney Naff, the 1994 HOF men's champion, made his senior debut and finished third, five shots back. Blacksburg's Roger Young and Hidden Valley's Jack Tuttle tied for fourth, six strokes off the pace.

Paced by Wooddy and Lynch (71), Roanoke Country Club rolled to its third consecutive team crown, cruising to a 10-stroke victory over Hidden Valley.

Don Chappell, who plays for Botetourt Golf and Swim Club, hits a shot on the 18th hole. The host team finished second in the super senior team competition, two shots behind Hidden Valley. Photo by Stephanie Klein-Davis / The Roanoke Times

In the 65-and-over super senior class, all the numbers worked for Proffitt. The part-time certified public accountant posted a rock-solid 71 to finish at 144, one stroke ahead of runner-up Al Looney, of Salem.

"Damn right, it's nice to win,'' Proffitt said. "That's what you strive for; that's why you play the tournament.

"I was a little upset last year because I three-putted six times and lost by one shot at Waterfront. I was hitting the ball a ton and accurate, and I couldn't do the job on the greens. But that's part of the game, don't forget that.''

Looney, who also has won three majors since joining the AARP set, cost himself by bogeying two par-5s in a round of 72. Last year's champion, B.H. Rakestraw, of Blacksburg, rallied with a 70 to share third with Botetourt's Don Chappell (72) at 146, two shots back.

Fueled by Proffitt and last-day replacement Dick Wagner (70), Hidden Valley rallied to a 2-stroke triumph over the host club in the super senior team chase. It marked the first title in the elder statesman class for the Salem club.

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