Meredith Swanson expects to win Hall of Fame tournament Jun 14, 2011  (8 years ago)

By Randy King
Jun 14, 2011, 23:03

Meredith Swanson was the tournament's youngest winner at age 13 in 2004.

Roanoker Meredith Swanson will shoot for her fifth title in eight years when the 33rd Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's championship begins today at Blacksburg Country Club.

The 20-year-old rising junior at the University of South Carolina can't wait, either.

"I definitely love playing in this each year," Swanson said. "It's just go out and have fun."

Swanson has her mind set on becoming the second player to capture five HOF titles, which would put her second on the event's all-time victory list behind eight-time champion Dot Bolling of Salem

Think Swanson is confident?

"I definitely expect to shoot a couple of sub-par rounds of golf and I definitely expect to win my fifth Hall of Fame," said Swanson, who became the tournament's youngest winner at age 13 in 2004.

"I like to go into every tournament thinking like that. Not just the Hall of Fame, but I definitely want to have confidence in every tournament that I go into," Swanson said.

Bolling may be the only player in the 29-member field that can stop Swanson. Bolling, 65, won her last HOF crown in 2009, when Swanson didn't compete.

Swanson knows she can't sell the queen of Roanoke Valley women's golf short.

"Definitely not," Swanson said of Bolling, who has won the other valley women's major -- the RVWGA City-County -- a record 16 times. "It's ridiculous how many tournaments Dot has won."

The feisty Bolling has no plans of having to settle for second.

"I'm going to play my heart out," Bolling said. "I might win it, you never know. It would be a longshot if I did, though."

Other possible contenders include former champions Marilyn Bussey (2003) and Valeta Pittman (2002), plus teenager Lyndsey Hunnell, Carin Wollmann and Sue Smith, who tied for third last year.

Roanoke Country Club will attempt to win its third consecutive and sixth title in seven years in the team competition.

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