Meredith Swanson adds to her HOF trophy collection Jun 13, 2011  (8 years ago)

 
By Randy King
Jun 13, 2011, 23:00

Meredith Swanson, who routed the field by 12 shots last year, won by six this time, posting a 1-over 144. Photo by Bill Turner

After putting the finishing touches on her fifth Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's title Sunday, Meredith Swanson was asked what does she do with her ever-growing collection of HOF hardware.

"Good question," Swanson said. "I think I have given away three of them to my grandparents -- grandmother Mary Jane Shingler and my other grandmother, Alberta Johe, plus my grandfather Gerald Swanson. I just thought that they would want them. So I signed them and gave them to them."

And this one is going where?

"I don't know," Swanson, 20, said. "I haven't thought about it. Maybe my dad [Stuart]. He's done a little something for me and Father's Day is coming up so."

Well, she just blew the cover on that surprise. However, she didn't blow a tournament that she has captured five times in the past eight years. Her five HOF titles rank second only to the eight owned by the queen of Roanoke Valley women's golf, Salem's Dot Bolling.

Swanson, who routed the field by 12 shots last year, won by six this time, posting a second straight 72 for a 36-hole total of 1-over 144. Fifteen-year-old Lyndsey Hunnell added a little suspense this time, closing to within one shot of the lead early in Sunday's final 18 at Blue Hills. Hunnell shot a 73 for a 150 total, personal HOF bests for the Lord Botetourt sophomore.

"I was 4-over through four holes," said Swanson, a junior on South Carolina's golf team. "It was really early but she kept me on my toes at all times. It's nice to have some stiff competition and to have someone pushing you to play better and not to let my guard down."

Hunnell was all smiles afterward. She has all the makings of becoming a future HOF champ.

"It would be awesome to win this one day," a smiling Hunnell said. "I got excited when I got close to her today [on the scoreboard], but then she started getting really close to the pins and making putts."

Laura Davis, who started the day four shots back in second, settled for a 79 that left her third at 155. The 2003 Virginia graduate, who didn't take up golf until five years ago, scored a career-best finish despite being in her 27th week of pregnancy.

"Yeah, I've had to change my swing path a little," said a grinning Davis, a 31-year-old Grayson County native who resides in Salem. "Due date is first of September and won't be playing golf for a while. But third isn't bad. I can't complain."

Paced by Swanson and teenagers Sara Moir (79) and Meagan Board (83), Roanoke Country Club coasted to a 13-shot victory over Hanging Rock in the team competition. It marked RCC's third consecutive crown.

 

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