Upstarts gain golf HOF crowns Aug 4, 2010  (9 years ago)

 
By Randy King
Aug 4, 2010, 20:00

Ken Stump and B.H. Rakestraw rally to win their first senior and super senior titles.

SCRUGGS -- A Stump and a Rakestraw.

Sounds like some kind of field-work exercise, doesn't it?

Nope. Those were the names of the respective individual winners in Tuesday's final round of the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Senior/Super Senior championships at The Waterfront.

Proving that anything is possible when life rolls into seniorhood, relative unknown Ken Stump pulled off a major upset in the 55-and-over division, and B.H. Rakestraw rallied to win the 65-and-over class in the 36-hole test for the AARP set.

Competing in the event for only the second time, Stump drained a 2 12-foot par putt on the first hole of a playoff to knock off defending champion Chips Wooddy for the senior title, while Rakestraw, despite making a double bogey and a triple bogey, managed to slip in the back door and claim the super senior crown.

"More or less, I came out of nowhere,'' Stump said. "I never dreamed this could happen. I'm not the best player among these guys, but I just happened to do the right things at the right time.''

Stump, 58, a 1970 Patrick Henry High graduate, didn't get serious about golf until five years ago. But there he was, tied after 36 holes with the more heralded Wooddy at 4-over 146 and heading to a sudden-death playoff. The neophyte never wavered, hitting a splendid chip shot from short of the green and then calmly draining the par-saving putt after the defender lipped out a 10-foot putt for par.

"I'm tickled to death to win this thing,'' said Stump, who played football, basketball and baseball, but not golf in high school. "Guys like Chips and Roger [Young, who tied for fourth,] are much better players than I am. Both hit the ball by me by 100 yards, no kidding.

"Wooddy would have probably been a 5-to-1 favorite over me in the playoff. I mean I've never won a golf tournament ... haven't played that many. So, yes, I would have to say this is an upset.''

Jack Tuttle, the 2008 champion, finished one shot back in third, while Young and late-charging Jack Trussell tied for fourth at 148. Spurred by Wooddy, Tuttle and Jack Gregory, Roanoke Country Club won its second straight senior team title by 10 shots over runner-up Hanging Rock.

Rakestraw, 66, overcame two horrendous holes to post a 74 and finish at 7-over 149, good enough to clip Dick Nelson and first-round leader Bill Proffitt by a shot.

Win with a double and a triple on the card? This wasn't exactly the birdiefest PGA Tour Greenbrier Classic, the winner from Blacksburg Country Club noted.

"Here, you don't have to shoot 61 or 59, right?'' Rakestraw said, "I would have said 'no way' that I could win with a double and a triple. I doubled the first hole of the day, then I did pretty well until No. 16 and my neighbor, Craig Sisson, showed up with a camera and really messed me up. I then proceeded to hit it in the trees left and never found the ball, then I missed a 1-footer and made triple. So I was done ... there was no way I could win.''

Rakestraw rebounded to birdie the 17th hole, but still thought he was done. Of course, little did he know that first-round leader Proffitt would bogey his final two holes to open the door.

"I really felt like I backed into it because I didn't feel like I was in contention," Rakestraw said. "Somebody said 'you won it, then there were three or four guys at the scoreboard saying, 'congratulations.' Hell, I'll take it. It's the biggest thing I've won in golf.''

Led by Nelson (75) and defending individual champ Fred Widdowson (74), Hanging Rock claimed its second consecutive super senior team title by two shots over Hidden Valley.

 

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