Proffitt looks to perform rare feat at Hall of Fame golf championship Aug 4, 2010  (9 years ago)

By Randy King
Aug 4, 2010, 19:54

Bill Proffitt enjoyed "some brewskies'' in the Hidden Valley Country Club lounge following Monday's first round of the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Senior championship.

He hopes to enjoy a double today at The Waterfront.

Proffitt will attempt to become the third player ever to capture a HOF Senior and a Super Senior crown when the field moves to Smith Mountain Lake for the final round of the 36-hole event. The only others to turn the trick are J.D. Sisson, a three-time Senior division winner and a five-time Super Senior victor, and Fred Widdowson, who completed the double last year.

"I didn't play last year in my first year of being eligible because my wife scheduled us for a beach trip,'' said Proffitt, whose 2-over-par 73 gave him a one-shot lead on Blue Hills' Dan Mitchell and Roanoke Country Club's Don Mooty.

"I played on my home course today and that's an edge,'' said Proffitt, 66, winner of the 2005 Roanoke Valley Match Play senior title. "I don't think anybody played to their potential [Monday]. I'm surprised that I'm leading the thing. I was hoping I wasn't too far back, matter of fact. Obviously, the golf course won today.''

Who can handle The Waterfront's tight track will be key, Proffitt said.

"You've got to hit it straight [off the tee] and I didn't start off straight [Monday],'' he said. "So if I don't start off straight [today], I'm in trouble. You've got to hit it straight and you've got to put your ball on the right part of the greens.

"The first three holes there are as tough as any around here. If you do well on the first three holes, you've got a leg up on most people. I played there last Saturday and played very well. So maybe I'll have a chance.''

Paced by Proffitt, Hidden Valley forged a tie with Blacksburg Country Club and Blue Hills in the chase for the Super Senior team title. Blue Hills has won the title three times and Blacksburg has captured two. Hidden Valley is looking for its first team title in the 65-and-over division.

"I didn't realize that,'' Proffitt said. "Well, we need to go [today] then."

Blacksburg's B.H. Rakestraw and Mac McClelland each shot 75 and are tied for third with Hanging Rock's Dick Nelson.

In the 55-and-over Senior division, Hanging Rock's John Hubbard's 1-over 72 paced the 51-player field. Hubbard, a past champion of the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour, will take a one-shot lead on five players to The Waterfront. That group is led by former champions, defender Chips Wooddy of Roanoke Country Club, Bill Nunnenkamp of Blue Hills (2008) and RCC's Jack Tuttle (2006). Blue Hills' Ken Stump and Hidden Valley's Len Mosser complete the quintet.

In the team competition, defending champion RCC and Hanging Rock are tied for the top spot. Hanging Rock, bolstered by the addition of division rookie Bill Burton and newcomer L.B. Bailey -- who both shot 74 Monday -- has never won the Senior team crown.


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