RCC wins the women's team title by 26 shots Jun 18, 2009  (10 years ago)

 
By Randy King
Jun 18, 2009, 15:05

Dot Bolling hits the ball to the 18th green Sunday en route to her Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame win at The Waterfront on Sunday. It was her eighth HOF crown. No one else has won more than three. ERIC BRADY The Roanoke Times

SCRUGGS -- Dot Bolling just keeps on keeping on.

Continuing to prove she's not done yet, or perhaps anytime soon for that matter, Bolling captured her record eighth Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame women's championship Sunday at The Waterfront.

"I hope I play like that when I'm 63," 26-year-old Meg Wise said. "She's great. She's so consistent. She never hits a bad shot. And she knows how to win."

Bolling, who has grandchildren older than some of the contestants she faces, fashioned the day's best score -- a 3-over-par 74 -- to cruise to a four-stroke victory over 1992 champion Sara Cole.

Bolling's eighth HOF crown -- no one else has won more than three -- gives her 23 major titles in the Roanoke Valley. She has won the City-County crown a record 15 times.

"Of course, this is the biggest of all the other Hall of Fames ... eight is bigger than seven, right?" Bolling said.

"I just like to play golf, and I love to play tournaments. When I get out there, I'm focused. I'm just me. I don't care what anybody else is doing."

Dot Bolling (left) watches as Sara Cole hits toward the green. Bolling beat Cole by four shots. ERIC BRADY The Roanoke Times

Cole, whose first-round 74 at Ashley Plantation on Saturday gave her a one-shot edge on Bolling, didn't stay on top long Sunday. She four-putted to double bogey the first hole for the second consecutive day to surrender the lead to Bolling.

"How long can I keep going?" said Bolling, repeating the question. "Well, I think Audrey Najjum [the late three-time HOF champ] won the Senior State Amateur when she was 67. So who knows."

On Bolling, Cole said: "Dot was 'Mrs. Consistency,' as she always is. Someday, somebody is going to jump up and win a few from her."

Valeta Pittman, the 2002 champion, carded a 75 to take third, eight shots back. Sue Smith (78) and 13-year-old Lyndsey Hunnell (76) tied for fourth, nine shots off the pace.

Paced by Bolling, Pittman and Hunnell, Roanoke Country Club shot 225 in the final round and turned a three-shot deficit into a 26-shot romp over Hidden Valley in the team competition. It was the fourth title in five years for RCC.

Teenager Hunnell, who won a pair of Peggy Kirk Bell Tour events in North Carolina recently, has the game to help carry RCC for years to come, Pittman said.

"She's got the whole package right now," Pittman said. "Forget being a year or two years away, she may be six months away!" When informed that her young teammate could be the next obstacle on the way to her next valley major, Bolling grinned.

"Bring it on!" Bolling said, laughing. "I'm always pulling for the younger ones."

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