Midlothian, VA (WWBT)- Roger Newsom capped off an exceptional weekend of golf by doing what he had to do, shooting one under par on the final day of the State Open of Virginia, and putting his total score at -18, good enough to win the championship by eight strokes.
Newsom entered the final round with a six stroke lead and won by eight strokes over his nearest competitors. He used a strategy of playing it safe throughout the weekend, trying not to do too much and focused on hitting fairways and greens. It paid off as he seemed to cruise to the win, his second State Open championship, as he also won the title in 2008.
The eye doctor from Virginia took control right away, jumping out to a two stroke lead after the first day of play by shooting a seven under par 65. He extended his lead on Friday to -12 with a 67 and found himself up six strokes entering the weekend. Another 67 on Saturday put Newsom at 17 under par, setting him up nicely for Sunday's finale.
Chester's Rick Schuller and defending champion Evan Beck were the closest competitors to Newsom. Both shot -10 for the tournament to tie for second place. Mikey Moyers took fourth, with Faber Jamerson and Jimmy Flippen Jr. tying for fifth. Jameson had been Newsom's closest competition entering the final round, but a +3 score on the final day put the three time champion out of contention.
Newsom is just the 20th player in the tournament's 111 year history to win multiple State Open championships.