MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - For the sixth straight year, Independence Golf Club in Midlothian will host the Virginia State Open, and a strong field is getting ready to take aim at the 2012 championship. A good mix of professional golfers and the best amateurs in the state are set to tee off on Thursday morning.
The Richmond area will be well represented once again. Chester's Rick Schuller, who tied for second last season, will look to capture his second State Open championship. Schuller won the title in 1998. Midlothian's Tim White hoisted the Farmington Cup 25 years ago in 1987 and is hoping to once again taste victory. Richmonders Patrick Hawkins and Jay Woodson will also tee off in search of a title.
Another player to watch is three-time winner Faber Jamerson. The Appomattox resident last won in 2009, and also captured the cup in 2006 and in 1999 as an amateur. Keith Decker of Martinsville is also a three-time winner and will also be competing at Independence this week.
Defending champion Roger Newsom will return and look for a repeat, and with a victory would join Decker and Jamerson as the only three-time winners of the State Open. The amateur Newsom led wire-to-wire last year and cruised to an eight stroke victory. The Virginia Beach resident also won in 2008.
Action begins on Thursday at Independence at 7:30am.