Over 130 of the top amateur golfers in the state are in central Virginia this week for the 101st annual Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Spring Creek.
"To our neighborhood, to the central Virginia area, to our members, we're all excited about it to be able to showcase our golf course," Spring Creek head professional Kevin Haney explained. "We all think it's a special place."
The Tournament began Tuesday with stroke-play qualifying. The field was then whittled down to 32 Wednesday evening, with the event switching to a match-play format for the next two days before a champion is crowned Saturday.
The field features a number of local players, including Spring Creek members like Brad Ferguson and Vincent Nadeau and University of Virginia golfers Nick Tremps and Ji Soo Park, just to name a few.
All the players agree the Spring Creek course is a worthy host of the state's top amateur event.
"The golf course speaks for itself. It's a championship-caliber course," Haney said. " To get the amateurs out here to host the premiere amateur event in the state is an honor."
"I mean it's amazing," Ferguson added. "I think all the great players when they come here talk about (Spring Creek is) one of the top courses in the state of Virginia and sometimes the top courses they've played anywhere. I think it's a great thing for Spring Creek and it shows well for all the members here."