Thomas Rawles Wins By Three in Fredericksburg, VA Event21 May 2000 - Fredericksburg, VA - Warmer and dryer than the previous day, the scoring at the Fredericksburg, VA course was once again low. Mike Brown opened the tournament with a 24, 12-under par, including a 10 on the back nine to take a two-stroke lead into the second round.
Brown's second round of 29 caused him to fall into a three-way tie at 53 after two rounds with Thomas Rawles and Ken Cook for the lead. Another group of five players were tied at 55 entering the final round putting a total of 8 players within two strokes of the lead with 18-holes to play.
Thomas Rawles opened up a lead on the front nine of the final round with a 7-under par 11 while the other two leaders entering the final round faltered. Rawles' back nine of 13 for a final round of 24, 12-under par, was enough to post a three-stroke victory and a total of 77, 31-under par, for the 54-hole event. Rusty Taylor who opened with 30 closed with rounds of 25 and 25 to finish in second place at 80. Finishing in third was Dave Taylor at 81. In a four way tie for fourth were Mike Brown, Ed Grajewski, Danny Dore, and Kevin Garrett. The winner of Saturday's event, Gilbert Sharpe, tied for last money at 83 with Manfred Stewart.
Steven Jones once again found himself in the winner's circle in the amateur division on Sunday posting rounds of 25, 28, and 26 for a three-round total of 79 and a four-stroke victory. Rounding out the top five in the amateur ranks were David Sharp at 83, Wayne Saunders and Jonathan Moore at 85, and Malcolm Shumaker at 86.
The Virginia tour plays again on June 3rd and 4th in Charlottesville, VA. The tournament on Sunday, June 4th, in Charlottesville is the Dogwood Festival Open being defended by Gilbert Sharpe who won the 1999 Dogwood Festival Open in sudden-death over Peter Neumann.