ROANOKE — David Hudgins, a former prep golf standout at Franklin County who hails from Hardy, placed second over the weekend in the amateur division of the 81st Roanoke Valley Match Play Championship at Ole Monterey Golf Club.
Hudgins, who captured the Group AAA Northwest Region individual championship as a sophomore and who was the region runner-up his senior year when the tournament was staged at The Westlake Golf and Country Club, was competing in the match-play event for the first time.
Hudgins lost to Bassett’s Blake Carter, a past match-play champion and a former professional in Canada, 4 and 3 in the title contest.
Hudgins, who earned the fourth seed through stroke-play qualifying, bested top seed Chase Bailey 2 and 1 in the semifinals. He won his first-round match 5 and 4, then defeated Robbie Craft 1 up in the second round.
Hudgins has finished in the top five and the top 10 in past appearances in the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame tournament.
Carter, the No. 2 seed, edged No. 3 seed Matt Chandler, a former FCHS prep star, 3 and 2 in the semifinals.
Chandler, a past two-time match-play winner, was victorious in his first and second-round matches by scores of 3 and 2 and 2 up.
Chandler is a past multi-time Hall of Fame champion and a past multi-time Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Mid-Amateur champion; he last won that event when it was staged at The Water’s Edge Country Club in Penhook.
Chandler won the Northwest Region title and the Group AAA state championship as a senior at FCHS in 1999.
En route to the title, Carter defeated Lance Keiser, a rising senior at Ferrum College who earned NCAA Division III All-America laurels following his sophomore year, 5-4. Keiser won in the first round 2 up.
John Hatcher Ferguson, a former FCHS standout and a rising sophomore at NCAA Division III Hampden-Sydney College, lost in the first round to Adam McGarrell 3 and 2.
Ferguson, who won the Class 6 state championship as a junior at FCHS, was the tournament’s reigning champion.
In the senior division, local campaigner Rodney Jones earned the 10th seed in stroke-play qualifying and made a run to the semifinals where he was defeated by Frankie Moore 1 up.
Moore defeated Jack Allara 1 up to capture the championship. Jones, a former golfer at Ferrum, won his first and second round contests by 1 up scores.