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Pro golfers win big in VA Beach

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Senior program featured in pro golf magazine

Two local golf pros are catching the attention of their peers in more ways that one to start the spring. On April 22, Troy Thorne and Dean Sumner captured their first team golf tournament win and defeated the competition in the Mid-Atlantic Professional Golfers Association Senior & Junior Pro Golf Tournament in Virginia Beach.This comes after the two played in several previous tournaments together and batted against what association representatives categorized as 35 mph winds to go along with strong rain.“It was a team effort. We played in several of these events together, but never won one. So, it was nice to get the win,” said Thorne.

Sumner and Thorne shot a 5-under par score of 67 to win by three shots over the second place team.

“Troy played fantastic for 18 holes, I played good for 13,” said Sumner.

The two also finished second in a MAPGA Southern Chapter Pro-Pro Tournament at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Richmond on April 29.  There were 22 two-man teams competing.  The duo shot -6 (65) and the winning team  from Willow Oaks CC in Richmond shot -7 (64).

This past month, Sumner was also featured in the April issue of PGA Magazine [Volume 94 No. 4] for his program called Swinging Seniors in Callao designed to provide a six-week lesson for registrants 50 years and up. The program originally began in 2002 when Sumner received a three-year grant for $5,000 from the PGA Foundation.

“It’s been great. Half of my friends came out of the program,” Sumner said. “I just felt like this is something that can be done in many other places.”

The magazine can also be seen at where he discusses how he designed the program.