Mike Wallace Gets Early Martinsville Victory MARTINSVILLE, VA. -- As a Winston Cup driver, Mike Wallace understands the importance of teamwork. He found out Thursday teamwork is just as important in golf. With three-time Virginia State Golf ...
Mike Wallace Gets Early Martinsville Victory
MARTINSVILLE, VA. -- As a Winston Cup driver, Mike Wallace understands the importance of teamwork. He found out Thursday teamwork is just as important in golf.
With three-time Virginia State Golf Association Amateur champion Keith Decker as one of his partners, Wallace's team coasted to an easy win in the first Martinsville Speedway Children's Foundation Golf Tournament.
Wallace's team conquered a long and tough Chatmoss Country Club layout, finishing the day at 18-under par, some six shots better than the second place team.
Raime Mize and Noel Chitwood rounded out Wallace's team. Decker, Mize and Chitwood are all from Martinsville.
The tournament was dotted with racing celebrities including Winston Cup drivers Wallace, Elliott Sadler and Jimmy Spencer. Former driver and present NBC commentator Benny Parsons played along with fellow NBC commentator Allen Bestwick. The Motor Racing Network was represented by Barney Hall, who was the tournament's co-chairman.
"The tournament was a huge success for the Children's Foundation," said Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell, who also played in the event. "It was much bigger than we ever expected."
Although an exact total won't be ready until sometime Friday, tournament co-chairman Benny Summerlin said the event may wind up raising as much as $25,000. The tournament was organized and presented by the Martinsville Speedway 500 Committee.
Sadler proved as proficient on the links as on the track, nearly acing the par 3, 195-yard sixth hole to walk away with one of the closest-to-the-pin prizes. Tim Prillaman and Jack Ellington also snagged closest-to-the-pin prizes.
Amy Lampe won the longest drive contest.
The second-place team, which finished at 12-under-par, was comprised of Phil Thomas, Jimmy Howell, Mark Kangas and Frank Shelton while the third place team of Dink Gardner, Tim Hall, Larry Turner and Tim Prillaman finished at 11 under par.