Jack Vardaman (Photo by Mannie Garcia/USGA)
Jack Vardaman, of the Class of 1962, is going to have to postpone his induction into Washington and Lee’s Athletic Hall of Fame. But he has a perfectly good excuse.
Jack was scheduled to be among the four inductees during the Hall of Fame weekend Sept. 9-10. He was to be honored for his four-year career on the Generals’ golf team, which included a Virginia State Intercollegiate Championship during his freshman year.
But then Jack went and won another tournament. Last weekend he shot a 72 at the Greenbrier’s Meadow Course to win U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier status. That enables him to play in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, which will be played Sept. 10-15 at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., just outside Richmond. And that, of course, conflicts with the Hall of Fame induction. The Senior Amateur is open to players who have reached their 55th birthday prior to the start of the championship and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. This will be Jack’s fourth appearance in the tournament.
Before he gets to Richmond, Jack has some business to complete this week at the Homestead, where he is competing in the 64th Virginia Senior Amateur Championship. This morning (Wednesday, Aug. 24), Jack opened match play as the sixth-seeded player in the round of 32 after shooting an even-par 142 during two qualifying rounds of stroke play. He won his first two matches before losing, 1-up, in the quarterfinals.
At the USGA Senior Amateur, Jack, 71, was the oldest player in the field. He shot a three-over-par 147 in the two rounds of stroke play, finishing in a tie for 21st and earning a spot in the match play. After winning his first match in 19 holes, Jack lost in the round of 32.
Jack, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, was ranked as one of the 10 best senior amateur golfers in the United States in 2001 by Golf Digest. Jack will be inducted into the W&L Hall of Fame along with the Class of 2012 — provided he’s not in another championship.