James Gallagher of Yorktown, a retired Air Force colonel who turns 55 Friday, won twice Wednesday to earn a berth in the VSGA Senior Amateur quarterfinals at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville.
He beat Scott Werthman of Forest 3-and-2, then edged Tom Grady of Marshall 1-up over 18 holes.
Gallagher, the eighth seed, will face stroke-play qualifying medalist David Partridge of Manakin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in a quarterfinal round that also includes a 7:50 marquee meeting of the two most-accomplished amateurs in state history: Vinny Giles, 70, against Keith Decker, 53.
Dave Pulk of Williamsburg twice went to 20 holes. He edged Glenn Terrell of Reston, then led Virginia Beach’s Billy Jahn after 17 holes but bogeyed 18 and eventually lost two holes later.
Somdev Devvarman, who won two NCAA singles championships for Virginia, gained his second lifetime U.S. Open singles victory, outlasting Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a heavily rain-delayed match in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Devvarman, who won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw, will face No. 20 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy or Xavier Malisse of Belgium in the round of 64.
In women’s doubles, former William and Mary All-American Megan Moulton-Levy reached the second round of a Grand Slam tournament for the fourth consecutive time. She and Hungary’s Katalin Marosi beat Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu and the Czech Republic’s Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun