Frank Beamer failed on the recruiting trail Wednesday, but the loss won’t cost his Virginia Tech football team any games.
Beamer was among 148 amateurs who teamed with 37 LPGA professionals Wednesday in the Kingsmill Championship pro-am. He was paired with Amanda Blumenherst, a fourth-year Tour veteran, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and a three-time NCAA player of the year while at Duke.
Tech and Duke are ACC Coastal Division rivals.
“I told her I was going to convert her by the fifth hole,” Beamer said, “but I don’t think I got her.”
Blumenherst must be loyal then. The Hokies are 9-0 against the Blue Devils since joining the ACC.
Beamer played in the 2012 PGA Greenbrier Classic pro-am with Phil Mickelson, and Wednesday was his first LPGA event. He came at the invitation of Art Hudgins, a Williamsburg car dealer who also played in Blumenherst’s group. Hudgins’ wife and Beamer’s wife are first cousins.
Beamer has a compact swing – his tee shot, over water, at the par-4 18th hole split the fairway – and said he usually shoots between 82 and 86. His scruffy approach at 18 showed he’s not Senior Tour-caliber.
“I always say I’ve got one game I’ve got to take real seriously,” Beamer said, “so I’m going to enjoy this game. I’m not going to get too worked up either way.”
Blumenherst, Beamer, and friends finished at 7-under-par 64 in Wednesday’s captain’s choice format, eight shots off the pace set by the groups of Azahara Munoz and Christina Kim.
Beamer jetted to Williamsburg after playing Monday and Tuesday in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge at Reynolds Plantation in Georgia, where he has a vacation home. Beamer and former Hokies basketball All-American Dell Curry finished fifth in a 15-team field at 8-under.
This just a few weeks after Beamer drove the pace car for the NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
“I like racing and I like golf,” Beamer said, “so I’m kind of where I like to be.”
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