Down the Line: Hartselle takes Championship Flight title on Tidewater Golfweek Amateur Tour

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Mike Hartselle shot 77 last week to win the Championship Flight by two strokes over Charles Hammer in the Tidewater Golfweek Amateur Tour’s latest sold-out event, hosted last weekend by the Manor Golf Club in Farmville.

Nick Crowe, Paul Bodensick and Terrance Bordley fired 77s to head the A Flight, composed of players with handicaps from 4 to 8.9. Matthew Foreman won the B Flight (9 to 13.9) with an 82, Tim Sayles won the C Flight (14 to 18.9) with an 85 and Jimmie Williams, Keenan Davis and Patrick Smith paced the D Flight (19 and up) with 89s.

The tour, off this weekend, returns to action with double-point competition next Saturday and Sunday at Williamsburg National and Ford’s Colony.

Speaking of golf: The Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational Series is putting the sport in an untenable position. Something’s gotta give, and soon.

With more players choosing the ridiculous LIV cash and thus falling out of favor with the PGA Tour (and many fans), we see one solution: LIV organizers, whether Saudi or not, had better provide billions to reputable charities. There are countless destitute people who need more financial help than pro golfers.

Unless the tour does something worthwhile for folks other than filthy-rich golfers, it probably will be unpopular and a terrible fit for sponsorship.

New to the pitch: Old Dominion men’s soccer coach Alan Dawson this week announced a 13-player recruiting class that will contend for playing time when the Monarchs transition to the Sun Belt this fall.

The group includes seven Europeans, one Canadian and five Americans. Those five include defender Joshua Fox of Orlando, Florida, forward Michael Eberle of Dumfries and three players from Virginia Beach — forward Ryan Mahon, who spent his freshman season at George Mason, forward Gavin Dooren and defender Aaron Deans.

Sound advice: Andrea Machesney, Great Bridge High’s girls tennis coach, provided comments to which anyone can relate.

Before her freshman standout Kayla Kennedy was about to compete in Saturday’s Class 3 singles final, Machesney said her advice was something like this: “Honey, please enjoy this moment. Whatever you do, relax and enjoy this. ... The best thing you can do is help them out mentally.”

That can apply to about any situation in life, can’t it?

Kennedy’s opponent probably could have used such counsel. After dominating the first set and a half, Blacksburg freshman Kirsten Woods called it quits after losing four consecutive games, unable to cope with an anxiety attack. Athletics provide a way to learn to handle life’s stress, as long as young athletes learn.

What’s coming up

Tuesday: Another week of wood-bat Premier Collegiate League competition begins with a doubleheader at Lakewood Park in Norfolk. The Greenbrier Knights meet the Suffolk Voyagers at 4 p.m., followed by the Tarboro River Bandits and Virginia Beach Sea Dogs at 7.

Wednesday: The Peninsula Pilots play host to the Wilson Tobs at 7 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton. ... The “Wacky Wednesday” drag races and assorted other activities are set for Langley Speedway at night in Hampton.

Thursday: Lakewood Park hosts two more Premier Collegiate League games. The Norfolk Redbirds clash with the Sea Dogs at 4, followed by the Voyagers against the Edenton Steamers at 7.

Friday: The Pilots play host to the Tri-City Chili Peppers at 7 p.m. in what is burgeoning into a Coastal Plain League rivalry.

Saturday: Virginia Beach City FC will meet First State FC’s Midnight Riders at 6 p.m. in a National Premier Soccer League match at Powhatan Field in Norfolk. The Midnight Riders are based in Wilmington, Delaware.