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Sports: Basketball tournament in Dublin, posted Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Sports: Championship golf at Wintergreen, posted Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Event: Friday night Wine and Beer Tasting, posted Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.


Sports: Basketball tournament in Dublin, posted Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

The third annual Slow Break Men’s Basketball tournament will be held May 1-3 in Dublin, Va. This will be an open tournament for anyone 16 years or older. High School, college and rec players are all welcome to enter. We may have a 35-and-older division if we get enough interested. There will be a $150 entry fee and a three-game guarantee. To enter call 540.815.9751 or 276.762.5728.


Sports: Championship golf at Wintergreen, posted Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

Championship competition returns this spring to Wintergreen Resort, which hosts the third Wintergreen National Amateur Championship sponsored by Club Car, a premier event designed for elite amateur male and senior golfers in the United States. Callaway Golf and America Dry Goods are presenting sponsors. Scheduled for June 5-7, 2009, the event is an individual 54-hole stroke-play tournament to be played at the resort’s two award-winning golf courses – Devils Knob and Stoney Creek (Shamokin/Tuckahoe nines). Wintergreen has a rich tournament history that includes hosting the Virginia State Amateur, the Virginia State Mid-Am and Virginia State Junior, as well as a Canadian Tour event.

The 2009 Wintergreen National Amateur field has been expanded to a maximum of 80 players per division: men (USGA handicap index of 7.0 or less and senior men (USGA handicap index of 12.0 or less). The name of the overall winner is to be engraved on the championship’s perpetual trophy, with individual trophies to be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

The tournament competitor’s package includes an official Wintergreen National Amateur golf shirt, hat and towel, plus one dozen Callaway golf balls. Practice rounds are available June 3-4 ($35 per round), with competition scheduled for June 5-7, 18 holes each day. The first round is to be played at Devils Knob Golf Club, with the final two rounds at Stoney Creek Golf Club. Caddies are available upon request.

Callaway Golf will host a Demo Day on June 4, which is to be followed by the official cocktails and cookout at Pryors Porch. The entry fee is $175, with a registration deadline of 5 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday, May 18, 2009.

Stoney Creek Golf Course is the resort’s 27-hole valley layout designed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones. Flowing through the historic Rockfish Valley, it incorporates natural springs and native habitat, including Lake Monocan and Stoney Creek, with all three nines presenting elevation changes and large, deceptively contoured greens. Tournament play is to be on the Monocan and Shamokin nines for a par 72 that will play to 7,005 yards.

Devils Knob Golf Course is a co-design by the father-son team of Ellis and Dan Maples. The highest course in Virginia, Devils Knob is an exquisite mountaintop layout at 3,850 feet elevation known for cool summer temperatures and outstanding tee-to-green conditions. The par 70 is only 6,700 yards from the back tees, but it is not a pushover with a slope rating of 138.

One of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier year-round golf destinations, Wintergreen Resort is located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, where year-round golf is offered — even during ski season — and soothing luxury is readily available at the Wintergarden Spa.

Wintergreen Resort is offering tournament participants and their families accommodations (studios to seven bedroom homes) at preferred rates. To reserve a room at these special rates, please call (800) 266-2444 and specify participation in the tournament.

For more tournament information, call (434) 325-8250 or visit


Event: Friday night Wine and Beer Tasting, posted Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

There will be a Wine and Beer Tasting this Friday at River City Art & Wine Emporium 5:30-7:30 p.m.

New wines and new specialty beer will be in for this Friday’s tasting.

Light finger food is provided courtesy of the South River Grill.

Come in early before each showing of “The River City Radio Hour” featuring the final episode of “The Return Of The Maltese Falcon” and join us at River City Art & Wine Emporium for Third Friday’s Tastings!