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Area roundup: Mustangs install new scoreboard
Other organizations help fund scoreboard
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A crane drops a new scoreboard in place on Wednesday at Hooker Field. The new scoreboard will be ready for use at tonight’s Mustangs game. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Martinsville Mustangs installed a new LED scoreboard to Hooker Field Wednesday that will be operating in time for the team’s home game tonight.

The scoreboard includes an LED message panel on the top, as well as LED panels for each spot on the board including a customizable spot for each team.

The scoreboard was funded by all of the organizations using Hooker Field, which includes Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville Recreation Association, Martinsville High School, the Martinsville Mustangs, and the City of Martinsville.

The biggest difference in the new scoreboard is the addition of an LED scrolling message panel running across the top. The message board will be able to show player information, game information, special messages to the fans, as well as advertising.

The old scoreboard, which was put in at Hooker Field in 1988, was “completely outdated” according to Chris Parker, vice president for institutional advancement at PHCC.

“Replacement parts became hard to find and the scoreboard was not completely operational throughout the course of a game,” Parker said in a release.

The new scoreboard will be used for the first time tonight as the Martinsville Mustangs host High Point-Thomasville HiToms at 7:05 p.m. at Hooker Field.

“The new scoreboard will definitely enhance the viewing ability for all of the fans in the ballpark,” Mustangs general manager Tyler Parsons said in a release. “It is a wonderful addition to Hooker Field.”


Jensen makes match play cut VSGA Amateur Championship

Dylan Jensen, of Ridgeway, narrowly qualified for match play Wednesday at the 100th VSGA Amateur Championship. Jensen was one of six golfers who competed in a playoff for the final three spots.

Jensen, a former Carlisle School golfer, birdied the first hole at The Homestead’s Cascades Course — the first playoff hole — to make the cut.

He said it was a particularly gratifying experience because he suffered a two-shot penalty on hole No. 12 for moving a lump of sand off of the fringe where he was hoping to land a chip shot. According to Jensen, who relayed what a rules official told him, a player may only remove a lump of sand like that if it is on the putting surface. Because of the penalty, he double-bogeyed the hole.

Jensen said he played some of his best golf late Wednesday and hopes to carry that over into today’s play.

“Toward the end I started hitting it better,” Jensen said. “I hit a couple of good shots in the playoff. Hopefully I can keep that up tomorrow.”

Jensen will play Bryce Chalkley today, who plays golf at Virginia Tech and tied for the lowest two-round score at the tournament with a 137.

Martinsville native Jack Adkins, who missed the cut with an 82 on Wednesday, will caddie for Jensen.

Martinsville native Keith Decker also missed the cut. He was one stroke away from competing in the playoff.


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