Sept. 28 - Oct. 3, 2002
Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.
PAR AND YARDAGE - Timuquana Country Club will be set
up at 6,596 yards and par is 36-36-72.
VENUE - Timuquana Country Club was designed by Donald Ross and
opened in 1923. Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Bobby Ross did later renovations.
TICKETS - Admission and parking are FREE for all six days of
HISTORY - The USGA Senior Amateur Championship was first played
in 1955. The 2002 Senior Amateur Championship will be the 48th.
SCHEDULE - Stroke play rounds will be played Sept. 28-29 (Saturday-Sunday).
Following two days of stroke play, the field of 156 golfers will be
reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. The
match play portion of the Championship runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 (Monday-Thursday).
The 18-hole, match-play semifinals and final are scheduled for Thursday,
DEFENDING CHAMPION - Kemp Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel,
Calif., followed in the footsteps of his father as he won the USGA Senior
Amateur Championship at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.,
beating Bill Ploeger of Columbus, Ga., in the final match, 2 and 1.
Richardson's father, John, won the 1987 Senior Amateur at Saucon Valley
(Pa.) Country Club at age 66. They are the first father-son winners
in USGA history.
The long-hitting Richardson won holes 15 and 16 by sinking 10-foot
putts on each before the two players halved the 17th to end
CAN I PLAY? - The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is
open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday
on or before Sept. 28, 2002, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not
WWW.USGA.ORG - Log onto the USGA Internet site (www.usga.org)
for the latest USGA Senior Amateur information during the Championship.
ENTRIES The USGA accepted a record 2,357 entries for
the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, the fourth consecutive year
entries have topped 2,200. The previous record of 2,275 entries was
set in 1993.
EXEMPT PLAYERS Ten golfers are fully exempt from sectional
qualifying for the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. They are:
John Baldwin, New York, N.Y. 2002 British Seniors Open Amateur champion
O. Gordon Brewer of Pine Valley, N.J. 2001 Senior Amateur semifinalist
Bob Clark of Troy, Mich., - made cut at the 2002 U.S. Senior Open
Cliff Cunningham of Monroe, N.C. 1997 Senior Amateur champion
Marvin Giles III of Richmond, Va. Former U.S. Amateur champion (1972)
E. Thomas Jung of Chicago, Ill. 2001 Senior Amateur semifinalist
Bill Ploeger of Columbus, Ga. 1999 Senior Amateur champion and 2001
Senior Amateur semifinalist
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. 2001 Senior Amateur champion
Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan., 2002 Canadian Senior Match Play champion
Bill Shean Jr. of Hinsdale, Ill. 1998 and 2000 Senior Amateur champion
THE 60-SOMETHING CROWD There are 35 players in the field
of 156 who are age 60 or older. The oldest player in this years championship
field is Ellsworth Hall of Macon, Ga., who is 69. The youngest player
in the field is Skip Warren of Houston, Texas, who turned 55 on Aug.
HOMESTATE PLAYERS 14 players are from Florida. They are:
Stephen Beckett, Palatka
Earl Daniell, Tallahassee
Thomas Danluck, Miami Beach
Raleigh Hackstadt, Tampa
Tom Hayes, Pensacola
Robert Keller, Palm Beach Gardens
Curt Madson,Mount Dora
John McKey Jr., Hobe Sound
Jim McKnight, New Port Richey
Fred Peel, Chipley
Jack Richey, Winter Park
Mikel Rollyson, Boca Grande
Jack Ruhs, Palm City
Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra
MULTIPLE VICTORIES - Ten players have won this championship
more than once. They are: J. Clark Espie (1957, 1959); Dexter H. Daniels
(1961, 1966); Merrill L. Carlsmith (1962, 1963); Curtis Person Sr. (1968,
1969); Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985); William Hyndman III (1973,
1983); William C. Campbell (1979, 1980); R.S. Williams (1986, 1989);
Clarence Moore (1988, 1992); O. Gordon Brewer Jr. (1994 and 1996); and
Bill Shean Jr. (1998 and 2000). Carlsmith, Person and Campbell are the
only three champions who won the title in consecutive years.
THE WINNER RECEIVES - The champion receives a gold medal and
custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for the ensuing year. He also
receives an exemption from local qualifying at the next U.S. Open, as
well as exemptions from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Senior
Opens, the next U.S. Amateur, the next U.S. Mid-Amateur, the next U.S.
Amateur Public Links, and the next five USGA Senior Amateurs, if otherwise
HOLE BY HOLE -- 6,596 yards, par 36-36--72;