Medalist Moves Forward At 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship
Jacksonville, Fla. – Medalist Billy Clagett, 56, of Austin, Texas, cruised in the second round of match play at the 48th USGA Senior Amateur Championship Tuesday, being held at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club.
Clagett, who needed 18 holes to earn a 1-up victory in his first-round match, had a much easier time in the second round against Robert Blomberg, 57, of Alameda, Calif. Clagett took the lead for good on the par-4, 343-yard 3rd hole when he hit a wedge from 86 yards to eight feet and made the birdie putt.
Already holding a three-hole lead at the turn, Clagett won the par-4, 338-yard 11th hole, the par-5, 539-yard 12th hole, and the par-3, 212-yard 13th hole, all with pars, to earn a 6-and-5 victory over Blomberg.
Clagett, who’s battling a bad back, now advances to Tuesday afternoon’s third-round action.
“I’ve got to keep my tempo and rhythm in balance, and play nice and smooth, and I’ll be okay,” Clagett said.
Also earning second-round victories were 1972 U.S. Amateur winner Vinny Giles, 59, of Richmond, Va., who earned a 2-up victory over Randy Hudson, 56, of Nashville, Tenn., and 2002 USA Walker Cup squad captain Bob Lewis Jr., 58, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, a 4-and-3 winner over Spencer Sappington, 59, of Alpharetta, Ga.
Alex Tarumianz, 55, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., ousted 1998 and 2000 USGA Senior Amateur champion Bill Shean Jr., 59, of Hinsdale, Ill., 1 up. Shean trailed by three holes at the turn but came back to square the match on the par-4, 398-yard 17th hole.
On the par-4, 420-yard 18th hole, both players left their approach shots short left of the green. Shean’s chip remained on the fringe and he two-putted for bogey, while Tarumianz was able to get up-and-down and sank a two-foot par putt to win the hole and the match.
The third round of match play will be held Tuesday afternoon. The championship concludes with Thursday afternoon’s 18-hole final match.
The USGA Senior Amateur, for amateur players 55 years and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
Jacksonville, Fla. – Results from the second round of match play Tuesday at the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur, being played at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club:
Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas (139) def. Robert Blomberg, Alameda, Calif. (152), 6 and 5
Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (149) def. Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif. (148), 2 up
Dave Sergeant, Ft Dodge, Iowa (150) def. Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (146), 1 up
Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla. (153) def. Jack Klein, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (152), 1 up
Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (144) def. Randy Hudson, Nashville, Tenn. (152), 2 up
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas (148) def. John McKey Jr, Hobe Sound, Fla. (153), 3 and 2
Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz. (145) def. Gerald Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo. (152), 19 holes
Curt Madson, Mount Dora, Fla. (153) def. Stephen Myers, Phoenix, Ariz. (150), 3 and 2
Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. (152) def. Bill Shean Jr, Hinsdale, Ill. (143), 1 up
Bruce Walters, Pikeville, Ky. (153) def. Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga. (153), 3 and 2
Donald Cox, Lake Quivira, Kan. (152) def. Rick LaRose, Tucson, Ariz. (154), 1 up
Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (153) def. H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas (150), 3 and 2
Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont. (154) def. Jere Ayers, Spring Island, S.C. (152), 3 and 1
Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky. (153) def. Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va. (148), 2 and 1
Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio (145) def. Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga. (152), 4 and 3
Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa. (153) def. Fred Peel, Chipley, Fla. (153), 1 up