Reynolds Ousts Medalist Clagett At 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship
Jacksonville, Fla. – Greg Reynolds, 55, of Grand Blanc, Mich., ended the title hopes of medalist Billy Clagett, 55, of Austin, Texas, with a 2-and-1 victory in the third round of match play at the 48th USGA Senior Amateur Championship Tuesday at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club.
Reynolds, who made the field as an alternate four days before the championship began, lost the first hole against Clagett but came back to win the next four – with birdies at the par-4, 343-yard 3rd hole and the par-5, 501-yard 4th hole and pars at the par-4, 385-yard 2nd hole and the par-3, 191-yard 5th hole – to take a three-hole lead.
“Billy starts out with a birdie on the first hole, so I thought, ‘well, maybe we’re going to need to make some birdies here today’,” Reynolds said. “The first couple of matches, you can win some holes by just making pars but by the time you get around to the third or fourth match, you’ve got to make some birdies too.”
After Reynolds birdied the par-5, 539-yard 12th hole to go 4-up, Clagett came back to win the par-4, 375-yard 14th hole and the par-5, 490-yard 15th hole to cut the deficit in half. The two players halved the par-3, 163-yard 16th holes with pars and both birdied the par-4, 398-yard 17th hole, giving Reynolds the victory.
Clagett, who was trying to become the first medalist since 1987 to win the Senior Amateur, was hurt by a cold putter – he had not three-putted in the championship prior to Tuesday afternoon’s match, but did so twice against Reynolds.
Vinny Giles, 59, of Richmond, Va., the 1972 U.S. Amateur champion, advanced with a 2-up victory over Mike Rice, 62, of Houston, Texas. Giles, seeking his first USGA championship title in 30 years, was also pushed to 18 holes in his morning’s second-round match against Randy Hudson, 56, of Nashville, Tenn., but held on for a 2-up victory there as well.
“I played really well this morning and I played like a goat this afternoon,” Giles said. “Fortunately, in match play, you've got to get lucky every now and then, and I feel like I got lucky this afternoon.”
Bill Baloh, 58, of Herminie, Pa., earned a 1-up third-round victory over 2003 USA Walker Cup captain Bob Lewis Jr., 58, of Pepper Pike, Ohio. Lewis, needing to win the par-4, 420-yard 18th hole to extend the match, hit his tee shot left into the trees. After pitching out to the fairway, his approach shot landed 25 feet from the hole, but his long par putt missed and Baloh secured the win.
Alex Tarumianz, 55, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., advanced to the quarterfinals with a 1-up victory over Bruce Walters, 55, of Pikeville, Ky. Earlier in the day, Tamurianz ousted 1998 and 2000 USGA Senior Amateur champion Bill Shean Jr., 59, of Hinsdale, Ill., 1 up.
Two 61-year-olds advanced to the quarterfinals – Bill Heldmar, of Tulsa, Okla., and Curt Madson of Mount Dora, Fla. Others to move on were Mark Bemowski, 56, of Mukwonago, Wis., and Gary Koprivica, 57, of Missoula, Mont., who made the match play field via a playoff.
The quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday, with the semifinals and the championship 18-hole final match scheduled for Thursday.
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 and third rounds of match play Tuesday at the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur, being played at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club:
Round of 32
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
Round of 16
Reynolds def. Clagett, 2 and 1
Heldmar def. Sergeant, 4 and 2
Giles def. Rice, 2 up
Madson def. Smith, 1 up
Tarumianz def. Walters, 1 up
Bemowski def. Cox, 1 up
Koprivica def. Kemp, 5 and 4
Baloh def. Lewis, 1 up