Clagett And Farlow Share Lead After First Round At 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship

Jacksonville, Fla. – Billy Clagett, 56, of Austin, Texas, and Sam Farlow, 55, of Birmingham, Ala., each shot a 3-under-par 69 to share a two-stroke lead after the first round of stroke play Saturday at the 48th USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being held at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club.

Clagett, who is playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur, got off to a quick start with birdies on his first two holes. He was 4-under-par through 12 holes and went without a bogey until the par-4 17th hole.

“When you’re trying to qualify, you’ve got to get that first round done,” Clagett said. “Tomorrow I’m going to go out there and have a blast. I’ll be much more relaxed.”

The highlight of Farlow’s round came at the par-5, 481-yard 6th hole, where he followed his drive with a 4-iron to 25 feet, which he sank for an eagle.

For Farlow, a four-time Alabama State Amateur champion also playing in his first Senior Amateur, consistency was the key– he didn’t miss a fairway on his back nine.

“I played as well as I could play,” Farlow said. “They key to this golf course is to put it in the fairway. If you’re in the rough, you don’t have a chance.”

Only three other players finished the day under par: Gene Ryzewicz, 56, of Westport, Conn., Miles Rendell, 64, of Winnetka, Ill., and Mike Nixon, 56, of Nashville, Tenn. Ryzewicz and Rendell were both helped by eagles during their round – Ryzewicz on the 6th hole when he holed out from 120 yards with a pitching wedge, and Rendell on the par-4, 420-yard 18th hole, when he sank a 6-iron from 180 yards.

Among those three strokes back are 1972 U.S. Amateur winner Vinny Giles, 59, of Richmond, Va., and Bob Lewis Jr., 58, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, both of whom represented the USA four times in Walker Cup matches.

Defending champion Kemp Richardson, 56, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., had a rough start to his title defense hopes, recording 10 bogeys en route to a 9-over-par 81.

“I played awful and the score reflects it,” Richardson said. “I got on the bogey train and couldn’t get off it.”

Two-time winner Bill Shean Jr., 59, of Hinsdale, Ill., (1998 and 2000) shot a 1-over-par 73. Bill Ploeger, 62, of Columbus, Ga., the , 1999 champion, recorded a 2-over-par 74, and 1994 and 1996 winner O. Gordon Brewer, 65, of Pine Valley, N.J., and Cliff Cunningham, 66, of Monroe, N.C., the 1997 champion, both shot a four-over-par 76.

The second round of stroke play is set for Sunday before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers who will advance to match play. The Championship runs through 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. – Scores following the first round of stroke play Saturday at the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur, played at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club:

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 33-36--69
Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas, 33-36--69
Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 36-35--71
Mills Rendell, Chicago, Ill., 35-36--71
Mike Nixon, Nashville, Tenn., 38-33--71
Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 36-36--72
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio, 35-37--72
Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 35-37--72
Jeff Remington, Edmonds, Wash., 35-37--72
Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 36-37--73
Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 38-35--73
Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 34-39--73
Bill Shean Jr, Hinsdale, Ill., 36-37--73
Donald Cox, Lake Quivira, Kan., 37-37--74
Stephen Myers, Phoenix, Ariz., 36-38--74
Bruce Walters, Pikeville, Ky., 38-36--74
Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 38-36--74
Dave Sergeant, Ft Dodge, Iowa, 36-38--74
Ned Steiner, Roseland, N.J., 39-35--74
Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 36-38--74
Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 37-37--74
Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif., 40-34--74
Rick Smith, Crystal Lake, Ill., 39-35--74
John Marchetti, Tarrytown, N.Y., 36-38--74
Tom Kundinger, Denver, Colo., 36-38--74
H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas, 38-37--75
Brodie Baker, Bermuda Run, N.C., 38-37--75
Gerald Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo., 36-39--75
Johnny Rodgers, Lubbock, Texas, 39-36--75
Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 37-38--75
Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 39-36--75
Skip Pierce, Boise, Idaho, 36-39--75
Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 36-39--75
Jim Smith, Fayetteville, Ark., 35-40--75
Fred Peel, Chipley, Fla., 37-38--75
John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich., 38-37--75
Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 37-38--75
Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa., 38-37--75
John McKey Jr, Hobe Sound, Fla., 37-38--75
Todd Lusk, Baton Rouge, La., 40-35--75
Ron Potter, Naperville, Ill., 38-37--75
Earl Craig, Plano, Texas, 37-38--75
Robert Blomberg, Alameda, Calif., 40-35--75
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 38-37--75
Robert Keller, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 38-37--75
Thomas Mattox, Kingwood, Texas, 36-39--75
Donald Meyer, Washington, D.C., 39-36--75
Randy Hudson, Nashville, Tenn., 37-39--76
Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 35-41--76
Van Salmans, Chicago, Ill., 38-38--76
Skip Warren, Houston, Texas, 39-37--76
Harry Cain, Williamsburg, Va., 39-37--76
Cliff Cunningham, Monroe, N.C., 39-37--76
Skip Snow, Dayton, Ohio, 35-41--76
Stephen Beckett, Palatka, Fla., 37-39--76
Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan., 38-38--76
Roberto Duran, Rep of Panama, 38-38--76
Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C., 37-39--76
Dan Anderson, Lenoir, N.C., 39-37--76
John Klein, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 37-39--76
Jay Howson, Malvern, Pa., 35-41--76
Raleigh Hackstadt, Tampa, Fla., 38-38--76
Tom Turrentine, Garland, Texas, 38-38--76
Roger Brown, Arkansas City, Kan., 38-38--76
Robert Fouke, Broken Arrow, Okla., 37-39--76
Tom Hadley, Hendersonville, N.C., 39-37--76
O Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J., 39-37--76
Chae Yi, Topeka, Kan., 38-38--76
Earl Daniell, Tallahassee, Fla., 37-39--76
Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 37-39--76
Buddy Baldwin, Asheville, N.C., 39-38--77
Art Hull, Fort Worth, Texas, 39-38--77
Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill., 37-40--77
Marc Delzer, Brookfield, Wis., 38-39--77
Robert Heaton, Antioch, Calif., 40-37--77
Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 41-36--77
Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill., 38-39--77
James Hays Jr, Scottsdale, Ariz., 39-38--77
Norman Swenson, Charlotte, N.C., 37-40--77
Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga., 38-39--77
Robert Bradley, Hanover, Mass., 38-39--77
Allen Sharpe, Salinas, Calif., 41-37--78
Butch Bagwell, Spartanburg, S.C., 37-41--78
Robert Haight, Olney, Md., 37-41--78
Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 39-39--78
William Lepley, Alpharetta, Ga., 40-38--78
Ronald Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 39-39--78
Rick Larose, Tucson, Ariz., 39-39--78
Jere Ayers, Spring Island, S.C., 39-39--78
Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky., 38-40--78
Tim Schock, Munster, Ind., 41-37--78
Bill Morrison, Lake Oswego, Ore., 39-39--78
John Baldwin, New York, N.Y., 40-39--79
John Berger, Burnsville, Minn., 38-41--79
Bob Clark, Murrieta, Calif., 41-38--79
Karl Stewart, Chino Hills, Calif., 38-41--79
Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont., 35-44--79
Earl Hartman, Alexandria, Va., 40-39--79
Jim Haynie, Spring House, Pa., 38-41--79
William Fuller, Winchester, Mass., 38-41--79
Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 41-38--79
Robert Kroeger, Cincinnati, Ohio, 38-41--79
Larry Hampsten, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 42-37--79
J David Carroll, Napa, Calif., 38-41--79
Thomas Danluck, Miami Beach, Fla., 39-40--79
Bobby Clark, Asheville, N.C., 39-40--79
Charles Claffey Jr, Unionville, Conn., 41-38--79
John Christopherson, Lilydale, Minn., 41-38--79
Frank Polizzi, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 39-41--80
Curt Madson, Mount Dora, Fla., 37-43--80
Bruce Kessler, Bethesda, Md., 38-42--80
Jack Richey, Winter Park, Fla., 40-40--80
Ellsworth Hall III, Macon, Ga., 39-41--80
Grant Maples Jr, Golden, Colo., 39-41--80
Steven Jansa, Sioux Falls, S.D., 39-41--80
Tom Hayes, Pensacola, Fla., 37-43--80
Tom Bohardt, Cleveland, Ohio, 42-38--80
Jack Ruhs, Palm City, Fla., 39-41--80
Jack Mahan, Brockport, N.Y., 41-39--80
Tony Cox, Crossville, Tenn., 42-38--80
Charles Persinger, Poca, W.Va., 39-41--80
Jay Green, Alpine, N.J., 40-40--80
Michael Sanger, Hydes, Md., 41-39--80
Rob Nagy, Westport, Conn., 39-41--80
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 39-42--81
Richard Yeary, Birmingham, Ala., 39-42--81
David Lombardi, Catonsville, Md., 39-42--81
Dick O'Donnell, Farmers Branch, Texas, 37-44--81
Mikel Rollyson, Boca Grande, Fla., 39-42--81
Joseph Bushee, Cabot, Ark., 39-42--81
David King, Sterling, Va., 40-41--81
Gary Shimmin, Spring Island, S.C., 39-43--82
Jay Guerin, Fremont, Calif., 42-40--82
Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas, 41-41--82
Roy Nishimoto, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 40-42--82
Patrick Mucci Jr, Clifton, N.J., 42-40--82
Ronald Brown, Charlotte, N.C., 40-42--82
Ken Schweitzer, Colorado Springs, Colo., 36-46--82
Clark Yates, Pineville, La., 41-42--83
Bob Dosher, Sandia Park, N.M., 43-40--83
Bud Bradley, Santa Monica, Calif., 39-44--83
Gary Dye, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 39-44--83
James Malone III, New Canaan, Conn., 45-38--83
Joe Harper, Columbus, Ohio, 41-42--83
Ron Deovlet, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 39-44--83
Bob Jordan, La Habra, Calif., 38-45--83
Bert Rogers, The Woodlands, Texas, 42-41--83
Michael McCormick, Warwick, R.I., 42-41--83
Joe Byrom, San Diego, Calif., 45-39--84
Jim Kroll, Woodstock, Conn., 45-39--84
Mark Christenson, Flint, Mich., 44-40--84
Larry Irvine, Lincoln, Neb., 45-40--85
Jim McKnight, New Port Richey, Fla., 43-42--85
Arthur Lebreck, Trumbull, Conn., 42-44--86
Robert Schiller, Abington, Pa., 42-45--87
Nevin Ellenberger, La Porte, Ind., 41-47--88

 

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