Farlow Leads After First-Round Morning Action at 2002 USGA Senior Amateur

Jacksonville, Fla. – Sam Farlow, 55, of Birmingham, Ala., shot a three-under-par 69 to take a two-stroke lead midway through 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.

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 who is playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur, the key was consistency – 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.”

The only other player to come in under par in the morning’s action was Gene Ryzewicz, 56, of Westport, Conn., who also eagled the 6th hole when he holed out from 120 yards with a pitching wedge.

Three strokes back, at even-par 72 is 1972 U.S. Amateur winner Vinny Giles, 59, of Richmond, Va., and Alex Antonio, 57, of Bentleyville, Ohio.

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 nine-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.”

Cliff Cunningham, 66, of Monroe, N.C., the 1997 USGA Senior Amateur champion, shot a four-over-par 76.

Play continues Saturday afternoon with the completion of the first round, with the remaining 78 players in the field of 156 playing their first round. Among those to play in the afternoon are past champions O. Gordon Brewer, 65, of Pine Valley, N.J. (1994, 1996), Bill Shean Jr., 59, of Hinsdale, Ill. (1998 and 2000), and Bill Ploeger, 62, of Columbus, Ga. (1999).

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’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 morning action of the first round of stroke play Saturday at the USGA Senior Amateur, played at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club:

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 33-36--69
Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 36-35--71
Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 36-36--72
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio, 35-37--72
Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 36-37--73
Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 38-35--73
Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 34-39--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
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
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
Roberto Duran, Rep of Panama, 38-38--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
Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan., 38-39--77
Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 41-36--77
Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill., 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
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
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
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 39-42--81
Richard Yeary, Birmingham, Ala., 39-42--81
David Lombardi, Catonsville, Md., 39-42--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
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 Byrom, San Diego, Calif., 45-39--84
Arthur Lebreck, Trumbull, Conn., 42-44--86
Robert Schiller, Abington, Pa., 42-45--87

 

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