Clagett Earns Medalist Honors At 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship

Jacksonville, Fla. – Billy Clagett, 56, of Austin, Texas, followed up his opening-round 69 with a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors by four strokes at the 48th USGA Senior Amateur Championship Sunday, being held at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club.

Clagett, who finished stroke-play qualifying at 5-under-par 139, recorded four birdies in his second round, highlighted by a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4, 375-yard 14th hole.

“I knew I was going to make the cut,” said Clagett. “I was trying to play conservatively and then I kind of got into it.”

Next up for Clagett will be Monday’s first round of match play. It’s a format he’s familiar with – he’s won the last two Trans-Miss Senior Amateur championships, both conducted in match play.

“You’ve got to stay aggressive,” said Clagett. “But I’m going to take it one shot and one putt at a time and see what happens.”

Joining Clagett as the only players under par in stroke-play qualifying was 1998 and 2000 USGA Senior Amateur champion Bill Shean Jr., 59, of Hinsdale, Ill., who posted a 2-under-par 70 Sunday to finish with a two-day total of 143.

First-round co-leader Sam Farlow, 55, of Birmingham, Ala., shot a 5-over-par 77 on Sunday. Jerry Greenbaum, 61, of Atlanta, Ga., shot the day’s low round with a 3-under-par 69. Greenbaum played a bogey-free round, recording four birdies, and finished the qualifying at even-par 144, as did 1972 U.S. Amateur winner Vinny Giles, 59, of Richmond, Va.

Defending champion Kemp Richardson, 56, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., bounced back from Saturday’s first-round 81 with a 2-under-par 70 to make the cut.

“As defending champion, I thought it’s best I qualify,” said Richardson. “It’s hard to defend otherwise. I’ve done that, so we’ll see how it goes from here.”

Also advancing to match play were 1999 Senior Amateur champion Bill Ploeger, 62, of Columbus, Ga., and 1994 and 1996 Senior Amateur winner O. Gordon Brewer, 65, of Pine Valley, N.J., who advanced through a 12-for-8 man playoff.

Brewer, the captain for the 2002 USA squad at the World Amateur Team Championship, will face 2003 USA Walker Cup captain Bob Lewis Jr., 58, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, in the first round of match play. Lewis’ two-day total was a 1-over-par 145.

“I haven’t been playing a lot of competitive golf lately,” said Lewis. “It’s kind of nice to just get into match play, because once you get into match play, a lot of different things can happen.”

The playoff will be completed Monday morning at 8 a.m., with Gary Verble, 55, of Ponte Vedra, Fla., and Robert Fouke, 59, of Broken Arrow, Okla., competing for the final spot in the match play field.

The first round of match play starts Monday morning, and 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. – Scores following the second round of stroke play Sunday at the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur, played at the par-72, 6,596-yard Timuquana Country Club (* = playoff, hole-by-hole scores in parentheses):

Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas, 69-70--139
Bill Shean Jr, Hinsdale, Ill., 73-70--143
Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 75-69--144
Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 72-72--144
Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 72-73--145
Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 73-72--145
Mike Nixon, Nashville, Tenn., 71-75--146
Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 69-77--146
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio, 72-74--146
Todd Lusk, Baton Rouge, La., 75-72--147
Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 74-73--147
Jeff Remington, Edmonds, Wash., 72-75--147
Ron Potter, Naperville, Ill., 75-73--148
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 75-73--148
Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif., 74-74--148
Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 74-74--148
Mills Rendell, Chicago, Ill., 71-78--149
Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 76-73--149
Brodie Baker, Bermuda Run, N.C., 75-74--149
Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C., 76-74--150
Tom Kundinger, Denver, Colo., 74-76--150
H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas, 75-75--150
Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill., 77-73--150
Stephen Myers, Phoenix, Ariz., 74-76--150
Dave Sergeant, Ft Dodge, Iowa, 74-76--150
Tom Hadley, Hendersonville, N.C., 76-75--151
Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 75-76--151
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 81-70--151
Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan., 76-75--151
John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich., 75-76--151
Ned Steiner, Roseland, N.J., 74-78--152
Jere Ayers, Spring Island, S.C., 78-74--152
John Klein, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 76-76--152
Robert Blomberg, Alameda, Calif., 75-77--152
Donald Meyer, Washington, D.C., 75-77--152
Randy Hudson, Nashville, Tenn., 76-76--152
Donald Cox, Lake Quivira, Kan., 74-78--152
Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 76-76--152
Gerald Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo., 75-77--152
Johnny Rodgers, Lubbock, Texas, 75-77--152
Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 73-79--152
John McKey Jr, Hobe Sound, Fla., 75-78--153
Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa., 75-78--153
Jay Howson, Malvern, Pa., 76-77--153
Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 74-79--153
Rick Smith, Crystal Lake, Ill., 74-79--153
Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky., 78-75--153
Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga., 77-76--153
Roger Brown, Arkansas City, Kan., 76-77--153
Robert Bradley, Hanover, Mass., 77-76--153
John Baldwin, New York, N.Y., 79-74--153
Curt Madson, Mount Dora, Fla., 80-73--153
Roberto Duran, Rep of Panama, 76-77--153
Bruce Walters, Pikeville, Ky., 74-79--153
Fred Peel, Chipley, Fla., 75-78--153
Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 73-80—153
*Dan Anderson, Lenoir, N.C., 76-78--154 (4)
*Rick Larose, Tucson, Ariz., 78-76--154 (4)
*O Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J., 76-78--154 (4)
*John Marchetti, Tarrytown, N.Y., 74-80--154 (4)
*Bill Morrison, Lake Oswego, Ore., 78-76--154 (4)
*Stephen Beckett, Palatka, Fla., 76-78--154 (4)
*Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont., 79-75--154 (4)

Still in Playoff
*Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 79-75--154 (5,3)
*Robert Fouke, Broken Arrow, Okla., 76-78--154 (5,3)

Failed to Qualify
*James Hays Jr, Scottsdale, Ariz., 77-77--154 (5,4)
*Art Hull, Fort Worth, Texas, 77-77--154 (5,4)
*Norman Swenson, Charlotte, N.C., 77-77--154 (6)
Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 75-80--155
Robert Kroeger, Cincinnati, Ohio, 79-76--155
Ronald Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 78-77--155
Karl Stewart, Chino Hills, Calif., 79-76--155
Buddy Baldwin, Asheville, N.C., 77-78--155
Skip Snow, Dayton, Ohio, 76-79--155
Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 71-84--155
William Lepley, Alpharetta, Ga., 78-78--156
Raleigh Hackstadt, Tampa, Fla., 76-80--156
Joseph Bushee, Cabot, Ark., 81-75--156
John Christopherson, Lilydale, Minn., 79-77--156
Frank Polizzi, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 80-76--156
Bob Clark, Murrieta, Calif., 79-77--156
Ellsworth Hall III, Macon, Ga., 80-76--156
Gary Shimmin, Spring Island, S.C., 82-74--156
Van Salmans, Chicago, Ill., 76-80--156
Skip Pierce, Boise, Idaho, 75-81--156
Marc Delzer, Brookfield, Wis., 77-79--156
Robert Heaton, Antioch, Calif., 77-79--156
Jim Smith, Fayetteville, Ark., 75-81--156
Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill., 77-79--156
Tom Turrentine, Garland, Texas, 76-81--157
Robert Keller, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 75-82--157
Tim Schock, Munster, Ind., 78-79--157
Thomas Mattox, Kingwood, Texas, 75-82--157
Rob Nagy, Westport, Conn., 80-77--157
Michael McCormick, Warwick, R.I., 83-74--157
Allen Sharpe, Salinas, Calif., 78-79--157
Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 75-82--157
Cliff Cunningham, Monroe, N.C., 76-81--157
David Lombardi, Catonsville, Md., 81-76--157
Tom Bohardt, Cleveland, Ohio, 80-77--157
Ron Deovlet, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 83-75--158
Jack Ruhs, Palm City, Fla., 80-78--158
Earl Craig, Plano, Texas, 75-83--158
Mikel Rollyson, Boca Grande, Fla., 81-77--158
Larry Hampsten, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 79-79--158
Jay Green, Alpine, N.J., 80-78--158
Thomas Danluck, Miami Beach, Fla., 79-79--158
Skip Warren, Houston, Texas, 76-82--158
Steven Jansa, Sioux Falls, S.D., 80-78--158
Robert Haight, Olney, Md., 78-80--158
Tom Hayes, Pensacola, Fla., 80-78--158
Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 78-80--158
J David Carroll, Napa, Calif., 79-80--159
Michael Sanger, Hydes, Md., 80-79--159
Bobby Clark, Asheville, N.C., 79-80--159
John Berger, Burnsville, Minn., 79-80--159
Harry Cain, Williamsburg, Va., 76-83--159
Joe Harper, Columbus, Ohio, 83-77--160
Bert Rogers, The Woodlands, Texas, 83-77--160
Mark Christenson, Flint, Mich., 84-76--160
Tony Cox, Crossville, Tenn., 80-80--160
Charles Persinger, Poca, W.Va., 80-80--160
Earl Daniell, Tallahassee, Fla., 76-84--160
Chae Yi, Topeka, Kan., 76-84--160
Grant Maples Jr, Golden, Colo., 80-80--160
Earl Hartman, Alexandria, Va., 79-81--160
Jim Haynie, Spring House, Pa., 79-81--160
Dick O'Donnell, Farmers Branch, Texas, 81-80--161
David King, Sterling, Va., 81-80--161
Charles Claffey Jr, Unionville, Conn., 79-82--161
Jack Richey, Winter Park, Fla., 80-81--161
Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas, 82-79--161
Roy Nishimoto, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 82-79--161
Richard Yeary, Birmingham, Ala., 81-80--161
Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 77-85--162
Bud Bradley, Santa Monica, Calif., 83-80--163
Bob Dosher, Sandia Park, N.M., 83-80--163
Joe Byrom, San Diego, Calif., 84-79--163
Jack Mahan, Brockport, N.Y., 80-84--164
Bruce Kessler, Bethesda, Md., 80-84--164
Jay Guerin, Fremont, Calif., 82-82--164
Larry Irvine, Lincoln, Neb., 85-80--165
Jim Kroll, Woodstock, Conn., 84-81--165
Ken Schweitzer, Colorado Springs, Colo., 82-83--165
Patrick Mucci Jr, Clifton, N.J., 82-83--165
Gary Dye, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 83-83--166
James Malone III, New Canaan, Conn., 83-83--166
Bob Jordan, La Habra, Calif., 83-84--167
Clark Yates, Pineville, La., 83-84--167
William Fuller, Winchester, Mass., 79-88--167
Ronald Brown, Charlotte, N.C., 82-87--169
Nevin Ellenberger, La Porte, Ind., 88-82--170
Jim McKnight, New Port Richey, Fla., 85-85--170
Arthur Lebreck, Trumbull, Conn., 86-84--170
Robert Schiller, Abington, Pa., 87-85--172
Butch Bagwell, Spartanburg, S.C., 78-WD--WD


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