Medalist and Defending Champion Ousted;

Past Champion Richardson Advances

 

Bristol, Va. – Medalist Bob Kulp and defending champion Greg Reynolds were eliminated and 2001 champion Kemp Richardson advanced in the first round of match play Monday at the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at The Virginian Golf Club.

2002 champion Greg Reynolds watches his shot from the fairway.  He lost in the first round. (USGA/Sam Greenwood)

Kulp, 57, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was ousted by Preston Davis, 59, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 3 and 2 in the day’s first match. Reynolds lost to Fred Silver, 58, of Lewiston, N.Y., 3 and 2 and Richardson, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., defeated Fred Rowland, of Leawood, Kan., 5 and 4.

 

“To get here was a thrill,” said Davis, who was a national champion in track. “Now to advance to the second round is just icing on the cake. It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done, which goes to show that my golfing career isn’t all that fantastic.”

 

Davis, who survived a 9-way playoff for match play after triple-bogeying his last stroke play hole, birdied four of the first five holes to take a 2-up lead, which he increased to 4-up through nine holes. Kulp rallied to narrow the gap to 2 holes with a winning birdie on the par-3 15 th but lost the 16 th and the match with a bogey.

 

“( Davis ) played really well,” Kulp, who set a USGA Senior Amateur stroke play mark with a 66. “My driver, which is normally the strength of my game, was off. I’m glad I don’t do this for a living. I’d be mad right now. I’m sure I won’t be the only highly-seeded player who goes home (Monday).”

 

Kulp proved accurate in his assessment as Reynolds, 56, of Grand Blanc, Mich., and two-time Walker Cup team member Marty West, 55, who was the fifth seed, were defeated. West was edged by Gayle Sanchez, 55, of Baton Rouge, La., 1 up.

 

“I didn’t play as sharply as I would have hoped,” said Reynolds . “I had several good chances at birdie but didn’t make one. He played consistently and didn’t make a lot of mistakes and I did. It wasn’t a good day out there.”

 

Preston Davis defeated medalist Bob Kulp, 3 and 2. (USGA/Sam Greenwood)

Bill Ploeger, 62, of Columbus, Ga., the 1999 champion meets Gary Koprivica, 58, of Missoula, Mont., a quarterfinalist in 2002, in Tuesday’s second round. Ploeger defeated Bill Howe, of La Quinta, Calif., Fla., 4 and 2 and, Koprivica beat Ken Forster, of Salem, Ore., 4 and 3.

 

Other notables to advance were the second- and third-seeded players from

stroke play: Mark Bemowski, 57, of Mukwonago, Wis. and Bruce Richards, 60, of Bellevue, Wash., a member of the USGA Executive Committee.

 

The oldest player in the match play field, Pete Parker, 69, of Winston-Salem, N.C., advanced with a 2-up win over Robert Fouke, of Broken Arrow, Okla.

 

Play continues Tuesday with the second and thirds round of match play and ends with Thursday’s final round.

  

The USGA Senior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

 

Bristol, Va. – Results from Monday’s first round of match play at the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur played at The Virginian Golf Club (6,914-yards, par 71):

 

Preston Davis, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (151) def. Robert Kulp, Winston-Salem, N.C. (137), 3 and 2

Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio (148) def. Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa. (148), 2 and 1

Gaylord Davis, Portland, Ore. (145) def. Charlie Post, Denver, Colo. (149), 2 up

Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif. (146) def. Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (149), 19 holes

Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga. (143) def. Bob Howe, La Quinta, Calif. (150), 4 and 2

Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont. (149) def. Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore. (146), 4 and 3

Edward Craig, Orlando, Fla. (143) vs. Joseph Rogers, Sun City, Ariz., (150), 19 holes

Pete Parker, Winston-Salem, N.C. (149) def. Robert Fouke, Broken Arrow, Okla. (146), 2 up

David Boesel, Winter Park, Fla. (141) def. Gerald Chatham Sr, Hernando, Miss. (151), 3 and 1

John Bracken III, West Hartford, Conn. (148) def. Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif. (147), 4 and 3.

Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. (144) def. Mike Hilton, Muskego, Wis. (150), 4 and 2

Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va. (146) def. William Dreibelbis, Freeport, Ill. (149), 4 and 3

Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La. (151) def. Martin West, Rockville, Md. (141), 1 up

H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas (148) def.Tom Hackett, Richmond, Va. (147), 20 holes

Stephen Isaacs, Richmond, Va. (150) def. Bob Lutz, Jerome, Idaho (144), 19 holes

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (149) def. Randy Sonnier, Houston, Texas (146), 21 holes

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (138) def. Dave DeNezza, Greensburg, Pa. (151), 1 up

John Peters, Muscatine, Iowa (148) def. Ronald Grove, Raleigh, N.C. (147), 3 and 2

Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas (145) def. John French, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (149), 2 and 1

Rick Smith, Crystal Lake, Ill. (149) def. Larry Barnacle, Pine Springs, Minn. (146), 4 and 2

Robert McIntyre, Westfield, N.J. (150) def. Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga. (142), 2 and 1

Russ Berkoben, Perrysburg, Ohio (147) def. Alexander Lindsey, Swampscott, Mass. (149), 6 and 5

Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y. (150) def. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (143), 3 and 2

Roy Smethurst, England (146) def. Vic Hannon, Camden, S.C. (149), 2 and 1

Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash. (139) def. Ron Ramsey, Big Fork, Mont. (151), 1 up

Patrick McCabe, Jupiter, Fla. (148) def. Michael McCormick, Warwick, R.I. (147), 2 and 1

A.B. Sisco, Pensacola, Fla. (150) def. Rob Thompson, Merced, Calif. (145), 2 and 1

John Gibbs, Oneonta, Ala. (149) def. Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla. (146), 1 up

Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Kent . (151) def. Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio (142), 1 up

Beecher Metzger Jr, Venice, Fla. (147) def. Patrick Trowbridge, Tulsa, Okla. (148), 3 and 1

Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (144) def, Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan. (150), 5 and 4

Jim Lipe, Shreveport, La. (149) def. Marvin Giles III, Richmond, Va. (146), 19 up.