Kulp Wins Medalist Honors at 137,

One Stroke Shy of Tying Mark

 

Bristol, Va. Bob Kulp, who set a scoring mark Saturday, won medalist honors with a 36-hole total of 5-under-par 137 on the second day of stroke play at the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at The Virginian Golf Club.

 

Kulp, 57, a cosmetic dentist from Winston-Salem, N.C., followed his Senior Amateur-low 66 with an even par 71 Sunday to miss the Championship 36-hole scoring mark of 136, set by John Harbottle in 1993, by just one shot.

 

Its really special, said Kulp of winning the medal. Ive played golf since I was 12 and this is the most special moment Ive had. To get to play with all these guys and know how good they are and to end up one ahead is great.

 

A quarterfinalist in 2001, losing to eventual champion Kemp Richardson, 3 and 2, Kulp also said: My target score was 69. I just lipped out too many putts. I didnt have to make a bunch of gaggers coming back.

 

Kulp, one of three players in the field from Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem, logged two birdies and two bogeys in his round. His successful summer includes a victory in the North and South Senior, a second in the Porter Cup and a fourth-place finish at the British Senior Amateur. His friend from Forsyth, Pete Parker, a 69-year-old physician, also advanced to match play at 149.

 

Ive had short spurts but, under the gun, this is probably as well as I have played for two days, said Kulp, the 2001 Carolinas Senior Player of the Year.

 

Mark Bemowski, 57, last years runner-up from Mukwonago, Wis., ended just one stroke behind Kulp at 138 and Bruce Richards, 60, of Bellevue, Wash., a member of the USGA Executive Committee, was two behind at 139.

 

Two-time USA Walker Cup selection Marty West, 55, of Rockville, Md., and David Boesel, 55, of Winter Park, Fla., were four strokes shy of Kulp at 1-under-141. Boesel birdied five straight holes in his first nine holes, but finished with a 1-over-par 72.

 

Four USGA champions advanced to the round of 64. Defending champion Greg Reynolds, 56, of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Bill Ploeger, of Columbus, Ga., the 1999 champion, finished at 143. Kemp Richardson, the 2001 champion, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., was at 144 and Vinny Giles, the 60-year-old 1972 U.S. Amateur winner from Richmond, Va., shot 146.

 

Bob Hullender, 66, of San Antonio, Texas, the 1994 runner-up, shot 145. He is playing in his ninth Senior Amateur.

 

Of the seven Virginians that began the championship, four advanced to match play: Bob Morris of Great Falls and Giles (146), Tom Hackett of Richmond (147) and Stephen Isaacs of Richmond (150)

 

Two-time champion Bill Shean, of Hinsdale, Ill., missed the cut after shooting 158.

 

Six players filled the final place in match play through a nine-way playoff for at 151, tying the lowest cut since 36 holes of stroke play was introduced in 1964.

 

Only 13 players broke par in stroke play on the par-71 Virginian, just five on Sunday.

 

Play continues Monday with the first round of match play and end with Thursdays 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 of Sundays second round of stroke play at the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur played at The Virginian Golf Club (6,914-yards, par 71):

 

  Robert Kulp, Winston-Salem, N.C., 66-71--137

   Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 67-71--138

   Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 68-71--139

   David Boesel, Winter Park, Fla., 69-72--141

   Martin West, Rockville, Md., 69-72--141

   Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio, 70-72--142

   Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 71-71--142

   Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 73-70--143

   Edward Craig, Orlando, Fla., 75-68--143

   Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 72-71--143

   Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 73-71--144

   Bob Lutz, Jerome, Idaho, 72-72--144

   Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 75-69--144

   Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas, 69-76--145

   Gaylord Davis, Portland, Ore., 73-72--145

   Rob Thompson, Merced, Calif., 72-73--145

   Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 73-73--146

   Charles Roy Smethurst, England, 74-72--146

   Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif., 74-72--146

   Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore., 72-74--146

   Larry Barnacle, Pine Springs, Minn., 74-72--146

   Marvin Giles III, Richmond, Va., 72-74--146

   Randy Sonnier, Houston, Texas, 74-72--146

   Robert Fouke, Broken Arrow, Okla., 75-71--146

   Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va., 73-73--146

   Beecher Metzger Jr, Venice, Fla., 74-73--147

   Michael McCormick, Warwick, R.I., 72-75--147

   Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif., 72-75--147

   Ronald Grove, Raleigh, N.C., 73-74--147

   Russ Berkoben, Perrysburg, Ohio, 75-72--147

   Tom Hackett, Richmond, Va., 70-77--147

   Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa., 72-76--148

  H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas, 78-70--148

   John Bracken III, West Hartford, Conn., 74-74--148

   John Peters, Muscatine, Iowa, 74-74--148

   Patrick McCabe, Jupiter, Fla., 78-70--148

   Patrick Trowbridge, Tulsa, Okla., 75-73--148

   Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio, 74-74--148

   Alexander Lindsey, Swampscott, Mass., 76-73--149

   Charlie Post, Denver, Colo., 75-74--149

   Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont., 73-76--149

   Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 74-75--149

   Jim Lipe, Shreveport, La., 72-77--149

   John French, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 75-74--149

   John Gibbs, Oneonta, Ala., 73-76--149

   Pete Parker, Winston-Salem, N.C., 75-74--149

   Rick Smith, Crystal Lake, Ill., 76-73--149

   Sam Farlow, Birmingahm, Ala., 73-76--149

   Vic Hannon, Camden, S.C., 77-72--149

   William Dreibelbis, Freeport, Ill., 74-75--149

  A B Sisco, Pensacola, Fla., 76-74--150

   Bob Howe, La Quinta, Calif., 74-76--150

   Fred Rowland, Leawood, Kan., 75-75--150

   Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y., 77-73--150

   Joseph Rogers, Sun City, Ariz., 77-73--150

   Mike Hilton, Muskego, Wis., 76-74--150

   Robert McIntyre, Westfield, N.J., 72-78--150

   Stephen Isaacs, Richmond, Va., 78-72150

  * Dave DeNezza, Greensburg, Pa., 76-75151 (4)

  * Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La., 79-72151 (4)

  * Gerald Chatham Sr, Hernando, Miss., 74-77151 (4)

  * Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky., 80-71151 (4)

  * Preston Davis, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 74-77151 (4)

  * Ron Ramsey, Big Fork, Mont., 74-77151 (4)

 

  Did Not Qualify

* Jerry Gruidl, Plymouth, Minn., 71-80151 (5)

* Kent Christopher, Farmington, Utah, 71-80151 (5)

* Vic Gerard, Lakewood, N.J., 74-77151 (5)

* = in playoff

 

   Al Riegel, Maple City, Mich., 75-77--152

   Billy Graham, Pensacola, Fla., 79-73--152

   Bobby Perkinson, Alcoa, Tenn., 75-77--152

  Chuck Kuhn, Atlanta, Ga., 79-73--152

   Dave Ellis, Roseville, Calif., 75-77--152

   Dave Parsons, Benicia, Calif., 77-75--152

   Denver Rawlings Jr, Charleston, W.Va., 77-75--152

   Gary Cloutier, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 75-77--152

   Gerry Graham, Mesa, Ariz., 73-79--152

   Lee Shaw, Memphis, Tenn., 77-75--152

   Peter Friedes, Winnetka, Ill., 76-76--152

   Peter Roby, Rochester, N.Y., 77-75--152

   Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind., 76-76--152

   Dennis Moore, Chesterfield, Mo., 81-72--153

   Harry Boback, League City, Texas, 81-72--153

   Jamie Gough, Fairfax, Va., 76-77--153

   Jerry Coren, Lutz, Fla., 74-79--153

   Marc Delzer, Brookfield, Wis., 76-77--153

   Michael Dawes, Jacksonville, Fla., 80-73--153

   Steve Wolf, Lodi, Calif., 74-79--153

   Terry W Andrews, Fallbrook, Calif., 75-78--153

   Tom Jones, Valley Head, Ala., 76-77--153

   Tony Aguiar, Richmond, Va., 78-75--153

   Andrew Tompos, Lancaster, Pa., 77-77--154

  Art Arns, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 76-78--154

   Bruce Rotte, Cincinnati, Ohio, 79-75--154

   Dick Whitmire, Tallahassee, Fla., 76-78--154

   John A Felker, Atlanta, Ga., 77-77--154

   Rennie Law, Tampa, Fla., 80-74--154

   Richard Smith, Villanova, Pa., 79-75--154

   Robert Keller, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 77-77--154

   Ronald Moore, Pinehurst, N.C., 77-77--154

   Dennis Younglove, Davis, Calif., 80-75--155

   Gary Kirwan, McKinney, Texas, 79-76--155

   Gregory P Zorila, Eastchester, N.Y., 79-76--155

   James Rowen, Indianapolis, Ind., 77-78--155

   Merton Goode, San Francisco, Calif., 78-77--155

   Paul Kay, Encino, Calif., 79-76--155

   Philip Shumway, Phoenix, Ariz., 77-78--155

   Thomas Blank, Rochester, N.Y., 78-77--155

   Walt Noell, Winston-Salem, N.C., 78-77--155

   Bill Shean Jr, Hinsdale, Ill., 78-78--156

   Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 76-80--156

   James Alcorn, Irwin, Pa., 75-81--156

   Jim Haynie, North Wales, Pa., 79-77--156

   Joe Whisenanat, Douglasville, Ga., 75-81--156

   Ken Couturier, Melbourne, Fla., 77-79--156

   Marshall Fall, Hendersonville, N.C., 78-78--156

   Thomas Parkhill, Champaign, Ill., 75-81--156

   Tom Saintsing, Lexington, N.C., 75-81--156

   Bruce Cadwell, Boise, Idaho, 77-80--157

   Dan Eakin, Houston, Texas, 78-79--157

   George Branch, Camden, Ark., 79-78--157

   Jeffrey Weidig, Chevy Chase, Md., 77-80--157

   Richard Andrews, Houston, Texas, 78-79--157

   Charlie Busbee, Atlanta, Ga., 84-74--158

   David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 82-76--158

   Elston Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill., 82-76--158

   Jack Ramsey, Germantown, Tenn., 82-76--158

   Robert Kroeger, Cincinnati, Ohio, 76-82--158

   Bill Becker, Arlington Heights, Ill., 76-83--159

   Bill Ross, Seattle, Wash., 78-81--159

   Dick Horne, Charleston, S.C., 81-78--159

   Herman Klemick, Coral Gables, Fla., 80-79--159

   Jay Pierson, Shreveport, La., 80-79--159

   Pat Kuehner, Phoenix, Ariz., 80-79--159

   Dan Anderson, Lenoir, N.C., 79-81--160

   Frank Schmidt, Waterloo, Iowa, 79-81--160

   Kent Stephens, Houston, Texas, 76-84--160

   Robert Evans, Franklin, Mass., 79-81--160

   Ron Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 78-82--160

   Wayne Harris, Missouri City, Texas, 75-85--160

   John Hendricks, Mountain Lakes, N.J., 79-82--161

   Louis Rubino, Potomac, Md., 81-80--161

   Richard Chenoweth, Parkersburg, W.Va., 83-78--161

   Doug King, Columbia, S.C., 79-84--163

   Thomas Mahony, Newton, Mass., 87-76--163

   David Anderson, Chestertown, Md., 80-84--164

   Joe Hart, Bluefield, Va., 78-86--164

   Mike Rollyson, Boca Grande, Fla., 79-85--164

   Curtis Madson, Mount Dora, Fla., 78-87--165

   David Ishikawa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 80-85--165

   Don Laney, Charlotte, N.C., 83-82--165

   Craig Carlisle, Trophy Club, Texas, 85-83--168

   John Taylor, Sebastopol, Calif., 87-81--168

   Jim Lowe, Lincoln, Neb., 79-90--169

   Michael Sargent, Calabasas, Calif., 83-89--172

  Fan Gaudette, South Hadley, Mass., 79-WD--WD

   Tom McKinney, Bryant, Ark., 78-WDWD