Past Champion Richardson Advances

To Quarterfinals

  

Bristol, Va. –

Quick-starting Edward Craig defeated 1999 champion Bill Ploeger in the third round, 1 up. (Sam Greenwood/USGA)

Kemp Richardson, 57, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., the 2001 champion, won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at The Virginian Golf Club.

 

Richardson, 57, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., knocked off Jim Lipe, of Shreveport, La., 4 and 3 in the second round and, then beat Beecher Metzger, of Venice, Fla., 3 and 2 in the third round.

 

“I’m pooped,” said Richardson, who is the only remaining contestant not using a cart. “It’s a long day, especially when you are walking the place. It’s a long walk. But, I played well. I’m driving it well.”

 

The long-hitting Richardson, one of eight third-round winners, is the only remaining past champion. Edward Craig, 60, of Orlando, Fla., defeated Bill Ploeger, 63, of Columbus, Ga., the 1999 champion and 2001 runner-up, in a close match, 1 up.

 

Richardson, a stockbroker, maintains a focused game-plan, not looking any farther than his next opponent.

 

“I just hit it and chase it and hope to do all right,” said Richardson, who won the British Senior Amateur in 2001. “You go on what you’ve done in the past and keep plugging along.”

 

Craig, a small jet pilot, was well aware of the obstacle he faced in his match against Ploeger.

 

“I knew I had to start out quickly because his reputation precedes him,” said Craig, of winning three of the first four holes in a match in which he never trailed.

 

Bob Hullender, the 1994 runner-up, outlasted Mark Bemowski, and advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time. (Sam Greenwood/USGA)

Bob Hullender, 66, the 1994 runner-up from San Antonio, Texas, defeated 2002 runner-up Mark Bemowski, 57, of Mukwonago, Wis. in a roller coaster match.

 

“I was 66 when I teed off and I’m 80-something right now,” said Hullender, who is playing in his ninth Senior Amateur.

 

The retired Air Force general, who won medalist honors in the Senior Amateur twice, was 4-up through seven holes and then lost five of the next seven holes to birdies by Bemowski. Hullender birdied the 16th and 17th holes to re-take the lead.

 

On the 18th, Hullender drained a long birdie putt and Bemowski missed a 4-footer for eagle to close the match.

 

“You may appreciate it more as you get older,” said Hullender, who has two artificial hips and has advanced to the quartefinals three times.  “I’m on the back nine of life here. There’s not too many more of these left for me. I probably enjoy each one of them a little more now.”

 

The other quarterfinalists are: Frank Abbott, 60, of Napa, Calif., David Boesel, 55, of Winter Park, Fla., Sam Farlow, 56, of Birmingham, Ala., Bruce Richards, 60, of Bellevue, Wash., a member of the USGA Executive Committee and the third seed, and 2003 British Senior Amateur champion Roy Smethurst, 61, of England,

 

All quarterfinal match winners are exempt from qualifying for the 2004 Championship at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif, from October 9-14.

 

The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play Wednesday and Thursday’s final round will be televised on ESPN from 2-4 p.m. Eastern.

  

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

 

Results

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

 

Second Round

Preston Davis, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (151) def. Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio (148), 4 and 3

Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif. (146) def. Gaylord Davis, Portland, Ore. (145), 2 and 1

Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga. (143) def. Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont. (149), 6 and 5

Edward Craig, Orlando, Fla. (143) def. Pete Parker, Winston-Salem, N.C. (149), 1 up

David Boesel, Winter Park, Fla. (141) def. John Bracken III, West Hartford, Conn. (148), 2 and 1

Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. (144) def. Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va. (146), 2 and 1

Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La. (151) def. H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas (148), 1 up

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (149) def. Stephen Isaacs, Richmond, Va. (150), 1 up

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (138) def. John Peters, Muscatine, Iowa (148), 4 and 2

Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas (145) won by concession (illness) vs. Rick Smith, Crystal Lake, Ill. (149)

Robert McIntyre, Westfield, N.J. (150) def. Russ Berkoben, Perrysburg, Ohio (147), 1 up

Roy Smethurst, England (146) def. Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y. (150), 3 and 2

Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash. (139) vs. Patrick McCabe, Jupiter, Fla. (148), 2 up

John Gibbs, Oneonta, Ala. (149) def. A.B. Sisco, Pensacola, Fla. (150), 1 up

Beecher Metzger Jr, Venice, Fla. (147) def. Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky. (151), 21 holes

Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (144) def. Jim Lipe, Shreveport, La. (149), 4 and 3

 

Third Round

Abbott def. Davis, 2 and 1

Craig def. Ploeger, 1 up

Boesel def. Tarumianz, 4 and 3

Farlow def. Sanchez, 19 holes

Hullender def. Bemowski, 1 up

Smethurst def. McIntyre, 19 holes

Richards def. Gibbs, 19 holes

Richardson def Metzger, 3 and 2