From The 2004 USGA
average age of the players in the 2004 USGA
amateur field is 58.5.
are 80 contestants in the field who are playing in their first
USGA Senior Amateur, and 43 of those are playing in their
first-ever USGA championship.
oldest player in this year's Senior Amateur is Dr.
72, of Marion,
who shot his age in his sectional qualifier, is seven months
older than Jim McMurtrey
who is playing in his 12th Senior Amateur.
year's youngest-in-the-field honors go to Mike
who turned 55 on Sept. 20th.
players in the field could give themselves a nice birthday
present should they advance to the championship final on Oct.
14th. Edward Craig
will turn 62 that day while Ted
will turn 59.
are four USGA Senior Amateur champions in the field, led by
defending champion Kemp
58, of Laguna Niguel,
who also won the 2001 championship. Other past champions are:
64, of Columbus,
(1999); Greg Reynolds,
57, of Grand Blanc,
(2002); and Bill Shean
61, of Hinsdale,
is one other USGA champion in the field - 1972 U.S. Amateur
winner Vinny Giles, 61, of Richmond,
played on four Walker
teams (1969, 1971, 1973,
1975) and was captain of the USA's
1993 squad. He also played on three World Amateur Teams (1968,
1970, 1972) and captained the 1992 squad. He was low amateur
at the 1973 U.S. Open and has earned low-amateur honors at
the Senior Open three times.
is one of two players in this week's field who also played
in the 1976 U.S. Amateur at Bel-Air Country Club. The other
is Carey Schulten,
69, of Dallas,
who made it into this week's field as an alternate.
60, of Pepper Pike,
has also played on several international teams for the USA.
Lewis, the 1980 U.S. Amateur runner-up and two-time Mid-Amateur
runner-up (1981, 1984), is a four-time Walker Cupper (1981,
1983, 1985, 1987) who served as captain of the 2003 USA Walker
Cup squad, which he will do again for the 2005 Match. Lewis
was also a member of
team at the 1982 and 1986 World Team Championships.
is another Walker Cupper
in the field - Marty
West, 56, of Rockville,
who played on the 1973 and 1979 USA
teams. West also represented
at the 1972 World Amateur Team Championship.
addition to those who have represented the USA
in international competition,
there are two contestants in the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur
who have played for other countries. Luis
62, played for Puerto
Rico at the 1992 World
Amateur Team event. Later this month, he will serve as captain
of the Puerto Rico
team in the 2004 World Amateur Team Championship.
58, represented Panama
at the 2002 World Amateur
Team Championships along with his sons, Ernesto
is the fourth USGA championship in 2004 for Frank
61, of Napa,
the 2003 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up, has also played in
the Senior Open, the Amateur, and the Mid-Amateur.
55, of Incline Village,
was a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force for six
years - from 1970 to 1976.
55, of Gill, Mass.,
has been a railroad conductor for 35 years.
58, of Wadsworth,
helped develop a system to keep the crew of the MIAI battle
tank safe. He also worked on the redesign of the space shuttle.
56, of Placentia,
who played on the PGA
Tour in the early 1970s,
is playing in his first Senior Amateur but his fourth USGA
championship, joining the 1965 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1973
U.S. Open and the 1985 U.S. Mid-Amateur. His late father Pete
won the 1952 U.S. Amateur
Public Links Championship.
64, of Portland,
is playing in his 10 th USGA event. Thirty-four years ago,
he played in the 1960 U.S. Amateur while on crutches.
56, of Los Lunas,
is a lawyer who has represented the news media for 25 years.
Dines was co-counsel in successfully defending the state's
largest newspaper in the longest civil jury trial of a libel
his 20th attempt to qualify for a USGA championship, Arnold
Edwards, 58, of Charlotte,
finally did so - this year's Senior Amateur - but it wasn't
easy. He bogeyed the last hole in his sectional qualifier
at Sapona Country Club in Lexington,
and wound up in a 7-for-1 playoff, where he birdied the first
hole to qualify.
63, of Boynton Beach,
is a retired Delta pilot. He was a United States Air Force
fighter pilot who received a Silver Star while serving in
63, of Mashpee,
is a retired postmaster with the U.S. Postal Service. He gave
up golf when he was 28 years old and didn't pick it back up
for 15 years. He has won 10 Massachusetts state titles since
turning 53, including the 1995 Massachusetts State Amateur
at age 53, making him the oldest to ever win the title.
60, of Fairfax,
is a retired Air Force pilot. He was shot down in Laos
68, of Hendersonville,
is playing in his eighth Senior Amateur and 16th USGA event.
He made his first appearance 53 years ago, at the 1951 U.S.
56, of Fort Worth,
proudly states that his wife, Mina,
has a lower handicap than he does. She was the 2001 U.S. Women's
60, of Orleans,
was in the U.S. Navy for 25 years. During that time, he played
golf in 25 countries and territories.
55, of Osterville,
owns a public golf course on Cape
56, of Littleton,
is a member of the Denver Fire Department.
63, of Mount Dora,
was offered a $15,000 signing bonus by the Cleveland Indians
56, of Weiser, Idaho,
has served as his community's Santa Claus for 32 years. In
1986, he was named the Golf Nut of the Year, for chartering
a plane to go 50 miles to get to a golf tournament.
56, of High Point,
waited 56 years to play in a USGA championship, and now he's
playing in two within two weeks. He just competed at the U.S.
Mid-Amateur at Sea Island
Golf Club in St. Simons
Island, Ga. He caddied for his daughter, Marcy,
when she won the 2000 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Randall, 57, of Mesa,
has tried to qualify for numerous USGA events over the years,
including U.S. Opens, Mid-Amateurs and Senior Opens, without
success until this year's Senior Amateur, when he overcame
four penalty strokes in his sectional qualifier to advance
to the championship.
of Grand Blanc, Mich.,
the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur winner, has been to Bel-Air Country
Club before. Twenty years ago he played with a group that
included actors James
and Mac Davis. On the
first tee, Reynolds
hit a 400-yard drive with Ken
among others, watching.
Richards, 61, of Bellevue, Wash., is a member of the USGA
Executive Committee. He was a quarterfinalist at the 2003
Senior Amateur. In addition, there are two past USGA Executive
Committee members in the field - Merton Goode, 56, of San
Francisco, Calif., and Jack Vardaman, 64, of Washington, D.C.
Michael Rose, 57, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., is teeing it
up in his first USGA Senior Amateur, his sister, Bonnie George,
is playing in the USGA Senior Women's Amateur, being held
this week at Pasatiempo Golf
Club in Santa Cruz, Calif.
62, of Newberry,
occasionally caddies for professional golfer Jeff
including a 2000 Buy.com Tour victory.
58, of McHenry,
is principal at St. Patrick
School, an all-male school
of 1,000 students.
James Smith, 55, of Orchard Peak, climbed to just below base
camp at Mount Everest with his daughter, Heather, as her graduation
present from Duke University.
57, of Linville,
was playing at Augusta National Golf Club with his daughter
(who plays collegiately at the University
when she made a hole in one.
55, of Capistrano Beach,
is a former nationally ranked marathon runner and triathlete.
He has competed in the Boston Marathon and the Escape From
Alcatraz Triathlon, where he finished 19th.