USGA Senior Amateur News

Defending Champion Richardson Takes First-Round Lead

At 2004 USGA Senior Amateur

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Defending champion Kemp Richardson recorded the only sub-par round of the day to take a one-stroke lead during the weather-shortened first round of stroke play Saturday at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur, being conducted at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.

 

Due to a two-hour delay Saturday morning caused by heavy fog in the area, 75 players were unable to complete their first round when play was suspended at 6:28 p.m. PDT due to darkness. The first round will resume at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

 

Richardson, 58, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., recorded four birdies and three bogeys en route to a 1-under-par 69. After getting off to a good start with a three-foot birdie putt on the second hole, he made long birdie putts on the fifth and seventh holes. After three bogeys on the back nine, at the 10th, 14th and 15th holes, he made a five-footer for birdie on the par-3 16th hole.

 

"I'm driving pretty well and putting pretty well," said Richardson, who also won the 2001 Senior Amateur. "It's always good anytime you can come out and shoot 69."

 

The back nine holes at Bel-Air proved treacherous for many players. No one finished under par and just one, Billy Clagett, 58, of Austin, Texas, finished at even par on the back nine.

 

"It's a good nine holes," Richardson said. "If you hit it well, you'll be fine."

 

Finishing one shot back with even-par 70s were Fred Cox, 63, of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Mark Bemowski, 58, of Mukwonago, Wis.

 

"This is a wonderful shot-makers' course," said Bemowski, the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up. "But the greens are perplexing. It's sometimes hard to tell whether you're uphill or downhill."

 

Clagett, the stroke-play medalist at the 2002 Senior Amateur, finished three shots back, as did Jerry Cundari, 64, of Portland, Ore. Also in the hunt after matching 2-over-par 73s are 1998 and 2000 champion Bill Shean Jr. of Hinsdale, Ill., and Ronald Vanelli, 56, of Edison, N.J., who is playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur.

 

For Shean, who is playing in his final USGA Senior Amateur before retiring from the national golf scene, the round got off to an interesting start. After hitting his tee shot on the par-5, 482-yard first hole far right, he hit a 7-wood into a bunker short of the green. He then hit to within two feet and made his birdie putt.

 

"I was as nervous as a little bird on the first tee," Shean said. "I hit it so far right I was almost in the 18 th fairway, and I still made birdie. I thought, 'well, I stole one there.' "

 

Other notables to finish their first round included 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., who is six shots back at 5-over-par 75; four-time USA Walker Cupper Bob Lewis Jr., 60, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, (7-over-par 77); and 1972 U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles, 61, of Richmond, Va., who finished at 8-over 78.

 

After the conclusion of the first round, the second round of stroke play will be played Sunday before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers who will advance to match play. The championship runs through Thursday's 18-hole final match.

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

 

Results

Los Angeles, Calif. - Scores following the first round of stroke play at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club. (Note: 75 players have yet to complete the first found.)

 

Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 33-36--69

Fred Cox, North Palm Beach, Fla., 34-36--70

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 34-36--70

Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas, 38-34--72

Jerry Cundari, Portland, Ore., 37-35--72

Bill Shean Jr, Hinsdale, Ill., 34-39--73

Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J., 38-35--73

David Boesel, Winter Park, Fla., 39-35--74

Ernie Newton, High Point, N.C., 37-37--74

Gary Koprivica, Missoula, Mont., 34-40--74

R Scott Carnes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 36-38--74

Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas, 36-39--75

Gary Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas, 37-38--75

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 36-39--75

John Seehausen, Palatine, Ill., 40-35--75

Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla., 37-39--76

Rick Weihe, Bellingham, Wash., 37-39--76

Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 39-37--76

Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind., 37-39--76

Van Salmans, Chicago, Ill., 35-41--76

Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga., 42-35--77

Jerry Kidney, Littleton, Colo., 41-36--77

Joe Malay, Boise, Idaho, 42-35--77

Mike Hale, Pine Bluff, Ark., 40-37--77

Mike Pharr, Hernando, Miss., 41-36--77

Rick Bauch, Delafield, Wis., 36-41--77

Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 39-38--77

Roy Holloway, Monroe, La., 39-38--77

Stephen Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 41-36--77

Tim Thompson, Memphis, Tenn., 38-39--77

Tom Grady, Marshall, Va., 38-39--77

Wayne Harris, Missouri City, Texas, 40-37--77

Bob Blomberg, Alameda, Calif., 40-38--78

Dave Houghton, Orleans, Mass., 37-41--78

Gregory Scurlock, Augusta, Ga., 35-43--78

Jamie Gough, Fairfax, Va., 40-38--78

Norman Swenson, Charlotte, N.C., 38-40--78

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 38-40--78

Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 41-38--79

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 41-38--79

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill., 39-40--79

Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 40-39--79

Edward Craig, Orlando, Fla., 36-43--79

Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill., 40-39--79

Gary Daniels, Center Valley, Pa., 37-42--79

Henry Hodde, Santa Fe, N.M., 37-42--79

Jamie Kirkebo, Tacoma, Wash., 40-39--79

Jim Taggard, Blaine, Wash., 38-41--79

Joseph Cristillo, Crystal River, Fla., 41-38--79

Joseph Schmidt, Mchenry, Ill., 41-38--79

Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 43-36--79

Thomas Olson, Omaha, Neb., 38-41--79

Alex Tarumianz, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 40-40--80

Jim Arnold, Tulsa, Okla., 42-38--80

John Cearnal, Fort Worth, Texas, 43-37--80

Arnold Edwards, Charlotte, N.C., 44-37--81

Curtis Madson, Mount Dora, Fla., 36-45--81

Edward Pascoe, Birmingham, Ala., 42-39--81

Frank Reaume, Pinckney, Mich., 39-42--81

Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark., 39-42--81

John Betonte, Cleveland, Ohio, 40-41--81

John H Pickerel, Cashiers, N.C., 40-41--81

Keith Paterson, Rockford, Mich., 37-44--81

Larry Walsh, Buda, Texas, 41-40--81

Skip Juris, Dublin, Ohio, 40-41--81

William Dober, Fairfield, Conn., 39-42--81

Jim Lipe, Shreveport, La., 42-40--82

Jerry Greer, Tulsa, Okla., 43-40--83

John Hendricks, Mountain Lakes, N.J., 42-41--83

Ron Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 39-44--83

Dave Bates, Newburgh, Ind., 40-44--84

Robert Carver, Fullerton, Calif., 39-45--84

Tom Perry, Indianapolis, Ind., 41-43--84

Kerry Lewis, Pittsburgh, Pa., 40-45--85

Roger Null, Wentzville, Mo., 41-44--85

Warren Shafer, San Diego, Calif., 40-45--85

Pete Mc Dade, San Diego, Calif., 44-42--86

Terry Chercourt, Jacksonville, Fla., 43-43--86

Daniel Gregg, Ann Arbor, Mich., 44-44--88

Douglas Baker, Incline Village, Nev., 43-46--89