Wins The 2004 USGA
58, of Mukwonago,
Wis., earned a 4-and-3 victory over Greg Reynolds, 57, of
Grand Blanc, Mich., to win the 2004 Senior Amateur Championship
Thursday at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.
was sweet redemption for Bemowski, who lost the final of the
2002 championship to Reynolds
at Timuquana Country
Club in Jacksonville,
4 and 3.
|Greg Reynolds (left) congratulates Mark
Bemowski after Bemowski won the 2004 Senior Amateur Championship.
just amazing that we would have the opportunity to meet again,"
said Bemowski. "And then, for me to have the match I did,
I'm really thrilled."
got off to a sizzling start, winning the first three holes,
and built the lead to a 5-up advantage with back-to-back birdies
on the seventh and eighth holes. Meanwhile, Reynolds was struggling,
with bogeys on two of the first six holes.
just played beautifully on the front side and I wasn't able
to match his good play, and he put me in a big hole," said
"I had a few chances on a couple of holes if I could just
have gotten a few putts to drop."
cut the deficit to four
holes after Bemowski double-bogeyed Bel-Air's treacherous
par-3, 195-yard 10th hole. He had a chance to cut Bemowski's
lead to three a hole later but missed a five-foot birdie putt.
|Greg Reynolds hits out of a bunker during
Thursday's Senior Amateur final at Bel-Air Country Club.
gave another hole back when he three-putted the 12th for bogey.
found trouble on the par-5 14th hole when he hit his tee shot
in the trees to the right of the fairway. He went on to bogey
the hole after missing a 30-foot par putt, and Bemowski safely
two-putted for par to go 4 up and dormie.
hole later, the two traded pars and Bemowski had the victory.
I became a senior, I thought I had a chance to win this,"
said Bemowski. "What a thrill to win a USGA championship.
It's the pinnacle."
USGA Senior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted
annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which
are strictly for amateurs.
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- Results from the Thursday's
2004 USGA Senior Amateur championship final at the par-70,
6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.
(149) def. Greg Reynolds,
(151), 4 and 3