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 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of stroke play at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being conducted at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.


A total of 75 players finished their first round Sunday morning after play was suspended at 6:28 p.m. Saturday due to darkness.


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., Mark Bemowski, 58, of Mukwonago, Wis., and Kent Christopher, 58, of Farmington, Utah.


"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."


Johnny Stevens, 62, of Wichita, Kan., and Steven Hakes, 55, of San Diego, Calif., both of whom finished their second rounds Sunday morning, each recorded 1-over-par 71s.


Clagett, the stroke-play medalist at the 2002 Senior Amateur, finished three shots back, as did Jerry Cundari, 64, of Portland, Ore., and Chip Stewart, 57, of Dallas, Texas. Also in the hunt after 2-over-par 73s are 1998 and 2000 champion Bill Shean Jr. of Hinsdale, Ill., Ronald Vanelli, 56, of Edison, N.J., and Jack Vardaman, 64, of Washington, D.C.


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 18th fairway, and I still made birdie. I thought, 'well, I stole one there.' "


Other notables included two-time USA Walker Cupper Marty West, 56, of Rockville, Md., who is five shots back at 4-over-par 74; 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., (5-over-par 75); four-time USA Walker Cupper Bob Lewis Jr., 60, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, (7-over-par 77); 1972 U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles, 61, of Richmond, Va., who finished at 8-over 78, and 1999 Senior Amateur winner Bill Ploeger, 64, of Columbus, Ga. (9-over 79).


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.


Los Angeles, Calif. - Scores following the conclusion of the first round of stroke play Sunday at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.


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

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

Kent Christopher, Farmington, Utah, 34-36--70

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

Johnny Stevens, Wichita, Kan., 35-36--71

Steven Hakes, San Diego, Calif., 33-38--71

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

Chip Stewart, Dallas, Texas, 36-36--72

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

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

Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 35-38--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

Jim Dines, Albuquerque, N.M., 37-37--74

Martin West, Rockville, Md., 37-37--74

O D Gardner, Yorktown, Va., 37-37--74

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

Sam Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah, 38-36--74

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

Edward Fletcher, Mashpee, Mass., 38-37--75

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

Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 37-38--75

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

Jim Mc Murtrey, Fair Oaks, Calif., 39-36--75

John Baldwin, Palm Beach, Fla., 37-38--75

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

Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif., 37-38--75

Bob Heaton, Oakley, Calif., 37-39--76

Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla., 37-39--76

Michael Rose, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 37-39--76

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

Cannon Randall, Mesa, Ariz., 38-39--77

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 Leaf, Excelsior, Minn., 37-40--77

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

Ronnie Tumlin, Saint Augustine, Fla., 38-39--77

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

Roy Vomastek, Cadillac, Mich., 38-39--77

Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 39-38--77

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

Steven Hoffman, Savannah, Ga., 37-40--77

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

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

Tony Lehman, Santa Barbara, Calif., 40-37--77

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

Woody Thames, Dallas, Texas, 37-40--77

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

Carey Schulten, Dallas, Texas, 38-40--78

Charlie Post, Denver, Colo., 39-39--78

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

David Carrera, Latrobe, Pa., 37-41--78

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

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

Jim Ruschioni, Leominster, Mass., 38-40--78

Joseph Keller, Osterville, Mass., 42-36--78

Karl Stewart Sr, Chino Hills, Calif., 37-41--78

Merton Goode, San Francisco, Calif., 38-40--78

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

Roy Smethurst, England, 40-38--78

Thomas Danluck, Miami, Fla., 37-41--78

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

Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 39-40--79

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

James Smith, Orchard Park, N.Y., 38-41--79

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

Jim Jensen, Park City, Utah, 38-41--79

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

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

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

Pat Vincelli, Burnsville, Minn., 40-39--79

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

Roger Gunderson, Aurora, Colo., 40-39--79

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 35-44--79

Stephen Smith, Palo Alto, Calif., 41-38--79

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

Timothy Miller, Kokomo, Ind., 39-40--79

Al Sharpe, Carmel, Calif., 39-41--80

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

Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 39-41--80

Jerry Gruidl, Plymouth, Minn., 40-40--80

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

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

Lee Brandt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 39-41--80

Tom Hadley, Hendersonville, N.C., 37-43--80

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

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

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

Elvin Gonzalez, Dorado, PR, 41-40--81

Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif., 45-36--81

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

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

James Wallis Jr, Biloxi, Miss., 43-38--81

Jim Brown, Loudon, Tenn., 40-41--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

Douglas Vergith, Setauket, N.Y., 41-41--82

Frank Brame, Alexandria, La., 42-40--82

Frank Perry, Fayetteville, Ga., 44-38--82

Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 38-44--82

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

Merritt Cook, Lombard, Ill., 44-38--82

Roberto Duran, Panama, 41-41--82

Bert Rogers, The Woodlands, Texas, 46-37--83

Guy Smith, Lexington, N.C., 43-40--83

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

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

Matthew Bellis, Ambler, Pa., 47-36--83

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

Viviano Villarreal, Mexico, 39-44--83

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

Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 39-45--84

Grant Renne, Prairie Villiage, Kan., 39-45--84

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

Shigeru Matsui, Honolulu, Hawaii, 42-42--84

Tom Bergeron, Gill, Mass., 41-43--84

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

Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 44-41--85

James Smith Jr, Wilmington, N.C., 43-42--85

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

Robert Ferrel, Linville, N.C., 42-43--85

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

Ronald Moore, Pinehurst, N.C., 47-38--85

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

Doug Tambara, Huntington Beach, Calif., 43-43--86

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

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

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

Francis Spadola, Napa, Calif., 41-47--88

Gordon Willins, West Chester, Ohio, 44-44--88

David Cox, Mission, Texas, 46-43--89

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

George Van Kirk, Grand Forks, N.D., 42-48--90

Bruce Rotte, Cincinnati, Ohio, WD-WD--WD

G M Bingman, Wadsworth, Ohio, NC-NC--NC