USGA Senior Amateur News

A Look At The Quarterfinalists

Mark Bemowski, 58, Mukwonago, Wis.

Runner-up at the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship . also made it to the third round of the 2003 Senior Amateur . played in the 2003 U.S. Senior Open .named the 2002 Wisconsin Amateur and Senior Amateur Player of the Year . won the 2004 Wisconsin State Senior Match Play . runner-up at both the 2004 Wisconsin State Open and the 2004 Wisconsin Senior State Open . won the Wisconsin State Amateur in 1976, 1981, 1984, 1997, and 1999 . captured the Wisconsin State Open in 1973 . seven-time MDGA Match Play Champion, spanning 29 years (1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1998, 1999) . also has six runner-up finishes in MDGA Match Play . 1974 and 1978 Sheboygan Tournament of Champions winner . Wisconsin State Golf Association Bestball champion in 1985 . inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame in 1991 . works in promotional corporate sales . married to Sandra . has two daughters, Becky and Jeni, and two grandsons, Jack and Sam . birth date: August 6, 1946.

 

Alan Foster, 61, Manlius, N.Y.

Playing in his second USGA Senior Amateur (also played in 2002) . played in three U.S. Amateurs (1986, 1987 and 1997) and three U.S. Mid-Amateurs (1992, 1994, 1997) . won the 1975 New York State Amateur . a two-time New York State Mid-Amateur champion, in 1992 and 1995 . also won the 2001 New York State Senior . is a member of the Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame . a 1964 graduate of DePauw University . a physician . married to Lynne . they have two children, Jeff and Diana . birth date: November 25, 1942.

 

Ted Lyford, 60, Redlands, Calif.

Playing in his third USGA Senior Amateur . also qualified for match play at the 2001 championship . has also played in a U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Mid-Amateur, and U.S. Amateur . has also played in a British Amateur, British Mid-Amateur and British Senior Amateur . has a career-low round of 61, shot at Redlands Country Club . a reinstated amateur, in 1975 . a graduate of Arizona State University . is a salesman for Kent H. Landsberg, Inc. . married to Christine . has three daughters and five grandchildren . birth date: October 21, 1943.

 

Greg Reynolds, 57, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Captured the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Timuquana Country Club with a 4-and-3 victory over Mark Bemowski . made it into the Senior Amateur field as an alternate four days before the championship started and didn't arrive in time to play a practice round . has played in 21 USGA events, including two Senior Opens, eight U.S. Mid-Amateurs, and seven U.S. Amateurs . named the GAM Senior Player of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2004 . Golf Digest's Senior Player of the Year for 2002 . inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003 . elected to Greater Flint area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 . honored as the Golf Association of Michigan and Boyne/Michigan Player of the Year in 1994 . selected to the GAM Honor Roll (recognizing the top 10 amateurs in Michigan) 15 times . two-time winner of both the Michigan Medal Play (1982 and 1997) and Michigan Mid-Amateur (1983 and 1994) . four-time winner of the Michigan Tournament of Champions (1984, 1985, 1986, 1996) . also counts among his victories the 1994 Horton Smith . runner-up at the 1986 Michigan Amateur . represented Michigan at the 1997 USGA Men's State Team Championship . is a seven-time club champion at Flint Golf Club, and served as the club's president in 2001 . advanced to the final round of PGA Champions Tour qualifying school in 2002 . lists shooting 68 at Augusta National Golf Club as a golfing highlight . a 1969 graduate of Iowa State University . is the director of assembly engineering at General Motors . married to Randa and has one son, Chris, and two grandchildren, Katlyn and Cohen . birth date:  May 18, 1947.

 

Greg Shaw, 55, Little Rock, Ark.

Has never before played in a USGA championship . thanks his golf buddies Stan Martin, Harold Banks, Bill Burkholder and Roger Clement for convincing him to enter the championship . has not played competitive golf since high school and has played in just five competitions, mainly Arkansas State Golf Association events, over the years . a 1971 graduate of Carnegie-Mellon . is president of Shaw Valve . married to Barb . they have a daughter, Lisa, and a son, Chris . birth date: August 16, 1949.

 

Jack Vardaman, 64, Washington, D.C.

Playing in his third USGA Senior Amateur . represented the District of Columbia at the 2001 USGA State Team Championship . has played in three U.S. Senior Opens, in 1990, 1995, and 2003 . won the Senior Division of the 2004 Crump Cup at Pine Valley Golf Club . also won the Crump Cup's Senior Division in 2000 . his career-low round is a 67 at Pine Valley . a three-time winner of the Mid-Atlantic Senior Amateur, in 1997, 1998, and 2001 . won the senior division of the Coleman Invitational twice, in 1999 and 2001 . lists as a golf highlight having his son caddie for him at the U.S. Senior Open . served as the USGA's general counsel from 1993-2003 and as a member of the USGA Executive Committee from 2003-2004 . an attorney . graduated from Washington and Lee in 1962 . married to Marianne, they have four children and seven grandchildren . birth date: April 22, 1940.

 

Michael Walters, 56, Tampa, Fla.

Playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur . played in the 1977 U.S. Open, where he was paired with Tom Kite and Tom Watson . won the Innisbrook Amateur Invitational in 1995, 1996 and 1997 . a reinstated amateur in 1986 . counts a double eagle at PGA Tour qualifying school as one of his golf career highlights . shot a career-low round of 65 at the 1977 Pleasan Valley Classic . a stockbroker with Smith Barney . a 1970 graduate of Clark University . married to Lisa . has one daughter, Carrie . birth date: March 30, 1948.

 

Martin West, 56, Rockville, Md.

Playing in his second USGA Senior Amateur . played on the victorious 1973 and 1979 USA Walker Cup teams . played on the USA's 1972 World Amateur Team squad with Ben Crenshaw, Vinny Giles, and Mark Hayes that won the championship by five strokes . finished fourth in the 1972 U.S. Amateur and sixth in the 1971 U.S. Amateur . made the cut at the 1976 U.S. Open .has played in 19 U.S. Amateurs, four U.S. Mid-Amateurs, and the 2003 U.S. Senior Open . represented Maryland at two USGA State Team Championships . a nine-time Maryland Amateur champion . three-time Middle Atlantic Amateur champion . has won three Maryland Opens . won the 2004 Maryland Senior Amateur Championship . paired with Bob Morris to win the 2004 Middle Atlantic 4-Ball Championship . three-time runner-up at the Sunnehanna Amateur . serves as 1 st Vice President of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md. . also serves as an Elder at the Fourth Presbyterian Church . works in financial services as UBS . a 1971 graduate of the University of North Carolina . married to Betsy . has two sons, Martin IV and Derek . birth date: July 13, 1948.