USGA Senior Amateur News

Semifinals Set At 2004 USGA Senior Amateur

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., moved a step closer to a second USGA Senior Amateur title with a win over Jack Vardaman, 64, of Washington, D.C., in Wednesday's quarterfinals at the 2004 championship, being conducted at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.

 

Reynolds, the 2002 champion, took a 2-up lead when Vardaman made back-to-back bogeys to lose the fourth and fifth holes. The momentum swung back and forth between the players but Reynolds seized control on the par-4 15th hole, increasing his lead to 3 up after a double bogey from Vardaman. Reynolds earned a 3-and-2 victory when the two halved the 16th with pars.

 

2002 Senior Amateur runner-up Mark Bemowski watches his ball during his quarterfinal victory at Bel-Air Wednesday. (Sam Greenwood/USGA)

"Jack got off to a kind of a shaky start and he gave me a few chances," said Reynolds. "He was playing from a lot further back than I was to the hole and I always feel like I have a pretty good advantage on a lot of guys when that's the case."

 

Through four matches this week, Reynolds has yet to trail and has not played past the 16th hole.

 

"I've really driven the ball well and that's given me a lot of chances," said Reynolds.

 

It was the second consecutive match against a Senior Amateur winner for Vardaman, a past member of the USGA Executive Committee, who eliminated defending champion Kemp Richardson of Laguna Calif., in Tuesday's third round.

 

In Wednesday afternoon's semifinals, Reynolds will face Michael Walters, 56, of Tampa, Fla., a 2-and-1 winner over Greg Shaw, 55, of Little Rock, Ark. Walters struggled with eight bogeys and just one birdie, but it was enough to outlast Shaw, who had six bogeys and two double bogeys.

 

A rematch of the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur final is possible, as runner-up Mark Bemowski, 58, of Mukwonago, Wis., also advanced, with a 2-and-1 victory over two-time USA Walker Cupper Marty West 56, of Rockville, Md.

 

West held a 3-up advantage after six holes, but Bemowski won four consecutive holes, starting at the 13 th, to take the lead. Bemowski advanced despite six bogeys, including five in a row at one point.

 

"I hacked my way around," said Bemowski. "I can't imagine being more fortunate than to play like I did and win against a player like Marty West."

 

Bemowski's semifinal opponent will be Alan Foster, 61, of Manilus, N.Y., a 2-and-1 winner over Ted Lyford, 60, of Redlands, Calif.

 

With the usual match-play concessions, Foster was the equivalent of three under par and never trailed against Lyford. The two were all square after 13 holes, but birdies at the par-5 14th and par-3 17th holes gave Foster the match. Foster had six birdies in the match.

 

The championship continues with the semifinal matches Wednesday afternoon, and concludes with Thursday's 18-hole championship final.

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.

 

Story written by Beth Murrison of USGA media relations. You can reach her at bmurrison@usga.org.

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Results from the Wednesday's quarterfinal round of match play at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being conducted at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.

 

Round of 8

Upper Bracket

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (149) def. Martin West, Rockville, Md. (152), 2 and 1

Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y. (153) def. Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif. (154), 2 and 1

 

Lower Bracket

Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla. (149) def. Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark. (155), 2 and 1

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (151) def. Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C. (154), 3 and 2

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Pairings for Wednesday's semifinal round of match play at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.

 

Round of 4

Upper Bracket

1:30 p.m.    Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (149) vs. Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y. (153)

 

Lower Bracket

1:45 p.m.    Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla. (149) vs. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (151)