USGA Senior Amateur News

Vannelli Takes Second-Round Lead

At 2004 USGA Senior Amateur


Los Angeles, Calif. - Ronald Vannelli, 56, of Edison, N.J., recorded a 1-over-par 71 during the second round of stroke play for a 36-hole total of 144 and a two-stroke lead in the hunt for medalist honors at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being conducted at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.


After a double bogey on the par-4, 390-yard 12th hole (the third of his round), Vannelli recorded six consecutive pars before a bogey on the par-5, 482-yard first hole. He finished with birdies on the par-4 seventh and ninth holes.


Vannelli will have to wait to learn whether he will earn medalist honors. Play was suspended at 6:30 p.m. due to darkness with 44 players still on the course. The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m. Monday.


"I'd be thrilled beyond belief if I were medalist," said Vannelli. "If I'm not, I'm going to be a little upset because I played the par 5s horrendously. I was four over, and didn't make a birdie."


Since turning 50 years old, Vannelli has played in five USGA championships - two Senior Opens, two Mid-Amateurs, and this Senior Amateur.


"I seem to be getting better for some reason," said Vannelli.


Two shots back is Steve Bogan, 56, of Placentia, Calif., who had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on Bel-Air's stunning 10th hole, a 195-yard par 3 featuring an uphill shot over a canyon to a two-tiered green. Bogan, using a 3-wood, couldn't see the ball go in the hole.


"Anytime it goes in, it's a surprise," Bogan said. "I knew it was right on the line, but I certainly wasn't thinking about it going in. I thought I hit it too hard."


From there, Bogan had a double bogey and two bogeys for a second-round 71. Bogan has been playing well lately, with a victory in the Southern California Senior Amateur last week.


"I think I've got a good chance to do well," said Bogan, whose late father Pete won the 1952 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. "In the first two days, you're just trying to make a par or better on every hole and add them up at the end."


Four-time USA Walker Cupper Bob Lewis Jr., 60, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, followed up an opening-round 77 with a 2-over 72 and is in good position to advance to match play. Among those who should also safely advance to match play are 1998 and 2000 champion Bill Shean Jr. of Hinsdale, Ill. (73-77-150) and two-time USA Walker Cupper Marty West, 56, of Rockville, Md. (74-78-152).


First-round leader and defending champion Kemp Richardson, 58, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., had a late tee time Sunday and did not complete his second round. Also due to complete his second round Monday is 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., who had an opening-round 75.


After the conclusion of the second round of stroke play Monday, the field will be trimmed to the low 64 scorers who 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.


Story written by Beth Murrison of USGA media relations.  You can reach her at



Los Angeles, Calif. - Scores after the second round of stroke play Sunday at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club. (Note: 44 players have yet to complete their second round.)


Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J., 73-71--144

Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif., 75-71--146

Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas, 72-75--147

Steven Hakes, San Diego, Calif., 71-76--147

Chip Stewart, Dallas, Texas, 72-77--149

Kent Christopher, Farmington, Utah, 70-79--149

Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla., 76-73--149

Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 77-72--149

Ronnie Tumlin, Saint Augustine, Fla., 77-72--149

Bill Shean Jr, Hinsdale, Ill., 73-77--150

Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga., 77-73--150

Edward Fletcher, Mashpee, Mass., 75-75--150

John Baldwin, Palm Beach, Fla., 75-76--151

Rick Weihe, Bellingham, Wash., 76-75--151

Roy Holloway, Monroe, La., 77-74--151

Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 77-74--151

Steven Hoffman, Savannah, Ga., 77-74--151

Woody Thames, Dallas, Texas, 77-74--151

Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 75-77--152

Jim Dines, Albuquerque, N.M., 74-78--152

Jim Ruschioni, Leominster, Mass., 78-74--152

Martin West, Rockville, Md., 74-78--152

Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 79-74--153

James Smith, Orchard Park, N.Y., 79-74--153

Johnny Stevens, Wichita, Kan., 71-82--153

Joseph Keller, Osterville, Mass., 78-75--153

Tony Lehman, Santa Barbara, Calif., 77-76--153

Bob Blomberg, Alameda, Calif., 78-76--154

Bob Heaton, Oakley, Calif., 76-78--154

Gregory Scurlock, Augusta, Ga., 78-76--154

Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 73-81--154

Jim Mc Murtrey, Fair Oaks, Calif., 75-79--154

Roger Gunderson, Aurora, Colo., 79-75--154

Tim Thompson, Memphis, Tenn., 77-77--154

Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla., 76-79--155

Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark., 81-74--155

John Seehausen, Palatine, Ill., 75-80--155

Joseph Schmidt, Mchenry, Ill., 79-76--155

Roy Smethurst, England, 78-77--155

Timothy Miller, Kokomo, Ind., 79-76--155

Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 80-76--156

David Carrera, Latrobe, Pa., 78-78--156

Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif., 81-75--156

O D Gardner, Yorktown, Va., 74-82--156

Roy Vomastek, Cadillac, Mich., 77-79--156

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 79-77--156

Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 82-75--157

Jim Brown, Loudon, Tenn., 81-76--157

Merton Goode, San Francisco, Calif., 78-79--157

Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 79-78--157

Sam Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah, 74-83--157

Stephen Smith, Palo Alto, Calif., 79-78--157

Thomas Danluck, Miami, Fla., 78-79--157

Cannon Randall, Mesa, Ariz., 77-81--158

Frank Reaume, Pinckney, Mich., 81-77--158

James Wallis Jr, Biloxi, Miss., 81-77--158

Jamie Kirkebo, Tacoma, Wash., 79-79--158

Jerry Gruidl, Plymouth, Minn., 80-78--158

Ronald Moore, Pinehurst, N.C., 85-73--158

Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind., 76-82--158

Tom Hadley, Hendersonville, N.C., 80-78--158

Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 79-80--159

Jim Jensen, Park City, Utah, 79-80--159

John Hendricks, Mountain Lakes, N.J., 83-76--159

Michael Rose, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 76-83--159

Arnold Edwards, Charlotte, N.C., 81-79--160

Charlie Post, Denver, Colo., 78-82--160

Douglas Vergith, Setauket, N.Y., 82-78--160

Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 85-75--160

Gordon Willins, West Chester, Ohio, 88-72--160

Jim Lipe, Shreveport, La., 82-78--160

Karl Stewart Sr, Chino Hills, Calif., 78-82--160

Mike Hale, Pine Bluff, Ark., 77-83--160

Pat Vincelli, Burnsville, Minn., 79-81--160

Viviano Villarreal, Mexico, 83-77--160

Al Sharpe, Carmel, Calif., 80-81--161

Douglas Baker, Incline Village, Nev., 89-72--161

Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 84-77--161

Joe Malay, Boise, Idaho, 77-84--161

Ron Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 83-78--161

Thomas Olson, Omaha, Neb., 79-82--161

Bert Rogers, The Woodlands, Texas, 83-79--162

Carey Schulten, Dallas, Texas, 78-84--162

Francis Spadola, Napa, Calif., 88-74--162

Robert Ferrel, Linville, N.C., 85-77--162

Robert Leaf, Excelsior, Minn., 77-85--162

Roger Null, Wentzville, Mo., 85-77--162

Frank Perry, Fayetteville, Ga., 82-81--163

Roberto Duran, Panama, 82-81--163

Tom Bergeron, Gill, Mass., 84-79--163

Warren Shafer, San Diego, Calif., 85-78--163

Frank Brame, Alexandria, La., 82-82--164

Jim Taggard, Blaine, Wash., 79-85--164

John Cearnal, Fort Worth, Texas, 80-84--164

Lee Brandt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 80-84--164

Matthew Bellis, Ambler, Pa., 83-81--164

James Smith Jr, Wilmington, N.C., 85-82--167

Dave Bates, Newburgh, Ind., 84-84--168

Shigeru Matsui, Honolulu, Hawaii, 84-84--168

Tom Perry, Indianapolis, Ind., 84-84--168

Elvin Gonzalez, Dorado, PR, 81-88--169

Guy Smith, Lexington, N.C., 83-86--169

John Betonte, Cleveland, Ohio, 81-90--171

Skip Juris, Dublin, Ohio, 81-90--171

Doug Tambara, Huntington Beach, Calif., 86-86--172

Grant Renne, Prairie Villiage, Kan., 84-88--172

Merritt Cook, Lombard, Ill., 82-91--173

David Cox, Mission, Texas, 89-89--178

George Van Kirk, Grand Forks, N.D., 90-93--183