USGA Senior Amateur News

Bemowski And Reynolds To Meet For

2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., and Mark Bemowski, 58, of Mukwonago, Wis., both won semifinal matches Wednesday and will meet in the 18-hole championship final of the 2004 Senior Amateur, being conducted at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.

 

It's a case of déjà vu for the two players, who met in the final of the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., when Reynolds won the championship with a 4-and-3 victory.

 

"It's incredible," said Bemowski about the rematch. "From the day I walked off that course in Florida, I've dreamt about having a rematch with Greg. We've become good friends and we've even talked about it and here it is. It's just amazing that it would happen. How many times do you get another chance?"

 

"I'm looking forward to it," said Reynolds. "I'm really excited about getting the chance to do it again."

 

In his semifinal match against Michael Walters, 56, of Tampa, Fla., Reynolds fell behind when he bogeyed the fourth hole. It was the first time he had fallen behind in the championship, including his 3-and-2 quarterfinal victory over Jack Vardaman, 64, of Washington D.C., earlier in the day.

 

Mark Bemowski hits from a bunker during his semifinal victory Wednesday. (Sam Greenwood/USGA)

"I was not very happy with myself when that happened," Reynolds said.

 

Reynolds rebounded to win the next four holes to take control of the match. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4, 448-yard 15th hole to close out Walters, 4 and 3. In five matches, Reynolds has yet to play past the 16th hole.

 

"You've just got to hit more quality shots than the other guy, and make less mistakes," said Reynolds. "I think that's probably been the key to most of the matches that I've won, especially on this golf course. You might make a few birdies, but making fewer mistakes than the other guy is a big advantage here."

 

In his semifinal match against Alan Foster, 61, of Manilus, N.Y., Bemowski was the equivalent of three under par. He took a 3-up lead after a birdie on the par-3, 210-yard 13 th hole when he hit his tee shot to four feet, and closed out the match, 4 and 3, when Foster double bogeyed the 15th hole.

 

It was a reversal from his semifinal match against two-time USA Walker Cupper Marty West 56, of Rockville, Md., earlier in the day. In that match, Bemowski had six bogeys, including five in a row at one point, but still held on for a 2-and-1 victory.

 

"I played awful this morning," said Bemowski. "It was an absolute miracle - I couldn't have been luckier to win the match. This afternoon, I played just the opposite. I was very pleased with the way I played."

 

The 18-hole championship final is scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT Thursday.

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 and semifinal rounds 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

 

Round of 4

Upper Bracket

Bemowski def. Foster, 4 and 3

 

Lower Bracket

Reynolds def. Walters, 4 and 3

 

Los Angeles, Calif. - Pairing for the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship final, to be played Thursday at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club.

 

9:00 a.m.    Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (149) vs. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (151)

 

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