Quarterfinalist Bios

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Mark Bemowski, 59, Mukwonago, Wis.

Mark Bemowski

Defending champion, who has a 17-3 Senior Amateur match play record…runner-up in 2002…will play Greg Reynolds for the third time in the Senior Amateur but both previous meetings were in the final…won 2004 and 2004 Wisconsin Senior Amateur…also a six-time Wisconsin State Amateur champion…2004 Wisconsin State Player of the Year and 2004 Wisconsin State Senior Player of the Year…inducted into Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame in 1991…played in 2003 and 2005 U.S. Senior Open…member of Wisconsin squad at 1997 and 1999 USGA State Team championship…playing in his fifth Senior Amateur…works in corporate promotional sales…lowest round is 65…married with two daughters and three grandsons….graduate of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

What will it take for you to win?

“I’m going to have to putt better. Every match you play, the players get stronger, it seems like. They are going to make some birdies. I’m going to have to make some birdies and not give three or four holes away like I did today.”

 

Alan Foster, 62, Manlius, N.Y.

Alan Foster

Semifinalist from 2004…won the 2005 British Senior Open Amateur championship, which he calls his most

memorable golf moment…playing in his third Senior Amateur…a physician by trade…lowest career score is 65…has two holes-in-one…played in the 2005 U.S. Senior Open but missed the cut…also won the 2005 Senior Masters at Indian Wells…also has a New York State Senior Amateur title (2003) and two New York Mid-Amateur wins (1992 and 1995)…highest-seeded remaining player from stroke play (2nd)…married with son and daughter….graduate of DePauw.

What will it take for you to win?

“If I play the way I did the last four days, I have a chance to win. I have been under par, 2 or 3, every round. If I can play that way, which may or may not be likely, I have a chance to beat anyone.”

 

 

 

Bob Mielcarz, 56, Concord, N.H.

Bob Mielcarz

Playing in his second Senior Amateur…works as a sales representative for a screenprint company…played for New Hampshire in the 1995 and 1997 USGA State Team championships…caddie is his long-time friend and fellow club member Chick Smith…has won the New Hampshire State Amateur nine times, the latest in 2000, which enabled him to break a 50-year-old record formerly held by Thomas Leonard, Jr….also won the 2005 New Hampshire State Senior Amateur…a member of his high school’s athletic hall of fame for football, hockey and golf…New Hampshire Male Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1979 and 2000….adores his 8-month-old granddaughter…has five holes-in-one but none at the course at which he’s been a member for 31 years (Concord C.C.)…pronounce his name MIL-carrs…married with two daughters and a son…one granddaughter…graduate of University of Rochester.

What will it take for you to win?

“A miracle, probably. I’m one of the obscure players from one of the smaller states and I’ve achieved goal number one by making match play. Last year in my first attempt, I missed and I was very disappointed. Now, I’m taking it one at a time. I have no aspirations beyond the next match.”

Randy Reifers, 58, Columbus, Ohio

Randy Reifers

Playing in his second Senior Amateur…advanced to match play and lost in the third round in 2003…played in five U.S. Mid-Amateurs and was a member of the original Mid-Amateur committee…father of USA Walker Cupper Kyle, who plays college golf at Wake Forest…calls his most memorable golf moment playing at Latrobe C.C. with his son, Kyle and Arnold Palmer…reinstated as an amateur in 1974…won the Ohio Amateur twice, the Ohio Mid-Amateur in 1994 and the Ohio Senior in 2002…inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame in 2003…also inducted into the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997…works as a manufacturer’s representative….married with a daughter and a son…graduate of DePauw.

What will it take for you to win?

“When you go deep in any national event you’ve got to make putts. It’s pretty simple. There’s no revelation that I’m going to give you. I enjoy the course. I see my shot lines here. I like the greens. They are tough to putt. There are some pin placements that we haven’t seen.  You look at high level events like the Ryder Cup, the Walker Cup, you’ve got to roll the ball.”

Greg Reynolds, 58, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Greg Reynolds

2002 champion and 2004 runner-up…low amateur (tied) at the 2005 U.S. Senior Open after playing two rounds with Arnold Palmer…has played in nine Mid-Amateurs and eight Amateurs…1994 Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year…2002 and 2003 Golf Association of Michigan Senior Player of the Year…elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003 and to Great Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2004…member of Michigan’s 1997 squad at the 1997 USGA State Team championship…15 state titles in Michigan…medalist at 1990 Michigan Amateur, shooting course record 66…six-time quarterfinalist at Michigan Amateur…7-time club champion at Flint G.C….also won 10 club championships at Spring Meadows G.C…lowest round is 63…works as an assistant plant manager for General Motors in Grand Blanc…married with a son and two grandchildren…graduate of Iowa State.

What will it take for you to win?

“I guess it’s going to take still playing well. I haven’t played anybody that’s wanted to make a bunch of bogeys and give you a bunch of holes. You still have to hit quality shots. It’s going to take under par rounds from here on out.”

Mike Rice, 65, Houston, Texas

Mike Rice

Second-oldest of the quarterfinalists…most experienced of the quarterfinalists with six appearances in the Senior Amateur…won Anderson Memorial and Senior Porter Cup in 2005…has also won the North-South Senior (1999) and the Shoal Creek Invitational (2000)…only member of Champions Golf Club club championship and senior club championship in the same year…best score is 65 at Champions…has four holes-in-one and two double eagles to his credit…graduated from SMU…married with one daughter.

What will it take for you to win?

“I have no idea. I don’t know. With match play it’s almost impossible to figure it out. You can play and win and you can play good and lose. There’s no way to tell.

 

 

 

Gayle Sanchez, 57, Baton Rouge, La.

Gayle Sanchez

Playing in his second Senior Amateur…practicing dentist, whose business and home in Louisiana only lost power and escaped any damage from Hurrican Katrina….has played in every USGA Championships for which he is eligible – U.S. Open, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Senior Open, USGA Senior Amateur and USGA State Team…he won the 2003 Coleman at Seminole G.C., which he claims is his most memorable golf moment….also won the 1994 Louisiana State Amateur and is a 6-time Baton Rouge City champion…he’s been runner-up at the Louisiana Amateur three times…loves spending time at the beach or his farmhouse…has 15 holes-in-one…re-instated as an amateur in 1987…married with three adult daughters….graduate of LSU.

What will it take for you to win?

“I have to putt. I have to make a few putts. I’m playing great. I just need to putt a little better and I have a great chance.”

 

 

Jack Vardaman, 65, Washington, D.C.

Jack Vardaman

Oldest of the quarterfinalists…playing in his fourth Senior Amateur…a practicing attorney…quarterfinalist in 2004 as well...played in three U.S. Senior Opens, the latest in 2003, two Mid-Amateurs and one USGA State Team championship…played many rounds of golf with Sam Snead…his most memorable golf moments were when his sons caddied for him at U.S. Senior Opens…won the Coleman Amateur Senior Division in 1995…two-time winner of the Crump – Senior Division…3-time Mid-Atlantic Seniors champion…past member of the USGA Executive Committee and past USGA general counsel….married with four children and seven grandchildren…graduate of Washington and Lee.

What will it take for you to win?

“I’m actually hitting the ball well.  For me to win, I have really have to putt well. I hit a lot of greens and if I’m putting well then I’ll be under par.  If I’m not, like today, it might be around par. There are awfully good players in this field. There are going to be hard to beat. You are going to have to hit the ball well and putt well. For me, I’ve got get the pace right and I’ve got to make a few.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

USGA Senior Amateur Championship

PAR AND YARDAGE The Farm Golf Club will be set up at 6,737/6,763 and par is 36-3672.

COURSE SET-UP
Teeing ground - Height of grass -- 425 inches
Fairways Height of grass -- .450 inches
Green approaches and closely mown areas Height of grass -- .425 inches
Collars around greens Height of grass -- .230 inches
Intermediate rough USGA asked for addition of intermediate rough that will be cut to 1 inches and 6-feet wide
Primary rough 2 inches
Putting greens USGA Stimpmeter reading of 11 feet

VENUE The Farm Golf Club was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1988. Located between Atlanta and Chattanooga in northwest Georgia, The Farm benefits from significant elevation changes, which provide a scenic and difficult test of golf.

HISTORY The USGA Senior Amateur Championship was first played in 1955. The 2005 Senior Amateur Championship will be the 51st.

SCHEDULE Stroke play rounds will be played Sept. 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday). Following two days of stroke play, the field of 157 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. The match play portion of the Championship runs from September 19-22 (Monday-Thursday). The first round is set for Sept. 19 (9:30 a.m. start); the second and third rounds for Sept. 20 (8:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. starts) and the quarterfinals and semifinals (8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. starts) for Sept. 21. The 18-hole, match-play final (9 a.m.) is scheduled for Sept. 22.

CAN I PLAY? The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday on or before Sept. 17, 2005, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4.

ENTRIES The USGA accepted a record 2,498 entries for the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, the fifth consecutive year entries topped 2,200. The previous record of 2,420 entries was set in 2004. The deadline for entries was July 27.

TICKETS Admission and parking are free for all six days of the championship.

DEFENDING CHAMPION In the finals of the 2004 championship, Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., reversed the outcome of the 2002 by defeating Greg Reynolds, 4 and 3, at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2002, Reynolds had beaten Bemowski by the same margin.

 

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