Tuesday Notebook -- Midday
Five of the 2004 quarterfinalists advanced to the third round: Marty West, Mark Bemowski, Alan Foster, Jack Vardaman and Greg Reynolds.
CHOOSING GOLF OVER FOOTBALL
Stan Fischer, 65, of Richmond, Va., played college football at Virginia. He was offered a contract for $11,000 to be the ‘scout team’ quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
His job was to run the Steelers’ opponents’ plays against the first-team defense.
“I thought, ‘I’m going to get the hell kicked out of me in practice.’ I got an offer from a publishing company for $15 grand and a company car. It’s a no brainer. Now, the backups are making $300 grand. Back then, Bobby Layne (Steelers’ quarterback) was making $100 grand and he was the top paid guy in the league.”
Fischer, who played under Dick Voris and Bill Elias at Virginia, never regrets his decision. “Football’s been good to me and golf has too,” Fischer said. “Golfers are great people.”
MORE EXTRA HOLES
Jack Vardman of Washington, D.C, won his second consecutive extra-hole match to move the number of extra-hole matches in the championship to eight. Randy Reifers won in extra holes for the ninth and Chip Campion of Salinas, Calif.,won for the 10th. The record for the championship is 11 extra-hole matches in 1992 and 2001.
In the second round of match play, the oldest competitor is Jack Forbes, 66, of Morgantown, W. Va., and the youngest is Chip Campion, 55 (8/28/50), of Salinas, Calif. Campion, of course, is playing in his first Senior Amateur and Forbes in his sixth.
SENIOR AMATEUR EXPERIENCE
Three players remaining in the field (through the first round) are playing in their sixth Senior Amateur: Jack Forbes, 66 of Morgantown, W.Va., Spencer Sappington, 62, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Mike Rice, 65, of Houston, Texas.
MAKING BEST OF FIRST APPEARANCE
Of the 32 players in the second round, 11 are playing in their first Senior Amateur. They are: Charles Bagby, 60, of Birmingham, Ala., Mike Brummer, 55, of Rapid City, S.D., Chip Campion, 55, of Salinas, Calif., Steve Dallas, 56, of Mesa, Ariz., John Hogden, 60, of Black River Falls, Wis., B. Shawn McLoughlin, 62, of Newtown, Conn., Jim Myers, 60, of Oceanside, Calif., Ken Redfern, 56, of Austin, Texas, Rick Ten Broeck, 57, of Chicago, Ill., Mitch Voges, 55, of Simi Valley, Calif., and Danny Yates, 55, of Atlanta, Ga.
AMATEUR AND LOVING IT
Only nine of the 32 players to advance to the second round are re-instated amateurs.
USGA Senior Amateur Championship
PAR AND YARDAGE – The Farm Golf Club will be set up at 6,737/6,763 and par is 36-36—72.
COURSE SET-UP –
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.