Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas (record-tying 6-under-par 66)
"I guarantee you on the record or off the record. I will not be the medalist. I will make a double bogey just so that I’m not. I’m kidding there. It’s a great honor and a great medal but you tee off first every day. At Timuquana (2002 championship), I was practicing (for match play) in the dark. I didn’t like that. Shine the headlights over here. That year it was dark. It was dark until 7 a.m. and you teed off at 7:30. We’re a long way from that.”
(5-under 31 on second nine)
"I got a putting lesson yesterday from a friend from Austin. I hate to tell you how many putts I had on the back nine. Good God, I had five birdies and 13 putts. Where am I going with that? That’s pretty good. These greens are premium putting. You snooze, you lose. You might lose your ball on the putting green. Did you see some of these putts? You’ve got to have your head on straight.”
Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y. (2-under par 70)
"You just try to make the cut and see what happens. The only good thing about the 70 is that I can probably shoot 80 (Sunday). I played very well. I hit my irons great. I don’t think I can hit them better.”
Marty West, Rockville, Md. (2-under-par 70)
"I don’t think there’s anybody who cares about being medalist. I was fortunate to play the medalist last year (Ron Vannelli) and I got lucky and got by him. If you are the medalist, you’ve got a mark on your chest.”
"We come here. It’s a little different. You’re hoping your golf game appears and it’s solid. The reality is you are 55 plus and you could wake up tomorrow with your back out. I think it’s more of a cameraderie than at the U.S. Amateur or last week at the Mid-Amateur where your expecatations are so much involved in the results. We all want to win but we realize winning was everything when we were 25 or 35 but when you’re 50-something, it’s nice to be competing and playing with guys in the same situations as you.”
John DiMuccio, New Castle, Pa. (4-under-par 68 with no bogeys)
“It was a good day. I only needed seven or eight Advil (for his arthritic back). That’s as good as I’ve played. Ever. It’s got to be."
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.