USGA CHAMPIONS (6) – The following list shows the six USGA champions in the field: Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (2004 USGA Senior Amateur); Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (1972 U.S. Amateur); Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (2002 USGA Senior Amateur and tie for low amateur at 2005 U.S. Senior Open);
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Nigel, Calif. (2001 and 2003 USGA Senior Amateur);
Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif. (1991 U.S. Amateur at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.); Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga. (1992 U.S. Mid-Amateur).
USA WALKER CUPPERS (5) – A total of five past USA Walker Cup team members are in the field: Bob Lewis, Pepper Pike, Ohio (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 and captain in 2003 and 2005); Marty West, Rockville, Md. (1973, 1979); Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif. (1991); Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975 and captain in 1993); Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga. (1989, 1993 and captain in 1999 and 2001).
FATHERS OF USA WALKER CUPPERS (3) -- Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio (Kyle in 2005) Jimmy Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn. (Casey in 2003) and Lynn Martin, Powell, Ohio (Doug in 1989), have sons who played in the Walker Cup.
FATHERS OF USGA CHAMPIONS (3) – Lynn Martin, 61, of Powell, Ohio, is the father of Doug Martin, who won the 1984 Junior Amateur and then played on the PGA Tour in the 1990s, Ernie Newton, 57, of High Point, N.C., is the father of 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and current LPGA Tour player Marcy (Newton) Hart and Paul Quigley, of Barrington, R.I., is the father of PGA Tour player Brett Quigley, who won the Junior Amateur in 1987.
WORLD AMATEUR TEAM PLAYERS (4) – Vinny Giles (1968, 1970, 1972), Bob Lewis (1982, 1986), Marty West (1972) and Danny Yates (1988) all played for the USA at the biennial World Amateur Team Championships.
OLDEST -- Moot Thomas of Ocala, Fla., is the oldest player in the field and the second-oldest competitor in Senior Amateur history. Born August 13, 1930, Thomas will be 75 years, one month and four days old when the championship begins. Andy Andreola was 75 years, 10 months and 10 days old (oldest competitor) when he played in the 1994 Senior Amateur.
YOUNGEST -- Don Terry, 55, of Stillwater, Okla., is the youngest player in the field. He turned 55 on September 16. He has competed in five marathons and two triathlons in the past 10 years.
GATHERING OF FINALISTS – This year’s field includes the finalists of the last three Senior Amateurs: 2002 – Greg Reynolds vs. Mark Bemowski; 2003 – Kemp Richardson vs. Frank Abbott; 2004 – Mark Bemowski vs. Greg Reynolds.
USGA BLOODLINES – Danny Yates, 55, of Atlanta, Ga., is the most USGA experienced player in the field and possibly in USGA annals. He is playing in his ninth different USGA championship or sanctioned event. His first USGA championship was the 1966 Junior Amateur. He has also played in the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur (17 times), U.S. Mid-Amateur (21 times), U.S. Senior Open, USGA State Team, the Walker Cup and the World Amateur Team. The only USGA event he has not played in is the Amateur Public Links, for which he is not eligible.
Marty West, 57, is a stockbroker who has played in every men’s USGA Championship, except the Amateur Public Links. A two-time Walker Cup team member, he has also played in the Open, Senior Open, Amateur, Mid-Amateur, State Team and World Amateur.
PAST MEDALISTS – Seven past medalists are in the field, including the last six.
Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas – co-medalist in 1992, 1994
Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill. – 1999
Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. – 2000
Joe Cadle, Wichita Falls, Texas -- 2001
Bill Clagett, Austin, Texas -- 2002
Bob Kulp, Winston-Salem, N.C. -- 2003
Ron Vannelli, Edison, N.J. – 2004
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STORYLINES
Peter Allen, 55, of Rochester Hill, Mich., is a retired executive for an automobile manufacturer. He appeared in the final episode of the TV show “The Apprentice” as a host.
David Barber, 55, of Anchorage, Alaska, is a three-time finisher in the Tesoro Iron Dog snow machine race. It is the world’s longest (1,049 miles) and follows the Iditarod Trail to Nome. Barber, who won the 2005 Alaska State Senior Amateur, admits that the temperature at one checkpoint on the Iron Dog was a ‘balmy’ -62 degrees.
Larry Barnacle, 57, of Pine Spring, Minn., shot a course record 68 at Old Head in Kinsale, Ireland in 1998. He’s had two knee replacements and another will happen next month.
Mike Bell, 58, of Indianapolis, Ind., played in the 2003 Senior Open shortly after double by-pass heart surgery. In 2005, he’s won the Indiana Mid-Amateur and the State Senior Match Play and was runner-up at the Indiana Senior Open.
It’s all about sight for Ken Benson, 61, of Alpharetta, Ga. A retired ophthalmologist, he is an avid nature photographer. He won an international photo contest for Nature Best Magazine with an image of a gorilla in Rwanda. The photo was displayed at the Smithsonian this past year.
Steve Bogan, 57, of Placentia, Calif., played on the PGA Tour from 1970-74 and made the Tour in a playoff in 1970 by birdieing the last hole to gain a spot in a 5-man playoff with Bruce Fleisher among others. He won the spot and has played in one U.S. Open (1973).
Bill Boles, 57, of Wilson, N.C., is a dentist by trade but plays trumpet in a regional symphony, a swing band and he also free lances at weddings. He also plays golf well, making the quarterfinals of the 1966 U.S. Junior Amateur, five U.S. Amateur appearances, three in the Mid-Amateur and the 2000 U.S. Senior Open. This is his first Senior Amateur.
Alan Bouchard, 59, of Falmouth, Mass., won the U.S. Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross in 1969 for service in Vietnam. An accountant, he won the 2005 Maine Senior and loves anything to do with the outdoors – fly fishing, canoe and kayaking, hiking, camping and boating.
Jim Brown, 62, of Loudon, Tenn., a retired teacher and coach, is the grandson of a Civil War veteran who fought with Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. Brown’s father is 93 and lives with his son and still plays golf. Brown’s daughter, Laura, played on the Futures and LPGA Tour and is the coach of three-time National Junior College champion Dayton Beach Community College. To round things out, he ran track at Florida and set school records in the 880 and relays.
Kent Brown, 57, Colville, Wash., is the secretary of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. At age 17 in 1966, he teamed with George Bayer to win the Rocky Mountain PGA Section Pro-Am. Bayer, unfortunately, left early and Brown defeated two teams in a sudden death playoff to win the ‘team’ title.
Mike Brummer, 55, of Rapid City, S.D. is a high school golf coach (boys and girls teams) at Rapid City Christian. He was the state coach of the year in 1999-2000. Our guess is that the team stops at Armadillo Ice Cream Shoppe after matches because Brummer owns the place.
Bob Callan, 66, of San Francisco, Calif., underwent surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2004. His first hole in one was on the 3rd hole at Merion and according to Callan his ‘money-saving’ timing couldn’t have been any better. It occurred on the day of a hosted cocktail party at the Hugh Wilson tournament.
Doug Crawford, 55, of Wayland, Wash., is playing in his first Senior Amateur but he is familiar with a big stage – in tennis at least. He played at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open (advancing to the third round in 1977) and the French Open in the 1970s. He was ranked in the top 40 in the U.S. at that time.
Henry deLozier, 58, of Chevy Chase, Md., is playing in his first Senior Amateur but brings impressive credentials. A semifinalist at the 1975 U.S. Amateur, he also advanced to the quarterfinals at that championship in 1973. He played in the 1974 Masters qualifying at The Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. At Augusta National, he shot 74-76 to miss the cut.
Al Everett, 62, of Cumming, Ga., made the most of his first hole in qualifying at The Farm. On the 10th, he hit his second shot from 102 yards into the hole for an eagle. He shot 70 to earn a spot in his second Senior Amateur.
Jimmy Felker, 59, of Franklin, Tenn., is playing in his first Senior Amateur. A hometown local pub and eatery – The Bunganut Pig – is bringing 50 people on a bus to watch Felker play ala Tin Cup. According to Felker, ‘it could be a treat for everyone.’
Stan Fischer, 65, of Richmond, Va., is playing in his fourth Senior Amateur. He was a quarterfinalist in 1997 and 1999. His most memorable golf moment came at the 1999 Senior Amateur when he aced the 17th hole at Portland Golf Club to get his match to all square with Cliff Davis. Unfortunately, he lost the match on the third extra hole.
Vinny Giles, 62, of Richmond, Va., won the 1972 U.S. Amateur and is playing in his eighth Senior Amateur. Perhaps his most unusual golf feat is scoring a hole in one on the par-4 17th hole at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. While Giles had made 14 previous aces, this one was historic. It was the first on that hole in the 103-year history of the club, which has hosted seven U.S. Opens and will again in 2007.
Chan Henry, 55, of Jackson, Miss., is an anesthesiologist who has the nickname ‘Dr. Moan.’ He is playing in his first USGA championship and won the 1981 Medical Open sponsored by the North American Medical Golf Association. Our question: did they play on Wednesday?
Bob Hullender, 68, of San Antonio, Texas, is playing in his 11th Senior Amateur. A retired Air Force general with two artificial hips, Hullender was the runner-up at the 1994 Senior Amateur.
Bob Kain, 56, of Hunting Valley, Ohio, is the president of IMG, the international sports management group. He is playing in his first Senior Amateur. He played tennis at Virginia and was a competitive amateur. He is married to Rosalyn Sumners, the three-time U.S. figure skating champion and Olympic silver medalist.
Bob Lewis, 61, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, keeps adding to his golf resume. He captained the 2005 USA Walker Cup team to victory at Chicago Golf Club in August and qualified for his sixth Senior Amateur a week later at Dalton Country Club. The low amateur at the 1987 Masters, he was the runner-up at the 1980 U.S. Amateur, the 1981 and 1984 Mid-Amateurs. He played on four and captained two USA Walker Cup squads.
David Lind, 56, of Burridge, Ill., is a two-time USGA runner-up, finishing second at the 1988 and 1993 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Tim McAdam, 55, of Edwards, Colo., is a professional race car driver and the winner of the 1992 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1993 12 Hours of Sebring. Tim, cart or not?
Dennis Moore, 59, of Chesterfield, Mo., is a drug investigator for the Bureau of Narcotics. He says he is the only Missourian to have qualified for the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and USGA Senior Amateur. He’s played in each at least twice.
Chuck Munson, 56, of Austin, Texas, played junior high, high school and college golf with Tom Kite. He was a member of the Texas’ NCAA champion golf teams in 1971 and 1972. He was a pupil of legendary instructor Harvey Penick and grew up playing with Ben Crenshaw as well.
The players better watch their etiquette driving carts this week because Ernie Newton, 57, of High Point, N.C., spent 31 teaching drivers’ education in high school. His daughter, Marcy, won the 2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur with Ernie caddieing for her. She now plays under her married name of Marcy Hart on the LPGA Tour.
Marty Perez, 59, of Lithonia, Ga., played professional baseball for 15 years and was an Atlanta Brave teammate of Henry Aaron in 1974 when he hit home run number 715. Perez qualified for his first Senior Amateur at Dalton Country Club, shooting 71 and chipping in for birdie on the 18th hole.
Al Pineault, 57, of San Antonio, Texas, is a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He’s back to active duty after a 16-year break from service. This is his first Senior Amateur.
Paul Quigley, 60, of Barrington, R.I., is the older brother of Champions Tour player Dana Quigley. Paul is a retired PGA Tour caddie and is the father of Tour player Brett Quigley. He’s playing in his first Senior Amateur.
Bruce Richards, 62, of Bellevue, Wash., is playing in his fifth Senior Amateur. He’s been a member of the USGA Executive Committee since 2002 and was a quarterfinalist at the 2003 Senior Amateur.
Gayle Sanchez, 57, of Baton Rouge, La., is no stranger to USGA competition. He has qualified for all USGA men’s championships – the Open, Senior Open, Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Public Links, and Senior Amateur and has played in the State Team. His best finish was the round of 16 at the 2003 Senior Amateur.
Spencer Sappington, 62, of Alpharetta, Ga., was the medalist at Senior Amateur qualifying at The Farm, shooting 69. He’s won three consecutive Georgia State Senior Amateurs (2003, 2004, 2005), the only player to do so and he’s the oldest player (at 55) to win the Georgia State Amateur Match Play.
Roger Schurke, 61, of Andover, Minn., is both an attorney and a pharmacist. His company also audits all but one Minnesota prison facility. In addition, he has spent most of the past four years recovering from Achilles tendon surgeries on both heels.
Larry ‘Skip’ Semin, 59, of Lincoln, Neb., is a retired home builder playing in his first Senior Open. He was an all-state basketball player in high school in 1962 and 1963 and his team won the state title in 1963. In 1990, he broke his back in an accident while cutting trees. Before the accident his handicap was 16, now he plays to a 6.
A.B. Sisco, 60, of Pensacola, Fla., is a retired neurosurgeon and both of his daughters are medical doctors. He is playing in his third Senior Amateur and qualified at The Farm.
Ron Vannelli, 57, of Edison, N.J., is playing in his second of three USGA championships in three weeks. He played in the Mid-Amateur at The Honors Course last week and will play for New Jersey in the USGA State Team Championship at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton, S.C., next week.
Jack Vardaman, 65, of Washington, D.C., is a past USGA general counsel and Executive Committee member. He is playing in his fourth Senior Amateur and was a quarterfinalist last year.
Roy Vomastek, 73, of Marion, Mich., has shot his age the last two years to qualify. He is a physician.
Mike Walters, 57, of Tampa., Fla., was a semifinalist in 2004. His wife, Lisa, who played 14 years on the LPGA Tour, is scheduled to be his caddie.
Herb Weber, 64, of Tucson, Ariz., is a retired businessman who served five years in the U.S. Navy on a nuclear submarine. A club championship runner-up 20 times, Weber has attended three advanced USGA/PGA Rules schools. He is an avid landscape photographer.
Jim Weeks, 60, Savannah, Ga., is a funeral director playing in his first Senior Amateur. It is his first success in 35 years of attempts.
Rick Woulfe, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., can end a lot of arguments by saying that on one day he was better than Tiger Woods. In fact, Woulfe defeated Woods, 4 and 3, in the semifinals of the 1993 Dixie Amateur. Woulfe was an All-American at Michigan State and is a veteran of USGA competition playing in the Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior Open and State Team. This is his first Senior Amateur.
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.