Clagett Breaks Stroke Play Mark To Win Medalist Honors For Second Time

Rocky Face, Ga. – Billy Clagett, 59, of Austin, Texas, broke the stroke play record at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship Sunday by shooting a 68 for a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 134 at The Farm Golf Club to earn medalist honors for the second time.

Clagett, a golf cart sales representative who also won the qualifying medal in 2002, beat the old mark of 136 set by John Harbottle (68-68) in 1993.

"Having the record is really cool,” said Clagett. “I like that. To think that maybe in the future I can look in the record book and still see my name there would be OK.”

He became the ninth multiple winner of medalist honors at the Senior Amateur and the first since Bob Hullender (1992 and 1994).  In the two days of stroke play, he made 13 birdies and three bogeys.

Clagett’s 10-under-par 134 was four strokes better than 2005 British Senior Amateur champion Alan Foster of Manlius, N.Y., who shot a 68 for a two-day total of 138.  Foster also was a semifinalist in 2004.

Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., the defending champion, was third in the stroke seedings with a Sunday 68 to finish at 139.  He was followed by Mike Rice of Houston, Texas, and Marty West of Rockville, Md., at 140.  

"That’s pretty low on a good golf course,” said Clagett of his record-setting score. “It’s a lot of work to play good. You don’t go out and cut some jokes and hit the ball. Maybe on your home course you can, but on this one you can’t.”

Bemowski, who holds a 15-3 mark in Senior Amateur match play since 2001, agreed with Clagett on the necessary focus and added that birdies were vital as well.

"I think there’s going to be some fireworks on this track,” said Bemowski. “If you are going to do real well, you are going to have to make some birdies and hit some shots.”

Saturday Clagett had shot 66 and tied the mark for lowest stroke play round at the Senior Amateur set by Bob Kulp in the first round in 2003. 

Clagett, a Vietnam veteran, has been able to focus despite the hospitalization of his wife, Pam, with a viral infection.

"My mind wanders off,” said Clagett. “Sometimes, I’m thinking about what I’m eating at night. Thank God, I’ve got good hospitalization.  But, you’ve got to get back to it, so you don’t leave shots out to the right and say ‘What did I do there?”

Two-time Senior Amateur champion (2001 and 2003) Kemp Richardson of Laguna Nigel, Calif., shot 5-under-par 67, the day’s lowest round to advance to match play at 144.  He was joined at that score by 2002 champion Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Mich.  Also advancing to match play was 1991 U.S. Amateur champion Mitch Voges of Simi Valley, Calif.

The cut for the 64 spots in match play came at 9-over-par 153. A four-way playoff for the last three berths will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday on the 10th hole.  The first round of match play begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The second and third rounds of match play will be played Tuesday, the quarterfinals and semifinals on Wednesday and the final round on Thursday.

The USGA Senior Amateur, for amateurs 55 and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.


Rocky Face, Ga. -- Results from Sunday’s second day of stroke play at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at The Farm Golf Club (6,737 yards, par 72):

    Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas, 66-68--134

    Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 70-68--138

    Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 71-68--139

    Martin West, Rockville, Md., 70-70--140

    Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 72-68--140

    John Hogden, Black River Falls, Wis., 71-70--141

    Larry Barnacle, Mahtomedi, Minn., 72-69--141

    Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio, 69-73--142

    Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif., 72-71--143

    Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 72-71--143

    B Shawn McLoughlin, Bethel, Conn., 74-70--144

    Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 70-74--144

    Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 77-67--144

    Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill., 71-73--144

    Chip Campion, Salinas, Calif., 76-69--145

    Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 72-73--145

    James Wittenberg Jr, Memphis, Tenn., 72-73--145

    Jules Victor III, Savannah, Ga., 70-75--145

    Ken Redfern, Austin, Texas, 71-74--145

    Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif., 76-69--145

    Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va., 73-72--145

    Dave Parsons, Benicia, Calif., 73-73--146

    Ernie Newton, High Point, N.C., 70-76--146

    Jim Brown, Loudon, Tenn., 74-72--146

    Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C., 73-73--146

    Douglas Crawford, Wayland, Mass., 71-76--147

    Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 75-72--147

    John DiMuccio, New Castle, Pa., 68-79--147

    Michael Bell, Indianapolis, Ind., 70-77--147

    Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 74-73--147

    David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill., 77-71--148

    Gary Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas, 72-76--148

    James Myers, Oceanside, Calif., 74-74--148

    Karl Stewart Sr, Chino Hills, Calif., 77-71--148

    Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C., 75-73--148

    Stan Fischer, Richmond, Va., 73-75--148

    Bill Dorece, Cincinnati, Ohio, 75-74--149

    Mike Brummer, Rapid City, S.D., 73-76--149

    Robert Kulp Jr, Winston-Salem, N.C., 76-73--149

    Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J., 76-73--149

    Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz., 77-72--149

    Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind., 73-76--149

    Ed Chylinski, Gulph Mills, Pa., 73-77--150

    Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill., 75-75--150

    Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La., 72-78--150

    Ken Benson, Alpharetta, Ga., 75-75--150

    Roy Vomastek, Cadillac, Mich., 76-74—150

    Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 74-76--150

    William Best, Jacksonville, Fla., 79-71--150

    A B Sisco, Pensacola, Fla., 78-73--151

    Al Everett, Cumming, Ga., 75-76--151

    Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas, 75-76--151

    Bob Kain, Hunting Valley, Ohio, 75-76--151

    Charles Bagby, Birmingham, Ala., 74-77--151

    Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga., 71-80--151

    Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 76-75--151

    Francis McFadden, Newtown Square, Pa., 73-78--151

    Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark., 74-77--151

    Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky., 76-75--151

    Michael Reuther, Auburn, Calif., 76-75--151

    Peter Allen, Rochester Hills, Mich., 77-74—151

    *Don Kuehn, Kansas City, Mo., 76-76--152 (4, 3)

    *Frank Saxon, Clearwater, Fla., 76-76--152 (4, 3)

    *Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 77-75—152 (4, 4, 5)

    * Advanced in a playoff

    Failed To Qualify

    Alan Bouchard, Falmouth, Maine, 76-76--152 (4, 4, 7)

    Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 82-71--153

    Henry M Hodde, Santa Fe, N.M., 77-76--153

    J Michael Fetter, Williamsville, N.Y., 75-78--153

    James Alcorn, Irwin, Pa., 77-76--153

    Jerry Hudgins, Houston, Texas, 77-76--153

    Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla., 77-76--153

    Ray Henry, Canada, 75-78--153

    Thomas Slater, Vero Beach, Fla., 76-77--153

    Bobby Kilgore, Tampa, Fla., 80-74--154

    Edward Patridge, Birmingham, Ala., 78-76--154

    Gary Shimmin, Okatie, S.C., 78-76--154

    Gerald Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo., 77-77--154

    Greg Mirabile, Albuquerque, N.M., 76-78--154

    Joe Bushee, Cabot, Ark., 74-80--154

    Joe Cadle, Wichita Falls, Texas, 78-76--154

    Kent Christopher, Farmington, Utah, 77-77--154

    Marty Perez, Lithonia, Ga., 77-77--154

    Robert Callan, San Francisco, Calif., 76-78--154

    Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif., 78-76--154

    Allen Sharpe, Scottsdale, Ariz., 78-77--155

    Bob Ethridge, Plantation, Fla., 77-78--155

    Bruce Walters, Pikeville, Ky., 79-76--155

    Chuck Munson, Austin, Texas, 75-80--155

    Dale Pecjak, San Diego, Calif., 81-74--155

    Edward Fletcher, The Villages, Fla., 76-79--155

    Michael Coffelt, Oklahoma City, Okla., 77-78--155

    Mickey Jones, Odessa, Texas, 78-77--155

    Mike Hale, Pine Bluff, Ark., 79-76--155

    Peter Friedes, Winnetka, Ill., 81-74—155

    Robert Heaton, Oakley, Calif., 73-82--155

    William Boles, Wilson, N.C., 80-75--155

    Al Brownridge, Canada, 79-77--156

    Jerry Knutson, Eugene, Ore., 77-79--156

    Lynn Martin, Powell, Ohio, 71-85--156

    Mike Hilton, Muskego, Wis., 77-79--156

    Rob Thompson, Merced, Calif., 78-78--156

    Skip Pierce, Boise, Idaho, 76-80--156

    Boyd Johnson, Statesboro, Ga., 75-82--157

    Bud Zipf, Aiken, S.C., 81-76--157

    David Cannon, Salt Lake City, Utah, 78-79--157

    Denis Johnson, Nutley, N.J., 81-76--157

    Paul Quigley, Barrington, R.I., 82-75--157

    Edward Gregorczyk, Moosic, Pa., 81-77--158

    Henri Delozier, Chevy Chase, Md., 76-82--158

    James Weeks, Savannah, Ga., 74-84--158

    Kent Brown, Colville, Wash., 79-79--158

    Mickey Williams, Bozeman, Mont., 79-79--158

    Rick E Luzar, Melbourne, Fla., 78-80--158

    Robert Currey, Boston, Mass., 82-76--158

    Robert McIntyre, Westfield, N.J., 74-84--158

    Steve Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 81-77--158

    David Barber, Anchorage, Alaska, 77-82--159

    Gary Snyder, Aspen, Colo., 82-77--159

    George Covellis, Memphis, Tenn., 77-82--159

    Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 82-77--159

    Alan Pineault, San Antonio, Texas, 76-84--160

    Craig Collins, Enid, Okla., 83-77--160

    Jamie Gough, Washington, D.C., 83-77--160

    Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 80-80--160

    Danny Naughton, Marion, Iowa, 82-79--161

    Rick Weihe, Bellingham, Wash., 77-84--161

    Roy Holloway, Monroe, La., 82-79--161

    Thomas Di Cinti, Voorhees, N.J., 84-77--161

    Tom McLean, Greenville, N.C., 78-83--161

    Don Terry, Stillwater, Okla., 78-84--162

    John Martin, Juno Beach, Fla., 83-79--162

    Larry Lang, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 81-81--162

    Mark Henrickson, Grand Blanc, Mich., 79-83--162

    Tim McAdam, Scottsdale, Ariz., 76-86--162

    Tom Liller, Rocky River, Ohio, 85-77--162

    Chan Henry, Madison, Miss., 79-84--163

    Gary Miller, Fort Worth, Texas, 80-83--163

    Mark Peterson, Portage, Mich., 87-76--163

    Bill Swed, Sun Lakes, Ariz., 83-81--164

    Dennis Moore, Chesterfield, Mo., 82-82--164

    Larry Semin, Lincoln, Neb., 85-79—164

    George Waterhouse, Jackson, Wyo., 82-83--165

    Lawrence Campbell, Montgomery, Ala., 83-82--165

    Tony Reboton, Palm Desert, Calif., 75-90--165

    Bill Douglas, London, Ky., 85-81--166

    Roger Schurke, Anoka, Minn., 85-81--166

    Gary Haynie, Kailua, Hawaii, 79-88--167

    James Felker, Franklin, Tenn., 81-86--167

    Malcolm Bund, Bethesda, Md., 82-85--167

    Ron Shapiro, Loveland, Ohio, 85-82--167

    Mike Miller, Ormond Beach, Fla., 87-81--168

    Dave Crawford, Camarillo, Calif., 80-89--169

    Moot Thomas, Ocala, Fla., 85-84--169

    Richard Thorstad, Aurora, Colo., 83-87--170

    Herb Weber, Tucson, Ariz., 85-WD--WD


Rocky Face, Ga. – Pairings for Monday’s first round of match play at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at 6,737-yard, par 72 The Farm Golf Club: (all times EDT)


1:38 p.m.   Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas  (134) vs. To Be Determined

9:30 a.m.   Karl Stewart Sr, Chino Hills, Calif.  (148) vs. Stan Fischer, Richmond, Va.  (148)

9:38 a.m.   Jules Victor III, Savannah, Ga.  (145) vs. Ken Benson, Alpharetta, Ga.  (150)

9:46 a.m.   Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C.  (145) vs. Roy Vomastek, Cadillac, Mich.  (150)

9:54 a.m.   Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio  (142) vs. Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore.  (151)

10:02 a.m. Dave Parsons, Benicia, Calif.  (146) vs. Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz.  (149)

10:10 a.m. Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif.  (143) vs. Charles Bagby, Birmingham, Ala.  (151)

10:18 a.m. Jim Brown, Loudon, Tenn.  (146) vs. Bill Dorece, Cincinnati, Ohio  (149)

10:26 a.m. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas  (140) vs. Peter Allen, Rochester Hills, Mich.  (151)

10:34 a.m. Michael Bell, Indianapolis, Ind.  (147) vs. James Myers, Oceanside, Calif.  (148)

10:42 a.m. Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill.  (144) vs. Al Everett, Cumming, Ga.  (151)

10:50 a.m. Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif.  (145) vs. Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill.  (150)

10:58 a.m. Martin West, Rockville, Md.  (140) vs. Francis McFadden, Newtown Square, Pa.  (151)

11:06 a.m. Duglas Crawford, Wayland, Mass.  (147) vs. Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind.  (149)

11:14 a.m.  Shawn McLoughlin, Bethel, Conn.  (144) vs. Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky.  (151)

11:22 a.m.  James Wittenberg Jr, Memphis, Tenn.  (145) vs. Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La.  (150)

1:30 p.m.    Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y.  (138) vs. To Be Determined

11:30 a.m.  Gary Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas  (148) vs. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C.  (148)

11:38 a.m.  Chip Campion, Salinas, Calif.  (145) vs. Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark.  (151)

11:46 a.m.  Ken Redfern, Austin, Texas  (145) vs. Ed Chylinski, Gulph Mills, Pa.  (150)

11:54 a.m.  John Hogden, Black River Falls, Wis.  (141) vs. Michael Reuther, Auburn, Calif.  (151)

12:02 p.m.  Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  (147) vs. Robert Kulp Jr, Winston-Salem, N.C.  (149)

12:10 p.m.  Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H.  (143) vs. Bob Kain, Hunting Valley, Ohio  (151)

12:18 p.m.  Ernie Newton, High Point, N.C.  (146) vs. Mike Brummer, Rapid City, S.D.  (149)

1:22 p.m.    Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis.  (139) vs. To Be Determined

12:26 p.m.  Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va.  (147) vs. David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill.  (148)

12:34 p.m.  Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif.  (144) vs. A.B. Sisco, Pensacola, Fla.  (151)

12:42 p.m.  Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va.  (145) vs. Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga.  (150)

12:50 p.m.  Larry Barnacle, Mahtomedi, Minn.  (141) vs. Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga.  (151)

12:58 p.m.  John DiMuccio, New Castle, Pa.  (147) vs. Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J.  (149)

1:06 p.m.    Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich.  (144) vs. Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas  (151)

1:14 p.m.    Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C.  (146) vs. William Best, Jacksonville, Fla.  (150)




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.

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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