Fischer Ousts Medalist Clagett, 2 Past Champions Advance In Second Round
Rocky Face, Ga. – Stan Fischer of Richmond, Va., ousted medalist Billy Clagett, of Austin, Texas, 3 and 1, in the second round of match play at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship Tuesday morning.
"I don’t know where it went but it went,” Clagett said of his previous strong play. “He didn’t play like an amateur, but I did.”
Clagett, 59, who set the championship stroke play mark of 10-under-par 134, had a 1-up lead through nine holes before conceding a birdie on the 10th to Fischer to square the match.
Fischer, who overcame a 6-down deficit after nine holes in his first-round to win in 19 holes, won the 13th with a par to take his first lead of the match. Clagett, a golf cart sales representative, then birdied the 14th to get to all square.
Fischer, 65, a former University of Virginia quarterback who was offered a contract from the Pittsburgh Steelers, then won three consecutive holes including the 16th and 17th with birdies for his victory.
"I hadn’t been to the big show since ’99 when I made it to the quarterfinals,” Fischer said. “They didn’t have an exemption then. I’ve lost in extra holes twice in the quarterfinals. I want to win again so I can get an exemption for next year.”
Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., the defending champion, defeated Jack Forbes of Morgantown, W. Va., 3 and 2. Bemowski now holds a 16-3 mark in Senior Amateur match play since 2001.
Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Mich., the 2002 champion who tied for low amateur honors at the 2005 U.S. Senior Open, was a 3-and-1 winner over Larry Boswell of Jamestown, N.C.
Alan Foster, the second seed from Manlius, N.Y., and the 2005 British Senior Amateur champion, moved to the second round with a 6-and-5 win over Gary Hardin of Fort Worth, Texas.
Spencer Sappington of Alpharetta, Ga., built a 5-up lead on two occasions over two-time champion Kemp Richardson of Laguna Nigel, Calif., and won handily, 6-and-4. Sappington, who shot 69 to lead Senior Amateur qualifying at The Farm in late August, is the lone Georgian left in the field.
Ron Vannelli of Edison, N.J., the medalist in 2004, beat 1992 U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Danny Yates of Atlanta, Ga., 4 and 2.
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.