Co-Medalists, 2004 Champion Advance to Third Round


Newburgh, Ind. – Co-medalists Paul Simson and Bill Leonard and 2004 champion Mark Bemowski each won two matches Tuesday to advance to the third round of the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur at Victoria National Golf Club.

Simson, 55, of Raleigh, N.C., won his first match over Brian Sachs of Gainesville, Fla., 8 and 7, tying a Senior Amateur mark for largest margin of victory. The 2006 British Senior Amateur champion then defeated Richard Stevens of Middlebury, Conn., 4 and 2, in the second round.

Co-medalist Bill Leonard of Kennesaw, Ga., won two matches at Victoria National Golf Club. (Robert Walker/USGA)

“You always talk about the medalist jinx but you’ve got to beat six people after you qualify,” Simson said. “After the first two rounds, I don’t think the seeding makes a whole lot of difference. There are not going to be too many easy matches.”

Simson, who has qualified for a USGA championship in 22 consecutive years, was the equivalent of 5 under par through 13 holes against Stevens for a 5-up lead. Despite two consecutive lost holes with a double bogey and bogey, Simson still managed his victory.

“My putting is back,” Simson said. “I worked on it a little bit, but it’s mostly just gaining confidence in the speed.”

Leonard, 57, of Kennesaw, Ga., defeated Jim Pierce of Oro Valley, Ariz., 6 and 4; and then Gary Verble of Ponte Vedra, Fla., 3 and 1.

Bemowski ousted two-time champion Kemp Richardson of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3 and 2, in the first round and, followed it with a 2-and-1 win over Ronald Richard of Fort Smith, Ark.

“To be beat a terrific player like Kemp is great,” said Bemowski, a three-time finalist who holds a 21-4 mark in Senior Amateur match play. “He didn’t have his ‘A’ game.”

Two other past champions were eliminated: defending champion Mike Rice of Houston, Texas, and 2002 winner Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Mich.

Rice lost to Terry Tessary of Collinsville, Ill., 2 and 1, in the first round. Reynolds was unseated by 2005 quarterfinalist Bob Mielcarz, 57, of Concord, N.H., 3 and 2, in the second round.

“Last year went a long way to convince me that maybe I belonged, somewhat, at this level,” Mielcarz said. “I think I caught one of the premier players in the country on an off day.”

Alan Foster of Manlius, N.Y., a semifinalist in both 2004 and 2005, lost to Ken Forster, 62, of Salem, Ore., 4 and 2, in the second round. In the first round, Forster beat 2004 semifinalist Michael Walters of Tampa, Fla., 5 and 4.

Monday’s rain forced a postponement and no first-round matches were completed.

Match play continues with the third and quarterfinal rounds Wednesday and the semifinal and championship rounds on Thursday.

Bob Mielcarz of Concord, N.H., was a quarterfinalist last year and he moved closer to that plateau again with a second-round victory over 2002 champion Greg Reynolds. (Robert Walker/USGA)

The USGA Senior Amateur, for players 55 and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA.

Story written by Pete Kowalski of USGA Media Relations. E-mail him with questions and comments at


Results from the first and second rounds of match play (concluded Tuesday) at the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur, conducted by the United States Golf Association, at Victoria National Golf Club (6,760 and 6,766 yards, par 72):

First Round

Upper Half

Bill Leonard, Kennesaw, Ga.  (143) def. Jim Pierce, Oro Valley, Ariz. (156), 6 and 4

Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra, Fla.  (152) def. Bob Varn, Orangeburg, S.C.  (152), 2 and 1

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis.  (150) def. vs. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif.  (154), 3 and 2

Ronald Richard, Fort Smith, Ark.  (154) def. Gaylord Davis, Portland, Ore.  (150), 2 and 1

David Rasley, Bethesda, Md.  (148) def. Buddy Williams, Carrollton, Ga.  (155), 4 and 3

Allan Small, Florham Park, N.J.  (151) def. Jim Ruschioni, Leominster, Mass.  (153), 2 and 1

Tracy Scott, Bismarck, N.D.  (155) def. Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La.  (148), 2 up

Arthur Mielke, Matthews, N.C.  (151) def. Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y.  (153), 19 holes

Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H.  (146) def. Stephen Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif. (156), 4 and 3

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich.  (152) def. Bill Douglas, London, Ky.  (153), 6 and 5

Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore.  (155) def. Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla.  (149), 5 and 4

Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y.  (154) def. Wally Adams, Vidalia, Ga.  (151), 4 and 2

Tom McGraw, Montgomery, Texas (156) def. David Boesel, Orlando, Fla.  (147), 5 and 4

Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio  (152) def. Jerry Kidney, Littleton, Colo.  (153), 7 and 6

Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif.  (149) def. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C.  (155), 4 and 3

Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz.  (151) def. Gerald Chatham Sr, Hernando, Miss.  (154), 5 and 3

Lower Half

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.  (143) def. Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla. (156), 8 and 7

Richard Stevens, Middlebury, Conn.  (152) def. Chuck Wilkins, Medford, N.J.  (152), 6 and 5

Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla.  (149) def. Carlos Salaber, Rock Island, Ill.  (154), 4 and 2

Michael Puls, Irving, Texas  (150) def. Don Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga.  (154), 1 up

Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind.  (148) def. Rene Williams, Dora, Ala.  (155), 8 and 6

Terry Tessary, Collinsville, Ill.  (151) def. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas  (153), 2 and 1

Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa.  (148) def. Kent Richardson, Bakersfield, Calif.  (155), injury withdrawal

Richard Thoms, Dickerson, Md.  (153) def. Bill Lawler, West Wyoming, Pa.  (151), 4 and 3 

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala.  (146) def. Ron Garland, Bozeman, Mont. (156), 5 and 4

David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala.  (152) def. John Dennis, Greenville, S.C.  (153), 1 up

Martin West, Rockville, Md.  (149) def. Viviano Villarreal, Mexico  (154), 6 and 5

David Strawn, Charlotte, N.C.  (150) def. John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich.  (154), 19 holes

Doug Crawford, Wayland, Mass.  (147) def, Robert Berg, Redding, Calif. (156), 3 and 1

Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore.  (153) def. William Boles, Wilson, N.C.  (152), 2 up

Joe Keller, Osterville, Mass.  (149) def. David Lucks, St Louis, Mo.  (155), 2 up

Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga.  (151) def. Eddie Bass, University Park, Fla.  (154), 8 and 6

Second Round

Upper Half

Leonard def. Verble, 3 and 1

Bemowski def. Richard, 2 and 1

Rasley def. Small, 2 and 1

Scott def. Mielke, 3 and 2

Mielcarz def. Reynolds, 3 and 2

Forster def. Foster, 4 and 2

McGraw def. Reifers, 3 and 1

Vanier def. Dallas, 3 and 2

Lower Half

Simson def. Stevens, 4 and 2

Woulfe def. Puls, 3 and 1

Bell def. Tessary, forfeit

Schlachter def. Thoms, 2 and 1

Farlow def. Stanfield, 3 and 2

Strawn def. West, 6 and 5

Myrmo def. Crawford, 3 and 2

Greenbaum def. Keller, 2 and 1


Pairings for Wednesday’s third round of match play at the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur, conducted by the United States Golf Association, at Victoria National Golf Club (6,760 and 6,766 yards, par 72) all times CDT:

7:30 a.m. -- Bill Leonard, Kennesaw, Ga.  (143) vs. Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis.  (150)

7:40 a.m. -- David Rasley, Bethesda, Md.  (148) vs. Tracy Scott, Bismarck, N.D.  (155)

7:50 a.m. -- Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H.  (146) vs. Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore.  (155)

8 a.m. -- Tom McGraw, Montgomery, Texas  (156) vs. Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif.  (149)

8:10 a.m. -- Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.  (143) vs. Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla.  (149)

8:20 a.m. -- Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind.  (148) vs. Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa.  (148)

8:30 a.m. -- Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala.  (146) vs. David Strawn, Charlotte, N.C.  (150)

8:40 am. --  Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore.  (153) vs. Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga.  (151)



Championship Facts

USGA Senior Amateur Championship

PAR AND YARDAGE Victoria National Golf Club will be set up at 6,760/6,766 yards and par 36-3672.

Teeing ground Height of grass .30 inches
Fairways Height of grass .55 inches
Green approaches and closely mown areas Height of grass – .425 inches
Collars around greens Height of grass – .375 inches
Intermediate rough 1 inches and 6-feet wide
Primary rough 2-3 inches
Putting greens USGA Stimpmeter reading of 10.5 feet

The USGA championship setup results in a USGA Course Rating of 73.1 and a USGA Slope Rating® of 139.

VENUE Victoria National Golf Club, east of Evansville, Ind., was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1998. The course was the project of the late Terry Friedman, a well-known Indiana entrepreneur.

Victoria National, which has the feel of a links course due to large mounds and contoured fairways, was built around an existing surface coal mine. As a result, water-filled lakes serve as hazards on 15 of the 18 holes.

HISTORY The USGA Senior Amateur Championship was first played in 1955. The 2006 Senior Amateur Championship will be the 52nd.

SCHEDULE Stroke play rounds will be played Sept. 16-17 (Saturday-Sunday). Following two days of stroke play, the field of 156 golfers will be reduced to the lowest 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. The match play portion of the championship runs from Sept. 18-21 (Monday-Thursday). The first round is set for Sept. 18 (9:30 a.m. CDT start); the second and third rounds for Sept. 19 (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. 20. The 18-hole, match-play final (9 a.m.) is scheduled for Sept. 21.

TICKETS Admission and parking are free for all six days of the championship.


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