No Hard Cast For This Volunteer, Until She Gets To Play

By Pete Kowalski, USGA

Newburgh, Ind. – Becky Miller is one stubborn but tough woman.

The short blonde from Newburgh is one of more than 400 volunteers for the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur at Victoria National Golf Club. She’s been working as a marshal on tees and fairways since the championship began on Sept. 16.

However, she is ‘playing hurt.’ She has her left wrist in an Ace bandage wrap because she suffered a hairline fracture after being thrown from a golf cart on an sharp turn by the driver, who she called ‘erratic.’

On Sept. 8, this three-four time-a-week player was participating in the Buffalo Wild Wings Scramble at Boonville Country Club. According to Miller, during the event, her cart driver “made an ‘S’ turn while I was sitting on the edge of the seat and it threw me 10 feet out of the cart.”

Afterward, she assured her fellow competitors that she was fine. Although she felt a little faint, Miller continued to play.

“I hit my best drive on the last hole,” said Miller proudly. “I finished that scramble. We didn’t win but we made a lot of money for St. Jude’s (the charity.)”

Her friends, even good-naturedly, pressured her into not only playing, but playing well.

“They told me if they didn’t use my drive again in the scramble, they were going to throw me out of the cart again,” she said with a chuckle.

Upon arriving home from the course, she went to her doctor, who recommended a cast.

She refused. Why? “Because if I have a cast on, I won’t be able to play Victoria National on Sept. 26 on Volunteer Day,” she said.

As a thank you to the volunteers, the organizing committee is opening the nationally-ranked course to play by them.  So, for Miller, the chance to play outweighed taking care of her injury.

“I’ve only played Kiva Dunes (Gulf Shores, Ala.),” said Miller. “Is that ranked in the top 100? But, I’ve played in Arizona and the oldest course [in that state] – the Scottsdale Country Club.”

The decision, to a passionate golfer like Miller, was a clear no-brainer.

“This is such a great course,” she said. “It is so beautiful out here. I can’t wait to play it.”

And for her work as a volunteer, she deserves it.

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



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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