Play Cancelled Because of Heavy Rain; First Round Resumes Tuesday

Newburgh, Ind. – The first-round of match play Monday at the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur at Victoria National Golf Club was suspended at 12:16 p.m. and then cancelled at 2:45 p.m. CDT when heavy rainfall made course conditions unplayable.

Co-medalist Bill Leonard of Kennesaw, Ga., endures the rain. He played only two holes in his match before golf was suspended and ultimately cancelled for the day. (Robert Walker/USGA)

“The amount of rain caused standing water on many of the putting greens and even made some fairways look like little rivers,” said Missy Crisp, USGA Senior Amateur Championship Chairman. “The combination of the heavy rain throughout the day, the time needed for course maintenance, the time for water to recede, and the shortened daylight because of cloud cover made it impossible for us to continue."

In the time period of overnight until 2:45 p.m., 1.25 inches of rain fell.

The first round will resume Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

The second round, originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, will be played Tuesday afternoon. Then, the third and quarterfinal rounds will be played Wednesday and the semifinals and final will be contested Thursday.

Thirty-two matches had been scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:38 p.m. on Monday, and 20 matches were begun before the suspension.

Co-medalists Bill Leonard, 57, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Paul Simson, 55, of Raleigh, N.C., were both 1-up in their matches through two holes.

In a match of past champions, Mark Bemowski, 60, of Mukwonago, Wis., met Kemp Richardson, 60, of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Bemowski, the 2004 champion, and Richardson, the 2001 and 2003 winner, had played 12 holes and had teed off on the 13th with Bemowski leading 3-up when the horn for suspension sounded.

Greg Reynolds, 59, of Grand Blanc, Mich., the 2002 champion, was 5 up through eight holes.

Mark Bemowski,of Mukwonago, Wis., the 2004 champion, was 3-up through 12 holes in his first-round match against Kemp Richardson, the 2001 and 2003 champion. (Robert Walker/USGA)


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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