Meet the Quarterfinalists

 

Mike Bell, 59, Indianapolis, Ind.

Playing in his second Senior Amateur; best finish – lost in first round of match play in 2005

Owner/president of Bell’s School Services, Inc….wife, Trish, is caddieing…played in two Mid-Amateurs, three Senior Opens….had double heart bypass surgery in 2003 and three months later qualified for the Senior Open…won 2006 Senior Porter Cup, 2006 Indiana Senior Amateur, 2006 Lake Jovita Senior, 2006 Gasparilla Senior and 2006 Indiana Wells Senior…Evans Scholar recipient in 1965 when he entered Indiana University…born June 4, 1947.

Sam Farlow, 59, Birmingham, Ala.

Playing in his fourth Senior Amateur; best finish – quarterfinals in 2003

Medical sales representative…has played in two U.S. Opens, one Senior Open, and one U.S. Amateur (when he advanced to the quarterfinals in 1985)…has won four Alabama Amateurs and six Senior State Amateurs…played with Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd in Jackie Gleason Tournament in 1977…loves Alabama football…born Aug. 28, 1947.

Bill Leonard, 57, Kennesaw, Ga.

Playing in his first Senior Amateur

Back end manager of a PGA Tour Superstore…played in one U.S. Amateur, one Mid-Amateur and two Senior Opens…unsuccessfully tried to qualify for Senior Tour school in 2000 and was classified as a professional for one year…won the Atlanta Amateur in 1994 and 1995…born Dec. 23, 1948.

Tom McGraw, 55, Montgomery, Texas

Playing in his first Senior Amateur

Commercial banker…veteran of more than 10 USGA championships – two U.S. Amateurs, five U.S. Amateur Public Links and four U.S. Mid-Amateurs…was a 14-time member of the Colorado Golf Association Amateur Cup team…two-time winner of the Colorado Golf Association Publinks and Mid-Amateur…Three-time Denver City Amateur champion…born Dec. 10, 1950.

Bob Mielcarz, 57, Concord, N.H.

Playing in his third Senior Amateur; best finish – quarterfinalist in 2005

A print sales representative…caddie is Chick Smith, a long-time friend and golf companion at Concord C.C., walks with his caddie (no cart)…has won nine New Hampshire Amateurs, breaking a 50-year-old record…won 2005 New Hampshire Senior…New Hampshire Male Athlete of the Year in 1979 and 2000…born Aug. 25, 1949.

Erik Myrmo, 57, Eugene, Ore.

Playing in his first Senior Amateur

Business owner…advanced to the round of 32 at the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur…won two club championships in 2005 as well as the Royal Oaks Invitational Senior…runner-up at 2006 Oregon Mid-Amateur…born Aug. 17, 1949.

David Rasley, 59, Bethesda, Md.

Playing in his first Senior Amateur

Retired…played in three Senior Opens, one U.S. Mid-Amateur and one USGA State Team…Two-time winner of Maryland Amateur…Two-time winner of Maryland Mid-Amateur…won 2005 International Invitational (Open division)…made a double eagle in Bangkok, Thailand and caddies didn’t know what to call it…teaches digital photography and video classes…born Jan. 2, 1948.

Paul Simson, 55, Raleigh, N.C.

Playing in his first Senior Amateur

President of insurance agency…youngest remaining player…won 2006 British Senior Amateur…played in a USGA championship in 22 consecutive years…played in the 1998 U.S. Open, 1957 Junior Amateur, 14 U.S. Amateurs, 14 Mid-Amateurs, 5 USGA State Teams, and three Senior Opens (low amateur in 2001)…co-medalist at the 2004 Mid-Am…Two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist…always wears trademark straw hat...Won numerous championships in North Carolina and Carolinas Golf Association…son, Phillip, is his caddie…born May 10, 1951.

 

 
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.

COURSE SETUP:
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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