Simson, Leonard Share Medalist Honors At 143

Newburgh, Ind. – Paul Simson, 55, of Raleigh, N.C., and Bill Leonard, 57, of Kennesaw, Ga., shared stroke-play medalist honors Sunday at 1-under-par 143 at the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur at Victoria National Golf Club.

Simson, who followed his 4-under-par 68 with a 3-over-par 75, is the co-medalist for the second time at a USGA championship. He was also co-medalist at the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur, an event in which he has twice reached the semifinals.

The insurance executive who has played in a USGA championship in 22 consecutive years, made his only birdie of the day at the water-lined 405-yard, par-4 18th hole to tie Leonard, who played in the morning.

“I’d have been disappointed if I had three shots and not taken care of that deal,” Simson said. “I’m pleased to be tied.”

Leonard, a manager for a golf retail store, made five birdies and three bogeys over the challenging Tom Fazio layout in southern Indiana to shoot the low round of the day at 2-under-par 70.  Arthur Mielke, 55, of Matthews, N.C., also shot 70.

“The last couple of days, it’s been about the same thing, which is to take advantage of the short holes, the wedges in there,” Leonard said. “Most of my birdies have [been from] 8 feet and in.”

Playing in his fifth USGA championship but first Senior Amateur, Leonard was unsuccessful in his attempt to qualify at Senior PGA Tour School in 2000.  He was required to remain a professional for one year and as a result is reinstated amateur. He never played professionally but has qualified for two Senior Opens.

Trailing Simson and Leonard by three strokes at 146 were 2003 quarterfinalist Sam Farlow, 59, of Birmingham, Ala., who shot 76, and 2005 quarterfinalist Bob Mielcarz, 57, of Concord, N.H., who shot 75.

Simson, the 2006 British Senior Amateur champion, hit the first 10 greens of the day, but failed to convert a birdie putt.

“It will be fine,” Simson said of his putting. “I’ve learned a lot about these greens. It’s stored up and hopefully, it will be better."

All four past Senior Amateur champions advanced to match play. The 2004 champion, Mark Bemowski, 60, of Mukwonago, Wis., shot 76 for 150; 2002 winner Greg Reynolds, 59, of Grand Blanc, Mich., shot 79 for 152; defending champion Mike Rice, 66, of Houston, Texas, shot 74 for 153; and 2001 and 2003 champion Kemp Richardson, 60, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., shot 79 for 154.

Among the notables missing match play were Vinny Giles, 63, of Richmond, Va., who won the 1972 U.S. Amateur, at 159; and 2005 semifinalist Jack Vardaman, 66, of Washington, D.C. at 170.

Victoria National yielded just six sub-par scores by the 156-man field in two days, with a scoring average of 79.9.

The match-play cut for the final 64 players came at 12-over 156. A seven-man playoff for the final six berths in match play is scheduled for Monday at 8:30 a.m. CST on hole No. 10.

All six rounds of match play are scheduled for 18 holes each, culminating with the final on Thursday.

For stroke play only, six tees were moved up a total of 167 yards because of heavy pre-championship rainfall.

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


Notes: Seven of last year's eight quarterfinalists returned to match play...Eddie Bass, 55, of University Park, Fla., made the biggest turnaround of the morning with a 1-under-par 71, 12 strokes better than his first-round 83…Arthur Mielke, 55, of Matthews, N.C., tied for the day’s best round at 70 after shooting a first-day 81…with their respective turnarounds, both advanced to match play…through the morning wave of scores, only four under-par scores had been recorded in two days…Mike Jonsen, 58, of Sammamish, Wash., scored a hole-in-one at the 195-yard, par-3 11th hole with a 3-iron…it was the 14th ace in the history of the championship and his first in competition…he has three holes-in-one in his career…“I tell my friends I have one every 27 years but now I have to re-do the average,”…Jonsen estimated the wind at 15 mph at the time of the shot…Jonsen’s father, Carl, now 90, was a member of the Seattle team that won the 1936 Amateur Public Links Team Championship at Bethpage State Park’s Blue course in Farmingdale, N.Y…The younger Jonsen shot 77.


Results from Sunday’s second round of stroke 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): * = in a playoff for match play (8:30 a.m. CST Monday):

  Bill Leonard, Kennesaw, Ga., 73-70--143

  Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C., 68-75--143

  Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 71-75--146

  Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 70-76--146

  David Boesel, Orlando, Fla., 72-75--147

  Doug Crawford, Wayland, Mass., 72-75--147

  David Rasley, Bethesda, Md., 72-76--148

  Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La., 76-72--148

  Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind., 72-76--148

  Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa., 72-76--148

  Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif., 72-77--149

  Joe Keller, Osterville, Mass., 77-72--149

  Martin West, Rockville, Md., 73-76--149

  Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla., 72-77--149

  Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., 75-74--149

  David Strawn, Charlotte, N.C., 74-76--150

  Gaylord Davis, Portland, Ore., 76-74--150

  Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 74-76--150

  Michael Puls, Irving, Texas, 77-73--150

  Allan Small, Florham Park, N.J., 73-78--151

  Arthur Mielke, Matthews, N.C., 81-70--151

  Bill Lawler, West Wyoming, Pa., 77-74--151

  Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 76-75--151

  Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz., 77-74--151

  Terry Tessary, Collinsville, Ill., 73-78--151

  Wally Adams, Vidalia, Ga., 75-76--151

  Bob Varn, Orangeburg, S.C., 74-78--152

  Chuck Wilkins, Medford, N.J., 78-74--152

  David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala., 75-77--152

  Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 75-77--152

  Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 73-79--152

  Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio, 75-77--152

  Richard Stevens, Middlebury, Conn., 74-78--152

  William Boles, Wilson, N.C., 75-77--152

  Bill Douglas, London, Ky., 74-79--153

  Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore., 78-75--153

  Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y., 76-77--153

  Jerry Kidney, Littleton, Colo., 76-77--153

  Jim Ruschioni, Leominster, Mass., 75-78--153

  John Dennis, Greenville, S.C., 75-78--153

  Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 79-74--153

  Richard Thoms, Dickerson, Md., 76-77--153

  Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 79-75--154

  Carlos Salaber, Rock Island, Ill., 77-77--154

  Don Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga., 80-74--154

  Eddie Bass, University Park, Fla., 83-71--154

  Gerald Chatham Sr, Hernando, Miss., 77-77--154

  John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich., 74-80--154

  Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 75-79--154

  Ronald Richard, Fort Smith, Ark., 77-77--154

  Viviano Villarreal, Mexico, 75-79--154

  Buddy Williams, Carrollton, Ga., 80-75--155

  David Lucks, St Louis, Mo., 77-78--155

  Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore., 79-76--155

  Kent Richardson, Bakersfield, Calif., 79-76--155

  Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C., 76-79--155

  Rene Williams, Dora, Ala., 76-79--155

  Tracy Scott, Bismarck, N.D., 75-80--155

  *Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla., 83-73--156

  *James Pierce, Oro Valley, Ariz., 79-77--156

  *Robert Berg, Redding, Calif., 78-78--156

  *Ron Garland, Bozeman, Mont., 81-75--156

  *Stephen Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 82-74--156

  *Tom McGraw, Montgomery, Texas, 78-78--156

  *Wayne Harris, Missouri City, Texas, 78-78—156

Failed to qualify

  Bill Edwards, Southlake, Texas, 76-81--157

  J Michael Fetter, Williamsville, N.Y., 79-78--157

  Lloyd Hughes, Dallas, Texas, 80-77--157

  Ronnie Tumlin, St Augustine, Fla., 77-80--157

  Thomas DiCinti, Voorhees, N.J., 81-76--157

  Thomas Olson, Omaha, Neb., 76-81--157

  William Simpson, Bowling Green, Ky., 76-81--157

  Dennis Younglove, Davis, Calif., 76-82--158

  Gary Kirwan, Mckinney, Texas, 79-79--158

  Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 80-78--158

  Ken Benson, Alpharetta, Ga., 83-75--158

  Raymond Sovik, Powell, Ohio, 80-78--158

  Tom Castor, Ashland, Ohio, 78-80--158

  Douglas Vergith, Setauket, N.Y., 78-81--159

  Jack Manzi, Denver, Colo., 75-84--159

  Jody Vasquez, Aledo, Texas, 79-80--159

  John Peters, Muscatine, Iowa, 76-83--159

  Michael Jonson, Sammamish, Wash., 82-77--159

  Skip Pierce, Boise, Idaho, 82-77--159

  Tim Laflin, University City, Mo., 80-79--159

  Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 81-78--159

  Bob Clark, Cordova, Tenn., 73-87--160

  David Farabaugh, Santa Clarita, Calif., 81-79--160

  Frank Brame, Alexandria, La., 78-82--160

  Neil McDermott, Newtown Square, Pa., 80-80--160

  Rex Massier, Concord, Calif., 81-79--160

  Ron Hunter, Jasper, Ga., 77-83--160

  Steve Summers, Dallas, Texas, 82-78--160

  Bev Hargraves, Helena, Ark., 80-81--161

  David Bosley, Payson, Ariz., 81-80--161

  David Houghton, Orleans, Mass., 81-80--161

  Jerry Michals, Carlsbad, Calif., 81-80--161

  John Krogh, Sulphur, Okla., 79-82--161

  Steve Kirby, Sarasota, Fla., 80-81--161

  Cliff Seastrunk, Raleigh, N.C., 76-86--162

  Gary Bowen, Omaha, Neb., 77-85--162

  Howard Knowles, Houston, Texas, 80-82--162

  Tom O'Grady, Los Altos, Calif., 83-79--162

  William Jurgens, Bay City, Mich., 80-82--162

  Dave Sheff, La Canada, Calif., 89-74--163

  Joseph Brogdon, Macon, Ga., 82-81--163

  Leny Ladd, Palm Coast, Fla., 84-79--163

  Michael McBride, Lagrange, Ill., 86-77--163

  John Hogden, Black River Falls, Wis., 86-78--164

  Michael Lullo, Addison, Ill., 87-77--164

  Robert Vidricksen, Salina, Kan., 83-81--164

  Bob Feilner, Salt Lake City, Utah, 80-85--165

  Charles Jones, Collegeville, Pa., 85-80--165

  Denny Adkins, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 88-77--165

  James Weeks, Savannah, Ga., 84-82--166

  Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill., 83-83--166

  Roger Kuhl, Jackson, Mich., 85-81--166

  Chip Bridges, Encinitas, Calif., 80-87--167

  Jeff Early, Pleasanton, Calif., 86-81--167

  Johnny Johnston, Hendersonville, N.C., 79-88--167

  Larry McCall, Canfield, Ohio, 87-80--167

  Mark Hanna, Vashon, Wash., 86-81--167

  Richard Landon, Olathe, Kan., 90-77--167

  Taylor Metcalfe, Glendale, Ohio, 83-84--167

  Joe Robinson, Rock Hill, S.C., 88-80--168

  Leroy Cote, Palm Bay, Fla., 84-84--168

  Paul Gates, Bloomington, Ind., 81-87--168

  Chris Dunn, Pacific Palisades, Calif., 89-80--169

  Gene Ackerman, Elk Grove, Calif., 88-81--169

  Gil Happel, Oak Ridge, N.C., 83-86--169

  Larry Burton, Oceanside, Calif., 89-80--169

  Vic Gerard, Neptune, N.J., 87-82--169

  Bill Vandermass, Novi, Mich., 89-81--170

  Dave DeNezza, Greensburg, Pa., 81-89--170

  Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 83-87--170

  Ralph Hamm Jr, Dallas, Texas, 86-84--170

  Terrell Coffield, Bennington, Vt., 81-89--170

  Fritz Naumetz, Phoenix, Ariz., 82-89--171

  Frank Ciulla, Scarsdale, N.Y., 86-86--172

  Tom Graham, Southport, Conn., 87-85--172

  Adrian Wise, Mexico, 90-83--173

  Phil Shumway, Phoenix, Ariz., 90-83--173

  Daniel Stewart, Alpharetta, Ga., 90-84--174

  Jim Dines, Los Lunas, N.M., 85-89--174

  Denison Williams, Eau Claire, Wis., 89-86--175

  Hobey Vance, Southlake, Texas, 79-96--175

  Ronald Carpenter, Durham, N.C., 89-87--176

  Paul Ladin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 87-90--177

  Jim Earnest, Lawrenceburg, Ky., 90-88--178

  Bob Patrick, Wayzata, Minn., 88-91--179

  Donald Dupske, Kirkwood, Mo., 88-91--179

  George McLaughlin, Black Diamond Ranch, Fla., 87-92--179

  Bill Homeyer, Edina, Minn., 85-95--180

  Tom Goodbody, Honolulu, Hawaii, 95-88--183

  Joe Hendricks, Yantarni, Alaska, 95-96--191


Pairings for Monday’s first 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:

Round Of 64

         11:30 am -- Bill Leonard, Kennesaw, Ga.  (143) vs. To Be Determined

         9:30 am -- Bob Varn, Orangeburg, S.C.  (152) vs. Gary Verble, Ponte Vedra, Fla.  (152)

         9:38 am -- Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis.  (150) vs. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif.  (154)

         9:46 am -- Gaylord Davis, Portland, Ore.  (150) vs. Ronald Richard, Fort Smith, Ark.  (154)

         9:54 am -- David Rasley, Bethesda, Md.  (148) vs. Buddy Williams, Carrollton, Ga.  (155)

         10:02 am -- Allan Small, Florham Park, N.J.  (151) vs. Jim Ruschioni, Leominster, Mass.  (153)

         10:10 am -- Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La.  (148) vs. Tracy Scott, Bismarck, N.D.  (155)

         10:18 am -- Arthur Mielke, Matthews, N.C.  (151) vs. Fred Silver, Lewiston, N.Y.  (153)

         11:22 am -- Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H.  (146) vs. To Be Determined

         10:26 am -- Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich.  (152) vs. Bill Douglas, London, Ky.  (153)

         10:34 am -- Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla.  (149) vs. Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore.  (155)

         10:42 am -- Wally Adams, Vidalia, Ga.  (151) vs. Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y.  (154)

         11:14 am -- David Boesel, Orlando, Fla.  (147) vs. To Be Determined

         10:50 am -- Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio  (152) vs. Jerry Kidney, Littleton, Colo.  (153)

         10:58 am -- Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif.  (149) vs. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C.  (155)

         11:06 am -- Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz.  (151) vs. Gerald Chatham Sr, Hernando, Miss.  (154)

         11:38 am -- Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.  (143) vs. To Be Determined

         11:46 am -- Richard Stevens, Middlebury, Conn.  (152) vs. Chuck Wilkins, Medford, N.J.  (152)

         11:54 am -- Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla.  (149) vs. Carlos Salaber, Rock Island, Ill.  (154)

         12:02 pm -- Michael Puls, Irving, Texas  (150) vs. Don Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga.  (154)

         12:10 pm -- Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind.  (148) vs. Rene Williams, Dora, Ala.  (155)

         12:18 pm -- Terry Tessary, Collinsville, Ill.  (151) vs. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas  (153)

         12:26 pm -- Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa.  (148) vs. Kent Richardson, Bakersfield, Calif.  (155)

         12:34 pm -- Bill Lawler, West Wyoming, Pa.  (151) vs. Richard Thoms, Dickerson, Md.  (153)

         12:42 pm -- Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala.  (146) vs. To Be Determined

         12:50 pm -- David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala.  (152) vs. John Dennis, Greenville, S.C.  (153)

         12:58 pm -- Martin West, Rockville, Md.  (149) vs. Viviano Villarreal, Mexico  (154)

         1:06 pm -- David Strawn, Charlotte, N.C.  (150) vs. John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich.  (154)

         1:14 pm -- Doug Crawford, Wayland, Mass.  (147) vs. To Be Determined

         1:22 pm -- William Boles, Wilson, N.C.  (152) vs. Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore.  (153)

         1:30 pm -- Joe Keller, Osterville, Mass.  (149) vs. David Lucks, St Louis, Mo.  (155)

         1:38 pm -- Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga.  (151) vs. Eddie Bass, University Park, Fla.  (154)




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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