Co-Medalists Advance, Quarterfinals Set

Newburgh, Ind. – Co-medalist Bill Leonard, 57, of Kennesaw, Ga., eliminated past champion Mark Bemowski, of Mukwonago, Wis., 3 and 2, to highlight the eight pairings of the third round of match play Wednesday morning at the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur at Victoria National Golf Club.

Leonard won the first seven holes of the match with Bemowski, a three-time finalist who won in 2004, and never trailed in his victory. A retail golf store manager, Leonard was the equivalent of five under par in taking his 7-up lead.

Paul Simson likes his birdie on the 15th hole in his 3-and-2 victory in the third round. (Robert Walker/USGA)

"I did play very solid the first eight holes,” Leonard. “I haven’t made any putts until (Wednesday). When you are playing someone with Mark’s record you just want to compete and stay in the game and that’s what I did.”

Bemowski, who now has a 21-5 mark in match play at six Senior Amateurs, could not rebound from his early deficit.

"He played great,” Bemowski said of Leonard. “He played absolutely beautiful for the better part of the round. He did what he had to do. You are not going to beat anybody who can play when you are 7 down.”

Leonard meets David Rasley, 58, of Bethesda, Md., in the first of four afternoon quarterfinal matches.

The other co-medalist Paul Simson, the 2006 British Senior Amateur champion, defeated Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3 and 2, and faces Mike Bell, 59, of Indianapolis, Ind.

"I’m moving on,” said Simson, who has qualified for a USGA championship in 22 consecutive years. “The key to the match was six, seven and eight. Rick three-putted six and seven and missed a 3-footer on eight to win the hole. I’m just trying to hit the ball the best I can and see what comes.”

Simson and Leonard are vying to become the first stroke-play medalist to win since 1987. The last time one of two co-medalists won was 1979.

Bob Mielcarz, 57, of Concord, N.H., advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, saying, “It’s a good habit, I guess.”

He defeated Kenneth Forster of Salem, Ore., 5 and 4. Mielcarz meets Tom McGraw, 58, of Montgomery, Texas.

In the other quarterfinal match, 2003 quarterfinalist Sam Farlow, 59, of Birmingham, Ala., meets Erik Myrmo, 57, of Eugene, Ore.

All eight quarterfinalists are exempt from qualifying for the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.

Match play continues with the semifinal and championship rounds on Thursday, which begin at 7:30 and 1 p.m. CDT respectively.

Bob Mielcarz is in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. (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 pkowalski@usga.org.

 

Results for Wednesday’s third and quarterfinals rounds 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):

Third Round

Upper Half

Bill Leonard, Kennesaw, Ga.  (143) def. Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis.  (150), 3 and 2

David Rasley, Bethesda, Md.  (148) def. Tracy Scott, Bismarck, N.D.  (155), 1 up

Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H.  (146) def. Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore.  (155), 5 and 4

Tom McGraw, Montgomery, Texas  (156) def. Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif.  (149), 3 and 1

Lower Half

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.  (143) def. Rick Woulfe, Ft.Lauderdale, Fla.  (149), 3 and 2

Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind.  (148) def. Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa.  (148), 4 and 3

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala.  (146) def. David Strawn, Charlotte, N.C.  (150), 19 holes

Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore.  (153) def. Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga.  (151). 6 and 4

Quarterfinal Round

Upper Half

Leonard vs. Rasley

Mielcarz vs. McGraw

Lower Half

Simson vs. Bell

Farlow vs. Myrmo

 

 
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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