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2004

Mark Bemowski

Mark Bemowski, 58, of Mukwonago, Wis., earned a 4-and-3 victory over Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., to win the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

It was sweet redemption for Bemowski, who lost the final of the 2002 championship to Reynolds at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., 4 and 3.

"It's just amazing that we would have the opportunity to meet again," said Bemowski. "And then, for me to have the match I did, I'm really thrilled."

Bemowski got off to a sizzling start, winning the first three holes, and built the lead to a 5-up advantage with back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth holes. Meanwhile, Reynolds was struggling, with bogeys on two of the first six holes.

"He just played beautifully on the front side and I wasn't able to match his good play, and he put me in a big hole," said Reynolds. "I had a few chances on a couple of holes if I could just have gotten a few putts to drop."

Reynolds cut the deficit to four holes after Bemowski double-bogeyed Bel-Air's treacherous par-3, 195-yard 10th hole. He had a chance to cut Bemowski's lead to three a hole later but missed a five-foot birdie putt.

Bemowski gave another hole back when he three-putted the 12th for bogey. But Reynolds found trouble on the par-5 14th hole when he hit his tee shot in the trees to the right of the fairway. He went on to bogey the hole after missing a 30-foot par putt, and Bemowski safely two-putted for par to go 4 up and dormie.

A hole later, the two traded pars and Bemowski had the victory.

"When I became a senior, I thought I had a chance to win this," said Bemowski. "What a thrill to win a USGA championship. It's the pinnacle."

 
Championship Facts

VENUE – Flint Hills National Golf Club, north of Wichita, Kan., was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1997.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – The USGA Course RatingTM for Flint Hills National Golf Club is 72.2; Slope Rating® is 133.

COURSE LAYOUT – The fairways will measure 0.55" in height. There will be no intermediate rough used outside the fairways. Depending on density, the primary rough will stand between 2½ and 3 inches high. The greens will measure approximately 10.5 feet on the Stimpmeter.

HISTORY – The USGA Senior Amateur Championship was first played in 1955. The 2007 Senior Amateur Championship will be the 53rd.

SCHEDULE – Practice rounds will be held Aug. 30 (Thursday) and Aug. 31 (Friday). The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 1 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
  • Sept. 2 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
  • Sept. 3 (Monday) – First round of match play
  • Sept. 4 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
  • Sept. 5 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
  • Sept. 6 (Thursday) – Final, match play (18 holes)

 

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