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Medalist Cruises In USGA Senior Amateur's First Round


Andover, Kan. – Stroke-play medalist Steve Bogan, 59, of Placentia, Calif., and four USGA  champions led the first-round winners Monday at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club.

Bogan fell behind early against Bill Heldmar, 66, of Tulsa, Okla., when Heldmar birdied the first hole. But Bogan won the next five holes to take control en route to a 6-and-4 victory.

“I made a few birdies early so I got a little breathing space,” said Bogan, whose father Omer won the 1952 U.S. Amateur Public Links. “I was putting pretty good, kind of silly good, there for a minute. My putting has been good all week, and normally that’s pretty shaky. But every now and then, I can get it smoothed out a little bit.”

Four consecutive birdies, starting at the par-4 third hole, gave Bogan a lead he would never relinquish.

Bogan didn’t worry about thoughts of a medalist curse.

“I was more concerned with just not getting too sloppy,” said Bogan. “I felt pretty confident coming in, but you never know with match play.”

Vinny Giles, the 1972 U.S. Amateur champion, won his first-round match in 22 holes Monday at Flint Hills National Golf Club. (Fred Vuich/USGA)

Two past USGA Senior Amateur champions advanced: 2002 winner Greg Reynolds, 60, of Grand Blanc, Mich., who won a 1-up decision over Steve Earsley, 59, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and 2004 champion Mark Bemowski, 61, of Mukwonago, Wis., who earned a 2-up victory over Joe Bartlett, 61, of Lincoln, Vt.

Reynolds struggled in his match against Earsley, shooting the equivalent of 3 over par with the usual match-play concessions, but earned the victory on the 18th hole when Earsley hit his tee shot into the water hazard and eventually conceded the hole, and the match.

“You can be 8 over par and somebody wins because nobody’s playing well, and then you go out another time and you can be two or three under par and you can lose,” said Reynolds. “So you have to be a little bit lucky with who you draw and who you play well.”

Joining Reynolds and Bemowski as victorious USGA champions were Bill McDonald, 63, of Troy, Mich., the 1964 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, and Vinny Giles, 64, of Richmond, Va., who needed extra holes to outlast Gene Ryzewicz, 61, of Westport, Conn. Giles, the 1972 U.S. Amateur champion, advanced with a par on the 22nd hole, while McDonald earned a 1-up victory over two-time USA Walker Cupper Marty West, 59, of Rockville, Md.

Paul Simson, 56, of Raleigh, N.C., won the first four holes against 1994 and 1996 winner O. Gordon Brewer, 70, of Pine Valley, N.J., en route to a 5-and-4 victory. Simson was the equivalent of three under par in the match.

“If you don’t make any bogeys and make a few birdies, usually you’re in pretty good shape,” said Simson, the runner-up at last month’s British Mid-Amateur.

Two other past Senior Amateur champions were defeated in first-round action. Thomas Bartolacci, 56, of Washington Crossing, Pa., earned a 2-up victory to eliminate 2001 and 2003 winner Kemp Richardson, 61, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and David Stanfield, 58, of Lanett, Ala., eliminated 2005 winner Mike Rice, 67, of Houston, Texas, 3 and 2.

The 2007 USGA Senior Amateur continues with the second and third rounds Tuesday. The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played Wednesday and the championship concludes with the 18-hole final match Thursday.

The USGA Senior Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Story written by Beth Murrison of USGA Media Relations. For questions or comments, contact her at

Andover, Kan. – Results following Monday’s first round of match play at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club:

Round of 64

Upper Bracket

Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif. (137) def. Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla. (151), 6 and 4

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. (146) def. John Benson, Punxsutawney, Pa. (146), 5 and 4

Arthur Pierse, Ireland (144) def. Bill Blalock, Atlanta, Ga. (148), 2 and 1

Roger Clement, Little Rock, Ark. (148) def. Donald Brooks, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (144), 4 and 3

David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala. (141) def. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas (150), 3 and 2

Paul Quigley, Warren, R.I. (148) def. Todd Kennedy, Abbottstown, Pa. (146), 5 and 4

Michael Puls, Irving, Texas (141) def. H Jay Guerin, Fremont, Calif. (150), 6 and 5

Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis. (145) def. Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz. (148), 22 holes

Kim Schwencke, Bend, Ore. (150) def. Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore. (141), 3 and 2

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (146) def. Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, Fla. (147), 1 up

Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. (144) def. Bob Rickman, North Augusta, S.C. (149), 1 up

Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (144) def. David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (148), 3 and 2

Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas (141) def. Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C. (150), 3 and 2

Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. (146) def. Bob Olds, Brentwood, Calif. (147), 5 and 4

James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa (143) def. Robert Allshouse, Greensburg, Pa. (149), 19 holes

William Boles, Wilson, N.C. (145) def. Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind. (148), 4 and 3

Lower Bracket

Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich. (138) def. Mark Miller, Antioch, Calif. (150), 19 holes

Tom Grady, Marshall, Va. (146) def. Mark Sollenberger, Scottsdale, Ariz. (146), 3 and 2

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (149) def. Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn. (144), 22 holes

Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla. (148) def. Bill Leonard, Alpharetta, Ga. (144), 3 and 2

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (150) def. Lee Jeberjahn, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (141), 6 and 4

Thomas Bartolacci, Washington Crossing, Pa. (146) def. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (148), 2 up

Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga. (142) def. William Lee, New Haven, Conn. (150), 2 up

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (145) def. Joe Bartlett, Lincoln, Vt. (148), 2 up

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (138) def. O. Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J. (150), 5 and 4

Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass. (147) def. John Enright, Montara, Calif. (146), 2 up

Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif. (144) def. Robert Ockenfuss, Perkasie, Pa. (149), 4 and 2

John Pigg, Austin, Texas (144) def. Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz. (148), 4 and 3

Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich. (141) def. Martin West, Rockville, Md. (150), 1 up

Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. (146) def. Bill Moor, Birmingham, Ala. (147), 4 and 2

Jerry Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo. (143) def. Martin Winkelman, Sea Cliff, N.Y. (149), 1 up

Donald Bliss, Chesterfield, Mo. (148) def. Bob Mielcarz, Concord, N.H. (145), 7 and 6

Andover, Kan. – Pairings for Tuesday’s second round of match play at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club:

Round of 32

Upper Bracket

8:15 a.m.          Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif. (137) vs. David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. (146)

8:23 a.m.          Arthur Pierse, Ireland (144) vs. Roger Clement, Little Rock, Ark. (148)

8:31 a.m.          David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala. (141) vs. Paul Quigley, Warren, R.I. (148)

8:39 a.m.          Michael Puls, Irving, Texas (141) vs. Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis. (145)

8:47 a.m.          Kim Schwencke, Bend, Ore. (150) vs. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (146)

8:55 a.m.          Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. (144) vs. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (144)

9:03 a.m.          Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas (141) vs. Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. (146)

9:11 a.m.          James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa (143) vs. William Boles, Wilson, N.C. (145)

Lower Bracket

9:19 a.m.          Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich. (138) vs. Tom Grady, Marshall, Va. (146)

9:27 a.m.          Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (149) vs. Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla. (148)

9:35 a.m.          Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (150) vs.   Thomas Bartolacci, Washington Crossing, Pa. (146)

9:43 a.m.          Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga. (142) vs. Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (145)

9:51 a.m.          Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (138) vs. Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass. (147)

9:59 a.m.          Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif. (144) vs. John Pigg, Austin, Texas (144)

10:07 a.m.         Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich. (141) vs. Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. (146)

10:15 a.m.         Jerry Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo. (143) vs. Donald Bliss, Chesterfield, Mo. (148)


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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