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A Look At The Quarterfinalists

 

Alistair Catto, 55, of South Hadley, Mass.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-2 victory over Larry Grant … playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur … also played in the 1987, 1990 and 1995 U.S. Amateurs and the 1990 U.S. Amateur Public Links, where he advanced to the third round … won the 1991 Massachusetts Public Links, the 2003 Vermont Senior Open and the 2002 Cape Cod Senior Open … caddied for 1960 British Open winner Ken Nagle in Champions Tour events … has seven holes-in-one, including one at the New England Amateur … has a career-low round of 67, shot to win the 1995 Western Massachusetts Amateur … born in Scotland … a 1991 graduate of Amherst College … played on the squash team at Amherst … works in golf/racquet sales for Fran Johnsons Inc. … wife Bonnie (played in the 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur this week) … birth date: Oct. 22, 1951.

Sam Farlow, 60, of Birmingham, Ala.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-and-5 victory over Donald Marsh … playing in his fifth USGA Senior Amateur … advanced to the semifinals a year ago before being eliminated by eventual champion Mike Bell … was a quarterfinalist at the 1985 U.S. Amateur … has also played in two U.S. Opens and a U.S. Senior Open … six-time Alabama Senior Amateur champion, in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 … has one hole-in-one, made during the Spanish Open in Madrid … has a career-low round of 59, shot at Birmingham Country Club in 1973 … a reinstated amateur, in 1983 … a medical sales representative for ATS Medical … a 1970 graduate of the University of Alabama … is married with three children … birth date: Aug. 28, 1947.

Frank Ford III, 55, of Charleston, S.C.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-1 victory over Donald Bliss … playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur … played in 10 U.S. Amateurs (1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1996) and the 1982, 1992 and 1996 U.S. Mid-Amateurs … also represented South Carolina at the 1995 and 1997 USGA Men’s State Team Championships … six-time Azalea Amateur champion, in 1981, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992 … won the 1996 South Carolina Amateur and the 1992 Carolinas Amateur … runner-up at the 1988 Southern Amateur and the 1992 Rice Planters … runner-up at the 2007 South Carolina Senior Amateur … the Carolinas Player of the Year and South Carolina Player of the Year in 1992 … elected to the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Furman University Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 … has five career holes-in-one and a career-best round of 65 … a 1974 graduate of Furman University … is a financial advisor and senior vice president of investments for Smith Barney … wife, Frances … has four children, Cordes, Meghan, Drue and Lucas, and four grandchildren, Nathaniel, Eliza, Cecilia and Henson … birth date: Feb. 23, 1952.

Vinny Giles, 64, of Richmond, Va.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-and-1 victory over Bill Zylstra … is playing in his 10th Senior Amateur … a quarterfinalist at the 2002 championship and stroke-play medalist at the … won the 1972 U.S. Amateur … has played in 16 U.S. Amateurs … also runner-up at the 1967, 1968 and 1969 Amateurs … low amateur at the 1973 U.S. Open … has played in seven U.S. Senior Opens, with three low-amateur finishes … a member of the 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975 USA Walker Cup teams and captain of the 1993 team … also represented the USA at the 1968, 1970 and 1972 World Amateur Team Championships and captained the 1992 team … twice the low-amateur at the British Senior Open … counts among his many victories the 1975 British Amateur, the 1973 Porter Cup and Eastern Amateur, the 1967 and 1975 Southern Amateur, the 1971 Northeast Amateur and the 2007 Virginia Senior Stroke Play … an eight-time Virginia State Amateur champion … has a career-low round of 63, shot at the 1973 Porter Cup … has 14 holes-in-one … the 1990 and 1992 Virginia State Golf Association Player of the Year and the 2000 and 2003 Virginia State Golf Association Senior Player of the Year … a member of the University of Georgia and University of Virginia Sports Halls of Fame … a 1966 graduate of the University of Georgia and a 1969 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School … a three-time All-American while at Georgia … wife, Key … has two daughters, Key and Susanna … birth date: Jan. 4, 1943.

Stu Grendahl, 56, of McFarland, Wis.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a victory in 19 holes over David Stanfield … playing in his first USGA championship … won the 2006 Wisconsin Senior Amateur and the 2007 Wisconsin Senior Match Play … won the 2002 Madison City Tournament and is a three-time runner-up in that event … runner-up at the 2007 Wisconsin Senior Best Ball … has a career-low round of 65, shot at the Madison City Tournament, and six holes-in-one … a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin … is a sales engineer for Masters Building Solutions … wife, Susan … has one daughter, Jocelyln … birth date: Jan. 20, 1951.

Logan Jackson, 57, of Winston Salem, N.C.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-and-3 victory over 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion Greg Reynolds … playing in his third Senior Amateur … made it to match play in his two previous appearances, losing in the first round each time … also played in the 1971 U.S. Amateur, where he finished 19th, the 1974 U.S. Open and the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur … won the 2005 and 2006 Yeomons Hall Senior … also won the 2007 North Carolina Senior Four Ball … runner-up at the 2006 and 2007 North Carolina Senior Amateur and the 2007 Senior Hall of Fame … has a career-low round of 68, shot during the 2007 U.S. Senior Hall of Fame … has one hole-in-one, made on a 245-yard hole in the North Carolina Mid-Amateur … a reinstated amateur, in 1974 … a 1972 graduate of Wake Forest University … owner of Parrish Tire Company … wife, Ellen … has two children, Emily and Bill … birth date: May 8, 1950.

Stanford Lee, 55, of Rose Bud, Ark.

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-and-4 victory over James Butler … playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur … with a birth date of Sept. 1, 1952, made the cutoff date for this year’s championship on the day … also played in the 1969 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1973 and 1974 U.S. Amateurs and the 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur … an eight-time Arkansas State Amateur champion … also won the Arkansas Open and the Southwestern Amateur … runner-up finishes include the Arkansas Amateur, Southern Amateur and the 1977 New Orleans Open … a 1975 graduate of Louisiana State University, where he was an All-American in 1974 and 1975 … inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame … has a career-low round of 59, shot at the LSU golf course … a reinstated amateur, in 2005 … a banker with First Arkansas Bank and Trust … wife Kathy … has five children, Chris, Jason, Jeremy, Michael and Shalyn.


Arthur Pierse, 56, of Ireland

Advanced to the quarterfinals with a victory in 19 holes over stroke-play medalist Steve Bogan … playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur … also played in the 2001 U.S. Senior Open, where he made the cut … represented the Great Britain and Ireland at the 1983 Walker Cup Match … also played for the GB&I at the 1982 … exempt due to his victory at the 2007 British Senior Amateur Open Championship at Nairn in Scotland … low-amateur at the British Senior Open Championship four times … won the 1980 and 1982 West of Ireland, the 1987 North of Ireland and the 1979 East of Ireland … made is first hole-in-one in 2005 … has a career-low round of 63, shot at Tipperary … a 1972 graduate of Trinity College … works in a family business … wife Margaret … has four children, Lorna, Arthur, Jill and Charles … his son Arthur is caddieing for him this week … birth date: April 30, 1951.

 

 
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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