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Zylstra's 65 Sets Record, Pace At USGA Senior Amateur

Andover, Kan. – Bill Zylstra of Westland, Mich., shot a 6-under 65 to lead after Saturday’s first round of stroke play at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club.

The 65 betters by a stroke the previous USGA Senior Amateur 18-hole scoring record of 66 shot by Bob Kulp at the 2003 Senior Amateur at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va., and Billy Clagett at the 2005 championship at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Race, Ga.

Zylstra’s 65 featured eight birdies and two bogeys, including one at the par-5 first hole, the 10th of his round, when he lost a ball.

“It was kind of a miracle,” said the 55-year-old Zylstra, who is playing in his first USGA Senior Amateur. “Everything went right.”

Even when things appeared to be going wrong, they turned out well for Zylstra. On the par-3, 185-yard fourth hole, he pulled his tee shot 20 yards left of the green and chunked his second shot, leaving him a 70-footer for par. Seventy feet later, he had his par.

“That was ridiculous,” said Zylstra. “That was like stealing two shots, because it was going hot and was going to go 12 feet by the hole.”

Although this is Zylstra’s first Senior Amateur, he is no stranger to USGA championships. He played in the 1968 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1984 U.S. Amateur, three Amateur Public Links, the 2002 Senior Open and the 2006 Mid-Amateur. And his father played in the 1948 and 1953 U.S. Opens.

Despite the strong start, Zylstra wasn’t over-confident.

“It’s hard to follow up a round like that with something really good,” said Zylstra, who has never before made the cut at a USGA championship. “You’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing.”

Steve Bogan, 59, of Placentia, Calif., was one stroke back after a 5-under 66.

“I was hitting my irons pretty close,” said Bogan, who is playing in his third USGA Senior Amateur. “I actually didn’t drive the ball very well. I was kind of struggling a little bit with the driver this week. Normally I hit it short and relatively straight.”

But Bogan was able to overcome his troubles with the driver to record six birdies and one bogey. He started his round with a 20-footer for birdie on the 10th hole and finished it out with another 20-foot birdie putt on the ninth.

Bill McDonald, 63, of Troy, Mich., the 1964 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, was three shots back after a 3-under 68, as was Bob Mielcarz, 58, of Concord, N.H. Last year’s Senior Amateur runner-up, Thomas McGraw, 56, of Montgomery, Texas, was one of three players to finish at 2-under 69.

Defending champion Mike Bell, 60, of Indianapolis, Ind., had a rough start to his title defense, with a first-round 7-over 78, which included three double bogeys.

“It just was one those days where I couldn’t get it going,” said Bell. “I think I applied a little more pressure to myself than I should. I want to play well too badly and I get out there and instead of letting the club flow, I start trying to guide it a little bit.”

Bell knows he has his work cut out for him if he hopes to avoid becoming the first defending champion to miss the cut since 1988.

“I’ve got to get myself together and play good tomorrow, that’s all there is to it. And if I don’t, the world’s not going to come to an end.”

After a second day of stroke play Sunday, the USGA Senior Amateur field will be reduced to 64 players for match play. The first round of match play is scheduled for Monday, the second and third rounds will be played Tuesday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on Wednesday, and the 18-hole championship final will be played 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 Saturday’s first round of stroke play at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club:

            Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich., 34-31--65

            Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif., 32-34--66

            Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich., 34-34--68

            Bob Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 33-35--68

            Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga., 37-32--69

            Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C., 36-33--69

            Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas, 34-35--69

            Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas, 35-35--70

            Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 37-33--70

            Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark., 35-35--70

            William Boles, Wilson, N.C., 34-36--70

            Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz., 38-33--71

            David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala., 36-35--71

            Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore., 36-35--71

            Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif., 37-34--71

            Lee Jeberjahn, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 34-37--71

            Todd Kennedy, Abbottstown, Pa., 38-33--71

            Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass., 38-34--72

            Arthur Pierse, Ireland, 35-37--72

            Bill O'Keefe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 36-36--72

            David Rasley, Bethesda, Md., 37-35--72

            Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif., 36-36--72

            Michael Puls, Irving, Texas, 36-36--72

            Rick Tenbroeck, Chicago, Ill., 38-34--72

            David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill., 39-34--73

            Donald Brooks, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 36-37--73

            James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa, 37-36--73

            Jim Seymour, Bakersfield, Calif., 35-38--73

            John Pigg, Austin, Texas, 38-35--73

            Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore., 38-35--73

            Larry McGill, Chattanooga, Tenn., 36-37--73

            Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., 34-39--73

            Bill Leonard, Alpharetta, Ga., 35-39--74

            Bill Moor, Birmingham, Ala., 38-36--74

            Bob Olds, Brentwood, Calif., 37-37--74

            Bob Rickman, North Augusta, S.C., 38-36--74

            Brady Hendren, Denver, Colo., 38-36--74

            Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla., 37-37--74

            Bruce Rotte, Naples, Fla., 39-35--74

            Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C., 37-37--74

            Jerry Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo., 38-36--74

            Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 38-36--74

            Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 36-38--74

            Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 36-38--74

            Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif., 39-35--74

            O Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J., 38-36--74

            Richard Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 38-36--74

            Robert Ockenfuss, Perkasie, Pa., 37-37--74

            Roger Clement, Little Rock, Ark., 38-36--74

            Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz., 36-38--74

            Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, Fla., 37-37--74

            Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis., 38-36--74

            Thomas Bartolacci, Washington Crossing, Pa., 37-37--74

            Tom Grady, Marshall, Va., 38-36--74

            William Jackson, Oklahoma City, Okla., 37-37--74

            Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 39-36--75

            Billy Clements, St Augustine, Fla., 38-37--75

            David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 38-37--75

            David Watterworth, Charlotte, N.C., 35-40--75

            Donald Taylor, Augusta, Ga., 38-37--75

            Jay Pierson, Shreveport, La., 38-37--75

            Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C., 38-37--75

            Roger Brown, Arkansas, Kan., 39-36--75

            Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 36-39--75

            Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 38-37--75

            William Lee, New Haven, Conn., 37-38--75

            David Fry, Montgomery, Ala., 36-40--76

            Dennis Adkins, N Myrtle Beach, S.C., 37-39--76

            H Jay Guerin, Fremont, Calif., 36-40--76

            Jim Brown, Tellico Village, Tenn., 38-38--76

            John Benson, Punxsutawney, Pa., 32-44--76

            Kim Schwencke, Bend, Ore., 36-40--76

            Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C., 39-37--76

            Mark Sollenberger, Scottsdale, Ariz., 37-39--76

            Martin West, Rockville, Md., 41-35--76

            Martin Winkelman, Sea Cliff, N.Y., 39-37--76

            Michael Kelly, Odenton, Md., 37-39--76

            Scott Radcliffe, Golden, Colo., 37-39--76

            Stephen Friend, Redondo Beach, Calif., 38-38--76

            Steven Hakes, San Diego, Calif., 38-38--76

            Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind., 38-38--76

            Charles Hayes, Newport, R.I., 43-34--77

            Dick Landon, Olathe, Kan., 37-40--77

            Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 34-43--77

            John Enright, Montara, Calif., 39-38--77

            Jonathan Verity, Beaufort, S.C., 42-35--77

            Lanny Bailey, Dalton, Ga., 36-41--77

            Paul Quigley, Warren, R.I., 38-39--77

            Peter Van Ingen, New York, N.Y., 39-38--77

            Rick Bauch, Hartland, Wis., 37-40--77

            Robert Allshouse, Greensburg, Pa., 39-38--77

            Vic Hannon, Camden, S.C., 39-38--77

            Chip Campion, Salinas, Calif., 40-38--78

            Donald Bliss, Chesterfield, Mo., 39-39--78

            J Michael Fetter, Williamsville, N.Y., 38-40--78

            John Baker, Peru, N.Y., 40-38--78

            Mark Miller, Antioch, Calif., 35-43--78

            Mark Wagner, Statesville, N.C., 39-39--78

            Michael Ancel, Newport News, Va., 40-38--78

            Michael Bell, Indianapolis, Ind., 38-40--78

            Michael Chester, Bucyrus, Ohio, 42-36--78

            Ray Vanyo, Banning, Calif., 36-42--78

            Richard Nordlund, Santa Barbara, Calif., 41-37--78

            Robert Surratt, Concord, N.C., 44-34--78

            Ron Cherney, Encino, Calif., 38-40--78

            Shelton Washburn, Chimacum, Wash., 38-40--78

            Thomas Mish, Grapevine, Texas, 39-39--78

            Bill Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn., 40-39--79

            Bill Blalock, Atlanta, Ga., 42-37--79

            Bill Boyd, Greeley, Colo., 35-44--79

            David Cannon, Salt Lake City, Utah, 38-41--79

            Jerry Cundari, Portland, Ore., 37-42--79

            Joe Bartlett, Lincoln, Vt., 39-40--79

            John Deluise, Raleigh, N.C., 39-40--79

            Joseph Cordaro, Pittsburgh, Pa., 38-41--79

            Paul F Borowski, South Bend, Ind., 39-40--79

            Steven Dietrich, Sioux Falls, S.D., 40-39--79

            Bob Fleming, Fair Oaks, Calif., 40-40--80

            Bobby Maddox, Meridian, Miss., 40-40--80

            Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 43-37--80

            Larry Clark, Cartersville, Ga., 39-41--80

            Lee Juett, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 41-39--80

            Mike Campbell, Louisville, Ky., 36-44--80

            Randy Apgar, Kansas City, Mo., 39-41--80

            Wayne Harris, Missouri City, Texas, 38-42--80

            Alan Diercks, Plantation, Fla., 43-38--81

            Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 38-43--81

            Jimmy Thomas, Johns Creek, Ga., 39-42--81

            John Casstevens, Glen Allen, Va., 39-42--81

            Michael Quinlan, Albuquerque, N.M., 39-42--81

            Robert Wayland, Belleair, Fla., 41-40--81

            Terry Coffee, Roseville, Calif., 44-37--81

            Doug Tambara, Huntington Beach, Calif., 45-37--82

            Gary Huls, Dayton, Ohio, 40-42--82

            James Smith, Orchard Park, N.Y., 46-36--82

            Kelly Crone, Littleton, Colo., 43-39--82

            Lanny Trottman, Germantown, Tenn., 44-38--82

            Martin Park, Wichita, Kan., 39-43--82

            Stephen Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 41-41--82

            Steven Swedberg, Danvers, Mass., 42-40--82

            Bruce Chalas, Natick, Mass., 44-39--83

            Donald Garczewski, New Britain, Conn., 44-39--83

            John Dmytriw, Mentor, Ohio, 43-40--83

            Mills Rendell, Winnetka, Ill., 39-44--83

            Phil Johnson, Valrico, Fla., 40-43--83

            Doc Woodell, Douglasville, Ga., 44-40--84

            Gary Frankenfield, Ft Worth, Texas, 44-40--84

            Michael Hopson, Lufkin, Texas, 41-43--84

            Rod Maxwell, Windsor, Ill., 45-39--84

            William Homeyer, Edina, Minn., 39-45--84

            Jim Wetzel, Edmond, Okla., 48-37--85

            Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 40-46--86

            Michael Hoefs, Lincoln, Neb., 38-48--86

            Van Strakes, Phoenix, Md., 41-45--86

            Edward J Muller, Albuquerque, N.M., 40-50--90

            Joe Hahn, Evansville, Ind., 49-42--91


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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