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Bogan Earns USGA Senior Amateur Stroke-Play Medalist Honors

Andover, Kan. – Steve Bogan, 59, of Placentia, Calif., shot a two-day total of 5-under 137 to earn stroke-play medalist honors Sunday at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club.

Bogan followed up his first-round 5-under 66 with an even-par 71. But the 71 wasn’t without its adventures.

“Normally, the thing I do the best is hit it short and straight, but today I had two lost balls in the bushes,” said Bogan. “I was pretty happy with 71 after giving four strokes away.”

Despite losing the two balls, which led to a double bogey on the second and a bogey on the fifth hole, Bogan went bogey-free the rest of the way, recording birdies on the sixth and 11th holes.

It’s the first USGA championship stroke-play medalist honors for Bogan, who finished second in stroke play at the 2004 Senior Amateur. But Bogan knows medalist honors are no guarantee to success in match play.

“Anybody can win after you get through to match play,” said Bogan, whose father Omer won the 1952 U.S. Amateur Public Links. “Everybody out there who makes the cut is capable of shooting par.”

Bogan finished one stroke ahead of Paul Simson, 56, of Raleigh, N.C., who shot his second consecutive 69 Sunday, and first-round leader Bill Zylstra, 55, of Westland, Mich. Zylstra followed up his record-setting 6-under 65 with a 2-over 73 to advance to match play for the first time in eight USGA championship appearances.

A strong showing in stroke-play qualifying is nothing new for Simson, a co-medalist at both the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur and last year’s USGA Senior Amateur. He said the key to success after stroke play is simple.

“With match-play events, you’ve got to play well, and if you have somebody playing well against you, you’ve got to play a little bit better,” said Simson, the runner-up at last month’s British Mid-Amateur. “That’s just the nature of the beast.”

Bill McDonald, 63, of Troy, Mich., the 1964 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, led a group of six players who finished four shots behind Bogan at 1-under 141. McDonald, a retired elementary-school teacher who is playing in his first USGA championship in more than 20 years, was off to a strong start, 1 under through nine holes, before running into some trouble on the first hole, the 10th of his round.

“I was playing beautifully, but I hit a ball in the rough and hacked it out of the high grass and that thing just swelled up,” said McDonald, pointing to his right hand. “After that I struggled all the way coming in.”

McDonald still managed to scrape together a 2-over 73 to advance to match play. The 1972 U.S. Amateur winner, Vinny Giles, 64, of Richmond, Va., also advanced, as did five past USGA Senior Amateur champions: 2004 winner Mark Bemowski, 61, of Mukwonago, Wis., 1994 and 1996 winner O. Gordon Brewer, 70, of Pine Valley, N.J.; 2001 and 2003 champion Kemp Richardson, 61, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 2005 winner Mike Rice, 67, of Houston, Texas; and 2002 champion Greg Reynolds, 60, of Grand Blanc, Mich., who came back from a first-round 77 with a 2-under 69.

Defending champion Mike Bell, 60, of Indianapolis, Ind., wasn’t as fortunate, missing the cut after rounds of 78-79. Bell became the first defending champion to miss the cut in almost 20 years.

The first round of match play for the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur is scheduled for Monday. The second and third rounds will be played Tuesday and the quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on Wednesday. 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 bmurrison@usga.org.

Andover, Kan. – Results following Sunday’s second round of stroke play at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club (* = in playoff for final match-play spot):

Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif., 66-71--137

Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich., 65-73--138

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C., 69-69--138

Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich., 68-73--141

David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala., 71-70--141

Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore., 71-70--141

Lee Jeberjahn, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 71-70--141

Michael Puls, Irving, Texas, 72-69--141

Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas, 69-72--141

Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga., 69-73--142

James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa, 73-70--143

Jerry Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo., 74-69--143

Arthur Pierse, Ireland, 72-72--144

Bill Leonard, Alpharetta, Ga., 74-70--144

Donald Brooks, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 73-71--144

Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn., 70-74--144

Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif., 71-73--144

John Pigg, Austin, Texas, 73-71--144

Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif., 72-72--144

Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C., 76-68--144

Bob Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 68-77--145

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 74-71--145

Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis., 74-71--145

William Boles, Wilson, N.C., 70-75--145

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill., 73-73--146

Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C., 74-72--146

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 77-69--146

John Benson, Punxsutawney, Pa., 76-70--146

John Enright, Montara, Calif., 77-69--146

Mark Sollenberger, Scottsdale, Ariz., 76-70--146

Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark., 70-76--146

Thomas Bartolacci, Washington Crossing, Pa., 74-72--146

Todd Kennedy, Abbottstown, Pa., 71-75--146

Tom Grady, Marshall, Va., 74-72--146

Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass., 72-75--147

Bill Moor, Birmingham, Ala., 74-73--147

Bob Olds, Brentwood, Calif., 74-73--147

Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, Fla., 74-73--147

Bill Blalock, Atlanta, Ga., 79-69--148

Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla., 74-74--148

Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz., 71-77--148

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., 75-73--148

Donald Bliss, Chesterfield, Mo., 78-70--148

Joe Bartlett, Lincoln, Vt., 79-69--148

Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 74-74--148

Paul Quigley, Warren, R.I., 77-71--148

Roger Clement, Little Rock, Ark., 74-74--148

Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz., 74-74--148

Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind., 76-72--148

Bob Rickman, North Augusta, S.C., 74-75--149

Martin Winkelman, Sea Cliff, N.Y., 76-73--149

Robert Allshouse, Greensburg, Pa., 77-72--149

Robert Ockenfuss, Perkasie, Pa., 74-75--149

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 75-74--149

H Jay Guerin, Fremont, Calif., 76-74--150

Kim Schwencke, Bend, Ore., 76-74--150

Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C., 75-75--150

Mark Miller, Antioch, Calif., 78-72--150

Martin West, Rockville, Md., 76-74--150

Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 74-76--150

O. Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J., 74-76--150

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala., 75-75--150

William Lee, New Haven, Conn., 75-75--150

*Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 75-76--151 (2)

Failed to Qualify

*Bill O'Keefe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 72-79--151 (3)

*Billy Clements, St Augustine, Fla., 75-76--151 (3)

*Donald Taylor, Augusta, Ga., 75-76--151 (3)

*Peter Van Ingen, New York, N.Y., 77-74--151 (3)

*Rick Tenbroeck, Chicago, Ill., 72-79--151 (3)

*Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., 73-78--151 (3)

*Steven Hakes, San Diego, Calif., 76-75--151 (3)

*William Jackson, Oklahoma City, Okla., 74-77--151 (3)

*Michael Kelly, Odenton, Md., 76-75--151 (X)

Dennis Adkins, N Myrtle Beach, S.C., 76-76--152

Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas, 70-82--152

Kenneth Forster, Salem, Ore., 73-79--152

Lee Juett, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 80-72--152

Paul F Borowski, South Bend, Ind., 79-73--152

Ray Vanyo, Banning, Calif., 78-74--152

Richard Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 74-78--152

Roger Brown, Arkansas, Kan., 75-77--152

Stephen Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 82-70--152

Thomas Mish, Grapevine, Texas, 78-74--152

Bill Anderson, Minneapolis, Minn., 79-74--153

Brady Hendren, Denver, Colo., 74-79--153

Jay Pierson, Shreveport, La., 75-78--153

John Deluise, Raleigh, N.C., 79-74--153

Joseph Cordaro, Pittsburgh, Pa., 79-74--153

Robert Wayland, Belleair, Fla., 81-72--153

Charles Hayes, Newport, R.I., 77-77--154

Edward Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 81-73--154

Larry Clark, Cartersville, Ga., 80-74--154

Larry McGill, Chattanooga, Tenn., 73-81--154

Steven Dietrich, Sioux Falls, S.D., 79-75--154

David Fry, Montgomery, Ala., 76-79--155

David Rasley, Bethesda, Md., 72-83--155

Gary Huls, Dayton, Ohio, 82-73--155

Lanny Trottman, Germantown, Tenn., 82-73--155

Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif., 74-81--155

Richard Nordlund, Santa Barbara, Calif., 78-77--155

Rick Bauch, Hartland, Wis., 77-78--155

Vic Hannon, Camden, S.C., 77-78--155

Bob Fleming, Fair Oaks, Calif., 80-76--156

Bruce Rotte, Naples, Fla., 74-82--156

Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., 80-76--156

Jim Seymour, Bakersfield, Calif., 73-83--156

Jimmy Thomas, Johns Creek, Ga., 81-75--156

Jonathan Verity, Beaufort, S.C., 77-79--156

Kelly Crone, Littleton, Colo., 82-74--156

Michael Ancel, Newport News, Va., 78-78--156

Michael Quinlan, Albuquerque, N.M., 81-75--156

Scott Radcliffe, Golden, Colo., 76-80--156

Bobby Maddox, Meridian, Miss., 80-77--157

J Michael Fetter, Williamsville, N.Y., 78-79--157

Jim Brown, Tellico Village, Tenn., 76-81--157

Lanny Bailey, Dalton, Ga., 77-80--157

Michael Bell, Indianapolis, Ind., 78-79--157

Steven Swedberg, Danvers, Mass., 82-75--157

Dick Landon, Olathe, Kan., 77-81--158

Doug Tambara, Huntington Beach, Calif., 82-76--158

Michael Chester, Bucyrus, Ohio, 78-80--158

Mike Campbell, Louisville, Ky., 80-78--158

Randy Apgar, Kansas City, Mo., 80-78--158

Van Strakes, Phoenix, Md., 86-72--158

Alan Diercks, Plantation, Fla., 81-78--159

David Watterworth, Charlotte, N.C., 75-84--159

Gary Frankenfield, Ft Worth, Texas, 84-75--159

Jerry Cundari, Portland, Ore., 79-80--159

Mills Rendell, Winnetka, Ill., 83-76--159

Stephen Friend, Redondo Beach, Calif., 76-83--159

Wayne Harris, Missouri City, Texas, 80-79--159

David Cannon, Salt Lake City, Utah, 79-81--160

James Smith, Orchard Park, N.Y., 82-78--160

Mark Wagner, Statesville, N.C., 78-82--160

Michael Hopson, Lufkin, Texas, 84-76--160

Phil Johnson, Valrico, Fla., 83-78--161

Bruce Chalas, Natick, Mass., 83-79--162

Rod Maxwell, Windsor, Ill., 84-78--162

Doc Woodell, Douglasville, Ga., 84-79--163

Donald Garczewski, New Britain, Conn., 83-80--163

Michael Hoefs, Lincoln, Neb., 86-77--163

Ron Cherney, Encino, Calif., 78-85--163

Terry Coffee, Roseville, Calif., 81-82--163

Bill Boyd, Greeley, Colo., 79-85--164

Jim Wetzel, Edmond, Okla., 85-80--165

John Baker, Peru, N.Y., 78-87--165

William Homeyer, Edina, Minn., 84-81--165

Joe Hahn, Evansville, Ind., 91-75--166

Robert Surratt, Concord, N.C., 78-89--167

Chip Campion, Salinas, Calif., 78-90--168

Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 86-82--168

John Dmytriw, Mentor, Ohio, 83-86--169

Martin Park, Wichita, Kan., 82-91--173

Edward J Muller, Albuquerque, N.M., 90-86--176

John Casstevens, Glen Allen, Va., 81-WD

Shelton Washburn, Chimacum, Wash., 78-WD

Andover, Kan. – Pairings for 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

9:30 a.m.          Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif. (137) vs. Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla. (151)

9:38 a.m.          David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. (146) vs. John Benson, Punxsutawney, Pa. (146)

9:46 a.m.          Arthur Pierse, Ireland (144) vs. Bill Blalock, Atlanta, Ga. (148)

9:54 a.m.          Donald Brooks, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (144) vs. Roger Clement, Little Rock, Ark. (148)

10:02 a.m.         David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala. (141) vs. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas (150)

10:10 a.m.         Todd Kennedy, Abbottstown, Pa. (146) vs. Paul Quigley, Warren, R.I. (148)

10:18 a.m.         Michael Puls, Irving, Texas (141) vs. H Jay Guerin, Fremont, Calif. (150)

10:26 a.m.         Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis. (145) vs. Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz. (148)

10:34 a.m.         Erik Myrmo, Eugene, Ore. (141) vs. Kim Schwencke, Bend, Ore. (150)

10:42 a.m.         Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (146) vs. Steve Earsley, Hobe Sound, Fla. (147)

10:50 a.m.         Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. (144) vs. Bob Rickman, North Augusta, S.C. (149)

10:58 a.m.         Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (144) vs. David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (148)

11:06 a.m.         Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas (141) vs. Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C. (150)

11:14 a.m.         Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. (146) vs. Bob Olds, Brentwood, Calif. (147)

11:22 a.m.         James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa (143) vs. Robert Allshouse, Greensburg, Pa. (149)

11:30 a.m.         William Boles, Wilson, N.C. (145) vs. Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind. (148)

Lower Bracket

11:38 a.m.         Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich. (138) vs. Mark Miller, Antioch, Calif. (150)

11:46 a.m.         Tom Grady, Marshall, Va. (146) vs. Mark Sollenberger, Scottsdale, Ariz. (146)

11:54 a.m.         Gene Ryzewicz, Westport, Conn. (144) vs. Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (149)

12:02 p.m.         Bill Leonard, Alpharetta, Ga. (144) vs. Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla. (148)

12:10 p.m.         Lee Jeberjahn, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (141) vs. Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (150)

12:18 p.m.         Thomas Bartolacci, Washington Crossing, Pa. (146) vs. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (148)

12:26 p.m.         Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga. (142) vs. William Lee, New Haven, Conn. (150)

12:34 p.m.         Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (145) vs. Joe Bartlett, Lincoln, Vt. (148)

12:42 p.m.         Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (138) vs. O Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J. (150)

12:50 p.m.         John Enright, Montara, Calif. (146) vs. Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass. (147)

12:58 p.m.         Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif. (144) vs. Robert Ockenfuss, Perkasie, Pa. (149)

1:06 p.m.          John Pigg, Austin, Texas (144) vs. Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz. (148)

1:14 p.m.          Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich. (141) vs. Martin West, Rockville, Md. (150)

1:22 p.m.          Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. (146) vs. Bill Moor, Birmingham, Ala. (147)

1:30 p.m.          Jerry Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo. (143) vs. Martin Winkelman, Sea Cliff, N.Y. (149)

1:38 p.m.          Bob Mielcarz, Concord, N.H. (145) 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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