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Bogan, Reynolds Earn Overtime Victories

In USGA Senior Amateur's Second Round

Andover, Kan. – Stroke-play medalist Steve Bogan and 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion Greg Reynolds both needed extra holes to advance in second-round action Tuesday at the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the 6,502-yard, par-71 Flint Hills National Golf Club.

Bogan, 59, of Placentia, Calif., went back-and-forth in his match against David Lind, 58, of Burr Ridge, Ill., with each player winning several holes thanks to a bogey by the other.

“I was off a little bit all day today,” said Bogan. “I couldn’t quite find the slot in the swing.”

He recovered in time to make a clutch up-and-down at the par-3 17th. He hit his tee shot over the green and under a tree, but hit his second shot close enough to be conceded by Lind, who then missed a 10-foot birdie putt that allowed Bogan to remain 1 up.

But Lind squared the match on the par-5 18th when Bogan hit approach shot from 144 yards into the rough left of the green and couldn’t get up and down.

On the 19th hole, the par-5 first, Bogan earned the victory when Lind hit his second shot into the rough above the green and couldn’t get up and down from there, allowing Bogan to make a 5-footer for par and the match.


It was quite a contrast from Bogan’s first-round match, in which he cruised to a 6-and-4 victory.

                                                                                                              

“I think there’s a benefit to having a close match,” said Bogan, whose father Omer won the 1952 U.S. Amateur Public Links. “I stayed more focused.”

The next opponent for Bogan will be Ireland’s Arthur Pierse. The 56-year-old Pierse, who represented the Great Britain & Ireland team at the 1983 Walker Cup Match, advanced with a 2-and-1 victory over Roger Clement, 56, of Little Rock, Ark.

Also needing extra holes was Reynolds, 60, of Grand Blanc, Mich., playing against Kim Schwencke, 57, of Bend, Ore. Reynolds never trailed until he bogeyed the par-3 17th hole to give Schwencke a 1-up lead. But Reynolds was able to square the match with a birdie on the par-5 18th, when he made a 12-footer for birdie and Schwencke couldn’t match from 10 feet. The players then waited out a weather delay of more than 90 minutes before heading out to the 19th hole.

On the 19th hole, Schwencke seemed to have the advantage after he hit his second shot from the rough to the middle of the fairway short of the green and Reynolds hit his second shot, also from the rough, into a greenside bunker. But Schwencke’s third shot landed in the rough short of the green.


“Match play is like that,” said Reynolds. “Sometimes you think you’re looking great and you’re really not, and vice versa.”

Reynolds, playing first, hit his ball from the bunker to 20 feet. Schwencke’s fourth, from the rough, landed 4 feet from the hole. Reynolds’ 20-foot birdie attempt just slid by the hole, opening the door for Schwencke to halve the hole and extend the match.

But Schwencke’s 4-footer to match lipped out, allowing Reynolds to escape with the victory.

One other past Senior Amateur champion, 2004 winner Mark Bemowski, 61, of Mukwonago, Wis., was ousted in 23 holes by Don Marsh, 63, of Alpharetta, Ga.

Vinny Giles, 64, of Richmond, Va., kept his hopes of his first USGA championship since the 1972 U.S. Amateur alive with a 3-and-2 victory over Brian Sachs, 65, of Newberry, Fla.

But similar hopes ended for the 1964 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Bill McDonald, 63, of Troy, Mich., who was ousted by Frank Ford III of Charleston, S.C., 3 and 1.  

The 2007 USGA Senior Amateur continues with the third round Tuesday afternoon. 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 bmurrison@usga.org.

Andover, Kan. – Results following 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

Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif. (137) def. David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. (146), 19 holes

Arthur Pierse, Ireland (144) def. Roger Clement, Little Rock, Ark. (148), 2 and 1

David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala. (141) def. Paul Quigley, Warren, R.I. (148), 3 and 2

Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis. (145) def. Michael Puls, Irving, Texas (141), 6 and 4

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (146) def. Kim Schwencke, Bend, Ore. (150), 19 holes

Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (144) def. Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. (144), 4 and 3

Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. (146) def. Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas (141), 3 and 2

James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa (143) def. William Boles, Wilson, N.C. (145), 2 and 1

Lower Bracket

Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich. (138) def. Tom Grady, Marshall, Va. (146), 3 and 2

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (149) def. Brian Sachs, Gainesville, Fla. (148), 3 and 2

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (150) def. Thomas Bartolacci, Washington Crossing, Pa. (146), 1 up

Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga. (142) def. Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (145), 23 holes

Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass. (147) def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (138), 1 up

Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif. (144) def. John Pigg, Austin, Texas (144), 2 and 1

Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. (146) def. Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich. (141) 3 and 1

Donald Bliss, Chesterfield, Mo. (148) def. Jerry Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo. (143), 2 and 1

Andover, Kan. – Pairings for Tuesday’s third 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 16

Upper Bracket

1:45 p.m.          Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif. (137) vs. Arthur Pierse, Ireland (144)

1:55 p.m.          David Stanfield, Lanett, Ala. (141) vs. Stu Grendahl, Mcfarland, Wis. (145)

2:05 p.m.          Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (146) vs. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (144)

2:15 p.m.          Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. (146) vs. James Butler, Fort Madison, Iowa (143)

Lower Bracket

2:25 p.m.          Bill Zylstra, Westland, Mich. (138) vs. Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (149)

2:35 p.m.          Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (150) vs. Donald Marsh, Alpharetta, Ga. (142)

2:45 p.m.          Alistair Catto, South Hadley, Mass. (147) vs. Larry Grant, Long Beach, Calif. (144)

2:55 p.m.          Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. (146) 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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