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2004

Mark Bemowski

Mark Bemowski, 58, of Mukwonago, Wis., earned a 4-and-3 victory over Greg Reynolds, 57, of Grand Blanc, Mich., to win the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the par-70, 6,491-yard Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

It was sweet redemption for Bemowski, who lost the final of the 2002 championship to Reynolds at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., 4 and 3.

"It's just amazing that we would have the opportunity to meet again," said Bemowski. "And then, for me to have the match I did, I'm really thrilled."

Bemowski got off to a sizzling start, winning the first three holes, and built the lead to a 5-up advantage with back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth holes. Meanwhile, Reynolds was struggling, with bogeys on two of the first six holes.

"He just played beautifully on the front side and I wasn't able to match his good play, and he put me in a big hole," said Reynolds. "I had a few chances on a couple of holes if I could just have gotten a few putts to drop."

Reynolds cut the deficit to four holes after Bemowski double-bogeyed Bel-Air's treacherous par-3, 195-yard 10th hole. He had a chance to cut Bemowski's lead to three a hole later but missed a five-foot birdie putt.

Bemowski gave another hole back when he three-putted the 12th for bogey. But Reynolds found trouble on the par-5 14th hole when he hit his tee shot in the trees to the right of the fairway. He went on to bogey the hole after missing a 30-foot par putt, and Bemowski safely two-putted for par to go 4 up and dormie.

A hole later, the two traded pars and Bemowski had the victory.

"When I became a senior, I thought I had a chance to win this," said Bemowski. "What a thrill to win a USGA championship. It's the pinnacle."

 
Championship Facts
PAR AND YARDAGE – Beverly Country Club will play at 6,654/6,672 yards and a par of 36-35—71.

ARCHITECT – Beverly Country Club was designed by George O’Neil and opened in 1908. Donald Ross redesigned the course in 1918. A renovation of the course, guided by golf course architect Ron Prichard, was completed in 2008.

COURSE AND SLOPE RATING – The USGA Course Rating® for the Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club is 72.7 and USGA Slope Rating® is 133.

USGA AND ILLINOIS – The 2009 USGA Senior Amateur will be the 57th championship conducted in the state of Illinois, ranking it fourth among states hosting the most USGA championships. The last USGA championship in the state was the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. The Senior Amateur is making its fifth appearance in Illinois (1962, 1973, 1979, 1998).

SCHEDULE OF PLAY:

Saturday, Sept. 12 — First round, stroke play (18 holes)

Sunday, Sept. 13 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes)

Monday, Sept. 14 — First round, match play (18 holes)

Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Final, match play (18 holes)

ADMISSION IS FREE – Admission and parking is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.



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