Burda has the Early Lead
Chicago, Ill. – Jeff Burda of Modesto, Calif., carded a round of 2-under 69, to grab the early lead in the first round of stroke play at the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Beverly Country Club.
“I hit 15 of the 18 greens in regulation because my iron play was very solid today,” said Burda, the current California Senior Amateur champion. “I came here hoping not only to make it to match play, but also to shoot as low of a score as I possibly could, and I’ve been feeling very good about my game lately.”
Bill Ploeger of Columbus, Ga., who at 69 is the oldest competitor in the field, fired a 1-over 72. The former USGA Senior Amateur champion is in the final year of the 10-year exemption that he received after his victory in 1999.
Beverly C.C. member and two-time USGA Senior Amateur champion Bill Shean Jr., got off to a slow start with a 7-over par round of 78. “I struggled with some swing mechanics out there today, and never really found it,” said Shean Jr., who as a teenager worked as a volunteer at several Western Opens at Beverly, some 40 years ago. “The course is in good condition and the fairways are perfect, but I just couldn’t get the green speeds down.”
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.