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Meet The Quarterfinalists

Mike Bell, 62, of Indianapolis, Ind.

Won the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur as a last-minute alternate at Victoria National Golf Club. ... didn’t take up competitive golf until his early 50s. ... thought he had a decent game, but wanted to be sure, so he took lessons and worked hard to see if he could compete at a high level. ... was an Evans Scholar. ... underwent open heart surgery in 2003.

Mark Bemowski, 63, of Mukwonago, Wis.

Is playing in his ninth USGA Senior Amateur. … won the 2004 championship …has been a runner-up twice in the event …has won six Wisconsin State Amateurs – in 1976, ’81, ’84, ’97, ’99 and 2005 .., was inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame … graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and was a sales representative …  lists hobbies as fishing and playing ball with his grandsons.

William Doughtie, 56, of Amarillo, Texas

Graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1975 … is playing in his second USGA Senior Amateur … has participated in three U.S. Senior Opens, making the cut in 2004 … has won the Texas Golf Association Senior West Texas championship three times … was the 2008 Texas Golf Association Player of the Year … was inducted into the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.

Vinny Giles, 66, of Richmond, Va.

Oldest player left in the field. … said that when he was 32 going against 22 year olds it didn’t seem to be a big difference. Now that he’s 66 playing against players a decade younger, there is a more noticeable difference. … Before finally winning the 1972 U.S. Amateur, he was the runner-up three consecutive years, from 1967-69. … has won the Virginia State Amateur seven times. … member of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame.

John Grace, 61, of Fort Worth, Texas

Was a member of the 1975 USA Walker Cup team. … played in 19 U.S. Amateurs and was the runner-up in 1974, losing to Jerry Pate. … has played in one U.S. Senior Open. … graduated from the University of Houston in 1970.  … won the 1994 Texas Amateur; he has also been a runner-up in the event. … has won the Texas Mid-Amateur four times. … was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

John Pallin, 56, of Kenosha, Wis.

Is a radiologist. … won the 1975 and 1978 Wisconsin State Amateur and the Wisconsin State Match Play in 1980 and 1992. … has won the Wisconsin Best Ball eight times. … was inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame. … enjoys clay target shooting. … graduated from Arizona State University in 1976.

Greg Reynolds, 62, Grand Blanc, Mich.

Won the 2002 USGA Senior Amateur and was a runner-up in 2004. … this is his seventh USGA Senior Amateur. …played in the U.S. Amateur nine times. … has appeared in the U.S. Senior Open from 2003 through 2007 and was the low amateur in 2005. … graduated from Iowa State in 1969. … is retired from General Motors. … has won the Michigan Medal tournament twice and the Michigan Tournament of Champions four times. … is a member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, inducted in 2003. … inducted into the Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Michael Walters, 61, of Tampa, Fla.

Appeared in the 1977 U.S. Open and missed the cut …. Played in the 2005 U.S. Senior Open and missed the cut. … this is his fourth USGA Senior Amateur. … lists his most memorable golf experience as losing in the semifinal round in the 2004 Senior Amateur and playing with Tom Kite and Tom Watson in the ’77 U.S. Open. … graduated from Clark University in 1970


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).


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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