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Chip Lutz retains British Seniors Open Amateur title

Story Courtesy of, Royal & Ancient G.A.
published 10 Aug 2012

see also: British Senior Amateur Championship


Another victory for the long putter
Chip Lutz defends his title

- Royal & Ancient G.A. photo
WALES (August 10, 2012) -- American Chip Lutz became only the third player in history to retain the Seniors Open Amateur title today and he did so in style with his best round of the week at Machynys Peninsula in South Wales. Lutz follows the legendary Charlie Green and Ron White as back-to-back winners.

The 57-year-old from Pennsylvania, the runner-up two years ago and winner at Royal Portrush last summer, overcame a one-stroke deficit to claim to a four-stroke victory with his best performance of the week.

Lutz, who won the Silver Medal as top amateur at the recent Senior Open at Turnberry, posted a closing four-under par 68 for a 54-hole aggregate of 211, on five-under par, to finish ahead of fellow countrymen Douglas Pool, Steve Rogers and three-time winner Paul Simson.

Pool, from Las Vegas, was presented with the Silver Medal as the runner-up by virtue of his last round score.

Steadiness won the day for Lutz as he carded level halves of 34, had just one bogey, on the fourth, and collected five birdies, three on the outward half and two on the way home.

Three-time champion Simson went into the final round one stroke clear of the field and led for much of the day, but after the turn he missed birdie opportunities while Lutz took his and edged clear.

"It feels unreal to have won again. It is a significant achievement as it has not been done for about 20 years and then by Charlie Green who I believe was something special. He won six times in seven years and I certainly have some way to go to catch him up.

“I felt good coming in to the tournament but the standard is so high these days that winning events like this is a tall order and I am just thrilled to have done it and I am really looking forward to Royal Birkdale and The Seniors Open Amateur at Royal Aberdeen next year,” said Lutz.

One of the most impressive achievements was that of Pool, a 61-year-old former Casino operator, who almost pulled out of the event because of excruciating back pain. He shot a splendid 71 to clinch the runner-up spot. "I am really delighted. This is beyond my wildest dreams."

Simson was disappointed with a 73 in his final round. “Just after the turn things went wrong. I bogeyed the 12th and failed to make birdie at the 13th and then Chip put breathing space between us,” said the 61-year-old from North Carolina.

Americans occupied the first five places with Scotland’s Ian Brotherston finishing tied sixth on 217, one-over par.

Former winner Arthur Pierse from Ireland slipped back in the final round scoring 75 for a 219 total and ninth place.

There was some joy for the host country, however, as 68-year-old John Jermine, the Chairman of the Golf Union of Wales, won the over 65’s award with a 54-hole aggregate of 224 to finish in a tie for 25th.

“I am delighted but if my putting had been better I could have been closer to the main prizes as I missed many putts of under a yard over the three days,” said Jermine.

The 2013 Seniors Open Amateur will take place at Royal Aberdeen from 7-9 August.

British Senior Amateur Championship: Top Finishers

Click on each link to view that player's ranking and performance in
amateurgolf.com Player Rankings points events
Place    Player Scores
1 USA Chip Lutz, Reading, PA 73-70-68--211
T2 USA Douglas Pool, Las Vegas, NV 70-74-71--215
T2 USA Steve Rogers, Bowling Green, KY 70-73-72--215
T2 USA Paul Simson, Raleigh, NC 73-69-73--215
5 USA Brady Exber, Las Vegas, NV 74-72-70--216
T6 England Ian Brotherston, England 73-73-71--217
T6 USA Pat Tallent, Vienna, VA 73-70-74--217
T6 USA Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, FL 71-72-74--217
9 Ireland Arthur Pierse, Ireland 70-74-75--219
T10 England Andrew Stracey, England 72-78-70--220
T10 Ireland Adrian Morrow, Ireland 73-76-71--220
T13 England Garth McGimpsey, England 75-77-70--222
T13 USA David Nelson, Reno, NV 79-72-71--222
T13 USA Jay Blumenfeld, Parsippany, NJ 75-75-72--222
T13 England Tom Cleary, England 75-75-72--222
T13 South Africa Jock Wellington, South Africa 74-75-73--222
T13 USA Richard Pfeil, Naples, FL 75-72-75--222
T19 England Tyrone Carter, England 75-77-71--223
T19 England Robert Lander, England 76-75-72--223
T19 USA Alan Fadel, Toledo, OH 73-78-72--223
T19 Switzerland Markus Frank, Switzerland 74-75-74--223
T19 Sweden Stefan Lindberg, Sweden 73-76-74--223
T19 England Maurice Kelly, England 70-76-77--223
T25 England Chris Hurst, England 77-76-71--224
T25 Wales John Jermine, Wales 76-74-74--224
T25 England Leslie Bruckner, England 73-75-76--224
T25 England Glen MacBryde, England 77-68-79--224
T29 England Douglas Cameron, England 79-74-72--225
T29 England Tony Patterson, England 79-73-73--225
T29 England Michael Quirke, England 75-76-74--225
T29 England John Gordon, England 74-77-74--225
T29 England David Gardner, England 70-77-78--225
T34 USA Ron Kilby, McAllen, TX 77-77-73--227
T34 Germany Michael Reich, Germany 72-81-74--227
T34 USA Dick Satterfield, Cincinnati, OH 78-74-75--227
T34 England Steven Carpenter, England 76-76-75--227
T34 England Andrew Williams, England 81-70-76--227
T39 Canada Kelly Roberts, Canada 73-80-75--225
T39 England Stewart King, England 78-75-75--228
T39 England Julian Sutton, England 74-77-77--228
T39 England Seamus McParland, England 79-72-77--228
T39 England Mats Andersson, England 79-71-78--228
T39 England Billy Dolon, England 74-75-79--228

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