U.S. Senior Open: Meet the amateurs
08 Jul 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: U.S. Senior Open Championship, Broadmoor Golf Club - East Course

Clockwise from top left: Doug Hanzel, Paul <br>Simson, Hunter Nelson and Tom Brandes
Clockwise from top left: Doug Hanzel, Paul
Simson, Hunter Nelson and Tom Brandes

The U.S. Senior Open Championship begins Thursday at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Neb.

Mixed in with some of the biggest names on the Champions Tour will be an elite cast of senior amateurs hoping to make a splash.

Here's a look at the amateurs in the field at this week's U.S. Senior Open:

Doug Hanzel: On the strength of his low amateur status at last year's Senior Open, Hanzel returns to the field. He finished 53rd overall at last year's event at Indianwood.

Paul Simson: Simson, the reigning Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Senior Player of the Year, is currently ranked No. 3 in the world senior rankings. He enters the Senior Open after winning the U.S. Senior Amateur last year and with 2013 wins at the National Senior Hall of Fame and Coleman Invitational.

Curtis Skinner: Skinner placed second at last year's U.S. Amateur and enters the field on that runner-up finish. He lost to Paul Simson in the finale but enters the Open with a number of USGA appearances under his belt.

Tom Brandes: A regular name among elite senior players, Brandes is coming off a successful defense of his title at the Pacific Northwest Senior. He reached the U.S. Senior Open after qualifying at the Cle Elum, Wash. sectional.

Tom Hale: Hale took medalist honors at the Cle Elum, Wash. sectional qualifier at Rope Rider to earn a spot in the U.S. Senior Open field.

Todd Hendley: Hendley took one of three qualifying positions at the Daniel Island Club sectional qualifier in South Carolina.

Sam Manning: Manning was the lone amateur qualifier among four moving past the River Crest Country Club qualifier in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jeff Wilson: Wilson took one of only two qualifying spots at the Green Valley Country Club qualifier held in California.

Emile Vaughan: Vaughan is the 25th ranked senior in the world according to the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings and enters the field after qualifying at the Montgomery, Ala. sectional.

Tommy Brennan: Brennan also qualified at the Montgomery sectional, making it a clean amateur sweep at Wynlakes Golf & Country Club.

Martin Verdegaal: Verdegaal took one of three spots available at the Salinas, Calif. sectional.

Gary Simoni: Along with Verdegaal, Simoni qualified at Corral de Tierra in Salinas, Calif.

George Roat: Roat was one of two to move on (the only amateur) past the Marsh Creek Country Club sectional in St. Augustine, Fla.

Don Reycroft: Reycroft was the only amateur to move on after the sectional qualifier held at the prestigious and historic Kittansett Club in Merion, Mass.

Mark Elliott: Elliott took advantage of his sectional qualifying opportunity, reaching the field via the Nebraska City, Neb. qualifier held at Arborlinks.

Darron Hughes: Hughes took one of the remaining qualifying spots at the Arborlinks qualifier in Nebraska.

Matthew Sughrue: Sughrue was one of three to qualify from the Musket Ridge Golf Club sectional in Myersville, Md.

Hunter Nelson: Nelson qualified at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas and enters the field on the strength of a top-5 finish at the Carlton Woods Invitational and a T15 at the Crane Cup.

Sean Knapp: Knapp qualified alongside Sughrue at the Maryland sectional.

Mike McCoy: With recent wins at the Coleman Invitational and the George C. Thomas Invitational, McCoy may be the hottest amateur in the field. The Iowa resident qualified at The Federal Club in Glen Allen, Virg.

George Zahringer: Zahringer also qualified at The Federal Club. He reached the match play portion of last year's U.S. Mid- Amateur before withdrawing to qualify for the Senior Amateur.

James Camaione: Camaione took one of the two qualifying spots at the Crystalaire Country Club qualifier in Llano, Calif.

Matt Hall: Hall qualified for the Senior Open at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jeff Belk:: Belk was one of two amateurs to move past the Johns Creek, Ga. qualifier.

Jack Hall: Hall was the other player to qualify at The Standard Club in Georgia.

John Gagai: Gagai qualified at Worthington Hills Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeff New: New took his spot in the Open field by taking one of three available berths at the Entanterra Country Club qualifier in San Tan, Ariz.

Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of the event when it begins Thursday.

Results For U.S. Senior Open Championship
T56GADoug HanzelSavannah, GA60074-70-73-73--290

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Open

The U.S. Senior Open is one of 13 national championships conducted by the USGA. Open to amateurs and professionals who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship.

The Senior Open was first played in 1980 with a purse of, get this, just $100,000. Roberto Vincenzo of Argentina was the inaugural champion (winning $20,000), and Arnold Palmer was a popular winner the following year in 1981 at Oakland Hills.

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