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23 Amateurs are in the 2016 U.S. Senior Open field
COLUMBUS, OH (August 11, 2016) -- Once more the time has come for the U.S. Senior Open and this years field will include 23 amateurs. The group will be led by Mike McCoy, the low amateur each of the last two years.

"It's an honor to play well in this quality of company," McCoy said following last years U.S. Senior Open. "These guys you've admired your whole career, they've done so much. It's a thrill. I'm glad that there's room for the amateur in this championship."

McCoy, a 2015 Walker Cuper arrives at Scioto Country Club with a long career of success in USGA events, including capturing the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur. The Des Moines, IA resident is a five-time Iowa Amateur champion and a Hall of Famer. McCoy has had strong showings this year at the Coleman Invitational (T2) and the George C. Thomas Invitational (3rd).

Some of the other top amateurs in the field include 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur winner Patrick Tallent of Vienna, VA and recent British Senior Amateur winner Chip Lutz of Reading, PA.

Tallent returns to the U.S. Senior Open after recently finishing tied for eighth in his British Senior Amateur title defense. Earlier this season, Tallent finished tied third at the George L. Coleman Senior Invitational.

When Lutz claimed the British Senior Amateur last week, he became the sixth consecutive American to win the title. Lutz, the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur winner, was also victorious earlier this season at the George C. Thomas Senior.

Of the 23 amateurs in the field, eight earned qualifying medalist honors; Scott Vermeer, Dennis Dachtler, Dave Bunker, Randy Haag, Don Walsworth, Mike Bodney, James Kiely and Gene Elliott.

The rest of the amateurs in the field include:

-Steven Jacobs
-David Capel
-Jeff Mallette
-Tom Brandes (2015 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up)
-Mike Finster
-Arnold Cutrell
-Rick Sanders
-Goran Hagegard
-John Lobb
-Kevin VandenBerg
-Gregory Condon
-John Hornbeck

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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. The purse has since grown to almost $4 million with the winner taking $675,000.

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