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U.S. Senior Amateur begins Saturday at Old Warson Country Club
ST. LOUIS, MO (September 14, 2016) -- A field of 156 will tee it up at Old Warson Country Club beginning Saturday in the U.S. Senior Amateur. This year will mark the second time that the U.S. Senior Amateur has come to Missouri, the first time was in 2001 when Kemp Richardson claimed the title at Norwood Hills Country Club.

Last year Chip Lutz, the fourth ranked AmateurGolf.com Senior, captured his first USGA title as he defeated Tom Brandes 5&3 at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

“It’s an amazing feeling for me because it’s one that I have sought for quite a few years. I’ve been really looking at and focusing on this event as not only a comfortable place for me, but a great opportunity for me to try to make the best of things,” Lutz who will try and defend his title this year told the USGA.


SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Day Format
Saturday Round One Stroke-Play
Sunday Round Two Stroke-Play
Monday Round of 64
Tuesday Round of 32/Round of 16
Wednesday Quarterfinals/Semifinals
Thursday Championship

Old Warson CC, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1954 is a par-71 (35-36) track that will play at 7,061 yards.

Over the years Old Warson CC has hosted a number of notable events, including the 1971 Ryder Cup, the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur.


PLAYERS TO WATCH
Player Accomplishments
Brady Exber From Las Vegas, NV Exber has won the 2014 British Senior Amateur and 2014 Canadian Senior Amateur. Exber is a Southern Nevada Golf Association Hall of Famer.
Danny Green This week Green is returning to the site of his 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur triumph. Over the years the Jackson, TN resident has also won 17 Tennessee state championships and also finished as the runner- up at the 1989 U.S. Mid-Amateur and 2011 U.S. Public Links. He is a Tennessee Golf Hall of Famer.
Randy Haag This six-time Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year has played in three U.S. Senior Open's and four Senior British Open's. Haag is from Orinda, CA.
Doug Hanzel The 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur winner is the only player in USGA history to make match play in the U.S. Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur. Hanzel resides in Savannah, GA.
Tim Jackson Where to begin; Jackson from Germantown, TN, has twice won the U.S. Mid-Amateur and he is a six- time Tennessee State Player of the Year. Jackson has played on two Walker Cups and in 2009 his 282 total was the lowest amateur score in U.S. Senior Open history.
Bob Kearney A four-time winner this year in AmateurGolf.com ranking events, Kearney from Houston, TX won the 1999 USGA Men’s State Team Championship. Two years prior he played in the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
Stanford Lee The Tumbling Shoals, AK resident won the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2007.
Randal Lewis Lewis, from Alma, MI became the oldest U.S. Mid-Amateur winner in 2011 at the age of 54.
George “Buddy” Marucci The 2008 U.S. Senior Amateur champion has also played on two Walker Cup teams. In 1995 Marucci lost to Tiger Woods in the U.S. Amateur final. Marucci is from Villanova, PA.
Michael Mercier From Juno Beach, FL Mercier won the Canadian Senior Amateur earlier this month. Last year Mercier won the 2015 Wales Senior Open.
Paul Simson Simson, of Raleigh, NC, won the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2010 and 2012 and also holds the all-time mark for medalist honors in event history with four.
Patrick Tallent 2014 was a banner year for Tallent as he won both the U.S. Senior Amateur and British Senior Amateur. Tallent resides in Vienna, VA.

-The USGA contributed to this story
ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Amateur

The USGA Senior Amateur is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.4 or lower, who are 55 or older on or before the day the championship begins. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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