British Senior Amateur: Pierse ends American run
10 Aug 2007
see also: British Senior Amateur Championship, Royal Porthcawl


NAIRN, Scotland, (Aug. 10, 2007)-- Arthur Pierse from Tipperary, a former Walker Cup player, won the Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Nairn in a sudden-death play-off with Canadian Graham Cooke after they had tied on a three-round aggregate of 211, Cooke making up a two-shot deficit with a final round of 71.

Pierse ended a run of American successes in the championship which had stretched to seven victories in the past eight years.

Runner-up in the Irish Seniors last year at Limerick, Pierse was a member of the 1983 Walker Cup team that was narrowly beaten by the USA at Hoylake in 1983. He led from the start with rounds of 67-71-73, but was caught on the final day by Cooke, from Hudson, Quebec, who is listed in one reference book as "a legend in Canadian amateur golf".

In his second round he completed the last 12 holes at Nairn Dunbar in 5-under, including an eagle at the 16th.

Miguel Preysler, a 59-year-old from Malaga in Spain, finished in third place after a final round of 72, one shot ahead of Chris Reynolds of Littlestone.

Defending champion Paul Simson of the USA left himself too much to do, starting the day seven shots behind Pierse, but moved through the field with a round of 70 to take fifth place.

Best round of the final day was a 67 by Gordon Brown of Vale of Leven.

Full results follow:

Name/Country, Club Tot.
  Arthur Pierse, Tipperary 211
  Graham Cooke, Canada 211
  Miguel Preysler, Spain 212
  Chris Reynolds, Littlestone 213
  Paul Simson, USA 215
  Maurice Kelly, Killeen 217
  Gordon Brown, Vale Of Leven 218
  Bill Leonard, USA 218
  Rick Woulfe, USA 218
  John Baldwin, USA 218
  Patrick Tomisson, Nairn 219
  Erik Myrmo, USA 219
  Kemp Richardson, USA 220
  John Fraser, Royal Burgess 220
  Douglas Arnold, Copthorne 220
  Jay Blumenfeld, USA 221
  Robert Berg, USA 222
  John Jermine, Sunningdale 223
  David Lane, Goring & Streatley 223
  Glyn Rees, Fleetwood 223
  John Johnston, Royal Aberdeen 223
  Ian Hutcheon, Monifieth 223
  Gary Verble, USA 223
  Joel Hirsch, USA 223
  Roy Smethurst, Crewe 224
  Chris Hurst, London 225
  William Jackson, USA 225
  Douglas Crawford, USA 225
  Mike Brummer, USA 225
  Vanni Mandelli, Italy 225
  Ian Taylor, Royal Burgess 225
  Bob Kain, USA 226
  John Whitcutt, Burnham & Berrow 226
  David Perrie, Paisley 226
  Richard Thoms, USA 226
  Peter Saggers, Nairn 226
  Antony Patterson, Sunningdale 226
  Thomas McGraw, USA 226
  Robert Wallace, Crosland Heath 227
  Jonathan Hubbard, Sunningdale 227
  Stephen Ellis, Cowal 227
  Robert Humble, Kilspindie 227
  Brian Mills, Clandeboye 227
  Steven Hakes, USA 228
  George Paterson, Northern 228
  Basil Griffiths, Llanymynech 229
  Barry Reddan, County Louth 229
  Alistair Fiddes, Murcar Links 229
  Vikramjit Singh, India 229
  Robert Gill, Gerrards Cross 230
  Gaius Potton, Berkhamsted 230
  Carlos Salaber, USA 230
  Fred Lukasik, USA 231
  Nuno Pereira Machado, Portugal 231
  James Myers, USA 231
  Bob Edgar, Blackpool North 232
  Ken Benson, USA 232
  John Putt, Sunningdale 233
  Michael Wigley, Hankley Common 233
  Robin Paton, Nairn 234
  Sam Smale, Royal St George's 235


Results For British Senior Amateur Championship
1IrelandArthur PierseIreland1500138-73=211*
2CanadaGraham CookeCanada1000140-71=211
4EnglandChris ReynoldsEngland700142-71=213
5NCPaul SimsonRaleigh, NC700145-70=215
3SpainMiguel PreyslerSpain700140-72=212

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ABOUT THE British Senior Amateur

The British Amateur, called the "Seniors Amateur Championship" in the United Kingdom, was launched by The R&A in 1969 to help select a Great Britain & Ireland side to play in the World Senior Amateur Team Championship. Though the British Amateur, played for the first time at Formby, was an instant success, the team event did not survive beyond 1969. Charlie Green has been the most successful player in the history of the event, winning six times in seven years beginning in 1988. Like the U.S. Senior Amateur, players must be over the age of 55 to play. Notable courses played over the years include Royal County Down, Royal Portrush, Royal Aberdeen, and Walton Heath.

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