USGA Senior Amateur: Match Play set (almost)

ROCKY FACE, GA (September 18, 2005) -- Billy Clagett, 59, of Austin, Texas, broke the stroke play record at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship Sunday by shooting a 68 for a 36-hole total of 10-under-par 134 at The Farm Golf Club to earn medalist honors for the second time.

Clagett, a golf cart sales representative who also won the qualifying medal in 2002, beat the 12-year-old mark of 136 set by John Harbottle (68-68) in 1993 by two strokes.

"Having the record is really cool,” Clagett said. “I like that. To think that maybe in the future I can look in the record book and still see my name there would be OK.”

He became the ninth multiple winner of medalist honors at the Senior Amateur and the first since Bob Hullender (1992 and 1994). In the two days of stroke play, he made 13 birdies and three bogeys.

Clagett’s 10-under-par 134 was four strokes better than 2005 British Senior Amateur champion Alan Foster of Manlius, N.Y., who shot a 68 for a two-day total of 138. Foster also was a semifinalist in 2004.

Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., the defending champion, was third in the stroke seedings with a Sunday 68 to finish at 139. He was followed by Mike Rice of Houston, Texas, and Marty West of Rockville, Md., at 140.

"That’s pretty low on a good golf course,” Clagett said of his record-setting score. “It’s a lot of work to play good. You don’t go out and cut some jokes and hit the ball. Maybe on your home course you can, but on this one you can’t.”

Bemowski, who holds a 15-3 mark in Senior Amateur match play since 2001, agreed with Clagett on the necessary focus and added that birdies were vital as well.

"I think there’s going to be some fireworks on this track,” Bemowski said. “If you are going to do real well, you are going to have to make some birdies and hit some shots.”

Saturday Clagett had shot 66 and tied the mark for lowest stroke play round at the Senior Amateur set by Bob Kulp in the first round in 2003.

Clagett, a Vietnam veteran, has been able to focus despite the hospitalization of his wife, Pam, with a viral infection.

"My mind wanders off,” said Clagett. “Sometimes, I’m thinking about what I’m eating at night. Thank God, I’ve got good hospitalization. But, you’ve got to get back to it, so you don’t leave shots out to the right and say ‘What did I do there?”

Two-time Senior Amateur champion (2001 and 2003) Kemp Richardson of Laguna Nigel, Calif., shot 5-under-par 67, the day’s lowest round to advance to match play at 144. He was joined at that score by 2002 champion Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Mich. Also advancing to match play was 1991 U.S. Amateur champion Mitch Voges of Simi Valley, Calif.

The cut for the 64 spots in match play came at 9-over-par 153. A four-way playoff for the last three berths will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday on the 10th hole. The first round of match play begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The second and third rounds of match play will be played Tuesday, the quarterfinals and semifinals on Wednesday and the final round on Thursday.

The USGA Senior Amateur, for amateurs 55 and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Rocky Face, Ga. -- Results from Sunday’s second day of stroke play at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at The Farm Golf Club (6,737 yards, par 72):

Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas, 66-68--134

Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y., 70-68--138

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 71-68--139

Martin West, Rockville, Md., 70-70--140

Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 72-68--140

John Hogden, Black River Falls, Wis., 71-70--141

Larry Barnacle, Mahtomedi, Minn., 72-69--141

Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio, 69-73--142

Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif., 72-71--143

Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H., 72-71--143

B Shawn McLoughlin, Bethel, Conn., 74-70--144

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich., 70-74--144

Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 77-67--144

Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill., 71-73--144

Chip Campion, Salinas, Calif., 76-69--145

Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 72-73--145

James Wittenberg Jr, Memphis, Tenn., 72-73--145

Jules Victor III, Savannah, Ga., 70-75--145

Ken Redfern, Austin, Texas, 71-74--145

Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif., 76-69--145

Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va., 73-72--145

Dave Parsons, Benicia, Calif., 73-73--146

Ernie Newton, High Point, N.C., 70-76--146

Jim Brown, Loudon, Tenn., 74-72--146

Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C., 73-73--146

Douglas Crawford, Wayland, Mass., 71-76--147

Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 75-72--147

John DiMuccio, New Castle, Pa., 68-79--147

Michael Bell, Indianapolis, Ind., 70-77--147

Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 74-73--147

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill., 77-71--148

Gary Hardin, Ft Worth, Texas, 72-76--148

James Myers, Oceanside, Calif., 74-74--148

Karl Stewart Sr, Chino Hills, Calif., 77-71--148

Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C., 75-73--148

Stan Fischer, Richmond, Va., 73-75--148

Bill Dorece, Cincinnati, Ohio, 75-74--149

Mike Brummer, Rapid City, S.D., 73-76--149

Robert Kulp Jr, Winston-Salem, N.C., 76-73--149

Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J., 76-73--149

Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz., 77-72--149

Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind., 73-76--149

Ed Chylinski, Gulph Mills, Pa., 73-77--150

Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill., 75-75--150

Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La., 72-78--150

Ken Benson, Alpharetta, Ga., 75-75--150

Roy Vomastek, Cadillac, Mich., 76-74—150

Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga., 74-76--150

William Best, Jacksonville, Fla., 79-71--150

A B Sisco, Pensacola, Fla., 78-73--151

Al Everett, Cumming, Ga., 75-76--151

Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas, 75-76--151

Bob Kain, Hunting Valley, Ohio, 75-76--151

Charles Bagby, Birmingham, Ala., 74-77--151

Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga., 71-80--151

Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 76-75--151

Francis McFadden, Newtown Square, Pa., 73-78--151

Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark., 74-77--151

Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky., 76-75--151

Michael Reuther, Auburn, Calif., 76-75--151

Peter Allen, Rochester Hills, Mich., 77-74—151

Playoff at 8:30 a.m. Monday for final three berths in match play field

Alan Bouchard, Falmouth, Maine, 76-76--152

Don Kuehn, Kansas City, Mo., 76-76--152

Frank Saxon, Clearwater, Fla., 76-76--152

Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 77-75—152

Failed to qualify

Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 82-71--153

Henry M Hodde, Santa Fe, N.M., 77-76--153

J Michael Fetter, Williamsville, N.Y., 75-78--153

James Alcorn, Irwin, Pa., 77-76--153

Jerry Hudgins, Houston, Texas, 77-76--153

Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla., 77-76--153

Ray Henry, Canada, 75-78--153

Thomas Slater, Vero Beach, Fla., 76-77--153

Bobby Kilgore, Tampa, Fla., 80-74--154

Edward Patridge, Birmingham, Ala., 78-76--154

Gary Shimmin, Okatie, S.C., 78-76--154

Gerald Siemons, Jefferson City, Mo., 77-77--154

Greg Mirabile, Albuquerque, N.M., 76-78--154

Joe Bushee, Cabot, Ark., 74-80--154

Joe Cadle, Wichita Falls, Texas, 78-76--154

Kent Christopher, Farmington, Utah, 77-77--154

Marty Perez, Lithonia, Ga., 77-77--154

Robert Callan, San Francisco, Calif., 76-78--154

Steve Bogan, Placentia, Calif., 78-76--154

Allen Sharpe, Scottsdale, Ariz., 78-77--155

Bob Ethridge, Plantation, Fla., 77-78--155

Bruce Walters, Pikeville, Ky., 79-76--155

Chuck Munson, Austin, Texas, 75-80--155

Dale Pecjak, San Diego, Calif., 81-74--155

Edward Fletcher, The Villages, Fla., 76-79--155

Michael Coffelt, Oklahoma City, Okla., 77-78--155

Mickey Jones, Odessa, Texas, 78-77--155

Mike Hale, Pine Bluff, Ark., 79-76--155

Peter Friedes, Winnetka, Ill., 81-74—155

Robert Heaton, Oakley, Calif., 73-82--155

William Boles, Wilson, N.C., 80-75--155

Al Brownridge, Canada, 79-77--156

Jerry Knutson, Eugene, Ore., 77-79--156

Lynn Martin, Powell, Ohio, 71-85--156

Mike Hilton, Muskego, Wis., 77-79--156

Rob Thompson, Merced, Calif., 78-78--156

Skip Pierce, Boise, Idaho, 76-80--156

Boyd Johnson, Statesboro, Ga., 75-82--157

Bud Zipf, Aiken, S.C., 81-76--157

David Cannon, Salt Lake City, Utah, 78-79--157

Denis Johnson, Nutley, N.J., 81-76--157

Paul Quigley, Barrington, R.I., 82-75--157

Edward Gregorczyk, Moosic, Pa., 81-77--158

Henri Delozier, Chevy Chase, Md., 76-82--158

James Weeks, Savannah, Ga., 74-84--158

Kent Brown, Colville, Wash., 79-79--158

Mickey Williams, Bozeman, Mont., 79-79--158

Rick E Luzar, Melbourne, Fla., 78-80--158

Robert Currey, Boston, Mass., 82-76--158

Robert McIntyre, Westfield, N.J., 74-84--158

Steve Yavorsky, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 81-77--158

David Barber, Anchorage, Alaska, 77-82--159

Gary Snyder, Aspen, Colo., 82-77--159

George Covellis, Memphis, Tenn., 77-82--159

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va., 82-77--159

Alan Pineault, San Antonio, Texas, 76-84--160

Craig Collins, Enid, Okla., 83-77--160

Jamie Gough, Washington, D.C., 83-77--160

Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 80-80--160

Danny Naughton, Marion, Iowa, 82-79--161

Rick Weihe, Bellingham, Wash., 77-84--161

Roy Holloway, Monroe, La., 82-79--161

Thomas Di Cinti, Voorhees, N.J., 84-77--161

Tom McLean, Greenville, N.C., 78-83--161

Don Terry, Stillwater, Okla., 78-84--162

John Martin, Juno Beach, Fla., 83-79--162

Larry Lang, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 81-81--162

Mark Henrickson, Grand Blanc, Mich., 79-83--162

Tim McAdam, Scottsdale, Ariz., 76-86--162

Tom Liller, Rocky River, Ohio, 85-77--162

Chan Henry, Madison, Miss., 79-84--163

Gary Miller, Fort Worth, Texas, 80-83--163

Mark Peterson, Portage, Mich., 87-76--163

Bill Swed, Sun Lakes, Ariz., 83-81--164

Dennis Moore, Chesterfield, Mo., 82-82--164

Larry Semin, Lincoln, Neb., 85-79—164

George Waterhouse, Jackson, Wyo., 82-83--165

Lawrence Campbell, Montgomery, Ala., 83-82--165

Tony Reboton, Palm Desert, Calif., 75-90--165

Bill Douglas, London, Ky., 85-81--166

Roger Schurke, Anoka, Minn., 85-81--166

Gary Haynie, Kailua, Hawaii, 79-88--167

James Felker, Franklin, Tenn., 81-86--167

Malcolm Bund, Bethesda, Md., 82-85--167

Ron Shapiro, Loveland, Ohio, 85-82--167

Mike Miller, Ormond Beach, Fla., 87-81--168

Dave Crawford, Camarillo, Calif., 80-89--169

Moot Thomas, Ocala, Fla., 85-84--169

Richard Thorstad, Aurora, Colo., 83-87--170

Herb Weber, Tucson, Ariz., 85-WD--WD

Rocky Face, Ga. – Pairings for Monday’s first round of match play at the 2005 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at 6,737-yard, par 72 The Farm Golf Club: (all times EDT)

1:38 p.m. Billy Clagett, Austin, Texas (134) vs. To Be Determined

9:30 a.m. Karl Stewart Sr, Chino Hills, Calif. (148) vs. Stan Fischer, Richmond, Va. (148)

9:38 a.m. Jules Victor III, Savannah, Ga. (145) vs. Ken Benson, Alpharetta, Ga. (150)

9:46 a.m. Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C. (145) vs. Roy Vomastek, Cadillac, Mich. (150)

9:54 a.m. Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio (142) vs. Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore. (151)

10:02 a.m. Dave Parsons, Benicia, Calif. (146) vs. Steve Dallas, Mesa, Ariz. (149)

10:10 a.m. Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif. (143) vs. Charles Bagby, Birmingham, Ala. (151)

10:18 a.m. Jim Brown, Loudon, Tenn. (146) vs. Bill Dorece, Cincinnati, Ohio (149)

10:26 a.m. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas (140) vs. Peter Allen, Rochester Hills, Mich. (151)

10:34 a.m. Michael Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. (147) vs. James Myers, Oceanside, Calif. (148)

10:42 a.m. Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill. (144) vs. Al Everett, Cumming, Ga. (151)

10:50 a.m. Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif. (145) vs. Fred Lukasik, Rock Island, Ill. (150)

10:58 a.m. Martin West, Rockville, Md. (140) vs. Francis McFadden, Newtown Square, Pa. (151)

11:06 a.m. Duglas Crawford, Wayland, Mass. (147) vs. Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind. (149)

11:14 a.m. Shawn McLoughlin, Bethel, Conn. (144) vs. Harcourt Kemp, Louisville, Ky. (151)

11:22 a.m. James Wittenberg Jr, Memphis, Tenn. (145) vs. Gayle Sanchez, Baton Rouge, La. (150)

1:30 p.m. Alan Foster, Manlius, N.Y. (138) vs. To Be Determined

11:30 a.m. Gary Hardin, Ft. Worth, Texas (148) vs. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (148)

11:38 a.m. Chip Campion, Salinas, Calif. (145) vs. Greg Shaw, Little Rock, Ark. (151)

11:46 a.m. Ken Redfern, Austin, Texas (145) vs. Ed Chylinski, Gulph Mills, Pa. (150)

11:54 a.m. John Hogden, Black River Falls, Wis. (141) vs. Michael Reuther, Auburn, Calif. (151)

12:02 p.m. Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (147) vs. Robert Kulp Jr, Winston-Salem, N.C. (149)

12:10 p.m. Robert Mielcarz, Concord, N.H. (143) vs. Bob Kain, Hunting Valley, Ohio (151)

12:18 p.m. Ernie Newton, High Point, N.C. (146) vs. Mike Brummer, Rapid City, S.D. (149)

1:22 p.m. Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (139) vs. To Be Determined

12:26 p.m. Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va. (147) vs. David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. (148)

12:34 p.m. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (144) vs. A.B. Sisco, Pensacola, Fla. (151)

12:42 p.m. Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va. (145) vs. Spencer Sappington, Alpharetta, Ga. (150)

12:50 p.m. Larry Barnacle, Mahtomedi, Minn. (141) vs. Danny Yates, Atlanta, Ga. (151)

12:58 p.m. John DiMuccio, New Castle, Pa. (147) vs. Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J. (149)

1:06 p.m. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (144) vs. Bob Hullender, San Antonio, Texas (151)

1:14 p.m. Larry Boswell, Jamestown, N.C. (146) vs. William Best, Jacksonville, Fla. (150)

USGA Senior Amateur Championship

PAR AND YARDAGE – The Farm Golf Club will be set up at 6,737/6,763 and par is 36-36—72.

COURSE SET-UP – Teeing ground - Height of grass -- 425 inches Fairways – Height of grass -- .450 inches Green approaches and closely mown areas – Height of grass -- .425 inches Collars around greens – Height of grass -- .230 inches Intermediate rough – USGA asked for addition of intermediate rough that will be cut to 1 ½ inches and 6-feet wide Primary rough – 2 ½ inches Putting greens – USGA Stimpmeter reading of 11 feet

VENUE – The Farm Golf Club was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1988. Located between Atlanta and Chattanooga in northwest Georgia, The Farm benefits from significant elevation changes, which provide a scenic and difficult test of golf.

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