David Brown sports his medal for topping the 156-
man field in stroke play qualifying (USGA photo)
The 12-for-7 playoff teed off at just after 7:00am Monday morning, with players going off in three foursomes off of the 423-yard par-four 10th hole at The Minikahda Club. In the first group, Gordon Marshall, Dave Szewczul, and Jay Sessa made pars while Rusty Brown made bogey. In the second group, Bryan Norton and Robert Johnson made par while William Charpek and Reid Sheftall made bogey. In the the third group, Michael Rowley, Craig Steinberg and Scott Smith made par while Keith Holmes made a bogey.
Since 8 players made par, the 4 who made bogey were eliminated and the 8 went on to the 180-yard par-three 11th hole. Sessa, Rowley, Norton and Steinberg all made par, while Marshall, Szewczul and Smith all made bogey. When Johnson made a double-bogey five, he was eliminated and the other 7 advanced to the match play round.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 27, 2017) - David Brown
of Ligonier, PA is the stroke play medalist at the U.S. Senior Amateur after 36 holes at The Minikahda Club.
Brown was the co-leader after an opening four-under 68, then added a two-under 70 to finish at 6-under 138. He was the only player to break par in both rounds.
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Some thoughtful words from David Brown upon receiving his medal:
Two shots behind Brown are a trio of players that includes last year's runner-up Matt Sughrue
of Arlington, VA, who was tied with Brown on day one. Sughrue shot an even-par 72 to finish at four-under 140.
Also at four under are Mitch Wilson
(Portage, MI) and Chuck Palmer
(Dallas, TX), both of whom shot 72-68.
The defending champion Dave Ryan
of Taylorsville, IL is safely through to match play, finishing tied for fifth in qualifying at two under (73-69--142). He is tied with Tim Jackson
(Germantown, TN), the 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and two-time Walker Cupper.
Other USGA champions to make match play include Chip Lutz
(2015 U.S. Senior Amateur), George “Buddy” Marucci Jr.
(2008 U.S. Senior Amateur), Paul Simson
(2010 and 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur), Doug Hanzel
(2013 U.S. Senior Amateur), Patrick Tallent
(2014 U.S. Senior Amateur), and George Zahringer
(2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur).
The cut fell at 8-over 152, with 69 players at that number or lower. Since the field has to be cut to exactly 64 players for match play, a 12-man playoff for the final 7 match play spots will be held early Monday morning.
77-75--152 Keith Holmes (Macon, GA)
75-77--152 Scott Smith (Houston, TX)
74-78--152 Reid Sheftall (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
72-80--152 Michael Rowley (San Luis Obispo, CA)
76-76--152 Craig Steinberg (Agoura Hills, CA)
77-75--152 Jay Sessa (Garden City, NY)
75-77--152 Rusty Brown (Phoenix, AZ)
77-75--152 Bryan Norton (Mission Hills, KS)
74-78--152 Robert Johnson (Vacaville, CA)
77-75--152 Gordon Marshall (Sarasota, FL)
77-75--152 Dave Szewczul (Farmington, CT)
74-78--152 William Charpek (Red Bank, NJ)
16 of our 18 Players to Watch at the U.S. Senior Amateur
are still alive in the championship; 14 are safely through to match play and 2 more will be in the Monday playoff.
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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 14 national
championships conducted annually by the
USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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