Amateurs Knapp/Hanzel make cut at U.S. Senior Open
Sean Knapp
Sean Knapp

LAKE ORION, Mich. (July 13, 2012) Two of the 35 amateurs in the field made the cut, led by Sean Knapp, 50, of Oakmont, Pa., near Pittsburgh. He added a 72 to his opening 70 for a 142 aggregate total. Also moving on, was Doug Hanzel, 55, of Savannah, Ga., who was steady with 71-72-143.

Knapp is tied for 36th place with a group of players that includes 1982 U.S. Open champion Tom Watson.

“It's huge. My goal coming in here was just to make the cut,” said Knapp, who made it to the finals of Q-School on the Champions Tour last year. “I've played in 33 USGA events. It's not much out in this environment, but I do have some experience, and I have played some good players over the years. And at the end of the day, I was fairly certain that I could play well.”

Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Randy Lewis, playing on a special exemption, rebounded from an opening 80 with a respectable 73, but came up short at 153. Former Mid-Am champ Tim Jackson, who had finished as low amateur in the championship two of the last three years, missed at 74-147.

Results: U.S. Senior Open
T53GADoug HanzelSavannah, GA60071-72-71-76--289
T60PASean KnappOakmont, PA50070-72-76-74--292

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Open

The U.S. Senior Open is one of 14 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.

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