Holtgrieve Earns Medalist Honors at USGA Senior Amateur


Mark Bemowski, the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur champion, shot even-par 71 for a total of 140 to cruise into match play.
By Brian DePasquale, USGA
September 30, 2012

West Caldwell, N.J. – Jim Holtgrieve, 64, of St. Louis, carded a 3-under-par 68 on Sunday to earn medalist honors Sunday at the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the par-71, 6,838-yard Mountain Ridge Country Club. Holtgrieve, who also shot 68 in the first round, finished at 6-under 136.

First-round leader Stan Kinsey, 58, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., was one stroke behind at 5-under 137. His second-round 71 followed a 66, which matched the second-best 18-hole qualifying score in championship history.         

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The USGA Senior Amateur Championship consists of 36 holes of stroke play with the field then reduced to the low 64 scorers for six rounds of match play. The championship is scheduled to conclude with an 18-hole final on Thursday, Oct. 4, starting at 9 a.m. EDT.

The USGA Senior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

USA Walker Cup Captain Holtgrieve made 11 birdies in two rounds, and his 36-hole total ties the second-best mark in Senior Amateur history. In the second round, he made five birdies, most by holing eight- to 12-foot putts.

“It just feels really good,” Holtgrieve said. “I haven’t been in this position for a long time. Match play is where you have to put pressure on the other guy. If I hit good shots and good putts, we will see what happens.”

Holtgrieve, the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, kept the momentum of his round with a 15-foot par putt on the 186-yard 14th after hitting a 6-iron into a greenside bunker.

“I hit one bad shot, but I was able to get up and down,” he said. “It’s kind of fun. I got my hands more upright [on the putting stroke] and I love the greens; they are rolling great.”

Kinsey, who is playing in his first USGA championship, made two birdies and two bogeys. He was in one the last groups that finished in the twilight. The competitors were able to complete the second round despite a 48-minute suspension of play due an isolated afternoon storm.

“Yesterday my swing felt natural, and you know where the ball is going,” Kinsey said. “Today there was a lot of scrambling; it was a fight every hole. I feel good going out on the lead and at least playing a solid round.”

Steve Golliher, 57, of Knoxville, Tenn. shot 3-under 68 with five birdies and is third at 139, three strokes behind Holtgrieve. Mark Bemowski, the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur champion, shot even-par 71 for a total of 140. Bemowski, 66, of Mukwonago, Wis., started on the 10th tee and made a pair of birdies on the outward nine to cruise into match play.

“You can’t go to the party unless you have an invitation,” said Bemowski,  a two-time runner-up in this championship. “I got an invitation and I will be at the party.”

Defending USGA Senior Amateur champion Louis Lee, 56, of Heber Springs, Ark., reigning British and Canadian Senior Amateur titlist Chip Lutz, 57, of Reading, Pa., and Graham Cooke, of Canada, joined Bemowski at 2-under 140. Lee recorded three birdies and one bogey to post 69, while Lutz had a second straight 70. Cooke birdied the par-5 17th to cap his round of 69.

“Every hole has its dangers,” Lee said. “I just plodded my way around, a little workmanship. It wasn’t anything flashy. I kept it in play. I had to get it up and down from some strange places a couple of times.”

Paul Simson, the 2010 Senior Amateur winner, Rick Woulfe, 62, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Stephen Fox, 58, of Huntington, W.Va., stood at 1-under 141. Simson, this championship’s stroke-play medalist three of the last four years, made an eagle on the par-5 sixth that was offset by a double-bogey 5 on the seventh en route to a 73.

“I made a couple of errors as far as placement on a couple of holes and made some stupid bogeys,” said Simson, 61, of Raleigh, N.C. “But I’m into match play and I’m in good shape. I don’t think I’ll need to worry about [the medalist jinx]. I’m pleased to be in. You always worry that it might be the year you miss, but I played solid today.”

Eleven players tied for 56th at 7-over 149 will play off for the final nine match-play berths in a playoff, which begins Monday at 8 a.m.

Brian DePasquale is a manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email him at bdepasquale@usga.org.

West Caldwell, N.J. – Results of Sunday’s second round of stroke play at the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, played at 6,838-yard, par-71 Mountain Ridge Country Club. (*-Involved in 11-for-9 playoff for final match-play spots):

Jim Holtgrieve, St. Louis, Mo. - 68-68--136

Stanley Kinsey, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - 66-71--137

Steve Golliher, Knoxville, Tenn. - 71-68--139

Louis Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. - 71-69--140

Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. - 70-70--140

Graham Cooke, Canada - 71-69--140

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. - 69-71--140

Stephen Fox, Huntington, W.Va. - 71-70--141

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. - 68-73--141

Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - 69-72--141

Curtis Skinner, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 72-71--143

Jim Rollefson, Franklin, Wis. - 72-71--143

Terry Werner, Dyer, Ind. - 69-74--143

John Grace, Fort Worth, Texas - 72-71--143

David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. - 72-71--143

Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro, N.C. - 73-71--144

Michael Stephens, Carmel, Ind. - 74-70--144

James Pearson, Charlotte, N.C. - 72-72--144

Roger Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 72-72--144

David Talcott, Edgewood, Wash. - 70-75--145

Casey Boyns, Monterey, Calif. - 71-74--145

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 74-71--145

Randal Lewis, Alma, Mich. - 73-72--145

Kevin Carey, South Dennis, Mass. - 71-74--145

Robert Baker, Little Rock, Ark. - 72-73--145

Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. - 75-71--146

Douglas Pool, Las Vegas, Nev. - 73-73--146

Emile Vaughan, Pike Road, Ala. - 73-73--146

Doug Potter, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - 73-73--146

John Ervasti, Brooklyn, N.Y. - 74-72--146

Owen Joyner, Spring, Texas - 75-71--146

Gerardo Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas - 73-73--146

Jeff Burda, Modesto, Calif. - 73-73--146

Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif. - 70-76--146

David Mooty, Eden Prairie, Minn. - 75-71--146

Jay Blumenfeld, Parsippany, N.J. - 74-72--146

Sam Till Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind. - 77-69--146

Douglas Farr, Monroe, La. - 69-78--147

Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. - 72-75--147

Leif Carlson, Apple Valley, Minn. - 74-73--147

Grady Brame Sr., Hammond, La. - 73-74--147

Dennis Vaughn, Germantown, Tenn. - 78-69--147

Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas - 72-76--148

Steven Ford, Trappe, Md. - 74-74--148

David Jacobsen, Portland, Ore. - 73-75--148

David Pulk, Williamsburg, Va. - 69-79--148

Ron Vannelli, Edison, N.J. - 79-69--148

Mike Rice, Houston, Texas - 76-72--148

Doug Ritter, Davie, Fla. - 76-72--148

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. - 74-74--148

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

Donald Detweiler, Raleigh, N.C. - 70-78--148

Mike Gravley, Greer, S.C. - 78-70--148

Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. - 75-73--148

Hunter Nelson, Houston, Texas - 72-76--148

*-Steve Rogers, Bowling Green, Ky. - 74-75--149 (3)

*-Joe Russo, Sewell, N.J. - 74-75--149 (4,3)

*-Martin West, Rockville, Md. - 72-77--149 (4,4)

*-Don Marsh, Johns Creek, Ga. - 74-75--149 (4,4)

*-Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. - 72-77--149 (4,4)

*-Neil Spitalny, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 75-74--149 (4,4)

*-Greg Osborne, Lititz, Pa. - 76-73--149 (4,4)

*-Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. - 76-73--149 (4,5,4)

*-Pat O'Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore. - 76-73—149 (4,5,4)

Failed to Qualify

*-Michael Occi, Clarksville, Md. - 76-73--149 (4,5,5)

*-Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. - 78-71--149 (4,5,5)

Doug Lacrosse, Tampa, Fla. - 78-72--150

Alan Fadel, Toledo, Ohio - 77-73--150

John Fritz, Mint Hill, N.C. - 73-77--150

Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. - 75-75--150

Armen Dirtadian, Tucson, Ariz. - 77-73--150

Jim Bango, North Haven, Conn. - 72-78--150

Leon Roday, Richmond, Va. - 76-75--151

George Roat, Windermere, Fla. - 75-76--151

Don Donatoni, Malvern, Pa. - 73-78--151

Dennis Younglove, Davis, Calif. - 75-76--151

Ben Hargis, Alexandria, La. - 75-76--151

Bill Tribou, Lakeville, Mass. - 77-74--151

Lynn Martin, Findlay, Ohio - 75-76--151

Tom Hyland, Marlton, N.J. - 74-77--151

Jim McNelis, Gig Harbor, Wash. - 77-74--151

Ron Carter, Monticello, Ind. - 80-71--151

Bill Probst, Midway, Utah - 76-76--152

George Marucci Jr., Villanova, Pa. - 78-74--152

Michael Kawate, Aiea, Hawaii - 76-76--152

Bob Stephens, Indianapolis, Ind. - 77-75--152

G. Munroe Cobey, Chapel Hill, N.C. - 77-75--152

Mike Fedewa, Canton, Mich. - 75-77--152

Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. - 78-74--152

Vance Antoniou, North Barrington, Ill. - 75-77--152

Robert Bachman, Farmington, Utah - 74-78--152

Ronald Kilby, McAllen, Texas - 76-76--152

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. - 74-79--153

Mark Rallas, Leesburg, Va. - 79-74--153

Robert Stahl, Santa Ana, Calif. - 76-77--153

Rick Weihe, Bellingham, Wash. - 76-77--153

Rick Luzar, Pinehurst, N.C. - 72-81--153

Patrick Carrigan, Walnut, Calif. - 75-78--153

Davis Driver, El Paso, Texas - 75-78--153

Tim Dinwiddie, Afton, Tenn. - 72-81--153

John Wray, Fort Wayne, Ind. - 78-76--154

Steve Paulsen, Las Vegas, Nev. - 76-78--154

Colin Ahern, Andover, Mass. - 76-78--154

Hal Wright, Shreveport, La. - 79-75--154

Kelly Crone, Englewood, Colo. - 75-79--154

Jorge Gaudiano, Mexico - 77-78--155

Mike Puls, Irving, Texas - 78-77--155

Bill Clanton, Leesburg, Ga. - 79-76--155

Robert Mase, Tulsa, Okla. - 74-81--155

Robert DeWitt, East Amherst, N.Y. - 73-82--155

Jay Sessa, Garden City, N.Y. - 78-77--155

Thomas Lynett, Rye, N.Y. - 82-73--155

George Walker, Mobile, Ala. - 76-79--155

Blair Subry, Wauconda, Ill. - 82-73--155

Hal Marshall, Littleton, Colo. - 76-80--156

Ron Eilers, Kansas City, Mo. - 78-78--156

Norton Brick, Elyria, Ohio - 77-79--156

Christopher Blair, Nipomo, Calif. - 79-77--156

Philip Pleat, Nashua, N.H. - 77-79--156

Bob Griesgraber, Vadnais Heights, Minn. - 74-82--156

Michael Fosdick, Theodore, Ala. - 81-76--157

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. - 81-76--157

Tom Norton, Muscatine, Iowa - 76-81--157

Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, Calif. - 76-81--157

Gary Kirwan, McKinney, Texas - 77-80--157

Don Eklund, San Diego, Calif. - 80-77--157

George Kelley, Merced, Calif. - 78-80--158

Gus Sylvan, Columbia, S.C. - 80-78--158

Richard Marlowe, Youngstown, Ohio - 79-79--158

Marlin Detweiler, Akron, Pa. - 82-76--158

Steve Pelzl, Aberdeen, S.D. - 76-82--158

Raymond Emsley, Davisburg, Mich. - 77-82--159

Don Russell, Tequesta, Fla. - 80-79--159

Marshall Morgan, Odessa, Texas - 79-80--159

Mickey Jones, Odessa, Texas - 81-78--159

Kevin Hayes, La Jolla, Calif. - 79-80--159

Jarratt Jones, Boerne, Texas - 83-77--160

Brian Hawke, Temple Terrace, Fla. - 85-75--160

Tom Perry, Indianapolis, Ind. - 81-79--160

Andrew Conway, Pittsford, N.Y. - 75-85--160

John Hull, Clayton, Mo. - 82-79--161

Jim Wise, Columbia, S.C. - 78-83--161

Mark Mann, Ann Arbor, Mich. - 79-82--161

Stan Lefrak, Folsom, Calif. - 79-82--161

Wesley Paxson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla. - 79-82--161

Douglas Alt, Salina, Kan. - 80-82--162

James Seymour, Bakersfield, Calif. - 81-81--162

James Saivar, San Diego, Calif. - 79-83--162

Michael Hoefs, Lincoln, Neb. - 79-84--163

David Mears, Citra, Fla. - 78-85--163

Chip Ward, South Burlington, Vt. - 81-86--167

Richard Hunt, Bixby, Okla. - 82-89--171

Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven, Fla. - 80-DQ

Randy Campbell, Asheville, N.C. - 79-WD

John Olive, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 76-WD

William Thomas Doughtie, Amarillo, Texas - 81-WD

West Caldwell, N.J. – Pairings for Monday’s first round of match play at the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, played at 6,838-yard, par-71 Mountain Ridge Country Club.

(Upper Bracket)

9:00 a.m. - Gerardo Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas (146) vs. Jeff Burda, Modesto, Calif. (146)

9:08 a.m. - Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro, N.C. (144) vs. Doug Ritter, Davie, Fla. (148)

9:16 a.m. - Michael Stephens, Carmel, Ind. (144) vs. Mike Rice, Houston, Texas (148)

9:24 a.m. - Robert Baker, Little Rock, Ark. (145) vs. Leif Carlson, Apple Valley, Minn. (147)

9:32 a.m. - Kevin Carey, South Dennis, Mass. (145) vs. Grady Brame Sr., Hammond, La. (147)

9:40 a.m. - Doug Potter, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (146) vs. Jay Blumenfeld, Parsippany, N.J. (146)

9:48 a.m. - Terry Werner, Dyer, Ind. (143) vs. Donald Detweiler, Raleigh, N.C. (148)

9:56 a.m. - David Talcott, Edgewood, Wash. (145) vs. David Jacobsen, Portland, Ore. (148)

10:04 a.m. - Emile Vaughan, Pike Road, Ala. (146) vs. Sam Till Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (146)

10:12 a.m. - Jim Rollefson, Franklin, Wis. (143) vs. Mike Gravley, Greer, S.C. (148)

10:20 a.m. - Casey Boyns, Monterey, Calif. (145) vs. Steven Ford, Trappe, Md. (148)

10:28 a.m. - Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (141) vs. Steve Rogers, Bowling Green, Ky. (149)

10:36 a.m. - Stephen Fox, Huntington, W.Va. (141) vs. Joe Russo, Sewell, N.J. (149)

10:44 a.m. - Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. (140) vs. Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. (149)

10:52 a.m. - Louis Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. (140) vs. Martin West, Rockville, Md. (149)

11:00 a.m. - Jim Holtgrieve. St. Louis, Mo. (136) vs. Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. (149)

(Lower Bracket)

11:08 a.m. - Stanley Kinsey, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (137) vs. Pat O’Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore. (149)

11:16 a.m. - Owen Joyner, Spring, Texas (146) vs. Gary Vanier, Pleasant Hill, Calif. (146)

11:24 a.m. - David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. (143) vs. George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. (148)

11:32 a.m. - James Pearson, Charlotte, N.C. (144) vs. Ron Vannelli, Edison, N.J. (148)

11:40 a.m. - Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. (140) vs. Greg Osborne, Lititz, Pa. (149)

11:48 a.m. - Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. (146) vs. Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. (147)

11:56 a.m. - Rick Woulfe, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (141) vs. Hunter Nelson, Houston, Texas (148)

12:04 p.m. - Randal Lewis, Alma, Mich. (145) vs. Dennis Vaughn, Germantown, Tenn. (147)

12:12 p.m. - Steve Golliher, Knoxville, Tenn. (139) vs. Neil Spitalny, Chattanooga, Tenn. (149)

12:20 p.m. - John Ervasti, Brooklyn, N.Y. (146) vs. David Mooty, Eden Prairie, Minn. (146)

12:28 p.m. - John Grace, Fort Worth, Texas (143) vs. Gary Hardin, Fort Worth, Texas (148)

12:36 p.m. - Roger Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz. (144) vs. David Pulk, Williamsburg, Va. (148)

12:44 p.m. - Graham Cooke, Canada (140) vs. Don Marsh, Johns Creek, Ga. (149)

12:52 p.m. - Douglas Pool, Las Vegas, Nev. (146) vs. Douglas Farr, Monroe, La. (147)

1:00 p.m. - Curtis Skinner, Lake Bluff, Ill. (143) vs. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (148)

1:08 p.m. - Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (145) vs. Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas (148)

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