Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va., is a member at Congressional Country Club, site of the 2011 U.S. Open, but most people won't find him there. At least on the golf course.
Tallent, who shot rounds of 71-70 to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the USGA Senior Amateur for a second consecutive year -- he shared the honor in 2009 -- rarely plays a casual round of golf. The only rounds he plays that don't count are practice sessions to prepare for competitions.
"I haven't played Congressional all year and I'm a member," he said on Sunday after the second of two stroke-play qualifying rounds at Lake Nona. "I just don't play that kind of golf. I play tournament golf. It puts you under the gun all the time. You get to see your name on the board. Nobody can come in and lie about what they shot.
"When you play regular golf, everybody shoots 65."
Tallent, a veteran of more than 20 USGA championships, estimates he plays two to three tournaments a month during the season. -- David Shefter