U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
Storylines For 2010 USGA Senior Amateur September 29, 2010 By USGA

States Represented (39) – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin

Past USGA Champions in the Field (11) – Stewart Alexander (1986 U.S. Amateur), Mike Bell (2006 USGA Senior Amateur), Marvin Giles (1972 U.S. Amateur, 2009 USGA Senior Amateur), Stanford Lee (2007 USGA Senior Amateur), George Marucci Jr. (2008 USGA Senior Amateur), William McDonald (1964 U.S. Amateur Public Links), Greg Reynolds (2002 USGA Senior Amateur), Mike Rice (2005 Senior Amateur), Kemp Richardson (2001, 2003 USGA Senior Amateur) and George J. Zahringer III (2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur)

Past Walker Cup Players and Captains in the Field (6) – Stewart Alexander (1987), Duke Delcher (1997), Marvin Giles (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975; captain 1993), John Grace (1975), George Marucci Jr. (1995, 1997; captain 2007, 2009), George J. Zahringer III (2003)

Past World Amateur Team Players and Captains in the Field (2) – Stewart Alexander (1986), Marvin Giles (1968, 1970, 1972; captain 1992)

Players in Other 2010 USGA Championships (11) –Mike Booker (U.S. Senior Open), Dan Bieber (U.S. Senior Open), Duke Delcher (U.S. Mid-Amateur), Frank Ford III (U.S. Mid-Amateur), Marvin Giles (U.S. Senior Open), John Grace (U.S. Senior Open), Doug Harris (U.S. Senior Open), George Marucci Jr. (U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur), Randy Nichols (USGA Men’s State Team), Paul Simson (USGA Men’s State Team) and George J. Zahringer III (U.S. Mid-Amateur)

Youngest Players – Duke Delcher (age 55, DOB 9/19/55); Rick Alspaugh (age 55, DOB 7/31/55)
Oldest Player – Mike Rice (age 70, DOB 8/6/40)

Other interesting storylines:

Bill Barnes of Carmel, Ind., once met Newt Gingrich, Greg Norman, Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields while on an international business trip. A former member at Lake Nona, he recorded one of his career nine holes-in-one on the 16th hole in the early 1990s.

Dave Bates of Newburgh, Ind., considers his greatest golf memory to be playing at the 2004 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Bel Air Country Club in front of movie stars.

Mike Bell of Indianapolis, Ind., had double-bypass surgery on March 13, 2003, and qualified for the U.S. Senior Open on June 2, shooting a 69.

Dan Bieber of Alamo, Calif., owns and operates seven restaurants at public golf courses in northern California. His son, Jake, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship, but withdrew prior to play.

Mike Booker of The Woodlands, Texas, founded the Mike and Pat Booker Melanoma Research Endowment, which has raised $500,000 toward finding a cure for the form of skin cancer. Booker is a melanoma survivor.

Jim Brown’s grandfather fought in the Civil War with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox and Gettysburg. A resident of Loudon, Tenn., Brown is the father of Laura Brown, a former LPGA Tour player and the current women’s golf coach at Daytona State College in Florida.

Andrew Congdon of Great Barrington, Mass., is a 23-time club champion at Wyantenuck Country Club. His son, Brian, is a F-16 fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

Paul Coutureof Grafton, Mass., posted four eagles on four consecutive days at the 2009 International Four-Ball in Florida.

Nelson Debow of Kinnelon, N.J, has made a hole-in-one and bowled a perfect 300 game in the same year.

Duke Delcher of Bluffton, S.C., advanced to the quarterfinals at the 1992 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 1995 and 1996 U.S. Amateur. He was also a member of the 1997 USA Walker Cup Team, which defeated the Great Britain & Ireland Team by an 18-6 margin at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.

William T. Doughtie of Amarillo, Texas, considers his greatest golf memory to be winning the 2004 and 2007 Pebble Beach Cleveland Golf Father/Son Team Classic with his son, Will.

Frank Ervasti of Brooklyn, N.Y., won the 2010 Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA) Senior Open Championship, the first amateur winner in the championship’s 14-year history. He was also the runner-up at the 2009 MGA Amateur Championship. Ervasti works with a charity called CitySquash, which helps at-risk kids in the Bronx receive a better education.

David Farnam of Kent, Wash., is a completely self-taught golfer. Coming from a poor family, he sold golf balls as a child to earn bus fare for his trip to the course. Farnam is an eight-time winner of the Seattle Amateur Championship.

Carter Fasick of Milford, Mass., claims to have once owned a harness racehorse that ate blueberry muffins and drank Miller Lite.

Frank Ford III of Charleston, S.C., advanced to the semifinals of the 2007 and 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. He considers his greatest golf memory to be 1996, when he won the South Carolina State Amateur title and his son, Cordes, won the Carolinas Amateur title.

Randy Garber of St. Paul, Minn., has performed as a soloist and ensemble member with the staff at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Ron Garland of Bozeman, Mont., founded the Golf Nut Society and played golf with a number of celebrities, including over a dozen rounds with Michael Jordan. He calls his daughter Kristin his hero, as she has struggled with juvenile diabetes since the age of 11.

Marvin Giles of Richmond, Va., won the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur. In doing so, he established a USGA record for most years between championship titles, having last won the 1972 U.S. Amateur, a span of 37 years. Giles was a member of four USA Walker Cup Teams (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975) and was the team captain in 1993.

John Grace of Fort Worth, Texas, was the runner-up at the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur. He has competed in more than 40 USGA championships, and returned a 72-hole score at the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. He was a member of the 1975 USA Walker Cup Team that defeated GB&I by a 15 ½-8 ½ margin at the Old Course at St. Andrews.

Doug Harris of Franklin, Tenn., is the owner of a sports marketing company that has published game-day programs for the National Football League for the last 13 years.

David Hatch of Oviedo, Fla., is a health and fitness enthusiast and owns a fitness equipment store.

Timothy Hultquist of Larchmont, N.Y., is the creator and president of The Hultquist Foundation, which makes charitable grants in the areas of education, human service and medical research.

Chuck Ingram of Shepherdstown, W.V., is an assistant men’s basketball coach at Shepherd University. In 1967, he won a merit medal as a Boy Scout after he rescued three people from a crashed airplane. He and his wife, Jennifer, recently adopted a 5-year-old boy, and he is enjoying teaching him the game of golf.

David Jacobsen of Portland, Ore., is the older brother of Peter Jacobsen, winner of the 2004 U.S. Senior Open.

Charles Jones of Collegeville, Pa., considers his greatest golf memory to be his trip to Scotland in 1985. He played Turnberry (in a sleet storm), Prestwick, Carnoustie and St. Andrews, where he stayed in an apartment overlooking the 18th green. Jones has used the same putter for 44 of the last 45 years.

Richard Jonson of Seattle, Wash., is the son of Carl Jonson, one of the original founders of Sahalee Country Club, site of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open. During his second and third years of law school, he worked at the firm where past USGA President Sandy Tatum was a partner.

Kary Kaltenbacher of Englewood, Colo., met his wife, Kathleen, on a drilling rig in a remote area of Montana. She was a visiting geologist and he was the well site engineer.

Keith Keister of Orlando, Fla., cultivates more than 100 plants in order to raise, release and track Monarch butterflies. To date, he has released more than 500 Monarchs into the environment.

Gary Kirwan of McKinney, Texas, taught his entire family how to play golf. His wife, Diane, plays to a 12 handicap. His son, Andy, is the head golf professional at the Four Seasons Golf Club Costa Rica. His daughter, Jessica, made a hole-in-one the day after her first golf lesson.

Tom Knapp of Tequesta, Fla., is a three-time reinstated amateur. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and two air medals for valor for his service as a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War.

Robert Kulp of Advance, N.C., made a hole-in-one at age 15 while playing in the pro-am of the Greater Greensboro Open (now known as the Wyndham Championship). However, his day on the course led to his expulsion from high school, though his caddie was excused.

Brad Larsen of Oceanside, Calif., was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, along with his eight cousins. Their grandfather was a driller and his three children married and raised their families in Saudi Arabia. While working for a marine biologist in the Persian Gulf as a teenager, Larsen was attacked by a shark.

Stanford Lee of Tumbling Shoals, Ark., has visited all but four Major League Baseball ballparks. He won the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur.

Rick Luzar of Pinehurst, N.C., volunteers as a horse-ambulance driver for Moore County.

Kim Mansfield of High Point, N.C., coached elite-level high school volleyball under the USA network.

Jerry Maras of Westminster, Calif., is related to Roger Maris, who held the MLB record for most home runs in one season until 1998.

George Marucci Jr. of Villanova, Pa., won the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. He played on the USA Walker Cup Team in 1995 and 1997 and served as the team captain in 2007 and 2009, which forced him to miss last year’s Senior Amateur at Beverly C.C. in Chicago because the Walker Cup Match was held the same weekend the Senior Amateur began.

Thomas Nesbitt of Nashville, Tenn., is a member of Belle Meade Country Club, which hosted the inaugural USGA Senior Amateur Championship in 1955.

Greg Olson of Weaverville, Calif., won the 1969 San Diego Section High School championship, defeating future PGA Tour players Craig Stadler and Morris Hatalsky.

Thomas Phillips of Seattle, Wash., manages a charitable foundation that supports scientific education and character-building youth organizations.

David Pocknall of Katy, Texas, was born and raised in New Zealand. A geologist who specializes in paleontology, Pocknall has done field work on all seven continents, including a two-month trip to Antarctica.

Ric Pruitt of Quincy, Ill., was on a fishing trip to Costa Rica in 1997 when his group was approached by a Nicaraguan gunboat. His camera was confiscated by machine-gun-carrying soldiers.

Randy Reifers of Columbus, Ohio, is the father of Kyle Reifers, who plays on the Nationwide Tour and was a member of the 2005 USA Walker Cup Team. He made two holes-in-one in 1968 and hasn’t made another one since.

Mikel Rollyson of Boca Grande, Fla., had a hole-in-one in 2009, four weeks after a total knee replacement. He guarded Pistol Pete Maravich four times in college at the University of Florida, and the Gators won all four match-ups.

Edward Shaffran of Ann Arbor, Mich., considers his greatest golf memory to be playing a practice round at age 15 at Oakland Hills Country Club with Tom Sheehan, the medalist at the 1939 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., won the 2010 British Seniors Open Amateur Championship and the 2010 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, the latter by a 15-stroke margin. He recently helped North Carolina to a tie for second at the USGA Men’s State Team Championship at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Dan Smith of Naples, Fla., is a former professional slow-pitch softball player.

Steve Smyers of Lakeland, Fla., is a member of the USGA Executive Committee and a well-known golf course architect who re-designed Isleworth, Lake Nona’s sister course across town.

John Stewart of Birmingham, Ala., played professional hockey for eight years and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League and the Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association.

David Szewczul of Farmington, Conn., considers his greatest golf memory to be playing with Arnold Palmer at the 2004 U.S. Senior Open. He had a serious wrist injury in 2001 that doctors feared would end his golf career, though it was healed with reconstructive surgery.

Doug Tambara of Huntington Beach, Calif., was the starting shortstop at Arizona State University until he flunked out of school. He then bowled professionally for 10 years.

Brian Tell of Edina, Minn., is a cardiac surgeon. In his free time, he and his wife, Linda, are closely involved with the Minnesota Institute of Arts Photo Council.

Bill Tyner of Enterprise, Ala., is a helicopter instructor and survived a crash in 1984.

Larry Walsh of Mountain City, Texas, survived a cardiac arrest in 1992 and was back on the golf course six months later. He is the brother of Dennis Walsh, the winner of the 1979 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.

Michael Walters of Tampa, Fla., considers his greatest golf memory to be playing with Tom Watson and Tom Kite at the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla.

Bryan Winnett of Ennis, Texas, considers his greatest golf memory to be shagging balls as a young boy for Ben Hogan at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. He is competing in his first USGA championship after trying for 40 years.

Stephen Yavorsky of San Clemente, Calif., attended the University of Notre Dame for one year with the intentions of becoming a priest. He has completed 23 marathons and two 50-mile races, and finished 15th in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.

Compiled by Christina Lance, coordinator of championship communications for the USGA. E-mail her with questions or comments at clance@usga.org

 

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