U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
Meet The Quarterfinalists October 4, 2010 By USGA Staff

Jeff Burda, 57, of Modesto, Calif.
Competing in second USGA Senior Amateur…Advanced to the third round of match play at the 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur…Won 2008 and 2009 California Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship…Also won 2010 Northern California Golf Association Senior Championship at Spyglass Hill Golf Course….Advanced to quarterfinals with 2-and-1 win over Sam Farlow…Born March 22, 1953.

Frank Ford III, 58, of Charleston, S.C.
Competing in his fourth USGA Senior Amateur…Advanced to the semifinals in 2007 and 2008…Received the USGA’s Ike Grainger Award in 2004 for his 25 years of volunteer service on the Regional Affairs Committee…Six-time champion of Azalea Amateur…Claimed South Carolina Amateur in 1996, the same year his son, Cordes, won the Carolinas Amateur….Inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Game in 2002…Grandfather, also named Frank, won the South Carolina Amateur seven times…Graduate of Furman University, where he played on the golf team…Qualified for two U.S. Senior Opens…Reached quarterfinals with a 4-and-2 win over Dave Ryan…Born Feb. 23, 1952

Chip Lutz, 55, of Reading, Pa.
Competing in first USGA Senior Amateur…Advanced to second round of match play at the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur…Claimed the 2010 North & South Senior Amateur, 2010 Trans-Mississippi Senior and 2010 Sunnehanna Senior Amateur…Runner-up to Paul Simson at the British Seniors Amateur…Given first name is John, which is also the first name of his two brothers…But his father, Buddy, gave each of his three sons golf middle names: Chip, Wedge and Putt…Advanced to quarterfinals with a 19-hole win over University of Florida men’s golf coach Stewart Buddy Alexander…Lutz graduated from the University of Florida in 1975, where he played golf for two seasons…Born Jan. 11, 1955.

Tim Miller, 63, of Kokomo, Ind.
Competing in fourth USGA Senior Amateur….Qualified for 2006 U.S. Senior Open, where he missed the cut…Claimed Indiana Senior Amateur title in 2005 and 2006…Earlier this year, recorded his lowest competitive 18-hole score of 60 at Kokomo Country Club…Has yet to play 17th or 18th hole in match play…Advanced to quarterfinals with 5-and-4 win over 2007 champion Stanford Lee…Born June 11, 1947.

Greg Reynolds, 63, of Grand Blanc, Mich.
Playing in ninth USGA Senior Amateur…Won 2002 Senior Amateur as an alternate into the field…Runner-up to Mark Bemowski in 2004…In 2010, the Golf Association of Michigan named Reynolds the Michigan Senior Player of the Decade…Played in 2005 U.S. Senior Open, where he was paired with Arnold Palmer for first two rounds…Retired executive with General Motors…Oldest player remaining in field…Advanced to quarterfinals with 2-and-1 win over Randy Nichols…Born May 18, 1947.

Paul Simson, 59, of Raleigh, N.C.
Competing in fifth USGA Senior Amateur…Has been the medalist three out of the last four years…Helped North Carolina to share of second place at the 2010 USGA Men’s State Team Championship two weeks ago at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif. … Claimed both British Seniors Amateur Championship and Canadian Men’s Senior Championship in 2010, the latter by 15 strokes…Also won 2010 North Carolina Senior Amateur and Carolinas Senior 4-Ball… Inducted into both North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 2010…Played college golf at University of New Mexico…Has competed in more than 30 USGA championships, including one U.S. Open and five U.S. Senior Opens…Advanced to quarterfinals with 2-and-1 win over David Anthony…Born May 10, 1951.

Patrick Tallent, 57, of Vienna, Va.
Competing in his second USGA Senior Amateur…Co-medalist at the 2009 championship…Has played in three U.S. Senior Opens, making the cut in 2004 and 2005…Won the 2009 Crump Cup Senior Division…Retired CPA and CFO…Was an All-American basketball player at George Washington University…Defeated defending champion Marvin Vinny Giles in 20 holes to reach the quarterfinals…Represented Virginia in 2003, 2007 and 2009 USGA Men’s State Team Championships…Born Aug. 12, 1953.

Don Thames, 55, of Rancho Murieta, Calif.
Competing in first USGA Senior Amateur….Qualified for 2008 U.S. Senior Open by holing out a 74-yard wedge approach to 18th hole and then winning a playoff…Missed cut at Senior Open…Qualified for 2010 Senior Amateur in a 10-for-1 playoff…Financial adviser with Lincoln Financial.…Became a private pilot while in his 30s, thinking it would shorten his travel time between golf events. He quickly decided to abort those aspirations when he discovered his flying skills were not strong enough to maintain the hobby…Reached quarterfinals with 19-hole win over David Williamson…Played at San Jose State University…A reinstated amateur…Born Oct. 23, 1954.

Compiled by Christina Lance, coordinator of championship communications for the USGA.

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