U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
Virginia resident posts 4-under 140 to edge friend Simson by one October 2, 2010 By Christina Lance

Despite a 3-under 69 on Sunday, Paul Simson came up one stroke short of sharing medalist honors again at the Senior Amateur with Pat Tallent. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Orlando, Fla. – Patrick Tallent has two medals. Now he wants the trophy. 

For the second consecutive year, Tallent ended the stroke-play portion of the USGA Senior Amateur Championship as the medalist, shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday for a 36-hole total of 4-under 140 over the 6,691-yard, par-72 Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. 

The 57-year-old from Vienna, Va., finished stroke play with 29 pars, six birdies and one double bogey on his final hole to take home medalist honors by one stroke over good friend Paul Simson, whom Tallent was grouped with for the two rounds of qualifying.  

Simson, 59, of Raleigh, N.C., and the co-medalist with Tallent at the 2009 Senior Amateur, had a 3-under 69 for a 141 total. 

The 6 at the par-4 18th hole was the only hiccup in two days for the steady Tallent. 

Seventeen holes, I played really well, said Tallent with a wry smile on his face. I hadn’t made a bogey in two days, so I went 35 holes. I still didn’t make a bogey because I doubled the 18th. I played really well. 

For a player who admitted to struggling through his practice rounds, Tallent showed no fear in the face of the challenging Lake Nona course. He finished Saturday’s first round tied for the championship lead, and carried that momentum into another dominating performance on a picture-perfect Central Florida afternoon. He also knew that, with the quality of his and Simson’s play, the friends would likely be on opposite ends of the match-play bracket. 

We kind of knew that we were playing for the medal since we were both so far under par at the turn, said Tallent.  

Simson entered Sunday’s round two strokes behind the first-round leaders. A winner of several high-profile 2010 championships, including the British Seniors Amateur Championship, Simson also enjoyed playing with Tallent in the stroke-play portion of the competition. 

We had a ball, said Simson. We had a good time. I told him we had a clinic going on. He was putting on a clinic for a while. 

However, Tallent and Simson both know that a good showing in stroke play does not necessarily translate into success in match play. In fact, the next portion of the championship has not historically been kind to the medalists, as only seven in the championship’s 55-year history have claimed the trophy. 

I think it’s more rare than not that the medalist wins, said Tallent, a first-round victim in last year’s first round to 2001 and 2003 champion Kemp Richardson. Normally, he gets beat. I’m hoping to do better than that. I’d like to at least win one. 

Few people can relate to those words more than Simson, who was the championship medalist in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and failed to win each time. 

I’ve played well all summer, said Simson, a 15-stroke winner at the Canadian Senior Amateur. [If I] get a couple of breaks in match play, it could be a good week. It could be a good week for anybody. All you have to do is make the cut. Everybody’s equal starting tomorrow. 

Robin McCool of Bethlehem, Pa., and 2007 champion Stanford Lee of Heber Springs, Ark., who shared the first-round lead with Tallent, also advanced to match play at 146 and 144, respectively. 

In addition to Lee, five other past USGA champions qualified for match play: Stewart Buddy Alexander (1986 U.S. Amateur), Marvin Vinny Giles (2009 USGA Senior Amateur, 1972 U.S. Amateur), George Buddy Marucci Jr. (2008 USGA Senior Amateur), Greg Reynolds (2002 USGA Senior Amateur) and George Zahringer (2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur). 

The cut for match play came at 8-over-par 152, with 11 golfers playing off for the last 10 spots on Monday at 8:30 a.m. EDT. 

Match play also begins Monday at 9:30 a.m. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Tuesday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on Wednesday and the 18-hole championship final will be played Thursday morning.

The USGA Senior Amateur, open to golfers 55 and over, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Christina Lance is the USGA’s coordinator of championship communications. E-mail her with questions or comments at clance@usga.org.

Orlando, Fla. – Results from Sunday’s second and final round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur being contested at the 6,691-yard, par-72 Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. (*Indicates golfers involved in 11-for-10 playoff on Monday for the final match-play spots)

Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va. - 70-70--140
Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. - 72-69--141
Randy Nichols, Brookville, Ind. - 73-69--142
Don Thames, Rancho Murieta, Calif. - 72-71--143
Chip Lutz, Philadelphia, Pa. - 71-72--143
Tom Knapp, Tequesta, Fla. - 72-72--144
Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. - 70-74--144
Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla. - 72-72--144
Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven, Fla. - 77-68--145
Michael Kelly, Odenton, Md. - 73-72--145
Robert Allshouse, Greensburg, Pa. - 73-72--145
Douglas Pool, Las Vegas, Nev. - 73-72--145
David Williamson, Ladoga, Ind. - 75-70--145
David Pocknall, Katy, Texas - 75-71--146
Terry Werner, Dyer, Ind. - 75-71--146
Robin McCool, Bethlehem, Pa. - 70-76--146
Bev Hargraves, Helena, Ark. - 75-72--147
Gary Palmer, Taunton, Mass. - 74-73--147
Steve Smyers, Lakeland, Fla. - 74-73--147
Bill Zylstra, Plymouth, Mich. - 74-73--147
Stewart Alexander, Gainesville, Fla. - 73-74--147
Jeff Burda, Modesto, Calif. - 74-74--148
Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind. - 72-76--148
Glenn Mullian, Richmond, Va. - 77-71--148
Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. - 74-74--148
Dan Bieber, Alamo, Calif. - 75-73--148
Corliss J. Nelson, Dallas, Texas - 73-75--148
Raymond Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa. - 74-74--148
Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. - 73-75--148
Chuck Palmer, Dallas, Texas - 75-74--149
Kim Mansfield, High Point, N.C. - 76-73--149
David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. - 78-71--149
Arthur Kania, Haverford, Pa. - 71-78--149
Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. - 75-74--149
Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa. - 75-74--149
Dick Satterfield, Cincinnati, Ohio - 71-78--149
George J. Zahringer III, New York, N.Y. - 73-76--149
Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. - 74-76--150
Jim Henderson, Hattiesburg, Miss. - 77-73--150
Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas - 74-76--150
Dave Ryan, Taylorville, Ill. - 75-75--150
Duke Delcher, Bluffton, S.C. - 72-78--150
Brad Larsen, Oceanside, Calif. - 73-77--150
Larry Clark, Kingston, Ga. - 75-75--150
Ted Pecora, Glencoe, Ill. - 74-76--150
George Marucci Jr, Villanova, Pa. - 73-77--150
David Anthony, Jacksonville, Fla. - 76-74--150
Pete Willoughby, Houston, Texas - 74-76--150
Marvin Giles, Richmond, Va. - 76-74--150
James Lyons, Shreveport, La. - 77-74--151
Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 73-78--151
Rick Luzar, Pinehurst, N.C. - 78-73--151
Richard Pfeil, Naples, Fla. - 76-75--151
Skip Runnels, Richmond, Ind. - 73-78--151
*Steven Whittaker, Becker, Minn. - 78-74--152 (3)
*John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 80-72--152 (4)
*Christopher Veitch, Newport Beach, Calif. - 81-71--152 (4)
*Bill Caveness, Dallas, Texas - 76-76--152 (4)
*Charles Jones, Collegeville, Pa. - 78-74--152 (4)
*Thomas Nesbitt, Nashville, Tenn. - 76-76--152 (4)
*William T. Doughtie, Amarillo, Texas - 72-80--152 (4)
*Dave Bates, Newburgh, Ind. - 71-81--152 (5,7,4,3)
*Jon Groveman, Larchmont, N.Y. - 72-80--152 (5,5)
*Curt Knorr, Atlanta, Ga. - 73-79--152 (5,5)

Failed To Qualify

*Gary Kirwan, Mckinney, Texas - 76-76--152 (5,7,4,4)
James Peebles, Fort Worth, Texas - 79-74--153
Mikel Rollyson, Boca Grande, Fla. - 75-78--153
Lynn Martin, Findlay, Ohio - 79-74--153
Stephen Bell, Denver, Colo. - 78-75--153
Robert Shelton, Lafayette, La. - 77-76--153
John Grace, Fort Worth, Texas - 75-78--153
David Potthast, Prescott, Ariz. - 80-73--153
Gary Daniels, Center Valley, Pa. - 71-82--153
John Pallin, Kenosha, Wis. - 76-77--153
Craig Scott, Marshalls Creek, Pa. - 76-77--153
Frank Merhar, La Jolla, Calif. - 76-77--153
Jeff Rudi, Tucson, Ariz. - 78-75--153
Mike Puls, Irving, Texas - 72-82--154
Mike Gravley, Greer, S.C. - 75-79--154
Berger Warner, Ocala, Fla. - 75-79--154
Greg Olson, Weaverville, Calif. - 76-78--154
Rich Gleghorn, Springfield, Mo. - 74-80--154
Keith Keister, Orlando, Fla. - 75-79--154
David Farnam, Kent, Wash. - 78-76--154
Tom Phillips, Seattle, Wash. - 72-82--154
Jim Brown, Tellico Village, Tenn. - 82-73--155
G. Munroe Cobey, Chapel Hill, N.C. - 82-73--155
Donald Bliss, Chesterfield, Mo. - 74-81--155
Richard Jonson, Seattle, Wash. - 76-79--155
Philip Austin, Arlington, Texas - 82-73--155
Scott Radcliffe, Golden, Colo. - 76-79--155
Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. - 76-79--155
Andrew Congdon, Great Barrington, Mass. - 76-79--155
Ron Garland, Bozeman, Mont. - 80-75--155
David Jacobsen, Portland, Ore. - 78-77--155
James Harless, Aurora, Ohio - 79-77--156
Michael Walters, Tampa, Fla. - 79-77--156
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas - 80-76--156
Jerry Maras, Garden Grove, Calif. - 77-79--156
John Casstevens, Glen Allen, Va. - 77-79--156
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. - 79-77--156
Neil Spitalny, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 77-79--156
Gary Ramsden, Rancho Murieta, Calif. - 75-82--157
William Boockford, Glen Ellyn, Ill. - 78-79--157
Bill Probst, Midway, Utah - 78-79--157
Robert Schneider, Santa Fe, N.M. - 78-79--157
Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. - 80-77--157
Jim Wise, Columbia, S.C. - 82-75--157
James Curell, Boone, Iowa - 77-80--157
Randy Reifers, Columbus, Ohio - 75-82--157
Doug Potter, Coeur D Alene, Idaho - 78-79--157
Doug Harris, Franklin, Tenn. - 81-77--158
Timothy Hultquist, Vero Beach, Fla. - 80-78--158
Kary Kaltenbacher, Englewood, Colo. - 77-81--158
Terry Willis, Greenville, S.C. - 79-79--158
John Ervasti, Brooklyn, N.Y. - 82-76--158
Larry Walsh, Mountain City, Texas - 82-76--158
Thomas Olson, Omaha, Neb. - 78-81--159
Yang Chung, Fullerton, Calif. - 80-79--159
Bryan Winnett, Ennis, Texas - 80-79--159
John Stewart, Birmingham, Ala. - 73-86--159
Oscar Taylor, Hot Springs Village, Ark. - 81-78--159
Chuck Ingram, Shepherdstown, W.Va. - 81-78--159
David Cannon, Salt Lake City, Utah - 75-84--159
Nelson Debow, Kinnelon, N.J. - 82-77--159
Robert Kulp, Advance, N.C. - 80-80--160
Bill Barnes, Carmel, Ind. - 78-82--160
Dan Smith, Fairfield, Ohio - 80-80--160
Edward Shaffran, Ann Arbor, Mich. - 79-81--160
Carter Fasick, Milford, Mass. - 79-82--161
Stephen Yavorsky, San Clemente, Calif. - 79-82--161
Richard Hunt, Bixby, Okla. - 81-80--161
Lou Paolucci, Palm Coast, Fla. - 78-83--161
David Brown, Terre Haute, Ind. - 83-79--162
Randy Garber, St Paul, Minn. - 78-84--162
Bill McDonald, Troy, Mich. - 84-78--162
Phillip Anamizu, Honolulu, Hawaii - 81-81--162
Brian Tell, Edina, Minn. - 79-83--162
Rick Alspaugh, Winston Salem, N.C. - 81-81--162
William Downing, Akron, Ohio - 82-81--163
Daniel Cook, The Woodlands, Texas - 81-82--163
John Davis, Atlanta, Ga. - 83-80--163
Michael Quinn, East Fallowfield, Pa. - 87-76--163
Tom Graham, Fairfield, Conn. - 84-80--164
Doug Tambara, Huntington Beach, Calif. - 81-83--164
Jerry Blake, Lansing, Mich. - 82-84--166
Mike Herrington, Sierra City, Calif. - 89-78--167
Paul Couture, Grafton, Mass. - 82-86--168
Randy Blackman, Glendora, Calif. - 85-83--168
John Walker, Tulsa, Okla. - 85-83--168
Bill Tyner, Enterprise, Ala. - 89-81--170
Tom Gorton, Durango, Colo. - 95-80--175
Ric Pruitt, Quincy, Ill. - 93-85--178
David Hatch, Oviedo, Fla. - 89-89--178
Bill Palmer, Bluffton, S.C. - 79-WD--WD
Chris Maletis, Portland, Ore. - 77-WD--WD

Orlando, Fla. – Pairings for the first round of match play on Monday at the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur being contested at the 6,691-yard, par-72 Lake Nona Golf & Country Club:

Round of 64
Upper Bracket

11:30 am              Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va.  (140) vs. TBA
9:30 am                David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn.  (149) vs. Arthur Kania, Haverford, Pa.  (149)
9:38 am                Robin McCool, Bethlehem, Pa.  (146) vs. Marvin Giles, Richmond, Va.  (150)
9:46 am                Bev Hargraves, Helena, Ark.  (147) vs. Pete Willoughby, Houston, Texas  (150)
11:06 am              Rick Woulfe, Ft Lauderdale, Fla.  (144) vs. TBA
9:54 am                Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C.  (148) vs. Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas  (150)
10:58 am              Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven, Fla.  (145) vs. TBA
10:02 am              Glenn Mullian, Richmond, Va.  (148) vs. Dave Ryan, Taylorville, Ill.  (150)
11:22 am              Don Thames, Rancho Murieta, Calif.  (143) vs. TBA
10:10 am              Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif.  (148) vs. Dick Satterfield, Cincinnati, Ohio  (149)
10:18 am              David Williamson, Ladoga, Ind.  (145) vs. Rick Luzar, Pinehurst, N.C.  (151)
10:26 am              Bill Zylstra, Plymouth, Mich.  (147) vs. Ted Pecora, Glencoe, Ill.  (150)
11:14 am              Chip Lutz, Philadelphia, Pa.  (143) vs. TBA
10:34 am              Raymond Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa.  (148) vs. George J. Zahringer III, New York, N.Y.  (149)
10:42 am              Douglas Pool, Las Vegas, Nev.  (145) vs. Richard Pfeil, Naples, Fla.  (151)
10:50 am              Stewart Alexander, Gainesville, Fla.  (147) vs. Larry Clark, Kingston, Ga.  (150)

Lower Bracket

11:38 am              Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.  (141) vs. TBA
11:46 am              Kim Mansfield, High Point, N.C.  (149) vs. Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C.  (149)
11:54 am              Terry Werner, Dyer, Ind.  (146) vs. James Lyons, Shreveport, La.  (151)
12:02 pm              Gary Palmer, Taunton, Mass.  (147) vs. David Anthony, Jacksonville, Fla.  (150)
12:10 pm              Stanford Lee, Heber Springs, Ark.  (144) vs. TBA
12:18 pm              Dan Bieber, Alamo, Calif.  (148) vs. Jim Henderson, Hattiesburg, Miss.  (150)
12:26 pm              Michael Kelly, Odenton, Md.  (145) vs. TBA
12:34 pm              Tim Miller, Kokomo, Ind.  (148) vs. Duke Delcher, Bluffton, S.C.  (150)
12:42 pm              Randy Nichols, Brookville, Ind.  (142) vs. TBA
12:50 pm              Chuck Palmer, Dallas, Texas  (149) vs. Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa.  (149)
12:58 pm              David Pocknall, Katy, Texas  (146) vs. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich.  (151)
1:06 pm                Steve Smyers, Lakeland, Fla.  (147) vs. George Marucci Jr, Villanova, Pa.  (150)
1:14 pm                Tom Knapp, Tequesta, Fla.  (144) vs. TBA
1:22 pm                Corliss J. Nelson, Dallas, Texas  (148) vs. Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala.  (150)
1:30 pm                Robert Allshouse, Greensburg, Pa.  (145) vs. Skip Runnels, Richmond, Ind.  (151)
1:38 pm                Jeff Burda, Modesto, Calif.  (148) vs. Brad Larsen, Oceanside, Calif.  (150)

     

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