U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Fast Facts August 23, 2017

Paul Simson won the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in 2010 and 2012. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)
   
Championship Venue The Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minn.
Opened 1898
Architects William Watson and Robert Foulis (first nine holes); Robert Taylor, C.T. Jaffray & Foulis (first 18-hole layout); Donald Ross (redesign in 1920); Ron Prichard (restoration in 2001)
Dates of Championship Aug. 26-31
Yardage/Par 6,764 yards/Par 72
Field 156 players
Eligibility Open to any amateur who has turned 55 as of Aug. 26 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 7.4.
Entries Accepted 2,395 (Most since 2006)
Average Age of the Field 59.7
States Represented (43) Alabama (3 competitors); Arkansas (1); Arizona (5); California (16-most); Colorado (3); Connecticut (2); Delaware (1); Florida (7); Georgia (9); Hawaii (2); Iowa (2); Idaho (1); Illinois (7); Indiana (2); Kansas (1); Kentucky (1); Louisiana (2); Massachusetts (4); Maryland (3); Michigan (3); Minnesota (5); Missouri (3); North Carolina (4); North Dakota (1); Nebraska (1); New Jersey (1); New Mexico (1); Nevada (3); New York (6); Ohio (5); Oklahoma (2); Oregon (1); Pennsylvania (9); South Carolina (6); Tennessee (7); Texas (10); Utah (1); Virginia (4); Vermont (1); Washington (5); Wisconsin (3); West Virginia (1); Wyoming (1)
Exempt Players (19) Stewart "Buddy" Alexander (1986 U.S. Amateur champion)
Tom Brandes (2015 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up)
Kevin Cahill (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist)
Michael Dunsmore (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
Gene Elliott (Top 500 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brady Exber (Top 500 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Vinny Giles (2009 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Doug Hanzel (2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion; 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
John Hornbeck (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
Tim Jackson (2015 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist; 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist)
Steven Liebler (2015 U.S. Senior Amateur semifinalist)
Chip Lutz (2015 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
George "Buddy" Marucci (2008 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
John McClure (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
Bryan Norton (2014 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up)
Dave Ryan (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Paul Simson (2010, 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Matthew Sughrue (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up)
Patrick Tallent (2014 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
USGA Champions Competing in the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur (11) Stewart “Buddy” Alexander, 1986 U.S. Amateur
Marvin “Vinny” Giles, 1972 U.S. Amateur; 2009 U.S. Senior Amateur
Doug Hanzel, 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur
Tim Jackson, 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Chip Lutz, 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur
George “Buddy” Marucci Jr., 2008 U.S. Senior Amateur
Michael Podolak, 1984 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Dave Ryan, 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur
Paul Simson, 2010 and 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur
Patrick Tallent, 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur
George Zahringer, 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur
2016 Championship Dave Ryan, 62, of Taylorville, Ill., held off a late rally by Matthew Sughrue to post a 2-up victory at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis. Earlier in the championship, Ryan recorded the third known hole-in-one on a USGA championship par-4 hole in a 20-hole victory over two-time champion Paul Simson.
Quotable “I'm still in shock, a state of shock. For a guy from Taylorville, Illinois, to win a national championship, it's unbelievable.” -- Dave Ryan
Notable Events Held at The Minikahda Club 1916 U.S. Open (Charles "Chick" Evans)
1927 U.S. Amateur (Bob Jones)
1957 Walker Cup Match (USA)
1988 U.S. Women's Amateur (Pearl Sinn)
1998 Curtis Cup Match (USA)
U.S. Senior Amateurs Conducted in Minnesota (2) 1956: Somerset Country Club, St. Paul (Frederick J. Wright)
1986: Interlachen Country Club, Edina (R.S. "Bo" Williams)
Notable U.S. Senior Amateur Champions J. Wood Platt (1955); J. Clark Espie (1957, 1959); Dexter Daniels (1961, 1966); Gene Andrews (1970); Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985); Dale Morey (1974, 1977); William C. Campbell (1979-80); Ed Updegraff (1981); William Hyndman III (1983); John Richardson (1987); O. Gordon Brewer (1994, 1996); Bill Shean Jr. (1998, 2000); Kemp Richardson (2001, 2003); Stan Lee (2007); George “Buddy” Marucci (2008); Marvin “Vinny” Giles (2009); Paul Simson (2010, 2012); Louis Lee (2011); Pat Tallent (2014); Chip Lutz (2015)
Notable U.S. Senior Amateur Runners-Up J. Clark Espie (1956); Ernest Pieper Jr. (1971-72); Lewis W. Oehmig (1974, 1977, 1979); Dale Morey (1981); Ed Updegraff (1982); Richard Runkle (1983-84); John Harbottle (1986); George Zahringer (2008); Pat Tallent (2010); Bryan Norton (2014)
Schedule of Play Saturday, Aug. 26 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Sunday, Aug. 27 (Stroke Play, Round 1, 18 holes)
Monday, Aug. 28 (Round of 64, match play)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 (Round of 32/Round of 16, match play)
Wednesday, Aug. 30 (Quarterfinals/Semifinals, match play)
Thursday, Aug. 31 (Championship Match, 18 holes)
Match-Play Cut The low 64 scorers following stroke play will qualify for match play. If necessary, a playoff will be conducted to determine the final match-play spots.
Future Sites 2018: Eugene (Ore.) Country Club, Aug. 25-30
2019: Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham, N.C./Aug. 24-29
2021: The Honors Course, Ooltewah, Tenn/Aug. 28-Sept. 2
2022: The Kittansett Club, Marion, Mass./Aug. 27-Sept. 1