U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR
Inside the Field August 23, 2017 | FAR HILLS, N.J. By Scott Lipsky, USGA

Gene Elliott, who has a long history competing in USGA championships, will make his U.S. Senior Amateur debut at The Minikahda Club. (USGA/Chris Keane)

U.S. Senior Amateur Home

2,395 entries were accepted for the 63rd U.S. Senior Amateur, the most for the championship since 2006.

The average age of the 156 U.S. Senior Amateur competitors is 59.7 years old.

Marvin “Vinny” Giles, 74, of Richmond, Va., is the oldest player in the field. Giles is the 2009 U.S. Senior Amateur champion and also won the 1972 U.S. Amateur. Larry Clark, 69, of Kingston, Ga., and Don Donatoni, 69, of Malvern, Pa., are the next oldest competitors in the field.

Frank Vana Jr., of Boxford, Mass., who turned 55 on Aug. 21, is the youngest player in the field. John Barry, of Lakeville, Minn., turned 55 on July 1, and is the second-youngest player in the field.

Field by Age Range

55-59: 86
60-64: 52
65-69: 17
70+: 1

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
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

USGA Men’s State Team Championship Winners Competing in the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur (5)
Keith Decker
, 1995 (Virginia)
Alan Hill, 2005 (Texas)
Tim Jackson, 2003 (Tennessee)
Sean Knapp, 2009 (Pennsylvania)
Bryan Norton, 2010 (Kansas)

USGA Championship runners-up Competing in the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur (10)
Tom Brandes
, 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur
Marvin “Vinny” Giles, 1967, 1968, 1969 U.S. Amateur
William Hadden, 1989 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Chip Holcombe, 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Scott Mayne, 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur
George “Buddy” Marucci, 1995 U.S. Amateur
Bryan Norton, 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur; 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur
Matt Sughrue, 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur
Patrick Tallent, 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur
George Zahringer, 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur; 2008 U.S. Senior Amateur

USA Walker Cup Team Members Competing in the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur (7): Stewart “Buddy” Alexander (1987); Duke Delcher (1997); Marvin “Vinny” Giles (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975); Tim Jackson (1995, 1999); George “Buddy” Marucci (1995, 1997); George Zahringer (2003)

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)

The five competitors in the field from the state of Minnesota are: John Barry, 55, of Lakeville; David Brown, 59, Minnetonka; Randall Garber, 67, of Lakeville; and Jeff Teal, 57, of Excelsior; and David Whittaker, 67, of Duluth

2017 U.S. Senior Amateur competitors who Competed in 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur (40): Stewart “Buddy” Alexander (Missed Cut); Geno Berchiatti (Round of 64); Casey Boyns (Round of 32); Tom Brandes (Round of 64); Jeff Britton (Missed Cut); Kevin Cahill (semifinals); Larry Clark (Missed Cut); Mark Coward (Missed Cut); Michael Dunsmore (quarterfinals); Gary Durbin (Missed Cut); Brady Exber (Round of 32); Lloyd Fisher (withdrew); Buzz Fly (Round of 32); Marvin “Vinny” Giles (Missed Cut); Steve Golliher (Missed Cut); Doug Hanzel (quarterfinals); John Hornbeck (quarterfinals); Michael Hughett (Round of 32); Bill Jackson (Missed Cut); Tim Jackson (semifinals); Michael Kelly (Missed Cut); Steven Liebler (Round of 16); Chip Lutz (Round of 32); Iain Macdonald (Missed Cut); George “Buddy” Marucci (Round of 64); Scott Mayne (Round of 64); John McClure (quarterfinals); Greg Myers (Missed Cut); David Nelson (Missed Cut); Bryan Norton (Round of 32); Chuck Palmer (Missed Cut); James Pearson (Round of 64); Bob Royak (Round of 16); Dave Ryan (champion); Brian Secia (Round of 64); Paul Simson (Round of 16); Matthew Sughrue (runner-up); David Szewczul (Missed Cut); Patrick Tallent (Round of 16); Mitch Wilson (Round of 64)

2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Competitors Who Played in the 2017 U.S. Senior Open (7)
T.J. Brudzinski
Claud Cooper
Todd Hendley
Chip Lutz
Dave Ryan
Matthew Sughrue
George Zahringer

2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Competitors Who Played in the 2017 U.S. Amateur (2)
Matthew Sughrue
George Zahringer

2017 U.S. Senior Amateur Competitors Who Played in the 2017. U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (3)
Doug Hanzel
and partner Bob Royak (Missed Cut)
Jay Sessa and partner Don Enga (Missed Cut)

The following 19 players are fully exempt into the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur
Stewart “Buddy” Alexander
(1986 U.S. Amateur champion)
Tom Brandes
(2016 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 World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Brady Exber (top 500 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Vinny Giles (2008 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Doug Hanzel (2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
John Hornbeck (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinalist)
Tim Jackson (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 and 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Matthew Sughrue (2016 U.S. Senior Amateur runner-up)
Patrick Tallent (2014 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)

General Player Notes:

Frank Acker, 60, of Henderson, Nev., is an eight-time Southern Nevada Golf Association Player of the Year and a member of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame. He played in seven U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, reaching the Round of 16 in 1990. He works as a table games supervisor for the Cosmopolitan Casino in Las Vegas.

Stewart “Buddy” Alexander, 64, of Auburn, Ala., is the 1986 U.S. Amateur champion. A college golf coach for more than three decades after earning All-America honors as a player at Georgia Southern University, Alexander led the University of Florida to the 1993 and 2001 NCAA titles and was named National Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) three times. He was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 2001. He has played in two U.S. Opens. His son Tyson qualified for the 1017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and his father, Skip, competed in six, making the Alexanders one of just three families to have had three generations compete in the championship.


Joel Benes
, 58, of North Miami Beach, Fla., arrived in the United States when he was 22 months old when his family fled from Cuba. A commercial real estate broker, Benes competed in the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Geno Berchiatti, 57, of Greenville, S.C., is an avid pilot who has flown himself to both of his previous U.S. Senior Amateur starts, in 2015 and 2016. He competed in the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur, just a few years after almost giving up the game due to lower back issues. The four-time letter winner in baseball and golf at Adrian (Mich.) College is the reigning South Carolina Senior Amateur champion.

Casey Boyns, 61, of Monterey, has been a caddie at Pebble Beach Golf Links for more than 30 years, and has caddied in three U.S. Opens at the historic course. He is a four-time Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year, and was a 2009 inductee into the California Golf Hall of Fame. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Tom Brandes, 61, of Bellevue, Washington, was the runner-up in the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur. He has competed in the U.S. Senior Open five times, most recently in 2016, and has represented Washington in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship four times. Brandes has won numerous Washington State Golf Association and Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) titles, and was inducted into the PNGA Hall of Fame in 2015.

David Brown, 56, of Minnetonka, Minn., is playing in his first USGA championship. He qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur at Wayzata (Minn.) Country Club, where he is a six-time senior club champion. The former North Dakota high school state champion was given the nickname “Auto” by fellow junior golfers thanks to his consistent putting, and due to his avid interest in cars, the nickname stuck throughout the years.

Rusty Brown, 60, of Phoenix, Ariz., comes from a family of golfers. He and his brother Mills competed in the 1975 U.S. Amateur and 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur. In the 1975 U.S. Amateur, Rusty defeated future five-time USGA champion Jay Sigel in the second round of match play. His father, Cap Brown, competed in the U.S. Senior Amateur. A reinstated amateur who now works as an attorney, he won the 1980 National Open Putting Championship, a made-for-TV event during the early days of ESPN.

TJ Brudzinski, 56, of Columbus, Ohio, has competed in the U.S. Senior Open twice, including in 2017 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. He advanced to the Round of 32 in his U.S. Senior Amateur debut in 2016. His brother, Bob Brudzinski, spent 13 years as a linebacker in the NFL, and was part of the famed Miami Dolphins’ “Killer Bs” defensive unit.

Brad Carey, 63, of Lake Oswego, Ore., is making his USGA championship debut. He played both golf and basketball at Oregon State University. He spent much of his career working in the golf industry, running the operations for Peter Jacobsen’s charity golf tournament, the Fred Meyer Challenge.

Rick Cloninger, 60, of Fort Mill, S.C., was a semifinalist in the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur and reached the Round of 16 in 2015. He has competed in two U.S. Senior Opens, finishing tied for 40th in 2008 and missing the cut in 2011. He has competed in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship four times, for different states: Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Prior to his golf career, he played football and baseball at Wofford College. He has had 10 holes-in-one.

Bob Cooper, 60, of Monroe, La., won the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers national championship in 1980 and 1981. He partnered with former NFL quarterback Stan Humphreys to win the Louisiana Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Championship in 2016. A 1987 inductee into the University of Louisiana-Monroe Athletic Hall of Fame, Cooper has 11 holes-in-one in his career.

Kenneth Coutant, 58, of Dallas, Texas, is an avid mountain biker who enjoys both racing and long-distance cycling. He was recently held up at gunpoint during a bike ride, with his iPhone being stolen. He was able to track the phone on his iPad and catch the perpetrators. He lost in the Round of 32 in the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur to eventual champion Chip Lutz.

Mark Coward, 64, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., is a former professional golfer who played full time on the PGA Tour in 1983. Since regaining his amateur status in 2013, he has won the Arizona Senior Stroke Play Championship four times. He missed the cut in his U.S. Senior Amateur debut in 2016.

Keith Decker, 57, of Martinsville, Va., was the only player to compete in all 11 USGA Men’s State Team Championship, playing for Virginia each year. He advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur. At the state level, Decker, who was inducted into the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame earlier this year, has won a record 28 Virginia State Golf Association titles, and is a seven-time Virginia Player of the Year. He was a two-time All-America honoree for Elon University.

Duke Delcher, 61, of Bluffton, S.C., has competed in more than 20 USGA championships, including the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. He reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur in 1995 and 1996 and reached the U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinals in 1992. Delcher, who played for the USA in the 1997 Walker Cup Match, founded the Players Amateur, one of the most prestigious competitions in amateur golf, with 1998 U.S. Amateur runner-up Tom McKnight.

Bart Dornier, 55, of Metairie, La., qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur in his first attempt, in 1979. The 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur is the first USGA championship he has qualified for since, with many attempts in between. He has had major involvement with the game over the years, serving in co-chairman positions for the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans since 2010. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Louisiana Golf Association.

Michael Dunsmore, 59, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., serves as the caddie for 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion and eight-time PGA Tour winner Fred Funk. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur, losing to eventual champion Dave Ryan.

Gene Elliott, 55, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has competed in more than 20 USGA championships. He was a quarterfinalist in the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur, and was the stroke-play medalist in the 1999 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. A 2012 inductee into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame, Elliott is a three-time Iowa Amateur champion and two-time Iowa Open champion. He won the Porter Cup, one of the nation’s most prestigious amateur events, in 1998.

Brady Exber, 61, of Las Vegas, Nev., won the 2014 British Seniors Amateur Championship. He has made match play four times in the U.S. Senior Amateur, reaching the Round of 16 in 2013. Exber is a member of the Las Vegas Golf Hall of Fame.

Buzz Fly, 62, of Memphis, Tenn., was a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. His son, Jonathan, has won the Tennessee State Amateur and State Open, and won the Conference USA individual title while playing for the University of Memphis. Another son, Stephen, was a two-time All-American sprinter at Auburn University. A winner of Memphis City Amateurs and numerous senior city titles, Buzz is a 2010 inductee into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame.

Steve Fox, 63, of Barboursville, W.Va., is a nine-time West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA) Senior Player of the Year and two-time WVGA Player of the Year. He has won nearly 30 state titles, and was inducted into the state’s golf hall of fame in 2015. He has advanced to match play in the U.S. Senior Amateur three times.

Marvin “Vinny” Giles, 74, of Richmond, Va., is the oldest player in the U.S. Senior Amateur field. He won the 1972 U.S. Amateur and 2009 U.S. Senior Amateur, and was a runner-up in the U.S. Amateur three times. Giles, a member of the Virginia Golf Hall of Fame, was a four-time member of the USA Walker Cup Team and served as captain in 1993. He has competed in two U.S. Opens and eight U.S. Senior Opens, finishing as low amateur in the latter on three occasions. He finished tied for 17th in the U.S. Open in 1973 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club to earn low-amateur honors. Giles also earned that distinction in the 1968 Masters.

Monty Guest, 58, of Solon, Ohio, learned to play golf right-handed at the age of 23 and switched to left-handed at the age of 30. The construction executive has won 11 Northern Ohio Golf Association titles.

Bill Hadden, 60, of Manchester Village, Vt., was runner-up in the 1989 U.S. Mid-Amateur, defeating 1992 champion Danny Yates in the semifinals. The 1983 Northeast Amateur champion is a Connecticut native, and was inducted into the state’s golf hall of fame in 2007. Now a financial advisor, he competed in the 1984 U.S. Open.

Doug Hanzel, 60, of Savannah, Ga., is the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion. A graduate of Kent State University, where he played on the golf team and now has a golf scholarship in his name, Hanzel works as a pulmonologist, and was named Golf Digest’s top doctor golfer in 2008. He has qualified for the U.S. Amateur in five different decades, spanning from 1978 to 2015. He was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open in 2012 and 2013. He is a diabetic and plays golf with an insulin pump.

Ian Harris, 64, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is a tennis instructor, and was once ranked in the top 100 in doubles on the ATP Tour. He is the 2008 Michigan Senior Amateur champion.

Chris Hartenstein, 55, of Austin, Texas, is competing in his fourth USGA championship. His father Chuck spent several years as a pitcher in Major League Baseball, playing for the Cubs, Pirates, Cardinals, Red Sox and Blue Jays. His daughter, Michelle, played golf at Wake Forest University.

Alan Hill, 55, of Spring Branch, Texas, has played in nearly 30 USGA championships. He was a semifinalist in the 2001 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur, and was part of Texas’ victorious USGA Men’s State Team Championship squad in 2005. At the state level, he is a two-time Texas Mid-Amateur champion. The University of Houston graduate stopped competing for a decade and is playing in his first USGA championship since 2007.

Carl Ho, 62, of Honolulu, Hawaii, spent seven years as a sports psychologist for the PGA Tour. He went 40 years between USGA championship starts, playing in the 1971 U.S. Junior Amateur and then again in the 2011 U.S. Senior Amateur. He is a three-time Hawaii Senior Player of the Year.

Chip Holcombe, 55, of Saint Johns, Fla., was the runner-up in the 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He works in the golf industry in sales for Srixon/Cleveland Golf and Bushnell Golf. He earned All-America honors while playing golf at Troy State University.

Roc Irey, 65, of Furlong, Pa., played with defending champion Dave Ryan at Eastern Kentucky University. The insurance consultant will be competing in his third U.S. Senior Amateur. He is the 2008 Pennsylvania Senior Amateur champion.

Tim Jackson, 58, of Germantown, Tenn., won the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1994 and 2001. He represented the USA in the Walker Cup in 1995 and 1999, and was the low amateur in the U.S. Senior Open in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He is a nine-time Tennessee Player of the Year and has served as president of the Tennessee Golf Association. Jackson is a 2012 inductee into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Sean Knapp, 55, of Oakmont, Pa., has competed in more than 40 USGA championships. He is a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist and reached the quarterfinals in the 1998 U.S. Amateur. He reached the Round of 16 in the 1995 U.S. Amateur before losing, 2 and 1, to eventual champion Tiger Woods. He is a 14-time Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Player of the Year and won the Pennsylvania State Amateur Championship in 1997.

Steve Liebler, 58, of Irmo, S.C., has competed in seven different USGA championships: the U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Open, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Amateur. He also represented South Carolina in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship. The insurance salesman reached the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. He is a two-time South Carolina Golf Association Player of the Year.

Chip Lutz, 62, of Reading, Pa., is the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur champion. He has won the British Seniors Amateur Championship three times and the Canadian Senior Amateur on two occasions. The attorney played golf at the University of Florida and is a seven-time Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Player of the Year. He was the low amateur in the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.

George “Buddy” Marucci Jr., 65, of Villanova, Pa., Is the 2008 U.S. Senior Amateur champion, but he is perhaps best known for taking Tiger Woods to the 36th hole of their championship match in the 1995 U.S. Amateur at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. He played on the USA Walker Cup Team in 1995 and 1997, and served as captain for the winning squads in 2007 and 2009.

Ed McDugle, 56, of Memphis, Tenn., has been featured on TV as someone who had a near-death experience. He was electrocuted in a pool right before his high school graduation and suffered cardiac arrest before being given CPR and a shot of adrenaline to his heart. He was a competitive diver and trampolinist in high school. The teacher and golf coach has competed in the U.S. Amateur Public Links three times.

David Nelson, 61, of Reno, Nev., was a semifinalist in the 1982 U.S. Amateur Public Links, the same year he competed in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. He was a quarterfinalist in the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Nelson is a four-time Nevada State Amateur champion and won the Nevada Senior Amateur in 2009.

Bryan Norton, 58, of Mission Hills, Kan., is a two-time runner-up in USGA championships, falling in the championship match in the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur and 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur. He has competed in four U.S. Opens and three U.S. Senior Opens, finishing tied for 19th in 2009. Norton, who works in insurance, competed in the Open Championship in 1990 at St. Andrews, finishing tied for 31st.

Jim Rollefson, 68, of Franklin, Wis., had open-heart surgery at the age of 12 to fix a congenital heart defect. He went on to become a pediatric dentist and umpire high school baseball games. He has competed in four USGA championships, including the 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits in his home state.

Bob Royak, 55, of Alpharetta, Ga., will play in the U.S. Senior Amateur as a 55-year-old for the second straight year. He turned 55 on Sept. 9 of last year, eight days before the start of the championship.

Dave Ryan, 63, of Taylorville, Ill., is the reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion. He is a six-time Illinois State Senior Player of the Year, and has competed in the U.S. Senior Open four times. During his Round-of-16 U.S. Senior Amateur match in 2016 with two-time champion Paul Simson, he made a hole-in-one on a par 4, the only such instance of one in the history of the championship.

Paul Simson, 66, of Raleigh, N.C., is the 2010 and 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur champion. He also won the Canadian Senior Amateur and British Seniors Amateur in 2010. The All-America honoree from the University of New Mexico competed in the 1998 U.S. Open and earned low-amateur honors in the 2001 U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. He has won numerous Carolinas Golf Association events over the years.

Matthew Sughrue, 57, of Arlington, Va., was the runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur to Dave Ryan. The 2016 Maryland Senior Player of the Year made a career change after 25 years in the insurance business, going to graduate school to study psychotherapy. He now works as a family therapist and sports performance coach, working with golfers, among other types of athletes.

Patrick Tallent, 64, of Vienna, Va., is the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur champion, and finished runner-up to Paul Simson in 2010. A former standout basketball player at George Washington University, Tallent was selected by the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) in the sixth round of the of the 1976 NBA Draft, but did not appear in a game. Now the managing director for Tallent Capital & Consulting, Tallent also won the 2015 British Seniors Amateur. 

Jeff Teal, 57, of Excelsior, Minn., played hockey at the University of Minnesota for legendary coach Herb Brooks, and was a part of their 1979 NCAA championship team. He went on to play professionally and appeared in six games for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Now an insurance agent, Teal competed in the U.S. Amateur Public Links seven times, reaching the Round of 16 twice, and reached match play in the 1986 U.S. Amateur. He has won five Minnesota Golf Association titles.

Frank Vana Jr., 55, of Boxford, Mass., has played in more than 30 USGA championships in his career. He is a two-time Massachusetts Amateur champion and nine-time Massachusetts Mid-Amateur champion. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame in 2016 and was named the Massachusetts Golf Association’s Player of the Decade in both the 1990s and 2000s.

George Zahringer, 64, of New York, N.Y., is the 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, the year after he finished as the runner-up in the championship, and also was runner-up in the 2008 U.S. Senior Amateur. The 10-time Metropolitan Golf Association Player of the Year played on the 2003 USA Walker Cup Team, and won the 2013 British Seniors Amateur Championship.

Scott Lipsky is the manager of websites and digital platforms for the USGA. Email him at slipsky@usga.org.

More from the 63rd U.S. Senior Amateur