Two Share Clubhouse Lead at USGA Senior Amateur

Szewczul, Arvanitis post 2-over 146 before darkness suspends second round


David Szewczul posted consecutive rounds of 1-over 73 at Wade Hampton G.C. for a 36-hole total of 146 and holds a share the overnight clubhouse lead with Daniel Arvanitis. (USGA/David Shefter)
By Jeff Altstadter, USGA
September 22, 2013

CASHIERS, N.C. – Sun replaced rain at the 2013 USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Sunday and Wade Hampton Golf Club continued to show the characteristics that make it a formidable venue for this elite 55-and-over field.

Even though the second round of stroke-play qualifying won’t be completed until Monday – only 78 players finished 36 holes before darkness halted play for the day at 7:29 p.m. EDT – two players are in the clubhouse in good position for medalist honors.

Daniel Arvanitis, 60, of Manchester, N.H., fired a 1-under-par 71 and David Szewczul, 59, of Farmington, Conn, carded a second consecutive 73 on the 6,821-yard, par-72 layout to hold the overnight lead at 2-over 146.

They were two strokes ahead of Peach Reynolds, 59, of Austin, Texas. Reynolds carded an even-par 72 in his second round on Sunday.

First-round leader Chip Lutz, of Reading, Pa., who shot a 69 in the driving rain on Saturday, was still on the course when darkness suspended play. Also on the course was defending champion Paul Simson, 62, of Raleigh, N.C. Simson shot a first-round 73.

The second round is scheduled to resume at 7:50 a.m. on Monday, followed by the cut to the low 64 scorers for match play, which will commence later on Monday.

Only half the field completed their first rounds on Saturday when USGA officials halted play at 2:38 p.m. due to unplayable conditions.

“I got off to a good start,” said Arvanitis. “I was four under after six holes. It was really going well. Then I missed a couple of short ones.

“On the front side I made a birdie on No. 1, and I was thinking, ‘Geez, this is looking good.’ Then I gave a couple back. I made a 3-footer on the last hole. I was grinding so hard because I wanted to shoot under [par].”

With the match-play cut pushed back to later on Monday, Arvanitis and Szewczul can sleep a little easier on Sunday. Just don’t tell Szewczul that.

“It’s a step-by-step process in these things,” said Szewczul. “To get here is one thing, to make match play is another thing. You just don’t get too far ahead of yourself.”

Szewczul knows all about the fickleness of match play. In 2010, he lost, 1 down, to eventual runner-up Pat Tallent and last year he fell in the first round to George Zahringer, 1 down. But Szewczul, who is competing in his 24th USGA championship, has been playing well of late. He was the oldest qualifier at last month’s U.S. Amateur and even though he failed to make match play, just competing against the young kids gave him confidence coming into the Senior Amateur.

In Sunday’s second round, he was two under through 14 holes until back-to-back bogeys dropped him out of red figures.

“I had good rhythm going,” said Szewczul, adding that he missed eight birdie putts of 8 feet or less. “I drove it very well, which you have to do here. That took a lot of the pressure off and then you just have to put the ball in the right spot on the greens. I was able to do that today. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens.”

The weather-suspended first round resumed at 7:50 a.m. on the first official day of fall under chilly, but otherwise ideal conditions. Temperatures hovered in the 50s as the players got into position for the restart. As the day wore on, the mercury started to rise, but the scores didn’t fall.

“It was a little tough getting up this morning,” said Pat O’Donnell, 59, of Happy Valley, Ore., a quarterfinalist at the 2012 Senior Amateur, who backed a first-round 72 with an 80 for an 8-over 152 total. “Once we made the turn, it kind of heated up and some of the dew got off the ground. It was wet [at the outset].”

All of the players who finished their second  rounds on Sunday endured a long day of golf. They were on the course when play was suspended yesterday afternoon and had to return this morning to complete their first rounds, before going right back out for their second rounds. Some  played as many as 34 holes today.

“On one hand, you had to play 34 [holes], but at least you played in drier conditions than yesterday,” said Szewczul. “It’s a lot of holes, [but] if you have the right pace going, it’s fine. Yesterday was just nasty.”

Jeff Altstadter is the manager of media relations for the USGA. Email him at jalstadter@usga.org.

CASHIERS, N.C. – Results from Sunday’s weather-delayed second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2013 USGA Senior Amateur, being conducted at the 6,842-yard, par-72 Wade Hampton Golf Club. Note: A total of 77 golfers will resume the second round on Monday at 7:50 a.m., followed by the cut to 64 golfers for the first round of match play.

Daniel Arvanitis, Manchester, N.H. - 75-71--146

David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. - 73-73--146

Peach Reynolds, Austin, Texas - 76-72--148

Michael Hughett, Owasso, Okla. - 74-75--149

Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. - 74-75--149

Bill Leonard, Dallas, Ga. - 78-71--149

Hill Adams, Katy, Texas - 74-76--150

Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. - 74-76--150

David Nelson, Reno, Nev. - 75-75--150

Edward Steiber, Cincinnati, Ohio - 79-72--151

Bev Hargraves, Helena, Ark. - 76-75--151

David Holmes, Sutton, Mass. - 79-73--152

Pat O'Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore. - 72-80--152

Larry Daniels, Seattle, Wash. - 80-72--152

James Lehman, Minnetonka, Minn. - 75-77--152

Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 72-80--152

Peter Wegmann, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla. - 78-75--153

Jim Rollefson, Franklin, Wis. - 78-75--153

Casey Boyns, Monterey, Calif. - 75-78--153

Mike Greer, Birmingham, Ala. - 82-72--154

Mark Macejko, Vass, N.C. - 76-78--154

Harry Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas - 78-76--154

Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind. - 80-74--154

James Gallagher, Yorktown, Va. - 76-78--154

Neil Vanleeuwen, Tarpon Springs, Fla. - 79-75--154

Curt Knorr, Dunwoody, Ga. - 81-73--154

Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, Calif. - 75-79--154

Rusty Brown, Phoenix, Ariz. - 80-74--154

Ray Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa. - 81-74--155

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. - 75-80--155

Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro, N.C. - 78-77--155

Andrew Congdon, Great Barrington, Mass. - 81-75--156

Tom Schultz, Trinidad, Colo. - 79-77--156

David Schultz, Canada - 77-79--156

Kimble Cater, Salinas, Calif. - 81-75--156

Bob Ammon, Waco, Texas - 81-75--156

Albert Johnson Jr., Lawton, Okla. - 85-71--156

Jon Tingley, Flemington, N.J. - 78-78--156

Buck Baumann, Fremont, Ohio - 78-78--156

Rich Gleghorn, Santa Cruz, Calif. - 76-80--156

Kip Estep, Rockwall, Texas - 80-77--157

Steven Poulson, Bountiful, Utah - 77-80--157

Louis Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. - 79-78--157

Jay Blumenfeld, Parsippany, N.J. - 78-79--157

Mike Krumland, Columbus, Neb. - 79-78--157

Steven Ford, Trappe, Md. - 78-79--157

Kent Frandsen, Lebanon, Ind. - 75-83--158

Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. - 79-79--158

David Delich, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 82-76--158

Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. - 84-75--159

Tim Dinwiddie, Afton, Tenn. - 77-82--159

Joe Davis, Gastonia, N.C. - 81-78--159

Bob Stephens, Indianapolis, Ind. - 78-81--159

Walter Odiorne, Columbia, S.C. - 78-81--159

Dave Kempner, Ann Arbor, Mich. - 83-76--159

Gudmund Lindbjerg, Canada - 81-78--159

Steve Rogers, Bowling Green, Ky. - 83-77--160

Hal Wright, Shreveport, La. - 80-80--160

Don Detweiler, Raleigh, N.C. - 78-83--161

Michael Dooner, Havana, Fla. - 82-79--161

Jim Craffey, Franklin Lakes, N.J. - 83-78--161

Cyrus Whitney, Oro Valley, Ariz. - 86-76--162

Brian Johnston, Duluth, Ga. - 83-80--163

Marshall Uchida, Honolulu, Hawaii - 83-80--163

Barry Flaer, Adamstown, Md. - 82-82--164

Peter Sherwin, Cape Coral, Fla. - 85-79--164

Chuck Davis, Tampa, Fla. - 86-79--165

Henry Coffman, Mansfield, Texas - 84-82--166

Michael O'Connor, Benton Harbor, Mich. - 87-81--168

Russ Perry, Winston Salem, N.C. - 86-82--168

Harry Johnson, Vail, Colo. - 87-81--168

Mark Tolson, Lafayette, La. - 84-84--168

Ted Warner, Greeley, Colo. - 84-85--169

Jeff Wiltse, Bemidji, Minn. - 84-85--169

Steve Schiro, Signal Hill, Calif. - 88-84--172

Bradford Kroll, Charlotte, N.C. - 84-89--173

Steve Sabatini, La Quinta, Calif. - 90-85--175

George Waterhouse, Jackson, Wyo. - 85-93--178

Carl Ho, Honolulu, Hawaii - 77-NC--NC

Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas - 76-NC--NC

Ross McCaskill, Little Rock, Ark. - 88-NC--NC

George Marucci Jr., Villanova, Pa. - 77-NC--NC

Keith Waters, Raleigh, N.C. - 79-NC--NC

James Hegarty, Grand Rapids, Mich. - 83-NC--NC

Mills Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 81-NC--NC

David Pohlmann, Louisville, Ky. - 81-NC--NC

Scott Sullivan, Grand Junction, Colo. - 79-NC--NC

Mike Poe, Athens, Tenn. - 76-NC--NC

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. - 73-NC--NC

Dick Satterfield, Cincinnati, Ohio - 94-WD--WD

Buzz Fly, Memphis, Tenn. - 72-NC--NC

Craig Calkins, Manhattan Beach, Calif. - 76-NC--NC

Richard Areddy, Aurora, Ohio - 90-NC--NC

Jack Hall, Sea Island, Ga. - 72-NC--NC

Mark Wagner, Statesville, N.C. - 81-NC--NC

Robert Parmar, Fairhope, Ala. - 80-NC--NC

James Dunn, Collinsville, Ill. - 78-NC--NC

Walter Himelsbaugh, Leesburg, Fla. - 82-NC--NC

David Pulk, Williamsburg, Va. - 85-NC--NC

John Long, Centreville, Va. - 77-NC--NC

Gay McMichael, Macon, Ga. - 79-NC--NC

Mark Knutson, Eden Prairie, Minn. - 80-NC--NC

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. - 86-NC--NC

Michael Mercier, Juno Beach, Fla. - 76-NC--NC

Dan Mueller, Kenosha, Wis. - 87-NC--NC

Steve Golliher, Knoxville, Tenn. - 80-NC--NC

David Vlasic, Valparaiso, Ind. - 83-NC--NC

Ken Palladino, Dunedin, Fla. - 77-NC--NC

Steve Melnyk, Jacksonville, Fla. - 84-NC--NC

David Jacobsen, Portland, Ore. - 82-NC--NC

Craig Ling, Monterey, Calif. - 86-NC--NC

Stan Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. - 78-NC--NC

Joe Walker, Dennis, Mass. - 81-NC--NC

Kevin King, Bluffton, S.C. - 82-NC--NC

Terry Foreman, Antioch, Calif. - 79-NC--NC

Mark Burden, Atlanta, Ga. - 82-NC--NC

Martin West, Rockville, Md. - 82-NC--NC

Rick Cloninger, Fort Mill, S.C. - 73-NC--NC

Robert Valerio, Hawthorne, Calif. - 77-NC--NC

Mike Raymond, Jackson, Mich. - 79-NC--NC

William Heffernan, Dover, Mass. - 84-NC--NC

Gregory Brooking, Natchez, Miss. - 86-NC--NC

Mike Rice, Houston, Texas - 82-NC--NC

Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. - 69-NC--NC

Neil Kopinski, Sarasota, Fla. - 81-NC--NC

Stephen Macgeorge, Shoreline, Wash. - 84-NC--NC

Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, Calif. - 86-NC--NC

Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J. - 81-NC--NC

Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - 75-NC--NC

Don Donatoni, Malvern, Pa. - 77-NC--NC

Tom Norton, Muscatine, Iowa - 78-NC--NC

Bob Kain, Gates Mills, Ohio - 79-NC--NC

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. - 74-NC--NC

Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa. - 76-NC--NC

Randal Lewis, Alma, Mich. - 79-NC--NC

Mike Peck, Irving, Texas - 80-NC--NC

Jim Shindler, Milwaukie, Ore. - 78-NC--NC

Allan Small, Florham Park, N.J. - 80-NC--NC

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 83-NC--NC

Philip Moulton, Ivins, Utah - 81-NC--NC

Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. - 80-NC--NC

Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill. - 79-NC--NC

Thomas Dicinti, Voorhees, N.J. - 78-NC--NC

David Zeid, Redding, Conn. - 78-NC--NC

Jim Gallagher, Charlotte, N.C. - 79-NC--NC

Bruce Cadwell, Boise, Idaho - 92-NC--NC

Michael Kelly, Odenton, Md. - 79-NC--NC

Neil Spitalny, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 78-NC--NC

Mickey Jones, Odessa, Texas - 76-NC--NC

Steven Poseler, Gibsonburg, Ohio - 85-NC--NC

Craig Stein, Moorhead, Minn. - 84-NC--NC

Mike Pierce, Houston, Texas - 97-NC--NC

John Montross, Reno, Nev. - 80-NC--NC

 

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