Meet The 2013 Senior Amateur Quarterfinalists

September 24, 2013

Don Erickson III, 61, Dubois, Pa.

  • Competing in his 15th USGA championship, having previously competed in seven U.S. Amateurs, six U.S. Mid-Amateurs and the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur
  • Previous best showing in a USGA event was 1994 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Hazeltine National Golf Club (Round of 16)
  • Won 1988 Pennsylvania Amateur at Lancaster Country Club, site of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open
  • Won 2007 Western Pennsylvania Senior and was runner-up in 2004 Western Pennsylvania Amateur
  • Currently the president of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association
  • Has played several rounds with Western Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer at Latrobe C.C.
  • Averages 208 in his winter bowling league
  • President of The Erickson Corporation
  • Attended Salem College in West Virginia
  • Defeated Michael Booker to reach the quarterfinals

Buzz Fly, 58, Memphis, Tenn.

  • Competing in his second USGA championship; lost in first round of 2011 Senior Amateur
  • Won 2013 Tennessee Senior Match Play Championship
  • Won 2013 Yamaha TGA/TPGA Senior Players Tournament
  • Five-time Memphis Senior Amateur champion
  • Attended University of Mississippi
  • Inducted into the Memphis Sports Hall of Fame in 2010
  • Son, Jonathan, won the 2010 Tennessee State Amateur and the 2011 Tennessee State Open
  • Eldest son, Stephen, was two-time track and field All-American at Auburn
  • Serves as volunteer assistant coach for University of Memphis men’s golf team
  • Reinstated amateur (1985)
  • Defeated Edward Steiber to reach the quarterfinals

Doug Hanzel, 56, Savannah, Ga.

  • Low amateur at the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Senior Opens
  • First player in USGA history to make match play at the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and USGA Senior Amateur in the same year (2012)
  • A physician at Southeast Medical Group who specializes in pulmonary critical care
  • Uses an insulin pump to control his diabetes
  • Competing in his 20th USGA championship; has played in 10 U.S. Amateurs (qualified in five decades), three U.S. Mid-Amateurs, three U.S. Senior Opens, two USGA Senior Amateurs and two USGA Men’s State Teams (Georgia)
  • Graduated from Kent State, where he played on the golf team and later established a golf scholarship in his name
  • In 2006, Golf Digest named him the No. 1 doctor/golfer
  • Won 2012 Jones Cup Senior Invitational and 2012 John L. Lupton Senior Invitational
  • Won 2012 Georgia Senior Amateur
  • Defeated Peter Wegmann to reach the quarterfinals

Chip Lutz, 58, Reading, Pa.

  • Winner of 2011 and 2012 British Senior Open Amateur
  • Winner of 2011 and 2012 Canadian Senior Amateur
  • Semifinalist in 2010 and 2011 USGA Senior Amateur
  • Won medalist honors in 2013 USGA Senior Amateur by seven strokes
  • Competing in his fourth USGA Senior Amateur
  • Defeated Robert Valerio to reach quarterfinals
  • Only golfer to better par in qualifying rounds at 2013 USGA Senior Amateur
  • Won 2011 Coleman Senior Invitational

Pat O’Donnell, 59, Happy Valley, Ore.

  • Quarterfinalist in 2012 USGA Senior Amateur
  • Competing in his fourth USGA Senior Amateur: lost in first round in 2009; reached Round of 16 in 2011
  • Qualified for 1972 U.S. Amateur
  • Has claimed the Oregon Senior Stroke Play title five of the last six years (2007. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Two-time winner of the Oregon Senior Amateur (2008 and 2010)
  • Won 1982 and 1983 Oregon Tournament of Champions
  • Named 2009 Pacific Northwest Player of the Year and 2009 Oregon Golf Association Player of the Year
  • Attended Mount Hood Community College (1972-74)
  • Works as a maintenance analyst for Boeing
  • Reinstated amateur (1980)
  • Lowest competitive score is a 61 (Gresham, Ore., Golf Course)

David Szewczul, 59, Farmington, Conn.

  • Competing in his 24th USGA event – this is the farthest he has advanced
  • Was oldest competitor in this year’s U.S. Amateur at The Country Club; also played in the 1982 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club
  • Director of sales and marketing for Merrill Industries
  • Had a hole-in-one at 1993 U.S. Amateur at Champions Golf Club in Houston
  • Played with Arnold Palmer in 2004 U.S. Senior Open
  • Member of Central Connecticut State University Hall of Fame and Connecticut State Golf Association Hall of Fame
  • Four-time Connecticut State Golf Association Senior Player of the Year; 2012 CSGA Player of the Year
  • Told he would never play golf again seven years ago after three wrist operations
  • Defeated George Zahringer to reach quarterfinals; lost to Zahringer in the first round of the 2012 Senior Amateur, 1 down

Pat Tallent, 60, Vienna, Va.

  • Runner-up at 2010 USGA Senior Amateur to Paul Simson
  • Lost in first round of match play at 2012 Senior Amateur
  • Playing in his 25th USGA championship, including five Senior Amateurs and three U.S. Senior Opens
  • All-America basketball player at George Washington University in the 1970s
  • Drafted in the sixth round of 1976 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets; did not play in the NBA
  • Had a hole-in-one in 2004 U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive C.C. in St. Louis
  • Member at Congressional C.C., site of the 2011 U.S. Open
  • 2000 Maryland State Amateur champion
  • 2008 Maryland State Senior Amateur champion
  • 2007 Virginia State Amateur champion
  • Won Crump Cup at Pine Valley in 2003 and won its senior division in 2009
  • Reached the quarterfinals by defeating No. 2 seed Jack Hall

Ray Thompson, 61, Drexel Hill, Pa.

  • Reached the quarterfinals as the No. 56 seed (lowest-seeded remaining player)
  • Qualified for U.S. Open in 1976 and 1977
  • Playing in third USGA Senior Amateur (2010, 2011 and 2013)
  • Graduated from Florida State University
  • Financial advisor for Janney Montgomery Scott
  • Reinstated amateur (1978)
  • Defeated eighth-seeded Brady Exber in 20 holes (longest match of the championship) to reach quarterfinals
  • Lowest competitive round is a 64, at Pinehurst No. 4 during 1976 PGA Tour Qualifying School
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