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The Finalists: Tale of the Tape


| Aug 30, 2017 | MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
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Paul Simson (left) and Sean Knapp will square off in Thursday's championship match. (USGA/Chris Keane)

U.S. Senior Amateur Home

Paul Simson   Sean Knapp
66 Age
Raleigh, N.C. Hometown Oakmont, Pa.
University of New Mexico College Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Won (2010, 2012) Best previous finish First start
No. 7 (73-70) / 77 holes Seeding, match holes played No. 25 (shot 76-71) / 81 holes
Defeated 2015 champion Chip Lutz, 2016 runner-up Matt Sughrue  Path to final Defeated 2013 champion Doug Hanzel, 2016 champion Dave Ryan
His parents Influences Brother-in-law Robert Stoner
Insurance Executive Occupation Financial Sales
10 Age started playing 19
12 (including one in 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur) Holes-in-one 9
62 Lowest competitive round 63
Won 2010 U.S. Senior Amateur to complete winning the British, Canadian and U.S. senior championships in the same year Noteworthy Named Western Pa. Player of the Year 14 times
U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist (1991); played in 1998 U.S. Open; low amateur in 2001 U.S. Senior Open USGA credentials Two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist (2008, 2010); Took on Tiger Woods in Round of 16 of 1995 U.S. Amateur, losing 2 and 1
Always wears a straw hat in competition Fun Fact Played Division II college basketball

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