U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR 66th U.S. Senior Amateur: Meet the Quarterfinalists August 31, 2021 | Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. By Brian DePasquale, USGA This is the second quarterfinal appearance in 36 USGA championships for Iowan Gene Elliott. (Jeff Haynes/USGA) 66th U.S. Senior Amateur Home Dave Bunker, 56, Canada -No. 1,028 in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Competing in his sixth USGA championship and first U.S. Senior Amateur -Has played in two U.S. Senior Opens (2015, 2016) and three U.S. Mid-Amateurs -Won this year’s Florida State Golf Association Senior Amateur by three strokes over Paul Royak -Claimed the 2020 Golf Ontario Senior Men’s Championship by two strokes -Captured three Canadian Mid-Amateur and three Ontario Mid-Amateur titles -Twice played in the PGA Tour’s RBC Canadian Open (2010, 2011) -Inducted in Ontario Golf Hall of Fame in 2018 -Retired middle school teacher and boys’ and girls’ basketball coach in Toronto Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 73-70–143 in stroke play to earn the No. 20 seed -R64: Def. Dick Engel, 4 and 3 -R32: Def. Keith Smith, 3 and 2 -R16: Def. Daniel Russo, 5 and 3 Craig Davis, 59, Chula Vista, Calif. -No. 2,153 in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Competing in his seventh USGA championship and third U.S. Senior Amateur -Advanced to U.S. Senior Amateur quarterfinals in 2018 and Round of 64 in 2019 -Won the 2019 R&A Senior Amateur when he made a 5-foot birdie putt on third playoff hole -Victorious in 2020 Southern California Senior Amateur and was runner-up this year -Chosen 2018 Southern California Golf Association Senior Player of the Year -Played college golf at the University of Arizona from 1980-83 -One of his Arizona teammates was John Ashworth, who founded the Ashworth golf apparel company -Works as software engineer for an aerospace company Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 72-75–147 in stroke play to earn the No. 58 seed -R64: Def. Jeff Knox, 4 and 2 -R32: Def. Paul Jett, 5 and 4 -R16: Def. Lewis Stephenson, 3 and 2 Gene Elliott, 59, West Des Moines, Iowa -No. 294 in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR -Competing in his 36th USGA championship and fourth U.S. Senior Amateur -Rallied for a 1-up victory over 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel in Round of 16 -Defeated his U.S. Amateur Four-Ball partner and fellow Iowan Michael McCoy in Round of 32 -Advanced to match play in all four Senior Amateurs, including the Round of 16 in 2018 -Competed in one U.S. Senior Open, eight U.S. Amateurs and 15 U.S. Mid-Amateurs -Won this year’s R&A Senior Amateur Championship, after losing in a three-hole playoff in 2019 -Captured the 2017 and 2019 Canadian Senior Amateur Championships -Inducted into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame in 2012 -Owns a sanitation and street equipment company -Recovered from open-heart surgery 21 years ago Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 74-71–145 in stroke play to earn No. 38 seed -R64: Def. Randy Hicken, 3 and 2 -R32: Def. Michael McCoy, 19 holes -R16: Def. Doug Hanzel, 1 up Tom Gieselman, 59, Commerce Township, Mich. -Not ranked in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Playing in his ninth USGA championship and first U.S. Senior Amateur -Outlasted Joe Jaspers, 1 up, in his Round-of-16 match with a winning par on the 18th hole -Competed in 2012 U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, in Lake Orion, Mich. -Has played in three U.S. Amateurs and three U.S. Mid-Amateurs -1993 Michigan PGA Player of the Year before being reinstated as an amateur four years later -Three-time club champion at Oakland Hills Country Club, the site of six U.S. Open Championships -Member of 1982 NCAA Division II national championship team at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) -His son, Michael, is a pro rugby player for the Utah Warriors, and another son, Danny, was a pitcher on the Michigan State baseball team -Gieselman, who works in sales for a steel company, goes by his middle name (Tom) instead of Walter Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 76-70–146 in stroke play to earn No. 46 seed -R64: Def. Randy Haag, 3 and 1 -R32: Def. Philip Mahone, 6 and 5 -R16: Def. Joe Jaspers, 1 up Jerry Gunthorpe, 58, Ovid, Mich. -Not ranked in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Competing in his second U.S. Senior Amateur; advanced to match play in 2019 -One of four players who qualified for this championship on Oakland Hills Country Club’s North Course -Won 2020 Golf Association of Michigan Mid-Amateur’s Senior Division -Captured 2004 Horton Smith Championship at Detroit Golf Club -Won a pair of Lansing Stroke Play and Lansing Match Play titles -10-time club champion at Owosso Country Club, where he shot a competitive-low 62 last year His sons, Nathan and Nick, have played in the 2006 U.S. Amateur and 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur, respectively -President of a plumbing and heating company that was founded in 1980 Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 71-70–141 in stroke play to earn No. 9 seed -R64: Def. Terry Wamack, 5 and 3 -R32: Def. Brad Wayment, 1 up -R16: Def. Jim Scorse, 4 and 3 Chip Lutz, 66, Reading, Pa. -No. 4,752 in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Competing in his 22nd USGA championship and 11th U.S. Senior Amateur -Won the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur, defeating Tom Brandes, 5 and 3, in the final -Has advanced to semifinals of this championship five times and has a 28-9 record in match play -Low amateur in 2016 U.S. Senior Open, tying for 37th at Scioto Country Club -Won The R&A Senior Amateur three times and the Canadian Senior Amateur twice -He and Paul Simson are the lone players to win the U.S. Senior, The R&A Senior and Canadian Senior Amateurs -Seven-time Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior Player of the Year -Played golf at the University of Florida and later worked in real estate services and property management Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 68-70–138 in stroke play to earn No. 2 seed -R64: Def. Robert Nelson, 5 and 3 -R32: Def. Jim Muething, 6 and 5 -R16: Def. Eddie Hargett, 3 and 2 Billy Mitchell, 57, Atlanta, Ga. -No. 1,312 in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Competing in his 11th USGA championship and second U.S. Senior Amateur -Low amateur in this year’s U.S. Senior Open, tying for 46th at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club -Advanced to Round of 16 in 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur, losing to eventual champion Bob Royak -Won last year’s Georgia Senior Match Play Championship and was runner-up in 2021 -Played in 1983 U.S. Amateur at North Shore C.C. in Glenview, Ill., where his caddie was Chris O’Donnell, now a film and TV actor -A performance health coach who has trained PGA Tour players Stewart Cink and Roberto Castro -Has also worked with LPGA Tour players, including Mariah Stackhouse and Dori Carter, and consulted college and high school teams -His father, Lawson, was a longtime club professional Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 73-73–146 in stroke play to earn No. 44 seed -R64: Def. Casey Boyns, 4 and 3 -R32: Def. Bob Royak, 1 up -R16: Def. Tim Peterson, 4 and 3 Rusty Strawn, 58, McDonough, Ga. -No. 808 in World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR® -Playing in his eighth USGA championship and second U.S. Senior Amateur -Defeated Jim Lehman in longest Round-of-16 match since 2016 (21 holes) -In Round of 32, he beat Kory Frost, who had upset medalist Tim Hogarth -Won Golfweek Senior National Match Play, defeating Scott Smith, 5 and 4, in the final on Aug. 13 -Played college golf at Georgia Southern University and Alexander City (Ala.) State Community College -2016 U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers was a college teammate -Member of Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation Board -Chief executive officer of an insurance firm Road to the Quarterfinals -Shot 72-73–145 in stroke play to earn No. 33 seed -R64: Def. Titus Harris, 6 and 5 -R32: Def. Kory Frost, 3 and 1 -R16: Def. Jim Lehman, 21 holes Brian DePasquale is a manager of championship communications for the USGA. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.