Chip Lutz joined select company when he successfully defended the British Seniors Amateur Championship at Machynys Peninsula in Wales. He became only the third man to record back-to back victories.
The 57-year-old from Pennsylvania joins legendary Scotsman Charlie Green and Ron White as the only players to win consecutive championships. Lutz finished runner-up two years ago, won at Royal Portrush last year and then saved his best for last in Wales.
Lutz, who finished low amateur in this year’s British Senior Open Championship at Turnberry, entered the final round a stroke behind three-time winner Paul Simson after scores of 73 and 70. However, Lutz closed with a 4-under-par 68 for a 211 total, 5-under-par, to win by four over fellow Americans Simson, Douglas Pool and Steve Rogers.
“It feels unreal to have won again,” Lutz said. “It is a significant achievement as it has not been done for about 20 years, and then by Charlie Green who I believe was something special. He won six times in seven years and I certainly have some way to go to catch him up.
“I felt good coming in to the tournament but the standard is so high these days that winning events like this is a tall order and I am just thrilled to have done it.”
Lutz receives invitations to next year’s British Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and this year’s U.S. Senior Amateur Championship as a result.
Americans occupied the first five places, with Scotland’s Ian Brotherston finishing tied sixth on 217, one-over par, to break up the American monopoly.
Pool earned the silver medal as runner-up by virtue of his last round score. He scored 71 to the 72 and 73 Rogers and Simson recorded. Pool’s performance was especially remarkable. The 61-year-old casino operator from Las Vegas nearly pulled out of the tournament because of back pain. “I am really delighted,” Pool said. “This is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Simson might have won if not for faltering on the back nine in the final round. “Just after the turn things went wrong. I bogeyed the 12th, failed to make birdie at the 13th and then Chip put breathing space between us,” said the 61-year-old from North Carolina.
Welshman John Jermine gave the home nation much to cheer about. The 68-year-old, chairman of the Golf Union of Wales, won the over 65’s award with a 54-hole aggregate of 224 to finish T-25.
“I am delighted, but if my putting had been better I could have been closer to the main prizes. I missed many putts of under a yard over the three days,” Jermine said.
The 2013 British Seniors Amateur Championship will take place at Royal Aberdeen from 7-9 August.