2005: Competition - All Americans at British Seniors

Milton Keynes, England

Alan Foster became the sixth American golfer in seven years to capture the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship Aug. 5 at Woburn Golf & Country Club.

Foster, 62 of Syracuse, N.Y., closed with a 76 for a 54-hole total of 6-over 222, giving him a one-shot victory over Alex Tarumianz of Chattanooga, Tenn. Detroit amateur John French was third at 224, as U.S. players occupied the first nine places. Keith Stimpson of Wales and Maurice Kelly of Ireland were the nearest European contenders at 12-over 228, six shots back.

“I’m very happy but also relieved,” said Foster, who was one of only two players to break 70 all week on Woburn’s Dukes and Duchess courses. “This was a struggle because these courses are quite tight. I came here thinking I had a chance but I didn’t think it would be mine after I started badly today.”

Foster began the day tied for the lead at 3 over with Tarumianz, French and Robert Morris but got off to a slow start before finding his rhythm.

“I bogeyed the first to slip behind, but after the first four or five holes I began to hit the ball well,” he said. “I didn’t make a lot of putts today but I got a couple of good bounces, which is what you need.”

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