Lutz dominates 2010 Golfweek senior rankings

Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Don’t feel sorry for Chip Lutz, an attorney from Reading, Pa.

Although he lost in Wednesday afternoon’s semifinal round of the the USGA Senior Amateur, Lutz is in the midst of a dominant year on the senior amateur circuit.

In Golfweek’s National Senior Amateur Rankings for 2010, Lutz is the runaway leader. Heading into the USGA Senior Amateur, he had 7,170 points for the year. Runnerup Bill Zylstra of Plymouth, Mich., was more than 3,000 points behind.

“I dedicated myself to that goal, to winning the Golfweek national rankings,” said Lutz, at 55 in his first year of senior amateur eligibility. “I made it a priority, and it’s worked out nicely.”

Please don’t confuse Lutz with his brothers, Wedge and Putter.

OK, they’re nicknames, but the real story is just as interesting as the three brothers who are called Chip, Wedge and Putter.

“It’s a family tradition,” Lutz explained. “It goes back to my great-great grandfather. My father is named John, and he named all three of his sons John. We have different middle names.

“He gave us nicknames – my older brother is Wedge, I’m Chip, and my younger brother is Putter.

“My father’s nickname was Buddy. That’s how everybody knew him. He played on the PGA Tour in the early 1950s.”

In his loss to Pat Tallent in the semifinals, Lutz chipped just fine but didn’t putt worth a toot. Maybe he got the wrong nickname.

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