Lutz advances to quarters at USGA Senior Am

Chip Lutz

Chip Lutz

Chip Lutz is two matches closer to capturing his first USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

Lutz, the stroke-play medalist, downed Paul Schlachter, 5 and 4, and Robert Valerio, 3 and 2, Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.

Lutz is a two-time British Senior and Canadian Senior Amateur champion (2011-12), and a two-time semifinalist in this event (2010-11).

Also advancing to the final eight are Douglas Hanzel, low amateur at two U.S. Senior Opens, Don Erickson III, Buzz Fly, Pat O’Donnell, David Szewczul, Patrick Tallent and Ray Thompson. O’Donnell was a Senior Amateur quarterfinalist last year and Tallent was the 2010 runner-up in this event.

Lutz has played five rounds at Wade Hampton and has been under par in each.

“No one was budging. I was thinking I just needed to be patient and that things would come through,” Lutz said, of his match against Valerio. “Fortunately I made a birdie on 12 … and won four holes in a row.”

In the second round, O’Donnell eliminated defending champion Paul Simson, 3 and 2, and followed it up with a 2-and-1 victory over left-hander Michael Turner in the Round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals for a second consecutive year.

The longest day belonged to Szewczul, who played 39 holes and won three matches. He needed six holes early Tuesday to finish off his suspended first-round match against David Schultz, 3 and 2. He then beat Jim Rollefson, 4 and 3, before a 2-and-1 victory over George Zahringer.

The quarterfinals and semifinals are Wednesday, followed by the 18-hole final on Thursday.

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Round of 32


Upper Bracket

Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. (138) def. Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa. (152), 5 and 4

Robert Valerio, Hawthorne, Calif. (150) def. Hill Adams, Katy, Texas (150), 2 and 1

Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. (147) def. John Long, Centreville, Va. (154), 2 up

Ray Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa. (155) def. Bev Hargraves, Helena, Ark. (151), 5 and 3


Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa. (153) def. Rick Cloninger, Fort Mill, S.C. (146), 2 and 1


Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas (151) def. Bill Leonard, Dallas, Ga. (149), 2 up

Peter Wegmann, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla. (153) def. Daniel Arvanitis, Manchester, N.H. (146), 5 and 3

Doug Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. (149) def. Mike Poe, Athens, Tenn. (151), 4 and 3

Lower Bracket

Jack Hall, Sea Island, Ga. (145) def. Robert Parmer, Fairhope, Ala. (153), 2 and 1

Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. (150) def. Curtis Knorr, Dunwoody, Ga. (154), 6 and 5


Buzz Fly, Memphis, Tenn. (147) def. Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (152), 19 holes

Edward Steiber, Cincinnati, Ohio (151) def. Allan Small, Florham Park, N.J. (155), 1 up

Pat O’Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore. (152) def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (146), 3 and 2


Michael Turner, Woodland Hills, Calif. (154) def. David Nelson, Reno, Nev. (150), 4 and 2


David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. (146) def. Jim Rollefson, Franklin, Wis. (153), 4 and 3

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. (154) def. Michael Hughett, Owasso, Okla. (149), 2 up

Round Of 16

Upper Bracket

Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. (138) def. Robert Valerio, Hawthorne, Calif. (150), 3 and 2


Ray Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa. (155) def. Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. (147), 20 holes

Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa. (153) def. Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas (151), 2 up

Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. (149) def. Peter Wegmann, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla. (153), 7 and 5

Lower Bracket

Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. (150) def. Jack Hall, Sea Island, Ga. (145), 19 holes

Buzz Fly, Memphis, Tenn. (147) def. Edward Steiber, Cincinnati, Ohio (151), 3 and 2

Pat O’Donnell, Happy Valley, N.C. (152) def. Michael Turner, Woodland Hills, Calif. (154), 2 and 1


David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. (146) def. George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. (154), 2 and 1

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