Weather pushes Senior Am semis, finals to Thursday

Chip Lutz

Rain and weather delays Wednesday made for a long day at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

Because of the 4-hour, 15-minute delay, the tournament was only able to complete the quarterfinals yesterday at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. Thus, the semifinals and 18-hole final will be held tomorrow.

Stroke-play medalist Chip Lutz worked his way into the semifinals with a 4-and-3 victory over Ray Thompson. Lutz, a two-time British Senior Amateur and Canadian Senior Amateur champion (2011-12), had four birdies in five-hole stretch on the front nine (Nos. 3-7) en route to victory.

“The birdies were the key to keeping things going and getting momentum,” said Lutz, trying to become the first medalist to win the title since John Richardson in 1987. “I made a bunch of birdies and I was able to hold Ray off.”

Lutz will face Douglas Hanzel in one semifinal. Buzz Fly and Pat O’Donnell square off in the other semifinal.

“I was trying to relax, it was really difficult,” Lutz said. “It was a lot of starting and stopping, and in this format you hope to get started and keep moving. We were here three times [at the club] until we finally got the word that we were going to tee it up. Then we had 45 minutes to get ready to go.

“It was a lot of waiting and a bunch of hurrying up. Once we got going things fell back into place.”

Hanzel defeated Don Erickson III, 3 and 1, to reach the semifinals for the second consecutive year. In 2012, Hanzel was the first player in USGA history to make match play at the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and USGA Senior Amateur in the same year.

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Quarterfinals


Upper Bracket

• Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. (138) def. Ray Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa. (155), 4 and 3

• Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. (149) def. Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa. (153), 3 and 1

Lower Bracket

• Buzz Fly, Memphis, Tenn. (147) def. Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. (150), 5 and 3

• Pat O’Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore. (152) def. David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. (146), 5 and 4

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