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Ron Carter, left, and Ted Smith of Indiana during the 2014 Golfweek Senior Amateur -- in which each won his respective division.
Ron Carter, left, and Ted Smith of Indiana during the 2014 Golfweek Senior Amateur -- in which each won his respective division.

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Ron Carter and Ted Smith have had plenty of opportunity to compete against each other back home in Indiana. With only 126 miles separating the two, they have played in and won more state tournaments than either can remember.

When the last putt dropped on the Stadium course at the Golfweek Senior Amateur, both Carter and Smith found themselves in a familiar position: at the top of their respective divisions' leaderboards.

Senior Ron Carter, who played three days of near flawless golf in perfect southern California conditions, strung together rounds of 68-68-72 for an 8 under-par 208 ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Ron Gaines
Ron Carter leads the seniors division after the first round of the 2014 Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Ron Carter leads the seniors division after the first round of the 2014 Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

Ron Carter of Monticello, Ind., took advantage of perfect scoring conditions on the Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., posting a 4-under 68 to lead the senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur by three strokes.

His six-birdie, two-bogey card included a birdie on the difficult par-3 13th and gave Carter an impressive three-shot lead over Steven Hakes of San Diego and David Pocknall of Katy, Texas.

Carter, ranked fourth in the Golfweek Senior Amateur rankings, said he didn’t know what to expect after a problem with his foot caused him to finish T-72 at last ...

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Categories: Senior, Ron Gaines
The No. 1 hole at PGA West at La Quinta in Palm Springs.
The No. 1 hole at PGA West at La Quinta in Palm Springs.

Golfweek’s 2014 Senior Amateur Championship

  • When: April 13-15
  • Where: PGA West, La Quinta, Calif., Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course
  • Registration: Open through April 5 (click here to register) or until the field is full.
  • Of note: This is a Golfweek 1000-point event and a certified World Amateur Golf Ranking tournament.

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Golfweek takes its second national ranking tournament of 2014 to PGA West, where senior Doug Pool and super-senior Ted Smith will try to defend their 2013 titles. The 54-hole event will feature two rounds on the Stadium Course and one round on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. The Stadium ...

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Julie Williams
Walt Martin finished 2013 ranked No. 2 in Golfweek's super senior rankings.
Walt Martin finished 2013 ranked No. 2 in Golfweek's super senior rankings.

A distinct foursome emerged from Gulfport (Miss.) High School in the late 1950s. All these years later, Walt Martin will tell you that he’s the least notable member of that group. Then you get to know Martin, and you realize that it’s a statement born of pure modesty.

Martin, a 73-year-old Navy veteran, spent the better part of his career hauling golf clubs from U.S. coast to coast, to Hawaii and, as a young man, to Southeast Asia and back. That dedication was born in Gulfport.

Martin began in the game by taking a short iron down ...

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Categories: Senior, Julie Williams
Ashlan Ramsey, left, and Doug Hanzel were co-winners of the 2014 Tommy Barnes Award.
Ashlan Ramsey, left, and Doug Hanzel were co-winners of the 2014 Tommy Barnes Award.

Ashlan Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., and Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., were recently named co-winners of the Tommy Barnes Award during a luncheon held at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta.

The award given annually by the Georgia State Golf Association, is named after Georgia’s legendary golfer, Tommy Barnes, and presented to the GSGA’s player(s) of the year.

Ramsey, who joined the Golfweek staff as a player blogger for the 2013-14 college golf season, finished the year as both the GSGA’s Women’s and Girl’s Player of the Year.

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PGA West, site of the Golfweek Senior Amateur.
PGA West, site of the Golfweek Senior Amateur.

The Golfweek Senior Amateur schedule, consisting of Golfweek national ranking tournaments, is listed below with contact information and point values.

Contact Ron Gaines at rgaines@golfweek.com with questions or updates.

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January

Jan. 4-6: Old Corkscrew Senior Invitational, Old Corkscrew GC, Estero, FL.

(Scores: Seniors | SS | Legends)

  • Mark Iwinski – General Manager
  • miwinski@oldcorkscrew.com
  • 239-949-4700
  • 800 Points

Jan. 8-10: Gateway Invitational, Gateway Golf and CC, Ft. Myers, FL

(Scores: Seniors | SS)

  • Brian Hart – Golf Professional
  • golfpro@gatewaygcc.com
  • 239-561-1014 or 239-561-1010
  • 800 Points

Jan. 12-14: Kingsway Senior Invitational, Kingsway GC, Lake Suzy, FL

(Scores: Seniors | SS | Legends)

  • Jimmy Karr – Head ...

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Categories: Senior
James Achenbach

PINEHURST, N.C. – Few things are more incompatible in tournament golf than a dumb golfer with a smartphone.

Smartphones once again are front and center in golf, thanks to an announcement Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association that distance-measuring devices will be allowed in all USGA amateur championships. These devices will remain forbidden in the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and their respective qualifying events.

The provision takes effect immediately, meaning that competitors in the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women's Amateur and all other 2014 USGA amateur championships can carry ...

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Bill Zimmerman

Distance-measuring devices such as laser rangefinders will be permitted for use during R&A amateur events this year, the organization's Championship Committee announced Monday.

"It will not be introduced for The Open Championship or any qualifying event for The Open Championship," the R&A said in its statement, adding that the committee is not intending for the change to serve as a recommendation for other tournament organizers.

The Championship Committee is exercising the option under a local rule that has been in effect since 2006.

Naturally, players were quick to react via their Twitter accounts – even if they aren ...

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Julie Williams
In the Super Senior Division of the Golfweek Senior National Championship, Jim Rollefson won with a 6-over 216 total for a  four-shot victory.
In the Super Senior Division of the Golfweek Senior National Championship, Jim Rollefson won with a 6-over 216 total for a four-shot victory.

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. – The biggest challenge during the final round of the Golfweek Senior National Championship was staying warm. As temperatures hovered in the 40s and the wind swirled on Jan. 18, the final round at Saddlebrook Resort became a story of enduring the elements.

In the Senior division, Stephen Sharpe, of Greensboro, N.C., moved out of a tie with Hal Wright to win the outright title. Sharpe bookended a 1-under 69 with rounds of 6-over 76. After turning in 1-over 36 in the final round, Sharpe struggled to keep his game together on the way into the clubhouse ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Top Stories
Brentley Romine

Robert Hess, a veterinarian from Winter Park, Fla., and Roger Dean, a used-car dealer from Ormond Beach, Fla., pulled an upset Sunday to win the senior-division title at the Southern States Four-Ball.

The pair defeated the duo of 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel and former PGA Tour player Buzz Fly at the Old Trail Course at Jonathan's Landing in Jupiter, Fla. Hess sank a 9-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole after both teams completed regulation at 9-under 135.

Mike Weeks of Jupiter and Scott Wilson of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won the mid-amateur division ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior, Top Stories
Bill Zimmerman
USGA golf
USGA golf

As of Wednesday, all clubs used by competitors in USGA amateur championships and qualifying events must employ grooves that conform to the association's 2010 rule change. The USGA, therefore, also announced resources to help players comply.

USGA representatives are being made available to test clubs or answer questions, the organization wrote on its website. Players can begin at www.usga.org/grooves for more information. From there, they can consult a club database that allows players to check whether their make and model of club has been ruled as conforming. The USGA also plans a page of frequently asked ...

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No. 4 at Saddlebrook Resort (Palmer course)
No. 4 at Saddlebrook Resort (Palmer course)

Golfweek takes its first national ranking tournament of 2014 to Saddlebrook Resort where Bill Zylstra and Bob Howe will try to defend their 2013 titles. The 54-hole event will be contested on the Saddlebrook course, which was designed by Arnold Palmer. This lush 6,564-yard par-70 layout will transport you back in time to the Florida of the Conquistadores.

The fairways are framed by towering cypress trees filled with Spanish moss while white faced bunkers protect the landing areas. The Saddlebrook course will be a challenge, offering a wide range of shot-making opportunities to the top senior amateur golfers in ...

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December 15, 2013 | 9:27 p.m.

Hanzel wins senior title at Dixie Amateur

2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel is among those set to compete in the senior portion of the Dixie Amateur.
2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel is among those set to compete in the senior portion of the Dixie Amateur.

Doug Hanzel won the senior-division title of the 83rd Dixie Amateur at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla., posting a 5-under 211 total. Finishing in second was his longtime friend, Jack Hall, who posted a three-day total of 213.

Hanzel, who is a critical care Pulmonology specialist from Savannah, Ga., is the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion.

“Practice golf or practice medicine,” said Hanzel with a laugh after becoming the low amateur at the 2013 U.S. Senior Open. “I’d like to play more golf but I have a full time job.”

Hanzel, who held the ...

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Sam Till Jr. during his win in the 2013 Golfweek Senior Tour Championship at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Sam Till Jr. during his win in the 2013 Golfweek Senior Tour Championship at PGA National Resort & Spa.

Sam Till Jr. of Ft. Wayne, Ind., scored a come-from-behind victory in the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after carding rounds of 74-73-72 for a 220 total.

Till, who started the day tied for second, needed a final-round 72 to give him a one-shot victory over fellow Hoosier Bob Stephens. Stephens, from Indianapolis, finished alone in second after rounds of 74-74-73.

"I didn't know what to expect from my game this week," Till said after his round. "I've tried to get out and play a little in Indiana but ...

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December 4, 2013 | 10:07 a.m.

Antoniou leads Golfweek Senior Tour Championship

Vance Antoniou has a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Vance Antoniou has a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – After posting rounds of 72-73 for a 145 total, Vance Antoniou has a three-shot lead entering the final round of the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Tied for second after posting 36-hole totals of 148 are Bob Stephens (74-74), of Indianapolis, Sam Till Jr. (75-73) of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Peter Van Ingen (73-75) of New York, N.Y.

Antoniou, of North Barrington, Ill., and currently ranked No. 33 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur Rankings, has played nearly flawless golf in less-than-ideal conditions.

Competitors played through rain showers in ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Ron Gaines

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