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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.

South Florida is home to one of the oldest and largest amateur tournaments in the nation, the Dixie Amateur. The Dixie, as it’s often called, was first contested in 1924, and boasts a list of winners that reads like a who’s-who of professional golf.

“This year we’ll have about 220 players in the men’s division, another 110 women and 90 seniors,” said tournament director Ben Derauf.

“It’s a very solid international field with more than 10 countries being represented this year.”

The 83rd Dixie Amateur will begin Dec. 13-15 with the senior portion at Heron ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior, Women, Top Stories
October 28, 2013 | 2:10 p.m.

Golfweek's 2013-14 senior amateur schedule

No. 9 at Saddlebrook
No. 9 at Saddlebrook

Golfweek’s 2013-14 senior amateur tournament schedule is complete. The lineup includes an April return to PGA West that will feature two rounds on the Stadium Course and one on the Nicklaus course. Mark these dates on your calendar:

Dec. 2-4, 2013, Golfweek Senior Tour Championship – 1000 pts.

PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Join us as Golfweek honors John W. Harrigan, past Society of Seniors executive secretary, as the 2013 Yancey Ford Award recipient.

With 1000 points up for grabs, anyone near the top of the rankings has a chance to walk away with player-of-the-year honors. The ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories

Dr. Mark Gulyas maintains a private practice in Clinton Township, Mich., and has worked with many top athletes and sports teams. He specializes in sports-related injuries and prevention.

Golf might not be a contact sport – I’ve never heard of a flagrant foul or high-sticking penalty being assessed on the sixth hole – but injuries still can occur while playing golf.

Contrary to what most television viewers might think, golf is a physically demanding sport. Core flexibility and stamina are crucial in maintaining the distance we tend to lose as we age.

The lack of a proper warm-up regimen during the ...

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Categories: Senior
October 25, 2013 | 1:02 p.m.

Preview: Golfweek Senior Tour Championship

The seventh green at PGA National's Fazio Course.
The seventh green at PGA National's Fazio Course.

A look at the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship:

When: December 2-4, 2013

Where: PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - Fazio course

Register: www.golfweekevents.com

Yancey Ford Award: The 2013 Yancey Ford Award will be presented to John W. Harrigan at the luncheon on Dec. 4, 2013, following the final round of play. Harrigan, the retiring Executive Secretary of the Society of Seniors, will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to senior amateur golf.

Defending champions: Robert Parmar (Senior); Pete McDade (Super Senior)

Of note: Palm Beach Gardens, home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic and the ...

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Categories: Senior, Ron Gaines, Top Stories
October 24, 2013 | 8:59 a.m.

John W. Harrigan wins 2013 Yancey Ford Award

John W. Harrigan, 2013 Yancey Ford Award winner, is known for service to senior and state golf associations.
John W. Harrigan, 2013 Yancey Ford Award winner, is known for service to senior and state golf associations.

John W. Harrigan has been named the 2013 Yancey Ford Award winner. The award is annually presented by Golfweek to an individual who has made significant contributions to senior amateur golf.

"I'm humbled to receive this award," Harrigan said. "I can think of ten people who I feel deserve it more that I; it's an honor to even be considered."

Harrigan took up the game as a 12-year-old in Waterloo, Iowa, before moving with his parents to St. Paul, Minn. There he started caddying at Stillwater Country Club and White Bear Yacht Club.

"I was urged to become ...

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September 26, 2013 | 4:32 p.m.

Doug Hanzel takes USGA Senior Amateur title

Golfweek Staff
Doug Hanzel
Doug Hanzel

Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., defeated Pat O'Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore., 4 and 2, Thursday to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.

It was the first U.S. Golf Association title for Hanzel, 56, who was a semifinalist last year in his first USGA Senior Amateur. In 2012, he became the first player in USGA history to make match play in the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur in the same year. He also was the low amateur at the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Senior ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior
September 26, 2013 | 12:56 p.m.

Hanzel, O'Donnell advance to U.S. Senior final

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Doug Hanzel
Doug Hanzel

Douglas Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., will square off against Pat O'Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore., in this afternoon's final of the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.

Hanzel took early control of his morning match against Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa., and defeated this week's stroke-play medalist, 3 and 2. Hanzel made back-to-back birdies on the par-3 third and par-5 fourth holes for a 2-up lead. He then made consecutive birdies on Nos. 8 and 9, both par-4 holes, for a 4-up lead at the turn. Lutz got the margin ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior, Top Stories
September 25, 2013 | 8:21 p.m.

Port, Cohn advance to USGA Senior Women's final

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Ellen Port
Ellen Port

Defending champion Ellen Port is one step closer to a second consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship title.

Port, who has five USGA titles, defeated Marilyn Hardy, 6 and 4, in the quarterfinals Wednesday at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. In the afternoon, Port scored a 4-and-3 victory over Mary Jane Hiestand.

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, will face Susan Cohn in the 18-hole championship match tomorrow.

Cohn, playing in her first USGA Senior Amateur, scored a 4-and-3 victory in the semifinals over Caryn Wilson. Earlier in the day, Cohn defeated Corey Weworski in 20 holes ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Women
Golfweek Staff
Chip Lutz
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 ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Top Stories
September 24, 2013 | 10:45 p.m.

Lutz advances to quarters at USGA Senior Am

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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 ...

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Golfweek Staff
Ellen Port
Ellen Port

Defending champion Ellen Port won two matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, defeated Patty Moore, 4 and 3, in the round of 32 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Port then eliminated Lisa McGill, 6 and 5, in the round of 16. With each match, Port has played fewer holes – 17 in first match, 15 in second match and 13 in third match.

Stroke-play medalist Akemi Nakata, playing her first Senior Women’s Amateur, was eliminated in the second round by McGill, 1 up ...

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Golfweek Staff
Ellen Port
Ellen Port

Stroke-play medalist Akemi Khaiat and defending champion Ellen Port advanced through the first round of match play at the 52nd USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

Khaiat, playing in her first Senior Women’s Amateur, downed Ellie Layton, 5 and 4, in the opening round. Khaiat shot 3-over 147 (72-75) to take stroke play by one shot over Mina Hardin, the 2010 Senior Women’s Amateur champion.

“At the beginning, because of nerves, I wasn’t swinging well,” said Khaiat, a property investor who lives in Los Angeles and holds Japanese citizenship. “But at ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Women
September 24, 2013 | 11:21 a.m.

Medalist Chip Lutz advances at Senior Amateur

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Chip Lutz
Chip Lutz

Chip Lutz already owns two British Senior Open Amateur and two Canadian Senior Amateur titles, winning the international events in 2011 and 2012 and narrowly missing three-peats this year. Now he is playing very much like he wants one in his own country.

After winning stroke-play qualifying by seven shots Sunday at the USGA Senior Amateur with a 6-under 138 -- his first medalist honor in a U.S. Golf Association championship -- Lutz's roll continued in the first round of match play Monday at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C. The Reading, Pa., native defeated Mike Peck of ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior
September 6, 2013 | 5:09 p.m.

Two N.C. playing partners ace same hole

Jimmy Armadoros (from left) watched as playing partners Les Morris and Tom Pucci aced the same hole at Elk River Club in North Carolina.
Jimmy Armadoros (from left) watched as playing partners Les Morris and Tom Pucci aced the same hole at Elk River Club in North Carolina.

By Andy Zunz

Golfweek.com

Jimmy Armadoros, Les Morris and Tom Pucci walked toward the hidden, uphill green of Elk River Club’s No. 12 with little notion of what was awaiting them.

The trio approached the 120-yard par-3 tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina thinking that Armadoros had stuck his shot closest.

He was close, but not quite enough.

“I thought I hit it short and the other fellow was in the left rough. It’s an uphill hole so we can’t see anything,” Pucci said. “I said to Jimmy Armadoros, ‘Yours has to be ...

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Categories: Senior, Teeing Off, Top Stories
Chip Lutz
Chip Lutz

Canadian David Schultz of Calgary, Alberta and American Jay Blumenfeld of Parsippany, N.J., share the lead heading into the final round of the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at the Briars Golf Club in Sutton West, Ontario.

On a day when everyone took a step forward, Chip Lutz, the second-round leader, took a step backward. He opened the door for the new leaders after posting a 4-over 75 on Thursday that included a double- and triple-bogey.

Schultz, playing alongside Lutz, took his share of the lead by rolling in three-straight birdies on Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to get ...

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Categories: Senior, Ron Gaines

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