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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

Golfweek Staff
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
Ron Gaines
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
Ron Gaines
Chip Lutz
Chip Lutz

After the second round of the Canadian Senior Amateur Championship, Chip Lutz is half-way toward becoming only the third player in history to win the title three years in a row.

Who can blame Chip Lutz for loving his transition from mid-amateur to senior competition? Since celebrating his 55th birthday back in 2010, Lutz has been either near or at the top of the senior amateur rankings.

Currently ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, Lutz continues to prove that he is a dominating force in senior amateur golf.

Survive and advance is the mantra of Lutz who continued his solid play ...

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Ron Gaines
Chip Lutz
Chip Lutz

Chip Lutz prevailed on day one of the Canadian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship after posting an opening round of 4-under par 67.

Lutz sits alone at the top of the leaderboard, with his hopes of a hat-trick still intact and a one-shot lead over David Schultz of Calgary, Alberta.

Entering the championship as the highest ranked player on Golfweek’s Senior Amateur Rankings at No. 2, Lutz, carded an opening round 33-34, making 67 his lowest score in a major championship this year.

After getting off to a rocky start on Tuesday afternoon by missing an 18-inch par putt ...

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Ron Gaines
Chip Lutz after successfully defending his Canadian Men's Senior Championship in 2012.
Chip Lutz after successfully defending his Canadian Men's Senior Championship in 2012.

American senior golfing standout Chip Lutz, of Reading, Pa. (No. 2 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur Rankings), starts his quest for a hat trick when he tees off in the Canadian Men's Senior Championship at the Briars Golf Club in Sutton West, Ontario.

If Lutz successfully defends his title again, he will join Canadian golfing legends Nick Weslock and Bob Wylie as the only players winning the championship three consecutive years.

The Briars Golf Club, located on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe in Jackson's Point, less than an hour from Toronto, is a 6,347-yard, par-71 Stanley ...

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Ron Gaines
The 15th hole at Pinehurst No. 8.
The 15th hole at Pinehurst No. 8.

Golf is a game of opposites, as shown by the emotions of Pat Thompson as he posted a 5-under par total of 209 to win the 62nd Senior North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort on Thursday.

"This is huge," Thompson said of winning at Pinehurst. His name will be emblazoned on the Perpetual Wall with the past winners of the historic amateur championship.

"I've vacationed here and I've played other tournaments here, and I'd always look at all the awards," said Thompson, of Asheville, N.C. "I'd daydream of being one of the guys who had won the North & South. It's a dream come true."

After being disappointed that he failed to qualify for the U.S. Senior Amateur earlier this year, Thompson, ". . . decided right then and there that I'd play golf to have fun. Whether I won a tournament or finished 16th, I'd just go out and enjoy it."

Thompson's new outlook on the game faced a serious challenge on the 14th hole of Pinehurst No. 5 in the final round. Tied with 27th ranked Emile Vaughan of Pike Road, Ala., with just four holes to play, a loud noise from a nearby home distracted Thompson in the middle of his stroke; he missed a 14-inch putt for par on the 511-yard par-5.

"I flinched, and all of a sudden I was down a stroke," Thompson said. "I could've kicked it in with my shoe."

With his new attitude, however, Thompson rallied, making a birdie on top of Vaughan's at the 15th hole before regaining a share of the lead with another birdie on the 17th. Vaughan went on to bogey ...

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Ron Gaines
George Zahringer
George Zahringer

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George Zahringer, from New York, won the British Senior Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club after posting rounds of 69-75-74 for a 218 total. His one-stroke victory over fellow American Tom Brandes gave Zahringer his first international victory.

Zahringer, a 10-time Player of the Year recipient from the Metropolitan Golf Association, also won the 2002 US Mid-Amateur and competed on the victorious 2003 Walker Team.

Garth McGimpsey from Bangor, County Down, who was the non-playing captain of the 2003 Walker Cup Team for Great Britain and Ireland, shot rounds of 71-72-77 for a 220 total, to finish ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Ron Gaines
Golfweek Staff

American Patrick Tallent and Englishman Garth McGimpsey, the former Walker Cup captain for Great Britain and Ireland, survived a day of high scores to share the 36-hole lead at the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Tallent, of Vienna, Va., shot 2-over 73, and McGimpsey's 1-over 72 tied for the day's best round, leaving them tied at 1-over 143 as scores soared along the Scottish coast. George Zahringer of New York shot 4-over 75 and was a shot back in third at 2-over 144, but his first-round co-leader, fellow American Brady Exber wasn ...

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Ron Gaines
George Zahringer during the first round of the 2013 Senior Open Amateur at Royal Aberdeen.
George Zahringer during the first round of the 2013 Senior Open Amateur at Royal Aberdeen.

Heading into the first round of the Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen, Chip Lutz, the 58-year-old from Reading, Pa., was trying to etch his name alongside Charles Green as only the second player in history to win the title three years in a row.

After carding an opening round of 70 that included five birdies, he sits in a three-way tie for third on a leaderboard dominated at the top by Americans.

Americans George Zahringer and Brady Exber posted opening round 69s to share the lead. Zahringer, a 60 year old stock broker from New York, was the ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior
Golfweek Staff
Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.

A quartet of Americans – including two-time defending champion Chip Lutz – and an Italian occupy the top five positions after one round of the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Brady Exber of Las Vegas and George Zahringer of New York are tied for first place at 2-under 69, followed by Lutz of Reading, Pa., Patrick Tallent of Vienna, Va., and Federico Lang of Italy at 1-under 70.

Lutz, of Reading, Pa., won the title at Royal Portrush in Ireland in 2011 and at Machynys Peninsula in Wales last year.

Rick Cloninger during the 2013 Chanticleer Senior Invitational in Greenville, S.C.
Rick Cloninger during the 2013 Chanticleer Senior Invitational in Greenville, S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill, S.C., won the Chanticleer Senior Invitational, finishing the 54-hole event with a 1-over 223 on the Chanticleer course at Greenville (S.C.) Country Club.

Cloninger shot a final-round 73 to move from fifth to first on the final day of the tournament. With the victory, which comes in only his second national event of the year, Cloninger move from No. 72 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur rankings into the top 30.

Starting out seven shots behind second-round leader Matt Grandy, Cloninger’s final-round 73 was enough to give him a one-shot ...

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May 27, 2013 | 5:26 p.m.

Preview: Chanticleer Senior Invitational

Along with birdies and eagles, southern charm and tradition will be at the top of the leaderboard as top senior amateurs visit Greenville, S.C., for the Chanticleer Senior Invitational.

The 54-hole Golfweek-ranked event set to begin May 29 will be contested at Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones. The course is No. 146 on the Golfweek's Best modern list.

Rees Jones, responsible for Chanticleer’s 2002 renovation said, “Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course will be an excellent venue for a national senior invitational.

“Although Chanticleer contains some strong, demanding ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
Paul Simson (file photo)
Paul Simson (file photo)

Paul Simson, the reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion, went wire-to-wire in winning the senior division of the Lupton Memorial.

Simson, from Raleigh, N.C., took top honors by defeating Doug Hanzel, the defending Lupton Memorial Champion.

Simson and Hanzel, who were tied after 54 holes, went to a sudden-death playoff and Simson dropped a birdie on the second playoff hole to pick up the win. It was Simson's fourth John T. Lupton Memorial Senior title.

In the super senior division, Don Kuehn from Kansas City, Mo., took the victory by defeating defending champion Don Marsh.

Kuehn, who had ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories