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Doug Pool
Doug Pool

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Doug Pool defended his title by winning the Senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur by a stroke at PGA West.

The Las Vegas resident had a three-round total of 216 to beat runner up Jeff Burda from Modesto, Calif. Pool dropped shots at Nos. 3, 4, 7, and 17 – including a double bogey on the fourth – but had enough birdies on his card to make his even par round of 72 enough for victory.

Pool, known for his consistent play, said his game around the greens helped considerably.

"I didn't have my "A" game overall ...

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Ted Smith is pulling away in the super senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur.
Ted Smith is pulling away in the super senior division of the Golfweek Senior Amateur.

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Ted Smith from Wilkinson, Ind., took advantage of perfect scoring conditions in Round 2 of the Golfweek Senior Amateur and put up a 2-under 70 at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course. Smith, the top-ranked player in Golfweek’s Super Senior Rankings, leads the super-senior division (ages 65-69) of the 54-hole event.

Smith didn’t start playing golf until he was 33. Still, he says he is playing the most consistent golf of his life. The 67-year-old was 3 under after six holes and didn’t let up. He carded five birdies to go with three bogeys ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
Doug Pool shot a first-round 71 at the Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West's Stadium Course.
Doug Pool shot a first-round 71 at the Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West's Stadium Course.

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Doug Pool and Jeff Burda entered the Golfweek Senior Amateur at PGA West as the hottest players in the field. After the first round, they control the top of the leaderboard at the famed Stadium Course.

Pool, from Las Vegas, posted a 1-under 71 on a calm, 97-degree day on the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course, which is No. 7 among Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in California.

Pool played a nearly flawless round, stayed patient and took advantage of the calm conditions. He had four birdies and three bogeys, continuing his consistent play from last ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
February 11, 2013 | 10:54 a.m.

Call out for ‘Local Legends’

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

Golfweek wants to hear about golfers with impressive amateur records on the state and local scene. Several will be highlighted in our annual Amateur Issue on May 10.

Send nominations with brief credentials to news@golfweek.com or fax to 407-563-7077 (Attn.: Local Legends) by March 2. Please include name, address and contact information for the nominee.

Categories: Amateur, Senior
Alistair Tait

Scottish golf has lost a true legend with the death of Charlie Green, who has died of cancer at age 80.

Green arguably was the best amateur ever to come out of the Home of Golf. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, in 1932, Green played in five Walker Cups from 1963 to '73, captained the side in 1983 and '85, won three Scottish Amateur Championships, six British Senior Amateur Championships and won the silver medal as leading amateur in the 1962 Open Championship at Troon.

Cardross Golf Club west of Glasgow was Green’s home club for most of his life ...

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Categories: Men, Senior
January 18, 2013 | 3:05 p.m.

Zylstra claims Golfweek Senior Amateur title

Golfweek Staff
Bill Zylstra won the Golfweek Senior National Championship, and also won the January Swing on the senior amateur circuit.
Bill Zylstra won the Golfweek Senior National Championship, and also won the January Swing on the senior amateur circuit.

Bill Zylstra is on a roll so far in 2013. By winning the Golfweek Senior National Championship victory on Friday, the 61-year-old claimed his third ranked senior amateur event this year.

Zylstra, a Michigan native who winters in Ocklawaha, Fla., shot a final-round 2-over 74 at Mission Inn Resort’s Las Colinas course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., on Friday. He prevailed in cold weather, outpacing Richard Pfeil to win the championship at 2-under 214 for 54 holes.

Zylstra and Pfeil, who ended 2012 atop Golfweek’s Senior Rankings, began the day tied for the top spot, and with a seven-shot lead ...

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Categories: Senior
Golfweek Staff
Dick Pfeil, winner of the Gateway Senior and the Golfweek National Championship.
Dick Pfeil, winner of the Gateway Senior and the Golfweek National Championship.

A final-round duel between two of the country’s top senior amateurs is set for Friday at the Golfweek Senior National Championship. Richard Pfeil of Naples, Fla., and Bill Zylstra of Ocklawaha, Fla., are tied atop the leaderboard entering the final round at Mission Inn’s Las Colinas course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Zylstra, who already has won the Old Corkscrew Senior Invitational and the Gateway Senior Invitational in 2013, took the first-round lead with a 5-under 67. Playing in the same group as Pfeil on Thursday, Zylstra backed up to a 1-over 73. He had five bogeys and four birdies ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior
Golfweek Staff

Not much keeps Bill Zylstra down. The 61-year-old recently had a small tumor removed from his back but his golf game never took a hit. Zylstra shot a 5-under 67 in Wednesday’s first round of the Golfweek Senior Amateur. He leads by two shots.

Zylstra’s round at Mission Inn Resort’s Las Colinas course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., included seven birdies and two bogeys. Zylstra, of Ocklawaha, Fla., leads Richard Pfeil, Golfweek’s top-ranked senior from 2012. Zylstra and Pfeil, of Naples, Fla., will go head-to-head in Round 2. Pfeil’s first-round 69 contained no bogeys.

So far in ...

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Categories: Senior
January 7, 2013 | 2:18 p.m.

2013 Senior Amateur competition schedule

January

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

• National Senior-Junior Championship, Jan. 7-9, Dye Preserve, Jupiter, FL

• Gateway Invitational, Jan. 8-10, Gateway Golf and Country Club, Fort Myers, FL

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

• Golfweek Senior National Championship, Jan. 16 - 18, Mission Inn - Las Colinas Course, Howey in the Hills, FL

• • •

February

• Florida International 4-ball, Feb. 15 - 17, The Fox Club, Palm City, FL

• Gasparilla Invitational, Feb. 22 - 24, Palma Cela Country Club, Tampa, FL

• Tutwiler 4-Ball, Feb. 26 - 28, Lake Jovita CC, Dade City, FL

• • •

March

• Jones Cup Senior Invitational ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior
Ron Balicki
Paul Simson (file photo)
Paul Simson (file photo)

It comes as little surprise that the bulk of the top storylines in 2012 were produced by the top four players in the Golfweek/Wilson Senior Amateur Rankings. Time and again, this quartet made their way to the winner’s circle within the senior amateur circuit, not to mention making a bit of noise against their younger counterparts in both amateur and professional competitions.

Chip Lutz, 57, of Reading, Pa., was in the news not only for what he did, but what he didn’t do. For the second consecutive year, Lutz captured both the British Senior Amateur and Canadian ...

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December 4, 2012 | 5:29 p.m.

Parmar wins Golfweek Senior Tour Championship

Golfweek Staff
Robert Parmar
Robert Parmar

Robert Parmar finished four shots clear of the next closest pursuer on Dec. 3 to win the Golfweek Senior Tour Championship. Parmar, of Fairhope, Ala., closed with 2-under 70 at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., and finished 54 holes at 1-under 215.

Parmar’s final round was colorful. His card included six birdies, but also four bogeys. In Round 2, when Parmar shot his best round of the week, a 3-under 69, he made only two bogeys back-to-back at Nos. 3 and 4. He had five birdies coming in, and finished the tournament at 3-over 219.

Ron Carter ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
October 9, 2012 | 9:28 a.m.

Longtime amateur golfer John Owens dead at 85

Johnny Owens, who won more than 100 amateur golf tournaments and was co-founder of the Society of Seniors, died Oct. 7 in Lexington, Ky. He was 85.

Owens was an accountant by trade, but it was the numbers he put on his scorecard that set him apart. His top victory came at the 1984 British Senior Amateur. He also won the Canadian Amateur, consecutive Kentucky State Amateurs in the mid-1960s and was easily the top amateur in that state's history. He played in the 1964 Masters and two U.S. Opens (1952 and ’61).

Owens, along with fellow top ...

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Categories: Men, Senior
James Achenbach
Paul Simson (file photo)
Paul Simson (file photo)

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – What you get with Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., is an unimposing guy who looks like somebody snatched him off a bar stool and deposited him onto a golf course.

On appearance alone, the 61-year-old Simson will never be fingered as a great athlete. Yet, because of his consistency and longevity, he is without question one of the best amateur golfers ever. With his victory Thursday in the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur – a 4-and-3 triumph over Curtis Skinner of Lake Bluff, Ill. – Simson further enhanced his stature in golf history.

From the U.S. Junior ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
James Achenbach
2011 USGA Senior Amateur champion Louis Lee
2011 USGA Senior Amateur champion Louis Lee

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – The defending USGA Senior Amateur champion went down in flames Wednesday, putting like a man with Crooked Aim Disease and losing in the quarterfinal round of match play.

“I didn’t make a putt all day,” said 2011 winner Louis Lee of Heber Springs, Ark., who won his first three matches here at Mountain Ridge Country Club before falling to Jim Knoll of Sunnyvale, Calif. “I just didn’t have it today, and Jim made some key shots.”

If the putting gods were against Lee, they smiled on Knoll, who sank a 48-foot birdie putt on ...

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James Achenbach
Paul Simson
Paul Simson

West Caldwell, N.J. – Paul Simson has played in 55 USGA championships during his long career, but few rounds have been as satisfying as the one he experienced Wednesday afternoon in the semifinal round of the USGA Senior Amateur.

Simson, 61, made five birdies, one eagle and 10 pars at Mountain Ridge Country Club in a 3 & 2 victory over Jim Knoll, 60. “It was smokin’ out there,” said Simson, 7-under-par for 16 holes.

Indeed. These were legitimate scores, not match-play concessions. Simson, the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur champion who is seeking his second title, was on fire.

So was ...

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