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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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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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Paul Simson (file photo)
Paul Simson (file photo)

The final round of the Lupton will be a duel between two of the nation’s top senior amateurs: Paul Simson and Doug Hanzel.

The Lupton Memorial uses the stableford scoring system, which rewards golfers based on positive results. A double bogey results in zero points, a bogey equals one, par is two, birdie gets three and eagle is worth four points.

Simpson, the current U.S. Senior Amateur champion, has a two-round total of 71 points to keep him one point ahead of Hanzel, who posted a total of 70 points for two rounds.

Hanzel, the 2012 Lupton Memorial ...

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Paul Simson (file photo)
Paul Simson (file photo)

After the first round of the John T. Lupton Memorial, Paul Simson is in a familiar position.

Simson, the only player in history to hold the British, Canadian and American senior amateur titles in the same year, totaled 35 points Saturday to take the lead at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.

The Lupton Memorial is made up of 54 of the world’s top senior amateur golfers, including Chip Lutz, Mike Jenkins and Ron Carter. Currently all three sit in a tie for second place with 32 points each.

Lutz, winner of the 2011 ans '12 British Senior Amateurs ...

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Doug Pool
Doug Pool

Colby Harwell charged from the back of the pack with the low round of the final day to claim the eighth annual Carlton Woods Invitational at The Woodlands, Texas, in a playoff over second-round leader Randy Lance.

Harwell shot 2-under 70 to come from three shots down on the back nine. Lance lipped out the potential winning putt on the final hole. Robert Funk and Nicolas Cristea just missed the playoff when both players made bogey on the last hole.

In the senior division, Mike Booker opened the final round looking for his third consecutive championship, but Doug Pool had ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Senior, Top Stories
April 28, 2013 | 2:04 p.m.

Kraus, Weworski take four-ball title

Golfweek Staff

Results from the 22nd Women's Trans Senior Four-Ball Championship, held April 23-25 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz:

Champions

Andrea Kraus (Baltimore, Md.), Corey Weworski (Carlsbad, Calif.): 66-62-68–196

Flight 1

Kim Eaton (Tempe, Ariz.), Liz Waynick (Scottsdale, Ariz.): 68-68-69–205*

Lisa Schlesinger (Laytonsville, Md.), Mimi Hoffman (Springfield, Va.): 65-70-70–205*

Jennie Robinson (La Quinta, Calif.), Mina Hardin (La Quinta, Calif.): 71-67-68–206

Flight 2

Jeanne Lallensack (Oro Valley, Ariz.), Mary Fink (Scottsdale, Ariz.): 72-74-74–220*

Christie Austin (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), Cindy Pallatino (Scottsdale, Ariz.): 73-72-75–220

Bev Hoffenberg (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Nancy Ziereis (Centennial, Colo.): 73-74-74 ...

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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