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

Doug Hanzel takes USGA Senior Amateur title

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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