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James Achenbach
Brothers Louis Lee (left) and Stan Lee.
Brothers Louis Lee (left) and Stan Lee.

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – It wasn’t so long ago that spectators wondered out loud when the first reinstated amateur would win the USGA Senior Amateur.

In the 1980s, reinstated amateurs already were flexing their muscles in national competition. When reinstated amateur Stewart "Buddy" Alexander won the U.S. Amateur in 1986, it didn’t really surprise anyone.

But the Senior Amateur seemed different. These were retired laborers and businessmen, right? Senior amateur competition seemed to be a mulligan for these golf lovers, who were ready to play after a lifetime of work.

In 1999, former pro Gary Menzel of ...

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James Achenbach
Jim Holtgrieve lost to Gerardo Ramirez Tuesday at the USGA Senior Amateur.
Jim Holtgrieve lost to Gerardo Ramirez Tuesday at the USGA Senior Amateur.

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – Gerardo Ramirez, known to his friends as Harry, was probably the happiest golfer in New Jersey after scoring a 2-and-1 victory over medalist Jim Holtgrieve, the U.S. Walker Cup captain, in the second round of the USGA Senior Amateur.

Ramirez, sitting in the locker room at Mountain Ridge Country Club, looked up at the ceiling as if to thank the lord of birdies. “Wow, what a match," he said. "What a great match.”

After 10 holes, Ramirez was 3 down. He won five of the next seven holes against a man who shot 68-68 in ...

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Categories: Amateur, Senior, Top Stories
James Achenbach
Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – The bigger they are, the louder they crash.

Here at Mountain Ridge Country Club, everybody seemed to be talking about the fall of Chip Lutz in the first round of match play in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. Lutz, widely recognized as the top senior amateur golfer in the world, ended up Monday on the short end of a 1-up victory by Jim Knoll of Sunnyvale, Calif.

Lutz ran into the 'Big 60s,' as in the 60-year-old Knoll and his amazing 60-degree wedge.

The match had a spectacular finish. The 57-year-old Lutz, who lives in Reading ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
James Achenbach
Mountain Ridge Country Club
Mountain Ridge Country Club

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. - Age is continually being redefined in golf. Older players are performing like young men. Just look at this year’s USGA Senior Amateur here at Mountain Ridge Country Club.

Mark Bemowski, who owns a remarkable senior amateur career, is 66. When the Mukwonago, Wisc., golfer concluded 36-hole qualifying Sunday, he stood at 140 with scores of 69 and 71. His only bogeys in the second round came on 3-putts. Bemowski, who has won the Senior Amateur once and been runner-up twice, remains a ballstriking marvel.

And he isn’t the only one. Mike Rice of Houston ...

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Categories: Senior
September 16, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.

Golfweek/Wilson Senior and Super Senior Schedule

Golfweek Staff

Points are not listed for the four January 2013 events because a point format change is under consideration. All four events will continue to have equal point values. There will likely be a January Swing Bonus Pool again. Details to follow and more tournaments will be added to the schedule when dates are firm.

The Committee may add or remove tournaments based on their qualifications. No tournament has ever been removed.

The Committee reserves the right to adjust point allocations when justified by size and/or strength of the field.

Please contact Bruce Stephen at bstephen@golfweek.com with any ...

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Categories: Senior
August 12, 2012 | 8 p.m.

Select company

Alistair Tait
Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Chip Lutz during the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Chip Lutz joined select company when he successfully defended the British Seniors Amateur Championship at Machynys Peninsula in Wales. He became only the third man to record back-to back victories.

The 57-year-old from Pennsylvania joins legendary Scotsman Charlie Green and Ron White as the only players to win consecutive championships. Lutz finished runner-up two years ago, won at Royal Portrush last year and then saved his best for last in Wales.

Lutz, who finished low amateur in this year’s British Senior Open Championship at Turnberry, entered the final round a stroke behind three-time winner Paul Simson after scores of ...

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Categories: Senior, Top Stories
July 18, 2012 | 7:52 p.m.

'The apex'

Ron Balicki
Tim Jackson, Paul Simson and Phillip Simson at the Hall of Fame dinner honoring the elder Simson.
Tim Jackson, Paul Simson and Phillip Simson at the Hall of Fame dinner honoring the elder Simson.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - In his opening remark while receiving his latest golfing honor, Paul Simson said, “This is really the apex for me in my (amateur) career.”

Considering everything the Raleigh, N.C., resident has done over his long and storied career in the amateur game, that was a pretty strong statement.

It came this past Tuesday night on the eve of the 106th Southern Amateur Championship when Simson was inducted into the Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame during dinner ceremonies at Chenal Country Club.

“What a wonderful honor,” he said. “It’s very, very special.”

One reason: The ...

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July 13, 2012 | 7:33 p.m.

One in Ten

James Achenbach
Lance Ten Broeck
Lance Ten Broeck

LAKE ORION, Mich. – Lance Ten Broeck, the 56-year-old journeyman who leads the U.S. Senior Open at the midway point, is a classic underdog.

He played in 349 PGA Tour events without winning. He has no exempt status on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.

He is a full-time professional caddie, paid to carry a big, heavy bag while someone else swings the clubs from that bag.

If we were watching David vs. Goliath, Ten Broeck would be David. With one arm tied behind his back.

If we were watching a movie, he would be Forrest Gump, undersized but stubbornly ready to ...

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July 11, 2012 | 1:25 p.m.

Making an impression

Ron Balicki
Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson

The cities change. The golf courses change. Even some of the players change.

For Tim Jackson, it doesn’t seem to matter. There’s just something about the U.S. Senior Open that brings out some of the best for this highly respected amateur.

He’s hoping that will continue this week when he competes in his fourth USGA championship at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.

From the time he became age eligible for this event in 2009, the 53-year-old Jackson has made it his top priority on his playing schedule.

“This week, for me, is my ...

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Golfweek Staff

Paul Simson outlasted Emile Vaughan in a sudden-death playoff June 22 to walk away with the National Senior Hall of Fame Trophy. Simson also won this event in 2010.

Simson, of Raleigh, N.C., finished regulation at 2-under 216, which left him tied with Vaughan. The pair returned to the High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek Course and played the par-4 18th. Simson made par to escape with the victory.

Simson also won the Crane Cup Senior earlier this year, and will be inducted into the Southern Golf Hall of Fame next month. He won the Canadian Senior and ...

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Categories: Senior
January 24, 2012 | 1:46 p.m.

Golfweek Senior Players of the Year

Golfweek Staff

Meet Golfweek's Players of the Year for 2011:

SENIOR DIVISION

Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. – 6,550 points

  • Second consecutive POY. Won both years he was eligible.
  • Won eight of the nine points events in which he played.
  • Only loss was in the semi-finals of USGA Senior Amateur.
  • Won the British and Canadian Senior Amateurs.

Ron Carter, Monticello, Ind. – 5,454 points

  • Won the Porter Cup and the Dixie Senior.
  • Qualified for U.S. Senior Open.
  • Finished in the top 10 in nine of 14 point events played

Bill Zylstra, Plymouth, Mich. – 5, points

  • Won the Riverwood, the Moot Thomas ...

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Categories: Senior
January 24, 2012 | 1:08 p.m.

Pfeil earns comeback win at Golfweek Senior

Golfweek Staff

Dick Pfeil shot a dominating final-round, bogey-free 66 to overcome a first-round 81 and win the senior division of the Golfweek Senior National Championship at Waterlefe Golf & River Club in Sarasota, Fla. His total of 218 was five better than Kelly Roberts of London, Ontario, and Vance Antoniou, who resides in North Barrington, Ill.

Pfeil was 10 shots behind when the final round began, but when second-round leader Antoniou faltered, Pfeil's nearly blemish-free golf gave him a comfortable win. In the last round of the Gateway Senior Invitational just eight days earlier, the Lake Geneva, Wis., native shot a ...

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Categories: Senior
January 17, 2012 | 11:30 a.m.

Pfeil, Smith win Gateway titles on postcard day

Golfweek Staff
Ted Smith won the super senior title at the Gateway Invitational, his second super senior title in 2012.
Ted Smith won the super senior title at the Gateway Invitational, his second super senior title in 2012.

FT. MYERS, Fla. – For the first time in three years, the Gateway Senior Invitational, a January Swing event, was blessed with warm, sunny weather and little wind. In prime final-round conditions, Richard Pfeil shot a 9-under 63 for an 8-under 208 total that set new course and tournament records. Pfeil won the senior division by eight shots over Bill Zylstra of Plymouth, Mich., and nine over Tom Case of Naples, Fla.

The super senior competition was more of a horse race as 12 players were within three shots of the lead entering the final round. Edward Craig of Orlando, Fla ...

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Categories: Senior
January 9, 2012 | 2:49 p.m.

Carter wins Old Corkscrew Senior

Golfweek Staff

ESTERO, Fla. - Ron Carter won the Old Corkscrew Senior Championship’s senior division with a par on the third hole of a playoff with fellow Indiana player Sam Till Jr. Both finished at 229 after 54 holes. Michigan’s Bill Zylstra was third at 231.

Ted Smith, another Indiana resident, was the super senior champion with a three-round total of 234. Fred Silver, and another Hoosier Jerry Caplinger, tied for second at 238.

Unseasonably cold weather (temperatures dropped into the high 30s) and wind gusts of up to 30 mph caused the scores to soar at the Jack Nicklaus Signature ...

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Categories: Senior
December 11, 2011 | 10:58 a.m.

Carter wins Dixie Amateur Seniors title

Golfweek Staff

Ron Carter of Monticello, Ind., fired a final-round, 2-under 70 to win the 15th annual the Dixie Amateur Seniors Division tournament, clearing Bob Stephens of Indianapolis, Ind., by one stroke at the Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.

Carter replaces Rick Woulfe as the tournament champ, after Woulfe won the Dixie Seniors the last three years and six times since 2000. Woulfe finished fourth, three shots behind Carter.

Dick Anderson of Bluffton, S.C., was third, two shots off the pace.

Carter, 61, has won both the Society of Seniors Championship in 2010 and also won the Senior ...

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