Lutz Leads The Way At Water-Logged Senior Amateur September 20, 2013 By Jeff Altstadter, USGA

Chip Lutz, seen here playing in last year’s Senior Amateur, was the only golfer to better par among the morning wave on Saturday at Wade Hampton Golf Club. (USGA/Fred Vuich)

CASHIERS, N.C. – Strong rain and windy conditions caused a delay of stroke-play qualifying on Saturday at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship.

Weather conditions caused the suspension of play at 2:38 p.m. EDT, and were sustained enough to prevent the resumption of the round.

We received just under 2 inches of rain over the course of the day and felt it was in the best interest of the championship to suspend play, said the USGA’s Greg Sanfilippo, director of the championship. We waited as long as possible for the rain to subside and for the course conditions to warrant a resumption of play, but unfortunately we were unable to continue.

All 78 golfers from the morning wave completed their rounds, and all 78 players in the afternoon wave began their rounds prior to the suspension.

Chip Lutz, a 58-year-old from Reading, Pa., is atop the leaderboard with a 3-under-par 69, three strokes better than anyone in the morning wave.

I am pretty pleased, said Lutz, a Senior Amateur semifinalist in 2010 and 2011. It was a tough day. It was really difficult. The wind was picking up and changing directions. We got a different volume of rain as we went. It would come on and then off. We got about seven holes in to get started. It was reasonably clear, just gusty wind. Then it got harder from there on in. Fortunately I have played in enough rain and wind that I tend to have a good flight pattern for these types of conditions.

Buzz Fly, 58, of Memphis, Tenn., and Jack Hall, 56, of Sea Island, Ga., carded even-par 72s and joined Lutz as the only three competitors to post par or better among the morning wave.

At our age, if you haven’t played in [rainy conditions] before, you haven’t played much golf, said Hall, who is competing in his first Senior Amateur after qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open earlier this summer. It was a consistent rain. I still think we probably had the advantage teeing off early today.

Defending champion Paul Simson, 62, of Raleigh, N.C., was able to complete his rain-soaked round prior to the suspension of play.

I am pretty pleased with a 73. I lost a shot on the last hole, but all in all pleased. I don’t think the scores are going to be very low at all. I think 73 is going to put me into pretty good shape for tomorrow.  

Provided the weather cooperates, first-round play will wrap up Sunday morning, with the remaining 78 players scheduled to resume their first rounds at 7:50 a.m. EDT.

The second and final round of stroke-play qualifying will begin Sunday at 11:20 a.m., likely spilling over into Monday. Following the second round, the low 64 scorers will advance to match play, which is scheduled to begin on Monday. The 18-hole final is scheduled for Thursday.

Jeff Altstadter is a manager of media relations for the USGA. Email him at jaltstadter@usga.org. USGA senior staff writer David Shefter contributed to this story.

CASHIERS, N.C. – Partial results from Saturday’s first round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2013 USGA Senior Amateur, being conducted at the 6,842-yard, par-72 Wade Hampton Golf Club. Note: Due to weather issues only 78 of the 156 golfers have not completed the first round. First round to resume at 7:50 a.m. EDT on Sunday.

Chip Lutz, Reading, Pa. - 33-36--69

Buzz Fly, Memphis, Tenn. - 34-38--72

Jack Hall, Sea Island, Ga. - 35-37--72

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. - 37-36--73

Rick Cloninger, Fort Mill, S.C. - 36-37--73

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. - 36-38--74

Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - 36-39--75

Mike Booker, The Woodlands, Texas - 37-39--76

Mike Poe, Athens, Tenn. - 37-39--76

Craig Calkins, Manhattan Beach, Calif. - 39-37--76

Michael Mercier, Juno Beach, Fla. - 37-39--76

Don Erickson III, Dubois, Pa. - 36-40--76

Mickey Jones, Odessa, Texas - 35-41--76

Carl Ho, Honolulu, Hawaii - 37-40--77

George Marucci Jr., Villanova, Pa. - 37-40--77

John Long, Centreville, Va. - 38-39--77

Ken Palladino, Dunedin, Fla. - 38-39--77

Robert Valerio, Hawthorne, Calif. - 42-35--77

Don Donatoni, Malvern, Pa. - 38-39--77

James Dunn, Collinsville, Ill. - 40-38--78

Stan Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. - 35-43--78

Tom Norton, Muscatine, Iowa - 40-38--78

Jim Shindler, Milwaukie, Ore. - 37-41--78

Thomas Dicinti, Voorhees, N.J. - 41-37--78

David Zeid, Redding, Conn. - 38-40--78

Neil Spitalny, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 39-39--78

Keith Waters, Raleigh, N.C. - 36-43--79

Scott Sullivan, Grand Junction, Colo. - 38-41--79

Gay McMichael, Macon, Ga. - 39-40--79

Terry Foreman, Antioch, Calif. - 41-38--79

Mike Raymond, Jackson, Mich. - 38-41--79

Bob Kain, Gates Mills, Ohio - 41-38--79

Randal Lewis, Alma, Mich. - 42-37--79

Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill. - 41-38--79

Jim Gallagher, Charlotte, N.C. - 39-40--79

Michael Kelly, Odenton, Md. - 42-37--79

Robert Parmar, Fairhope, Ala. - 39-41--80

Mark Knutson, Eden Prairie, Minn. - 41-39--80

Steve Golliher, Knoxville, Tenn. - 39-41--80

Mike Peck, Irving, Texas - 41-39--80

Allan Small, Florham Park, N.J. - 42-38--80

Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. - 40-40--80

John Montross, Reno, Nev. - 38-42--80

Mills Brown, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 41-40--81

David Pohlmann, Louisville, Ky. - 41-40--81

Mark Wagner, Statesville, N.C. - 38-43--81

Joe Walker, Dennis, Mass. - 37-44--81

Neil Kopinski, Sarasota, Fla. - 41-40--81

Ronald Vannelli, Edison, N.J. - 42-39--81

Philip Moulton, Ivins, Utah - 39-42--81

Walter Himelsbaugh, Leesburg, Fla. - 43-39--82

David Jacobsen, Portland, Ore. - 36-46--82

Kevin King, Bluffton, S.C. - 40-42--82

Mark Burden, Atlanta, Ga. - 41-41--82

Martin West, Rockville, Md. - 40-42--82

Mike Rice, Houston, Texas - 42-40--82

James Hegarty, Grand Rapids, Mich. - 38-45--83

David Vlasic, Valparaiso, Ind. - 37-46--83

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 44-39--83

Steve Melnyk, Jacksonville, Fla. - 39-45--84

William Heffernan, Dover, Mass. - 41-43--84

Stephen Macgeorge, Shoreline, Wash. - 41-43--84

Hamp Andrews, Daphne, Ala. - 38-46--84

Craig Stein, Moorhead, Minn. - 41-43--84

David Pulk, Williamsburg, Va. - 42-43--85

Steven Poseler, Gibsonburg, Ohio - 44-41--85

David Lind, Burr Ridge, Ill. - 46-40--86

Craig Ling, Monterey, Calif. - 40-46--86

Gregory Brooking, Natchez, Miss. - 42-44--86

Gregory Hetzer, San Pedro, Calif. - 43-43--86

Dan Mueller, Kenosha, Wis. - 41-46--87

Ross McCaskill, Little Rock, Ark. - 44-44--88

Richard Areddy, Aurora, Ohio - 42-48--90

Bruce Cadwell, Boise, Idaho - 48-44--92

Dick Satterfield, Cincinnati, Ohio - 41-53--94

Mike Pierce, Houston, Texas - 44-53--97

Randy Couch, Ft Worth, Texas - WD-WD--WD

Bob Rickman, North Augusta, S.C. - WD-WD--WD

Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

Andrew Congdon, Great Barrington, Mass. - NC-NC--NC

Tom Schultz, Trinidad, Colo. - NC-NC--NC

Kip Estep, Rockwall, Texas - NC-NC--NC

Steve Sabatini, La Quinta, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

David Schultz, Canada - NC-NC--NC

Chuck Davis, Tampa, Fla. - NC-NC--NC

Steve Schiro, Signal Hill, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

Michael O'Connor, Benton Harbor, Mich. - NC-NC--NC

Mike Greer, Birmingham, Ala. - NC-NC--NC

Mark Macejko, Vass, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

Edward Steiber, Cincinnati, Ohio - NC-NC--NC

Kimble Cater, Salinas, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

Michael Hughett, Owasso, Okla. - NC-NC--NC

Steven Poulson, Bountiful, Utah - NC-NC--NC

Hill Adams, Katy, Texas - NC-NC--NC

Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. - NC-NC--NC

Brian Johnston, Duluth, Ga. - NC-NC--NC

Louis Lee, Heber Springs, Ark. - NC-NC--NC

Harry Ramirez, San Antonio, Texas - NC-NC--NC

Peter Wegmann, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla. - NC-NC--NC

Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind. - NC-NC--NC

Bev Hargraves, Helena, Ark. - NC-NC--NC

Cyrus Whitney, Oro Valley, Ariz. - NC-NC--NC

Bob Ammon, Waco, Texas - NC-NC--NC

Tim Dinwiddie, Afton, Tenn. - NC-NC--NC

James Gallagher, Yorktown, Va. - NC-NC--NC

Joe Davis, Gastonia, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

Jim Rollefson, Franklin, Wis. - NC-NC--NC

Daniel Arvanitis, Manchester, N.H. - NC-NC--NC

Bradford Kroll, Charlotte, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

Neil Vanleeuwen, Tarpon Springs, Fla. - NC-NC--NC

Albert Johnson Jr., Lawton, Okla. - NC-NC--NC

Curt Knorr, Dunwoody, Ga. - NC-NC--NC

Bob Stephens, Indianapolis, Ind. - NC-NC--NC

Don Detweiler, Raleigh, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

Barry Flaer, Adamstown, Md. - NC-NC--NC

Kent Frandsen, Lebanon, Ind. - NC-NC--NC

Peach Reynolds, Austin, Texas - NC-NC--NC

Russ Perry, Winston Salem, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

David Holmes, Sutton, Mass. - NC-NC--NC

Steve Rogers, Bowling Green, Ky. - NC-NC--NC

David Nelson, Reno, Nev. - NC-NC--NC

Harry Johnson, Vail, Colo. - NC-NC--NC

Ray Thompson, Drexel Hill, Pa. - NC-NC--NC

Hal Wright, Shreveport, La. - NC-NC--NC

Casey Boyns, Monterey, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

Jon Tingley, Flemington, N.J. - NC-NC--NC

Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. - NC-NC--NC

George Waterhouse, Jackson, Wyo. - NC-NC--NC

Jay Blumenfeld, Parsippany, N.J. - NC-NC--NC

Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. - NC-NC--NC

Walter Odiorne, Columbia, S.C. - NC-NC--NC

Buck Baumann, Fremont, Ohio - NC-NC--NC

Ted Warner, Greeley, Colo. - NC-NC--NC

Rich Gleghorn, Santa Cruz, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

Dave Kempner, Ann Arbor, Mich. - NC-NC--NC

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. - NC-NC--NC

Mike Krumland, Columbus, Neb. - NC-NC--NC

Steven Ford, Trappe, Md. - NC-NC--NC

Michael Dooner, Havana, Fla. - NC-NC--NC

Pat O'Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore. - NC-NC--NC

Larry Daniels, Seattle, Wash. - NC-NC--NC

Michael Turner, Sherman Oaks, Calif. - NC-NC--NC

Jim Craffey, Franklin Lakes, N.J. - NC-NC--NC

Gudmund Lindbjerg, Canada - NC-NC--NC

Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro, N.C. - NC-NC--NC

Marshall Uchida, Honolulu, Hawaii - NC-NC--NC

David Szewczul, Farmington, Conn. - NC-NC--NC

James Lehman, Minnetonka, Minn. - NC-NC--NC

Henry Coffman, Mansfield, Texas - NC-NC--NC

Bill Leonard, Dallas, Ga. - NC-NC--NC

Jeff Wiltse, Bemidji, Minn. - NC-NC--NC

Paul Schlachter, Pittsburgh, Pa. - NC-NC--NC

Mark Tolson, Lafayette, La. - NC-NC--NC

Rusty Brown, Phoenix, Ariz. - NC-NC--NC

David Delich, Colorado Springs, Colo. - NC-NC--NC

Peter Sherwin, Cape Coral, Fla. - NC-NC--NC