Tallent, Norton reach U.S. Senior Amateur final


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Patrick Tallent and Bryan Norton each won two matches Wednesday in the U.S. Senior Amateur to advance to the final at Big Canyon.

The 61-year-old Tallent, from Vienna, Virginia, beat Michael Turner of Sherman Oaks, California, 6 and 5 in the quarterfinals and topped Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill, South Carolina, 3 and 1 in the semifinals.

Tallent survived a 15-for-13 playoff Monday to advance to match play in the event for players 55 and older. He played basketball at George Washington and was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1976.

Norton, a 55-year-old reinstated amateur from Overland Park, Kansas, beat Peter Wegmann of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2 and 1 in the quarterfinals and edged Randal Lewis of Alma, Michigan, 2 and 1 in the semifinals.

Norton was the runner-up in the 2003 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship after having to concede because of a calf injury. The former Oral Roberts player won the Kansas Amateur in 1980, 2002 and 2014.

In the other quarterfinals, Cloninger beat Frank Dial of Auburn, Alabama, 3 and 2, and Lewis topped Jack Hall of Savannah, Georgia, 2 and 1.