Richardson Advances in Senior Amateur

RSS

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- Kemp Richardson, the only remaining former champion in the field, won two matches Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the USGA Senior Amateur.
 
Richardson, the 2001 champion, beat Jim Lipe, of Shreveport, La., 4 and 3 in the second round and Beecher Metzger, of Venice, Fla., 3 and 2 in the third round.
 
'It's a long day, especially when you are walking the place,' said Richardson, a stockbroker from Laguna Niguel, Calif. 'But I played well. I'm driving it well.'
 
Edward Craig, of Orlando, Fla., defeated Bill Ploeger, of Columbus, Ga., the 1999 champion and 2001 runner-up, 1 up in the third round.
 
Craig, a small jet pilot, won three of the first four holes and never trailed.
 
'I knew I had to start out quickly because his reputation precedes him,' Craig said of Ploeger.
 
Bob Hullender, the 1994 runner-up from San Antonio, Texas, defeated 2002 runner-up Mark Bemowski, of Mukwonago, Wis. in the third round.
 
Hullender, a retired Air Force general, was 4 up through seven holes and then lost five of the next seven holes to birdies by Bemowski.
 
Hullender birdied 16 and 17 to retake the lead. He drained a long birdie putt on 18, while Bemowski missed a 4-footer for eagle.
 
Others advancing to Wednesday's quarterfinalists were: Frank Abbott, of Napa, Calif.; David Boesel, of Winter Park, Fla.; Sam Farlow, of Birmingham, Ala.; third-seeded Bruce Richards, of Bellevue, Wash.; and 2003 British Senior Amateur champion Roy Smethurst, of England.
 
The semifinals will also be played Wednesday at the 6,914-yard Virginian Golf Club. The final is Thursday.