Bemowski Wins Sr Amateur


LOS ANGELES -- Mark Bemowski coasted to a 4-and-3 victory over Greg Reynolds on Thursday to win the USGA Senior Amateur at Bel-Air Country Club.
'When I became a senior, I thought I had a chance to win this,' said Bemowski. 'What a thrill to win a USGA championship. It's the pinnacle.'
Bemowski had confronted Reynolds before, in the final of the 2002 championship when Reynolds was the victor. This time around it was the 58-year-old Bemowski who came out on top.
'It's just amazing that we would have the opportunity to meet again,' he said. 'And then, for me to have the match that I did, I'm really thrilled.'
Bemowski jumped out of the gate and put Reynolds in a hole by winning each of his first three holes. Reynolds answered with a win at the fourth, but Bemowski parred the fifth to regain a 3-up lead.
Bemowski then birdied two in a row from the seventh to take a 5-up lead on the outward half.
'He just played beautifully on the front side and I wasn't able to match his good play,' said Reynolds. 'I had a few chances on a couple of holes if I could just have gotten a few putts to drop.'
Facing an incredible deficit, Reynolds battled back with wins at the 10th and the 12th but it was just a matter of time before Bemowski sealed the deal. Reynolds fell 4-down again after he bogeyed the 14th and Bemowski won the match with a par at the very next hole.
The Senior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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