Cadle Takes Medalist Honors at Senior Am

By Golf Channel NewsroomSeptember 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
USGAJoe Cadle shot a second-round of 70 at the Norwood Hills Country Club to finish at even-par 142, which was good enough to earn medalist honors in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship.
Cadle, a 60-year-old automobile dealer from Wichita Falls, Tex., leads a field of 63 other senior golfers who will advance into the remaining match play portion of the event.
The cutoff point came with E. Thomas Jung, who made it at 14-over-par 156.
Cadle recently won the Texas State Amateur title, and showed that he was not yet done with his fine play, as he rattled off five birdies to offset two double-bogies on the day.
After his round, he summed up the prevailing feelings of golfers competing in this event.
I cant tell you how much fun it is to play tournament golf at this age, said Cadle, who only started playing competitively at age 55. What else can we do at this age, except maybe go bowling.
Therell be no bowling for the remainder of this week for Cadle if he can help it ' he would like to be around on Thursday, when the championship match commences.
So too would all the advancing golfers, for that matter.
At 2-over 144, Mark Bemonski of Mukwonago, Wis. ended the stroke play portion of the event in outright second behind Cadle. Behind him was Kemp Richardson and Gary Menzel, who each shot 3-over 145 for the two days.
Theyll all be playing Monday, when match play begins.
*The following players advanced into match play at the U.S. Senior Amateur, played at the par-71 Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.:
Joe Cadle, Wichita Falls, Texas, 72-70--142
Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 71-73--144
Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 69-76--145
Gary Menzel, Milwaukee, Wis., 71-74--145
Bill Ploeger, Columbus, Ga., 77-70--147
Robert Kulp, Winston-Salem, N.C., 72-75--147
Vinny Giles III, Richmond, Va., 77-71--148
Joel Hirsch, Chicago, Ill., 73-75--148
Van Salmans, Chicago, Ill., 75-74--149
Chuck Renner, Phoenix, Ariz., 73-76--149
Don Taylor, Bluffton, S.C., 74-75--149
Elston Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill., 76-73--149
Al Everett, Cumming, Ga., 73-76--149
Ron Ramsey, San Diego, Calif., 76-73--149
Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla., 77-73--150
Dick Iverson, Lake Oswego, Ore., 77-73--150
John Esterbrook, Francootown, N.H., 75-75--150
Thomas Miller, Wichita Falls, Texas, 75-75--150
Mike Rice, Houston, Texas, 75-75--150
Earle Smith, Mesa, Ariz., 72-78--150
Dick Van Leuvan, Roswell, Ga., 77-73--150
Marc Delzer, Brookfield, Wis., 72-78--150
Peter Green, Franklin, Mich., 74-76--150
Mike Riley, San Diego, Calif., 73-77--150
Ted Lyford, Redlands, Calif., 77-74--151
Jay Pierson, Shreveport, La., 75-76--151
Mills Rendell, Winnetka, Ill., 77-74--151
J David Carroll, Napa, Calif., 79-72--151
Michael Davis, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 76-75--151
John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich., 73-78--151
Michael Sanger, Hydes, Md., 76-75--151
Joseph D Cantrell, Louisville, Ky., 74-78--152
Clifford Davis, Suisun, Calif., 79-73--152
Alex Antonio, Bentleyville, Ohio, 73-79--152
Cliff Cunningham, Monroe, N.C., 77-75--152
Bill Baloh, Herminie, Pa., 74-78--152
Jack Forbes, Morgantown, W.Va., 76-77--153
Bill Gundersen, Renton, Wash., 76-77--153
Chaney Ferrell, Piscataway, N.J., 76-77--153
Dave Sergeant, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 76-77--153
Richard Blooston, Edina, Minn., 77-76--153
Jim McMurtrey, Fair Oaks, Calif., 75-78--153
Robert Heaton, Antioch, Calif., 78-75--153
William Liberato, Madison, Tenn., 80-73--153
Ronald Brewer, Leawood, Kan., 79-74--153
Don Lucas, Valrico, Fla., 81-73--154
Charles Persinger, Poca, W.Va., 82-72--154
Woody Greene, Columbia, S.C., 79-75--154
Jack Vardaman, Washington, D.C., 74-80--154
Stuart Iliffe, Coral Gables, Fla., 77-77--154
Richard Hanington, Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., 76-79--155
Tom Hadley, Hendersonville, N.C., 79-76--155
Stephen Rose, New York, N.Y., 75-80--155
Allen Sharpe, Monterey, Calif., 75-80--155
James Colman, St Joseph, Mo., 79-77--156
Roger Null, Wentzville, Mo., 76-80--156
Tom Mattox, Humble, Texas, 79-77--156
O Gordon Brewer, Pine Valley, N.J., 76-80--156
Gene Ackerman, Elk Grove, Calif., 80-76--156
Lenwood Ladd, Methuen, Mass., 77-79--156
Gene Parr, Crystal, Minn., 77-79--156
Denny Alexander, Fort Worth, Texas, 78-78--156
Jerry Ellis, Oklahoma City, Okla., 80-76--156
E Thomas Jung, Chicago, Ill., 79-77--156
*Failed to Advance:
Dave Hellman, Mission Viejo, Calif., 80-77--157
Tom Jones, Valley Head, Ala., 76-81--157
Robert Weaver, Memphis, Tenn., 80-77--157
Todd Lusk, Baton Rouge, La., 79-78--157
Bill Predmore, Houston, Texas, 75-82--157
David Watson, Sarasota, Fla., 76-81--157
Alan Bouchard, Falmouth, Maine, 75-82--157
Larry Walsh, Buda, Texas, 75-82--157
Craig Carlisle, Trophy Club, Texas, 78-79--157
Lank Larson, Fargo, N.D., 76-81--157
Jim Bianco, West Des Moines, Iowa, 77-81--158
Phil Saylor, Johnstown, Pa., 82-76--158
James Gillespie, Maryville, Tenn., 74-84--158
Terry Bushman, Omaha, Neb., 77-81--158
Wyn Norwood, Little Rock, Ark., 80-78--158
Bill Morrison, Lake Oswego, Ore., 80-79--159
Marshall Gleason, Foster City, Calif., 76-83--159
Charles McClaskey, Elkton, Md., 83-76--159
Jere Ayers, Spring Island, S.C., 82-77--159
Rusty Napier, Valrico, Fla., 77-82--159
Van Lee Jr, Bastrop, La., 77-82--159
Jamie Frazier, Winnsboro, S.C., 78-82--160
Dick Weigold, Torrington, Conn., 83-77--160
Charles Hill Jr, Shawnee, Okla., 83-77--160
Cobby Ware, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 79-81--160
John Stepinksy, Irwin, Pa., 78-82--160
Bruce Seligman, Albuquerque, N.M., 80-80--160
Mickey Gallagher, Groton, N.Y., 82-78--160
Jack Maher, Marstons Mills, Mass., 83-77--160
Joseph Schmidt, Arlington Heights, Ill., 78-82--160
Art Hull, Mansfield, Texas, 82-78--160
Bill Becker, Arlington Heights, Ill., 80-81--161
David Bennett, Mableton, Ga., 85-76--161
Jack Jordan, Monticello, Ark., 80-81--161
Jim Applegate, Palm City, Fla., 83-78--161
Preston Davis, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 78-83--161
Frank Sutton, Irving, Texas, 77-84--161
Joseph DeVita, Newburgh, N.Y., 82-80--162
Jeff Belfore, New Albany, Ohio, 78-84--162
Robert Ferrel, Linville, N.C., 81-81--162
Thomas Barnes Jr, Duluth, Ga., 80-82--162
Thomas Mahoney, Long Beach, Calif., 82-80--162
John Glover, Atlanta, Ga., 79-83--162
Michael Hopson, Lufkin, Texas, 78-84--162
Jarrett Kling, Radnor, Pa., 78-84--162
Allen Price, Decatur, Ill., 83-79--162
Paul Evans, Duxbury, Mass., 76-86--162
Peter Smith, Niles, Mich., 84-79--163
Don Leedom, Centerville, Ohio, 80-83--163
Nick Onofrio, Wichita, Kan., 79-84--163
Robert Kolb, St Louis, Mo., 79-84--163
Larry Lang, Sparks, Nev., 84-79--163
Josiah Bartlett, Lincoln, Vt., 78-85--163
Tony Reboton, Fremont, Calif., 82-81--163
Robert Laflen, Houston, Texas, 80-83--163
Jim Kuhn, Middleburg, Fla., 80-83--163
Grant Maples Jr, Golden, Colo., 80-83--163
Gerry Ferguson, Lexington, N.C., 77-86--163
Jesse Scott, Phoenix, Ariz., 81-82--163
Ray Maidment, Saline, Mich., 82-82--164
Roy Renfro, Festus, Mo., 82-82--164
John Partain, Bristol, Tenn., 84-80--164
Robert Lewis Jr, Pepper Pike, Ohio, 82-82--164
Jim Haynie, North Wales, Pa., 81-83--164
Stephen Smith, Mt Pleasant, S.C., 85-79--164
Boyd Johnson, Statesboro, Ga., 81-84--165
Denny Straley, Milford, Ohio, 85-80--165
Jerry Rogers, Decatur, Ill., 81-84--165
Bruce Richards, Bellevue, Wash., 83-82--165
James Kite, Wolftown, Va., 79-86--165
Edward Craig, Orlando, Fla., 82-83--165
Norm Miller, Portola, Calif., 80-85--165
Larry Novinger, Millersburg, Pa., 87-78--165
Don Dodgen, Scottsdale, Ariz., 82-83--165
Michael Kukes, Birmingham, Mich., 83-82--165
Ron Russo, Ocala, Fla., 77-89--166
Robert Metro, Cleveland, Ohio, 83-85--168
Bill Maloy, North Canton, Ohio, 88-80--168
Robert Sanford, Memphis, Tenn., 85-84--169
Edward Carens, Natick, Mass., 84-85--169
Roy Burklow, Ft Worth, Texas, 84-85--169
Barry Potter, Aventura, Fla., 82-87--169
Herb Weber, Tucson, Ariz., 83-87--170
Larry Pate, Lakewood, Colo., 86-84--170
Wayne Schroeder, Chesterfield, Mo., 88-83--171
Richard Sieradzki, Aiea, Hawaii, 84-87--171
Terry Graham Garbett, Suffern, N.Y., 89-83--172
Jim Steck, New Berlin, Wis., 84-89--173
Jim Gary, Lewisville, Texas, 86-87--173
Michael Rosinski, The Woodlands, Texas, 86-95--181
Urquit Morris, Charleston, S.C., 78-WD--WD
H Andy Wall, Tyler, Texas, 78-WD--WD
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Davies wins by 10 on 'best ball-striking round'

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 1:53 am

WHEATON, Ill. - Laura Davies immediately recognized the significance of having her name inscribed on the first U.S. Senior Women's Open trophy.

It might be a long time before anyone secures the title as emphatically as Davies did.

Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday's final round of the inaugural USGA championship for women 50 and older, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.

''It's great seeing this (trophy) paraded down for the very first time and I get my name on it first, you know?'' Davies said. ''This championship will be played for many years and there will only be one first winner - obviously a proud moment for me to win that.''

The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club.

It was the English player's 85th career win, and she felt the pressure even though her lead was rarely in danger.

''I haven't won for eight years - my last win was India, 2010,'' Davies said. ''So that's the pressure you're playing under, when you're trying to do something for yourself, prove to yourself you can still win.

''So this ranks highly up there. And obviously it's a USGA event. It's hard comparing tournaments, but this is very high on my list of achievements.''

A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster and what she said would be a sleepless night worrying about the pressure.

Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Women’s Open

The World Golf Hall of Famer widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey. Davies said a par she salvaged at the 10th was another turning point.

''It wasn't the greatest hole I ever played, but I think that, to me, was when I really started to think I might have one hand on the trophy and just had to get the other one in there.''

Inkster shot an even-par 73. England's Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back.

''I mean, she was absolutely spectacular this week,'' Johnson said about Davies. ''I've played against her for 35 years. Yesterday was the best I have ever seen her play in her entire career.

''She just said walking down 18 it was best ball-striking round she ever had. Considering she's won 85 tournaments, that's quite some feat.''

Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth. Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298.

Davies plans to play in the Women's British Open next month, and called this win a confidence-booster as she continues to compete against the younger generation. She finished tied for second at the LPGA's Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year.

''You build up a little bit of momentum, and a golf course is a golf course,'' Davies said. ''Sometimes the field strength is a little bit different, but in your own mind if you've done something like this, 16 under for four rounds around a proper championship course, it can't do anything but fill you full of confidence.''

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Romo rallies to win American Century Championship

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 12:42 am

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday.

Romo, who retired after the 2016 NFL season and is now an NFL analyst, had 27 points on the day to beat three-time defending champion Mark Mulder and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, the the leader after the first two rounds.

''It's a special win,'' said Romo, who had finished second three times in seven previous trips to the annual celebrity golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. ''It feels like you're playing a tournament back home here. The day felt good for a lot of reasons.''

Romo tapped in for par, worth one point, on the 18th hole to finish with 71 points, three ahead of Mulder, the former major league pitcher. He then caught a flight to Berlin, Wis., where he was to compete in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament on Monday.

The American Century Championship uses a modified Stableford scoring system which rewards points for eagles (six), birdies (three) and pars (one) and deducts points (two) for double bogeys or worse. Bogeys are worth zero points.

Pavelski had a 7-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th that could have tied Romo, but it slid by. He finished with 66 points, tied for third with Ray Allen, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7.

Full-field scores from the American Century Championship

''It feels like nothing went in for me today,'' Pavelski said. ''But I couldn't ask for more than to have that putt to tie on the last hole.''

Romo plays as an amateur, so his $125,000 first-place check from the $600,000 purse will go to local charities and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, the primary charitable arm of title sponsor American Century Investments.

Rounding out the top five were Trent Dilfer, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, and former tennis player Mardy Fish. Each had 62 points.

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, who fell out of contention with a mediocre round Saturday, jumped into Lake Tahoe amidst much fanfare after losing a bet to his father, Dell. The elder Curry jumped into the lake last year, so he negotiated a 20-point handicap and won by two points.

Other notable players in the 92-player field included John Smoltz, the MLB hall of Fame pitcher who two weeks ago competed in the U.S. Senior Open and finished 10th here with 53 points; Steph Curry, who finished tied for 11th with retired Marine and wounded war hero Andrew Bachelder (50); actor Jack Wagner (16th, 47 points); Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (tied for 18th, 44 points); actor Ray Romano (tied for 71st, minus-26 points); comedian Larry the Cable Guy (tied for 77th, minus-33 points); and former NBA great Charles Barkley, who finished alone in last with minus-93 points.

The tournament drew 57,097 fans for the week, setting an attendance record for the fourth straight year.

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Singh tops Maggert in playoff for first senior major

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 12:10 am

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. - Vijay Singh birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jeff Maggert and win the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Sunday.

Singh knocked in a putt from about 2 feet after a nearly perfect approach on the 18th hole at Exmoor Country Club, giving an understated fist pump as the ball fell in. That gave him his first major title on the PGA Tour Champions to go with victories at the Masters and two PGA Championships.

Singh (67) and Maggert (68) finished at 20-under 268. Brandt Jobe (66) was two strokes behind, while Jerry Kelly (64) and defending champion Scott McCarron (71) finished at 17 under.

Maggert had chances to win in regulation and on the first playoff hole.

He bogeyed the par-4 16th to fall into a tie with Singh at 20 under and missed potential winning birdie putts at the end of regulation and on the first playoff hole.

His 15-footer on the 72nd hole rolled wide, forcing the playoff, and a downhill 12-footer on the same green went just past the edge.

Full-field scores from the Constellation Energy Senior Players

The 55-year-old Singh made some neat par saves to get into the playoff.

His tee shot on 17 landed near the trees to the right of the fairway, and his approach on 18 wound up in a bunker. But the big Fijian blasted to within a few feet to match Maggert's par.

McCarron - tied with Maggert and Bart Bryant for the lead through three rounds - was trying to join Arnold Palmer and Bernhard Langer as the only back-to-back winners of this major. He came back from a six-shot deficit to win at Caves Valley near Baltimore last year and got off to a good start on Sunday.

He birdied the first two holes to reach 18 under. But bogeys on the par-4 seventh and ninth holes knocked him off the lead. His tee shot on No. 7 rolled into a hole at the base of a tree and forced him to take an unplayable lie.

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Davies a fitting winner of inaugural USGA championship

By Randall MellJuly 15, 2018, 11:26 pm

Laura Davies confessed she did not sleep well on a five-shot lead Saturday night at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

It’s all you needed to know about what this inaugural event meant to the women who were part of the history being made at Chicago Golf Club.

The week was more than a parade of memories the game’s greats created playing in the USGA’s long-awaited showcase for women ages 50 and beyond.

The week was more than nostalgic. 

It was a chance to make another meaningful mark on the game.

In the end, Davies relished seeing the mark she made in her runaway, 10-shot victory. She could see it in the familiar etchings on the trophy she hoisted.

“I get my name on it first,” Davies said. “This championship will be played for many years, and there will only be one first winner. Obviously, quite a proud moment for me to win that.”

Really, all 120 players in the field made their marks at Chicago Golf Club. They were all pioneers of sorts this past week.

“It was very emotional seeing the USGA signs, because I've had such a long history, since my teens, playing in USGA championships,” said Amy Alcott, whose Hall of Fame career included the 1980 U.S. Women’s Open title. “I thought the week just came off beautifully. The USGA did a great job. It was just so classy how everything was done, this inaugural event, and how was it presented.”

Davies was thankful for what the USGA added to the women’s game, and she wasn’t alone. Gratefulness was the theme of the week.

Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Women’s Open

The men have been competing in the U.S. Senior Open since 1980, and now the women have their equal opportunity to do the same.

“It was just great to be a part of the first,” three-time U.S. Women’s Open winner Hollis Stacy said. “The USGA did a great job of having it at such a great golf course. It's just been very memorable.”

Trish Johnson, who is English, like Davies, finished third, 12 shots back, but she left with a heart overflowing.

“Magnificent,” said Johnson, a three-time LPGA and 19-time LET winner. “Honestly, it's one of the best, most enjoyable weeks I've ever played in in any tournament anywhere.”

She played in the final group with Davies and runner-up Juli Inkster.

“Even this morning, just waiting to come out here, I thought, `God, not often do I actually think how lucky I am to do what I do,’” Johnson said.

At 54, Davies still plays the LPGA and LET regularly. She has now won 85 titles around the world, 20 of them LPGA titles, four of them majors, 45 of them LET titles.

With every swing this past week, she peeled back the years, turned back the clock, made fans and peers remember what she means to the women’s game.

This wasn’t the first time Davies made her mark in a USGA event. When she won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1987, she became just the second player from Europe to win the title, the first in 20 years. She opened a new door for internationals. The following year, Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann won the title.

“A lot of young Europeans and Asians decided that it wasn't just an American sport,” Davies said. “At that stage, it had been dominated, wholeheartedly, by all the names we all love, Lopez, Bradley, Daniel, Sheehan.”

Davies gave the rest of the world her name to love, her path to follow.

“It certainly made a lot of foreign girls think that they could take the Americans on,” Davies said.

In golf, it’s long been held that you can judge the stature of an event by the names on the trophy. Davies helps gives the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open the monumental start it deserved.