Defending champion Paul Simson topped the 64 match-play qualifiers Sunday in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 at Kinloch Golf Club.
The 60-year-old Simson, from Raleigh, N.C., had a 5-under 139 total.
Mark Bemowski, from Mukwonago, Wis., had a 72 to finish a stroke back. The 65-year-old Bemowski, the 2004 winner, is trying to match Simson’s 2010 feat of winning the USGA Senior Amateur, Canadian Men’s Senior Championship and British Seniors Open Amateur in the same year.
Also Sunday in Ooltewah, Tenn., Lisa Schlesinger took the top spot in the 64-player match-play field in the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur, completing a 4-under 68 on Sunday in the delayed opening round and adding a 71.
The 53-year-old Schlesinger, from Laytonsville, Md., finished at 5-under 139 on the Honors Course.
Mary Ann Hayward followed her opening 70 with a 76 to finish second at 2 over. The 51-year-old Canadian is coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur.