The 2004 Senior PGA Championship
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Past PGA Senior Club Professional champion Mike San Filippo shot a second-round 70 to make the cut. (Photo:Getty Images)

Nearly one-third of 34 PGA club professionals make cut

Of the 34 PGA of America club professionals who began the 65th Senior PGA Championship, 10, including three from the Tri-State PGA Section and defending PGA Senior Club Professional Champion Mike San Filippo, made the 36-hole cut Saturday at Valhalla Golf Club.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ten PGA club professionals, including three from the Tri-State PGA Section, made the 36-hole cut Saturday in the 65th Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

The group includes three-time PGA Club Professional Player of the Year Lonnie Nielsen, who last winter left his position at Crag Burn Golf Club in East Aurora, N.Y., to earn an exemption on the Champions Tour.

Nielsen, 50 of Orchard Park, N.Y., first earned his way into the 65th Senior PGA Championship by finishing third in last fall's Callaway PGA Senior Club Professional Championship. He then tied for fourth in the Champions Tour Qualifying School and has earned $200,807 in 10 Champions Tour events this season.

The Tri-State PGA Section trio features two-time PGA Senior Club Professional Player of the Year Roy Vucinich of Moon Township, Pa., 1987 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Bob Ford of Oakmont, Pa., and John Aubrey of Butler, Pa.

A PGA Life member, the 57-year-old Vucinich was the low PGA club professional finisher in the 2002 and 2001 Senior PGA Championships. The 1989 Tri-State PGA Teacher of the Year, Vucinich is competing in his seventh Senior PGA Championship. In 2002, at Firestone Country Club, he enjoyed his best performance in the oldest senior major by tying for fourth. He earned $86,000, which was his best-ever golf paycheck. In 2001, Vucinich tied for 36th place.

A PGA Master Professional and seven-time Tri-State PGA Champion, Ford is making his debut in the Senior PGA Championship on a special invitation after turning 50 last Jan. 16. He splits his year as director of golf at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club and as head professional at Seminole Golf Club in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Aubrey, 52, is competing in his second Senior PGA Championship. He is head professional at Aubrey's Dubbs Dred Golf Course in Butler, Pa., a course his family has owned since 1961.

Complete Scorecards and Bios for PGA of America Club Professionals

Senior PGA Club Professionals Who Made the 36-Hole Cut
Pos. Player/Hometown Results
T23 Lonnie Nielsen, Orchard, N.Y. 74-70—144
T23 Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa. 74-70—144
T39 Jeff Thomsen, Boise, Idaho 71-75—146
T39 Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla. 76-70—146
T46 Scott Bess, Columbia, Mo. 76-71—147
T46 Bob Ford, Oakmont, Pa. 74-73--147
T46 Bob Boyle, Raleigh, N.C. 72-75—147
T46 Bob Ralston, Little Rock, Ark. 75-72—147
T46 Jim White, Lincoln, Neb. 75-72—147
64 John Aubrey, Butler, Pa. 75-74—149
Did Not Make 36-Hole Cut
T76 Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y. 74-76—150
T76 Bobby Heins, Purchase, N.Y. 76-74—150
T86 Bob Bilbo, Olney, Md. 75-76—151
T86 Tom Strueber, Dallas, Texas 70-81—151
T91 Paul Parajeckas, Woburn, Mass. 81-71—152
T91 Pete Oakley, Lincoln, Del. 73-79—152
T91 Gary Baker, Naples, Fla. 79-73—152
T91 Jerry Wisz, Covina, Calif. 74-78—152
99 Mike Harrigan, Arlington Heights, Ill. 79-74—153
109 Bill Schumaker, Columbia City, Ind. 75-79—154
T117 Tom Herzan, Findlay, Ohio 78-77—155
T117 Gary Sowinski, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 78-77—155
T117 Tom Joyce, Huntington, N.Y. 80-75—155
T125 Don Brigham, Rumson, N.J. 79-77—156
T125 Dick McClean, La Quinta, Calif. 77-79—156
T125 Jim Fellner, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 78-78—156
131 Roger Kennedy, Stuart, Fla. 78-79—157
T133 Bob Giusti, Halifax, Mass. 75-83—158
T133 Jon Fiedler, Camarillo, Calif. 80-78—158
T135 Buddy Harston, Lexington, Ky. 81-78—159
T135 Patrick O’Brien, Coral Gables, Fla. 79-80—159
T135 George Newbeck, Maryville, Tenn. 80-79—159
142 Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla. 78-86—164
144 Roy Christensen, Spanish Fork, Utah 83-83—166
  John Brott, Sanford, Fla. 87—WD
  Will Frantz, North Port, Fla. WD
  Ed Sabo, Tequest, Fla. WD

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