Bemowski leads US Senior Amateur, Schlesinger leads Senior Women's Am

Associated Press

Series: Other Tour

Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011 | 11:19 p.m.

Mark Bemowski shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of stroke-play qualifying in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Kinloch Golf Club.

The 65-year-old Bemowski, from Mukwonago, Wis., won the event in 2004. He's trying to match Paul Simson's 2010 feat of winning the USGA Senior Amateur, Canadian Men's Senior Championship and British Seniors Open Amateur in the same year.


The U.S. Senior Amateur and Senior Women's Amateur are the national championships for amateur players age 50 and older.

Paul Murphy, 60, of Arlington, Mass.; Rick Woulfe, 61, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Chip Lutz, 56, of Reading, Pa.; and Raymond Thompson, 59, of Drexel Hill, Pa., were tied for second. Simson, 60, of Raleigh, N.C., had a 71.

The top 64 after the second round Sunday will advance to match play.

Also Saturday in Ooltewah, Tenn., Lisa Schlesinger topped the USGA Senior Women's Amateur leaderboard at 5 under with two holes left when play was suspended because of darkness Saturday in the first round of stroke-play qualifying. The 53-year-old Schlesinger is from Laytonsville, Md.

Mary Ann Hayward was the leader in the clubhouse after a 2-under 70 on the Honors Course. The 51-year-old Canadian is coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Canadian Senior Women's Amateur.

The top 64 after the second round Sunday will advance to match play.