The staff and Members at Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas have been carefully following the USGA Senior Amateur Championship that started over the weekend at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California, as not one, but two Canyon Gate Members competed.
Bruce Belcoure (left) and Frank Abbott (right) proudly represented the Club in the national tournament for amateur golf competitors, which began with 36 holes of stroke play with the top 64 competitors advancing to the match play portion. It is rare that, with just 156 players from more than 2,250 entries, two Members from one Club would qualify to compete. Belcoure, low qualifier at TPC Summerlin on August 18, earned his place at his first Senior Amateur with an even-par 72. Abbott tied for low qualifier with one-over-par 73 at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, on August 27. This was his fifth trip to the national event, at which he was finalist (runner-up) in 2003.
Frank and Bruce played well on a long, hard course but missed the cut set at 149, the lowest in USGA Senior Amateur history.
“Both these men are still considered champions in our eyes!” says Canyon Gate Country Club.
Jon Peterson, a Member at ClubCorp's Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay, California, will compete August 13-19 in the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Organized by the USGA, the U.S. Amateur is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers. Past U.S. Amateur champions include Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson.
Peterson, who has won the Club Championship at Granite Bay three years running, qualified for the Championship in July when he earned medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico, California. Jon bested the field with rounds of 71and 67 giving him a score of 138 (6 under par), including making birdies on his final two holes, to win by one shot and claim one of only two available spots.
Congratulations and Good Luck, Jon!