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Siddens Has Hands Full in Seeking Third Straight UGA Senior Match Play Title

The UGA Senior Match Play Championship got underway today at Davis Park with competition in three divisions. The Senior Championship Division includes players from 50 to 64, and the Super Senior Division includes those 65 and older. There is also a Net Division that includes seniors all ages 50 and over.

Medalists were Ben Maddox in the Championship Division and David Fischer in the Super Senior Division. They both shot 67s. The two divisions play from separate tees.

Kirk Siddens, the two-time defending champion of the UGA Senior Match Play Championship, has his work cut out for him in his quest for a third straight title. When you look closely at the star-studded field one can only marvel that he was able to win twice in a row, let alone a possible third time. The field is so rich in talent that making the final 32 was a significant mark of achievement.

In the Championship Division there were eight players tied at 75 for the final six match play spots and the playoff list included Hall of Famer Todd Barker, a past match play champion Bill Probst, and Brett Sampson, Paul Cannon, Dana Nelson, Ruben Escobedo, Gordon Garff, and Mike Holm. Garff and Holm got eliminated in the playoff.

Other prominent seniors who didn’t make the final 32 included two-time tournament runnerup Pat Murphy, Kurt Bernhisel, Dan Parkinson, Rich Stewart, and Charlie Davis.

The Net Division medalist was Tracy Smith with a net 65. The results and first round pairings by divisions are listed below. Complete results can be seen at:

Championship Flight

Qualifying Scores

67- Ben Maddox

69- Richard Church, Russell Hook, Dan Hatch, Guy Child

70- Eldon Richter, Kirk Siddens

71- Chick Lignell, Rick Lloyd, Corey Ford

72- Mike Jorgensen, Richard Dibblee, Mark Madsen

73- Karl Avant, Rob Bachman, Keith Olson, Jeff Powars, Kurt Jamison, Todd Timmons

74- John Edwards, Marc Nicholas, Mike Hacker, Jon Wheeler, Craig Gardner, Craig Wilson, Todd Kartchner

75- Brett Sampson, Paul Cannon, Bill Probst, Dana Nelson, Ruben Escobedo, Todd Barker,

Lost in Playoff

75- Gordon Garff, Mike Holm

76- Rich Stewart, Dan Parkinson, Kurt Bernhisel, Charlie Davis, Dan Rappleye, Pat Murphy

Championship Flight

First Round Pairings

Tenth Tee

7:30- Kirk Siddens vs. Ruben Escobedo

7:37- Kurt Jamison vs. Karl Avant

7:44- Chick Lignell vs. Marc Nicholas

7:51- Corey Ford vs. John Edwards

7:58- Richard Church vs. Todd Barker

8:05- Mike Jorgensen vs. John Wheeler

8:12- Russell Hook vs. Brett Sampson

8:19- Richard Dibblee vs. Todd Kartchner

8:26- Ben Maddox vs. Bill Probst

8:33- Todd Timmons vs. Keith Olson

8:40- Eldon Richter vs. Craig Gardner

8:47- Rick Lloyd vs. Craig Wilson

8:54- Guy Child vs. Dana Nelson

9:01- Jeff Powars vs. Rob Bachman

9:08- Dan Hatch vs. Paul Cannon

9:15- Mark Madsen vs. Mike Hacker

Super Senior Division


Fischer’s 67 led the Super Senior Division qualifying and Richard Willis finished two shots back with a two under par 69, and Al Simkins shot even par 71.

Based on the qualifying scores Fischer should get past his first round opponent John Taylor with ease. Fischer took 15 fewer shots than Taylor in the qualifying round. Taylor’s 82 earned him the 16th seed and the tough task of facing Fischer in the first round of match play.

Super Senior Qualifying Scores

67- David Fischer

69- Richard Willis

71- Al Simkins

72- Brent Tidwell

73- Scott Broussard, Brent Marriott

74- Mike O’Keefe, Jeff Campbell

76- Doug Marriott, Heber Jacobsen

77- Reed Benson, George Majors, Vern Erickson, Allan Thomas

78- Ron Perkins

82- John Taylor


First Round Match Tee Times

Super Senior (65 and over)

Round of 16

7:30- Dave Fischer vs. John Taylor

7:37- Jeff Campbell vs. Heber Jacobsen

7:44- Brent Tidwell vs. George Majors

7:51- Scott Brousard vs. Vern Ericksen

7:58- Richard Willis vs. Ron Perkins

8:05- Mike O’Keefe vs. Doug Marriott

8:12- Al Simkins vs. Al Thomas

8:19- Brent Marriott vs. Reed Benson


Net Division

Tracy Smith was medalist in the net division with a net 65. There was a good spread of net scores with a range from net 65 to net 77. There will be many good matches in the net division.

Net Scores

65- Tracy Smith

67- Jason Tanner

68- Gus Stribakos

69- Lee Garner

70- Bret Hancock, Steve Holm

71- Doug Beck, Val Cahoon

72- Craig Franklin Sorensen, Dean Bond, Ken Webb

73- Trace Kenny

74- Brent Madsen

75- Ted Paulsen

76- Thomas Wagner

77- Kevin Wall

Net Division Pairings

8:26- Tracy Smith vs. Kevin Wall

8:33- Doug Beck vs. Craig Sorensen

8:40- Lee Garner vs. Brent Madsen

8:47- Bret Hancock vs. Kenny Trace

8:54- Jason Tanner vs. Thomas Wagner

9:01- Val Cahoon vs. Ken Webb

9:08- Gus Stribakos vs. Ted Paulsen

9:15- Steve Holm vs. Dean Bond