Savannah, Ga., heart specialist Doug Hanzel took low-amateur honors at the U.S. Senior Open for the second year in a row, and this year he did it the easy way; he was the only one of 28 amateurs to survive the 36-hole cut. Hanzel shot 10-over-par 290 to finish T56. Hanzel, 56, is seeking to replicate his 2012 campaign, which saw him become the first player to qualify for match play in the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Mid-Amateur and the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Peck Continues Hot Summer With Win at PNGA Championship
Cameron Peck of Olympia, Wash., continued his stellar 2013 summer by winning the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore. Peck defeated Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore., in the final match, 7 and 6. The 36-hole match was contested on the resort’s Bandon Dunes and Bandon Trails courses. Peck had a dominating and relentless march through the bracket, winning his quarterfinal match, 6 and 5, and his semifinal match, 4 and 3. In his quarterfinal he was 7-under par when the match ended after the 13th hole. In Sunday’s final, he shot 5-under 67 in the morning round to take a 3-up lead, and was 2 under in the afternoon round when the match ended after 30 holes. Reimers kept pace early on, matching four birdies with Peck on the opening nine, but his putter began to falter, leading to costly three-putts at the end of the morning round. Last month Reimers won the Oregon Open, and also is playing well this summer season. He will be a fifth-year senior on the golf team at Mercer University in Georgia, where he transferred after the University of Portland dropped its golf program. His caddie for this week, Jake Wagner, was his former teammate at Portland. Last month Peck won the Washington State Amateur, which was held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. The links layout with fescue grasses prepared Peck for last week’s championship at Bandon Dunes, known for its links courses and its hard, fescue fairways. “I had never been to Bandon Dunes before (this week),” said Peck. “On the final day at Chambers, the wind blew really hard, and I realized I really needed to figure out how to hit knockdown shots.” Watch Peck’s interview here. Along with the knockdown shots, Peck brought his power game to Bandon, consistently outdriving his opponents and reaching every par-5 in two. Peck won the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur, and recently completed his collegiate playing career at Texas A&M. He has qualified to play in this year’s U.S. Amateur Public Links, and intends to play in the PGA Tour’s Q-School this fall.