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Hanzel’s Game Is What The Doctor Ordered

There is no denying that Doug Hanzel is the hottest senior amateur golfer on the planet. Two weeks ago, he won his first tournament of the year, the Jones Cup Senior Invitational. And that came only a few months after the 57-year-old physician from Savannah, Ga., had captured the 2013 Society of Seniors Championship, and before that the biggest title of his life, the U.S. Senior Amateur, a victory that left Hanzel, in his word, “dumbfounded.”
But it’s not just the past few events where he has shown his stuff. After all, this married father of two has been low amateur in the past two U.S. Senior Opens. And in 2012, he had a golf season for the ages, becoming the only player in history to make it to match play in the U.S. Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur in the same year. Oh, and he won the Georgia Senior Amateur that summer by 16 strokes.
That’s a pretty heady streak. But what makes it even more impressive is that it is coming from a fellow who barely picked up a golf club through the 1990s and early 2000s. “I hardly played during my residency and fellowship because I was working 100 hours a week,” saig Hanzel, who treats patients with pulmonary issues. “And when I went in to private practice, I was on call every other night and weekend. Which also made it tough to play or practice.”


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