Mill Creek, Wash. (Thursday, September 30, 2010) – Keith Crimp of Ellensburg shot a final round 3-over par 75 and held on to win the 24th Annual Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur Championship at Mill Creek Country Club.
After a front nine 3-over 39 in today’s final round, Crimp’s lead of six dwindled to two as Dave Farnam of fired a 1-under par 35 for his front nine. Farnam continued to gain ground on Crimp on the back nine as he birdied holes 12, 14 and 15. A double bogey on the 17th hole ended Farnam’s chances as Crimp used consistent play on the back nine and made nine straight pars to win the championship at 1-under par 215.
Farnam finished in a tie for second place with Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C. at 1-over par 217 overall. Lindbjerg shot a spectacular back nine 4-under 32 to move all the way up to second.
Crimp, who recently turned 60, said “when I turned 55 I made it a goal to win a WSGA or PNGA Senior Championship. It took five years to accomplish it but it feels great.”
In the 3rd Annual Washington State Super Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, defending champion Bruce Richards of
Seattle captured his second consecutive title in a four-man playoff.
After struggling in the final round with an 8-over 80, Richards ended the day tied with Shelton Washburn of Chimacum, Ron Peterson of Coquitlam, B.C. and Jack Lamey of Bellevue who all sat at 12-over 228 overall. Richards was able to make par on the first playoff hole which was good enough to top Lamey and Washburn who both made bogey and Peterson who made double bogey.
In the short three year history of the WSGA Super Senior Championship, Richards has been victorious twice and finished 2nd in the inaugural event in 2008.
Amateur golfers who have reached their 55th birthday by September 28, 2010 and who have a USGA Handicap Index of 12.4 strokes or less at a WSGA member club are eligible to play in the WSGA Senior Men’s Amateur Championship. To be eligible for the Super Senior Amateur golfers must meet the same handicap requirements and have reached their 65th birthday bySeptember 28, 2010. All contestants will play 54 holes of stroke play (gross scores only).