Rick Stimmel playing into the 18th green
What a first day of competition in the 92nd West Penn Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship!
For starters, nobody, yes, nobody, broke par. Thirty-five men above the age of 50 played 18 holes at Chartiers Country Club and the closest anyone finished to par was the leader, Rick Stimmel, who posted a one-over 71.
Seventeen seniors didn’t break 80 and those who did knew they had been in a battle when they walked off the 18th green.
Even Stimmel, who has had a terrific summer both regionally and nationally, had his moments.
He made bogeys on three of the first four holes and recovered with one birdie on the front nine to shoot 37. On the back, there were two two birdies and a bogey for a 34 that added up to a 71.