Paul Simson wins USGA Senior Amateur

Paul Simson won the USGA Senior Amateur Championship on

Thursday, beating stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent 2 and 1 to

become the first player to win the event and the British Seniors

Open Amateur Championship and Canadian Men’s Senior in the same

year.

The 59-year-old Simson, from Raleigh, N.C., was 4-up after nine

holes at Lake Nona and ended the match with a halve for par on the

par-3 17th.

”There’s nothing like a USGA championship,” Simson said. ”The

British Seniors are very special to me. Whenever you’re a champion

of a country, it’s something special. To win the USGA Senior, as

far as senior golf, nothing really compares. It is the granddaddy.

It’s a crowning jewel for me. It’s a very special thing. And to win

all three in one year, I just can’t believe it’s happened.”

The 57-year-old Tallent, from Vienna, Va., was attempting to

become the first medalist to win the title since John Richardson in

1987. Only seven medalists have won the event for players 55 and

older.

”I missed four putts and that’s what it comes down to in match

play,” Tallent said. ”Paul didn’t miss one putt today.”

Simson and Tallent received exemptions from qualifying into the

2011 U.S. Senior Open at Inverness, the 2011 U.S. Amateur and the

2011 USGA Senior Amateur. Simson also received an exemption into

the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.