Iowans at USGA Senior Amateur
Gene Elliott, of West Des Moines, and Sam Billmeyer, of Ankeny, are in the field this weekend at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, being played at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis. This marks the first year Elliott was eligible to play in the 55 or older event.
While Billmeyer made it through the qualifying round held at Briarwood Golf Club, Elliott was exempt due to his top-500 ranking in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. An additional Iowan has at least a chance of getting into the field as well – Joe Palmer, of West Des Moines, is first on the alternate list for the USGA and could possibly be asked to play if someone is forced to withdraw. Palmer plans to be on-site and ready should that happen during the first day of play.
The championship begins with stroke play qualifying on Saturday, August 26th. The top 64 after 36 holes of qualifying make the match play draw.