Unique triple for Seniors Open Amateur Champion Simson
America’s Paul Simson, who won the Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Walton Heath in August, has completed a unique triple victory after winning the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. He now holds the British, American and Canadian senior amateur championships, the first time that any one player has held those titles simultaneously.
The 59-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, defeated stroke play medallist Pat Tallent 2&1 at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida. At Walton Heath earlier in the summer, Simson dominated the 54-hole event, winning his third Seniors Open Amateur by five stokes from compatriot Chip Lutz.
And in September, he registered an even more emphatic victory, winning the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship by a remarkable 15 strokes at St. Thomas Golf and Country Club in Ontario.
"The British Seniors [titles] are very special to me,” explained Simson. “Whenever you're a champion of a country, it's something special. To win the USGA Senior, as far as senior golf goes, nothing really compares. It's a very special thing. And to win all three in one year, I just can't believe it's happened."
Courtesy of yesterday’s victory in Florida, Simson receives exemptions into the 2011 US Senior Open, the US Amateur, the USGA Senior Amateur and the US Mid-Amateur Championship. He has already received places in The Senior Open Championship, which is being held at Walton Heath on 21 – 24 July 2011, and next year’s Seniors Open Amateur.
Speaking in August, he said: “It is a real thrill to win here [at Walton Heath], it’s a great, great golf course and I am really looking forward to coming back here for The Senior Open.”
The 2011 Seniors Open Amateur Championship takes place from 3 – 5 August at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.