Simson wins U.S. Senior Am
West Caldwell, NJ (Sports Network) - Paul Simson defeated Curtis Skinner on Thursday to win his second USGA Senior Amateur Championship.
Simson, who was also the 2010 champion, defeated Skinner, 4 & 3, on the 15th hole at Mountain Ridge Country Club to again win the event.
"It's an indescribable feeling to win the first one, and to win the second one, I would call it more of a thrill than an honor," Simson stated. "I was just so overcome the first time. But to win the second one was a real thrill."
Thursday's championship was all square after both players parred the sixth, but Simson birdied the par-3 seventh to go 1-up. After taking advantage of Skinner's bogey on No. 11 to go 2-up, Simson birdied No. 12 to take a 3-up lead. He then rolled home a 15-foot birdie putt on the 14th to grab a 4-up advantage before matching Skinner's par on No. 15 to secure the win.
"You really have to have a change in your mindset to play competitive golf four, five and six days in a row," Skinner admitted. "It's really draining. This is the first time I've done it. You just have to stay focused, stay loose, to stay kind of in the moment is very difficult, so it was a learning moment for me."
On Wednesday, Simson led Stephen Sharpe 5-up after 10 holes in their quarterfinal match. After a 1-hour, 56-minute weather delay, Sharpe decided not to continue and conceded the match to Simson.
In Wednesday afternoon's semifinal, Simson downed Jim Knoll, 3 & 2, to advance.
Skinner, meanwhile, ousted Steve Golliher, 2 & 1, in the quarters, then beat Douglas Hanzel by the same margin in the semifinals.
10/04 16:20:35 ET