Kevin VandenBerg, three others take home wins at Golfweek Senior National Championship

Kevin VandenBerg was the highest ranked player in the field.

Kevin VandenBerg claimed what was his at the 2022 Golfweek Senior National Championship at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

The highest ranked player in the field per Golfweek’s senior amateur rankings, VandenBerg was able to overcome an uncharacteristic first round to win the inaugural championship by two strokes.

VandenBerg used four birdies to negate three final-round bogeys, good for a 1-under 71. Playing with Steve Maddalena, the Michigander kept the pressure on as he matched VandenBerg shot for shot on the front nine.

Trading momentum shifts, VandenBerg was able to keep big numbers off his card and controlled a one-shot lead as the duo stood on the 18th tee. Unable to capitalize on a scoreable par-5, Maddalena posted a par to VandenBerg’s birdie, securing the two stroke victory for the New York native.

VandenBerg also now surpasses Rusty Strawn as the No. 1 ranked player in Golfweek’s Senior Amateur rankings.

Child Guy rounds out the senior podium with a third place finish at 10 over.

In the super senior division, it was Stephen Fox who was able to hold on to a two stroke victory as he crawled into the clubhouse going 5 over in his final four holes. Larry Vaughan (6 over) and Tim Vigotsky (7 over) nabbed silver and bronze finishes.

Legend Pete Allen used a steady 1-over 73 to take home a four-stroke win. Tied with Charley Yandell heading into the day, Allen stayed relatively mistake free to coast into the clubhouse for the win.

Unarguably the most impressive performance of the week came from Super Legend John Blank. The Maryland native carded rounds of 70, 73, and 71 to run away with the 75+ age division title. Two under on the week Blank beat every single player in the field, regardless of age division, by at least six shots.

All four champions earned 1,200 points in their respective Player of the Year race. The next Golfweek senior event is the 2022  Golfweek U.S. Super Senior, Legends, & Super Legends National Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Georgia, July 2-5. 

Kevin VandenBerg, Steve Maddalena, others take advantage of moving day at Golfweek Senior National Championship

The 2022 Golfweek Senior National Championship leaderboard looks like it could be a preview of what’s to come at Brookline this weekend. The East Course at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina, is playing tough for some of the best senior …

The 2022 Golfweek Senior National Championship leaderboard looks like it could be a preview of what’s to come at Brookline this weekend.

The East Course at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina, is playing tough for some of the best senior amateurs in the country this week. A total of 33 golfers over four different age divisions have teed it up this week with just one man still in red numbers two-thirds of the way through the championship. 

Super legend John Blank remains the overall leader at 1 under after a second-round 73. Chalking up four bogeys in his first five holes, Blank got his feet underneath him with his first par of the day coming on the par 5 6th. Regaining his senses, Blank went 2 under through his final 13 holes, resulting in a seven-shot lead in the Super Legend division.

The young guns flexed their muscles as the cream of the crop rose back to the top of the leaderboard in the senior division. Golfweek No. 2 Kevin VandenBerg trailed by six heading into moving day. 

 “I never quit,” VandenBerg told Golfweek. “If I tee it up it doesn’t matter what position I’m in. I feel like I have the game to make a run for the title.”

It wasn’t easy for the Michigander. With five bogeys on his card on the day, VandenBerg clawed and chipped away at the deficit thanks to a back-nine 2-under 34. He now sits atop the leaderboard in a two-way tie for first at 5 over alongside Steve Maddalena.

Maddalena, a fellow Michigander, won’t make it easy for VandenBerg to run away with the victory. A three-time Michigan Amateur winner and a member of the Golf Association of Michigan Hall of Fame (Class of 2007), Maddalena has plenty of game to match VandenBerg’s experience on the Golfweek stage.

The two share a lead at 5 over with round one leader Walker Taylor hot on their heels at 6 over. Guy Child and Larry Nunez round out the top five at 8 over and 11 over, respectively.

In the super senior division, the four-man flight is a three-man race with Larry Vaughan and Tim Vigotsky looking to track down Stephen Fox, who followed up his opening 1 over with an even-par 72.

Vigotsky earned low-round of the day honors with a 1-under 71, good not just for his age division, but the entire field. He now sits just one back of Fox at 2 over for the week and Vaughan lurks stage left at 4 over for the tournament.

Another dual will take place in the Legends division as Pete Allen and Charley Yandell have matched each other through 36 holes at 6 over. In third place, Bev Hargraves looks to apply some pressure as he trails by just three strokes.

Set with the difficult task of chasing down John Blank in the Super Legend division is Barry Flaer. After rounds of 77 and 73, Flaer will need to continue to improve his score in order to make up the seven-stroke deficit that lies between him and Blank.

Four champions will be crowned following Wednesday’s action with the winner of the senior division earning himself 1,200 Player of the Year points.

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First-ever Golfweek Senior National has attracted top amateurs to North Carolina

The Golfweek Senior National will be a pivotal tournament towards crowning the 2022 champion.

Top senior amateurs from around the country are in Greensboro, North Carolina, for the inaugural Golfweek Senior National.

Designed by two-time major champion David Graham and his build partner Gary Panks, Grandover Resort will play host to the first-ever Golfweek Senior National, June 13-15. The Player of the Year race is heating up too, with 1,200 points heading towards the winner’s bankroll when it’s all said and done.

Among those in the field is Golfweek’s No. 2 senior amateur Kevin VandenBerg. With No. 1 Rusty Strawn not playing this week, VandenBerg has an opportunity to take over the top spot as he sits just 350 points out of first.

Nearing the halfway point in the year, the Golfweek Player of the Year standings has become a two-horse race. Third-place Allen Peake is separated from VandenBerg by more than 1,000 points. Matt Sughrue (No. 4) and Billy Mitchell (No. 5) round out the top 5.

Ninth-ranked Jerry Slagle can make big strides in his ranking, just like VandenBerg. A win would catapult Slagle into fourth place with over 2,900 points.

With both the summer temperatures and the Player of the Year race heating up, the Golfweek Senior National will be a pivotal tournament towards crowning the 2022 champion.

2022 Golfweek Senior National Match Play Championship

The Golfweek Senior National Match-Play Championship consists of four separate brackets, senior (age 55-64), super-senior (age 65-69), legends (age 70-74), and super legends (75+). Over the course of three days, players in each bracket will be …

The Golfweek Senior National Match-Play Championship consists of four separate brackets, senior (age 55-64), super-senior (age 65-69), legends (age 70-74), and super legends (75+). Over the course of three days, players in each bracket will be whittled to one Senior National Match-Play champion in each division. The Golfweek Senior National Match Play is not a one loss and done tournament. As players are eliminated from match-play they will enter a consolation stroke-play competition using the stableford scoring system. Duke University Golf Club will be the perfect venue to host Golfweek’s ninth annual Senior National Match Play!

7-Tournament Lineup Rounds Out the 2022 Senior Amateur Schedule

Senior competitive golf is bigger and better than ever! The US Golf Association has granted twenty-five exemptions into the US Senior Amateur for the top ranked players in the WAGR rankings which can be found HERE. Golfweek is part of that ranking …

Senior competitive golf is bigger and better than ever! The US Golf Association has granted twenty-five exemptions into the US Senior Amateur for the top ranked players in the WAGR rankings which can be found HERE. Golfweek is part of that ranking system and is certified by WAGR through its Senior Amateur Rankings found HERE. During the past year over 900 senior golfers have played in a Golfweek Elite Senior Amateur Tournament trying to qualify for the US Senior Amateur through exemption. The remaining 7-tournament lineup for 2022 includes PGA National, a longtime favorite Golfweek stop, as well as six new and exciting venues.

All Golfweek tournaments are 54-hole tournaments with one being a three-day Senior National Match Play Championship.

Click the tournament name for more information and to register as available.

REMAINING 2022 AND EARLY 2023 GOLFWEEK ELITE SENIOR AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS.

June 13-15: The Golfweek Senior National – Limited Field              Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC East Course

July 5-7: The US Super Senior, Legends, & Super Legends National Championship. Golf Club of Georgia, Alpharetta, GA, Lakeside Course

August 10-12: The Golfweek Senior National Match Play, Duke University Golf Course, Durham, NC                                                                                                                                                                                                               September 26-29: The Golfweek Pacific Northwest Senior Championship,    Wine Valley Golf Club, Walla Walla, WA

November 2-4: The Golfweek Senior Desert Showdown, Casino Del Sol, Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, AZ

Nov 29-Dec 1: The Golfweek TOC, PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, FL  Champion and Fazio

December 14-16: The Golfweek Senior Challenge Cup, Jacaranda Golf Club  Plantation, FL

January 16-18, 2023: The Golfweek Player of the Year Classic, TBD          Florida

March 26-28, 2023: The Golfweek Senior Division National Championship, Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert, CA The Mountain Course

March 30-April 1, 2023: The Golfweek Senior Amateur, Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert, CA The Firecliff Course

2022 Golfweek Pacific Northwest Senior Championship

Join us for the 2022 Golfweek Pacific Northwest Senior Championship September 27-29 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, WA. where world class golf and world class wine go hand in hand. Wine Valley Golf Club is a premier Dan Hixon design playing …

Join us for the 2022 Golfweek Pacific Northwest Senior Championship September 27-29 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, WA. where world class golf and world class wine go hand in hand.

Wine Valley Golf Club is a premier Dan Hixon design playing over rolling hills in the shadow of the Blue Mountains. Each hole provides multiple lines of play, ensuring a pleasant yet challenging round for our cadre’ of world-class golfers. Currently ranked number 3 in the state of Washington on the Golfweek Best Public Courses list, the spectacular and stunningly beautiful Wine Valley is positioned to make a run at the top spot.

Downtown Walla Walla is just 10-minutes away, with an award winning main street that is home to art galleries, tasting rooms, restaurants, shopping and night life. Bring your spouse and friends to this destination tournament and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Walla Walla area.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All Golfweek senior amateur tournaments are certified WAGR counting events leading to 25 exemptions into the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur at Martis Camp Club in Truckee, CA.

The Golfweek/Midwestern Golf Association National State Team Invitational

Golfweek and the Midwestern Golf Association partner for the 15th annual National State Team Invitational to be held August 4-7, 2022 at Caledonia and True Blue Golf Club on Pawleys Island, SC. The National State Team Invitational is a tournament …

Golfweek and the Midwestern Golf Association partner for the 15th annual National State Team Invitational to be held August 4-7, 2022 at Caledonia and True Blue Golf Club on Pawleys Island, SC. The National State Team Invitational is a tournament within a tournament where individual and team champions will be crowned in both the Mid-Amateur and Senior divisions.

Robert Funk, three others claim victories at Golfweek Senior National Championship

In the senior division, Robert Funk claimed top dog with a final round 1-over 73 on Saturday.

With the LPGA playing their first major of the year just 20 minutes down the road, some of the nation’s best senior amateurs descended upon PGA West in La Quinta, California, for the Golfweek Senior National Championship.

In the senior division, Robert Funk claimed top dog with a final-round 1-over 73 on Saturday. Rounds of 73, 71, 73 (217) were good for a three-shot victory for the Canyon Lake, California, native.

“I played very consistent until the back nine,” Funk told Golfweek.

Funk was 3 under at the turn before crawling in with two bogeys and a double on the par 5 7th. However, a 73 was all Funk needed to hold onto his lead he started the day with. One of the key pieces to Funk’s win? His flatstick.

“What turned my game around is my new putter,” Funk said. “I guess it gives me confidence that I can hit it online.”

Unable to catch Funk, Billy Mitchell. Twice a bridesmaid on the west coast swing, Mitchell heads back to Atlanta with two top-3 finishes under his belt. Firing a 1-under 71 to add some pressure, Mitchell was unable to fully recover from his opening 77 which left a three-stroke difference between him and Funk. 

Rounding out the podium was Don Whittemore who tied with Mitchell at 4 over while last week’s winner Jerry Gunthorpe racked up a T-6 finish at 7 over.

Super senior Jeff Burda had himself a fantastic week, running away with the 65- to 69-year-old age bracket by 13 strokes. Playing in his hometown, Burda used his local knowledge to go wire-to-wire and close the tournament in style with an event low 67.

With one bogey on No. 1, Burda kept the rest of his card clean with six birdies on Saturday, leaving no doubt among the super senior division. Burda’s 7-under 209 would’ve been good for a win in any age division and his 14 birdies in 54 holes also led the entire field.

Rounding out the top-5 were Gary Albrecht (6 over), Larry Vaughan (7 over), John Armstrong, and Curtis Worley (8 over).

After taking the lead through two rounds, Evan Long never looked back. His 54 hole total of 6 overtook the cake in the legend division as he cruised to a six-shot victory over Don Donatoni. Mickey Jones (+13), Peter Van Ingen (+14) and Rick Lawrence (+18) rounded out the top-5.

In the super legend division, John Seehausen and John Banks needed three holes to declare a winner where Seehausen claimed the championship. Beginning the day two back of Blank, Seehausen came in clutch down the stretch with an eagle on the par-5 15th en route to a final round 73 to help force the playoff.

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Robert Funk takes lead at Golfweek Senior Amateur National Championship

There weren’t a lot of red numbers on Friday, but the few that were able to card sub-par rounds made it count. 

There weren’t a lot of red numbers to go around at PGA West’s Pete Dye Dunes course course on Friday, but the few that were able to card sub-par rounds made them count. 

Robert Funk of Canyon Lake, California, took the senior division lead ahead of the final round thanks to a 1-under 71. With four birdies on the day, Funk made the jump from third place over round 1 leaders Don Whittemore and Larry Nunez.

Both Whittemore (1 over) and Nunez (2 over) are well within striking range after rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

Last week’s runner-up Jerry Slagle looks to redeem himself on Saturday as he is just two shots back of Funk. Slagle had the low round of the tournament not just within the 55-64 age division, but the whole tournament with a moving day 68.

Funk has plenty of players to keep in his rear view mirror as 10 players are within six shots of him heading into Saturday’s final round.

In the super senior division Jeff Burda maintains his lead following an even-par 72. Thanks to over par rounds from those contending after day 1, Burda enjoys a six shot lead over his nearest competitor.

One back to begin the day, legend Evan Long was the only man in the 70-74 age bracket to get to red numbers on the day with an age matching 2-under 70 to get to 2 over for the tournament. 

Living up to the title of ‘legend’, Long paces round 1 leader Peter Van Ingen by five strokes.

Super legend John Blank was among a trio of players who trailed John Walker by a shot as moving day began. Blank rose above the rest, including Walker, with a round of 4-over 76. Walker trails by four strokes with John Seehausen (+6) and Gaylord Davis (+7) bridging the gap between the two. Two players are within five of the lead.

Four champions will be crowned Saturday at PGA West with each winner earning 1,200 points toward the Golfweek Player of the Year race.

Two tied at the top following first round of the Golfweek Senior Amateur National Championship

Just 19 miles from the LPGA’s Chevron Championship, some of the world’s best senior amateurs are teeing it up.

Just 19 miles from where golf’s first major of the year, the Chevron Championship, is being played, some of the world’s best senior amateurs are teeing it up themselves.

PGA West in La Quinta, California, is hosting the Golfweek Senior Amateur National Championship, just a 30-minute drive from the Chevron Championship at Mission Hills.

Don Whittemore and Larry Nunez are the two who share a spot at the top of the leaderboard in the 55-to-64 year old division. Both carded even par rounds of 72. With just 10 birdies between the duo, Pete Dye’s Dune Course flexed its muscles to keep the leaders out of red numbers. Robert Funk rounds out the podium after day 1 with a 1-over 73.

Meanwhile, super senior Jeff Burda used five birdies to propel himself to an opening 70 and to the top of the field in the 65-to-69 division. Close on his heels, Steve Cribari posted a 1-under 71 to lead the charge come Friday’s moving day.

Curtis Worley and Doug Hopton-Jones have a share of third place thanks to their even-par rounds.

The legend division is led by Peter Van Ingen and Wyatt Meyer who each just missed out on shooting their age. Their matching 75s are good for a single stroke lead over both Gary Hardin and Evan Long.

Six more golfers are within four shots of the leaders.

In the super legends division, John Walker takes the early lead after a 1-under 71. He holds a single stroke over a trio of men tied at even par. John Seehausen is 1 over and rounds out the top 5 in the 75+ year old division.

The second round tees off at 7 a.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) at the PGA West Mountain Course.