Cooke falls in extra holes at USGA Senior Amateur
Canadian Golf Hall of Famer, Graham Cooke loses round of 16 match on 19th hole
Published on Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2012 10:35AM EDT Last updated on Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2012 10:41AM EDT
Graham Cooke woke up this morning just a single hole away from reaching the quarter-finals of the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur taking place at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, NJ.
However, it just wasn’t meant to be for Cooke.
On the opening extra hole, the Hudson, Que. native bogeyed the 404 yard par 4 to lose his round of 16 match versus Curtis Skinner of Lake Bluff, Ill. Skinner made par, 4.
Cooke and Skinner had to complete their match Wednesday after been suspended due to darkness at 6:33 p.m. EDT Tuesday.
Cooke advanced to match play after finishing the two-round stroke play qualifying tied for 4th at 2-under par. He won his round of 64 match 1-up against Don Marsh of Johns Creek, Ga. and beat Douglas Pool of Las Vegas, Nev. 4&3 in the round of 32.
A member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Cooke is a four-time Canadian Men’s Senior Champion (2001, 2002, 2008, 2009). He’s also a captured seven Canadian Mid-Amateur titles (1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002). He’s twice finished as runner-up at the British Senior Amateur Championship (2007, 2009) and has designed more than 75 golf courses in Canada and internationally.
The USGA Senior Amateur quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played Wednesday, and the championship is scheduled to conclude with an 18-hole final on Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. EDT.
The USGA Senior Amateur, for players 55 and older, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.