Lake Nona to Host 2010 USGA Senior Amateur

Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., has been selected as the site of the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur. The championship will be played October 2-7.

Designed by Tom Fazio, Lake Nona opened in 1986. Itís the home course for many PGA and LPGA professionals who use Orlando as their home base.

The club has hosted the World Cup of Golf, the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990, the 1995 USGA State Team Championship, and the 2004 Tavistock Cup (a match-play style event between Lake Nona and Isleworth touring pro members).

Lake Nona has also hosted U.S. Open sectional qualifiers in 1993, 2003 and Ď04. Most recently, the club held this year's NCAA Men's Division I East Regional.

"Lake Nona is a demanding golf course that will test even the most seasoned contestants," said Andy Odenbach, VP of Sports Ventures for Tavistock Group. "Lake Nona looks forward to welcoming both the contestants and the USGA to Orlando for a memorable week of competition in 2010."

Prior to 2010, the USGA Senior Amateur will be played at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind., from September 16-21, 2006; at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan., from September 1-6, 2007; at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago, Ill., from September 20-25, 2008; and at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, from September 12-17, 2009.

The Senior Amateur is open to amateurs, age 55 and older, who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. It is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Recent past champions include Mike Rice (2005), Mark Bemowski (2004), Greg Reynolds (2002), Kemp Richardson (2001 and 2003) and Bill Shean (1998 and 2000). Other notable winners are Lew Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985), Dale Morey (1974, 1977), Bill Hyndman III (1973, 1983) and Bill Campbell (1979, 1980).