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The 2016 golf season for Matt Sughrue really began to form at the Maryland Open at Bulle Rock in July, where he closed with a 67 to finish seventh. It turned out to be a magical season for the Bethesda Country Club member, as he won the Middle Atlantic Senior Amateur and qualified for the USGA's Mid-Am (missed cut) and Senior Amateur (reached the final) read more...

Dave Ryan rode a red-hot putting stroke to grab an early lead, then held off a late charge by Matthew Sughrue to win the 62nd U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, 2 up, at Old Warson Country Club, which played to a par of 71 and measured 6,956 yards for the 18-hole championship match. Ryan, 62, of Taylorville, Ill., only 90 minutes away from Old Warson, had a week for the ages. After winning the Illinois Senior Amateur by nine strokes last week, Ryan defeated two-time Senior Amateur champion Paul Simson in the Round of 16 and two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and this...

Both U.S. Senior Amateur finalists came to Old Warson Country Club this week with fond memories of the club. Dave Ryan qualified for his first USGA championship there (the 1986 U.S. Amateur) and Matt Sughrue played in his first U.S. Mid-Amateur on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout in 1999. In fact, Sughrue has a memento from that championship on the wall in his office – an image of the par-4 14th hole. No. 14 played a pivotal role in Ryan’s 2-up victory over Sughrue, because Sughrue’s 4-foot birdie putt spun almost completely around the hole and failed to drop, preserving...

When things get challenging on the golf course for Matthew Sughrue, as they did when he was 2 down after six holes against Randy Mitchell in the first round of match play Monday in the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, the psychotherapist relies on the same advice that he provides to athletes in his practice: regulate your emotions and stay focused. “I ask myself, what would I tell myself?” he said. “Then I tell myself that.” The process worked when he came back from the early deficit to defeat Mitchell, of Wilmington, Del., 4 and 2, at Old Warson Country Club. This...

Just before 8:30 a.m. local time Thursday, Kenny Perry and Jeff Sluman will begin play in the U.S. Senior Open, established figures known to most fans who will stroll the grounds at Omaha Country Club. Together, they have combined for 20 victories on the PGA Tour and won more than $50 million — and that doesn’t even get into their accomplishments and earnings on the Champions Tour, the over-50 circuit that amounts to a series of lucrative exhibitions. They have made their living and spent their lives on the golf course, and the biggest tournament of the seniors’ summer is...