Ivan defeats 2 former champions to make semis of CGA Senior Match Play; Hornbeck, Sullivan, Forey also advance to final four
By Gary Baines – 06/26/2019
The final four is set — and a formidable final four it is.
All that’s left in the 50th CGA Senior Match Play Championship are the semifinals and the final at Meadows Golf Club in Littleton.
Still in contention for the title are John Hornbeck, the Wyoming golf Hall of Famer who is attempting to become the first back-to-back champion in this event since John Olive (2001 through ’03); Scott Sullivan of Bookcliff Country Club, who advanced to the round of 16 in last year’s U.S. Senior Amateur — his third appearance in that event; Sean Forey of The Club at Rolling Hills, who at age 66 won the CGA Super-Senior Match Play a month ago; and 2018 CGA Senior Player of the Year Steve Ivan of Patty Jewett Golf Course, who won the 18th hole with a par to defeat three-time winner David Delich of The Broadmoor Golf Club, 1 up in the quarterfinals.
In Thursday’s semifinals, Hornbeck will face Sullivan, while Forey will take on Ivan (pictured). The winners will square off in Thursday afternoon’s title match.
All four players won twice on Wednesday to advance to the final day of competition.
In the quarterfinals, besides Ivan edging fellow Colorado Springs resident Delich, Hornbeck beat Bradley Becker of Plum Creek Golf Club, 2 and 1; Sullivan defeated 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur qualifier Gary Albrecht of CommonGround Golf Course, 2 and 1; and Forey topped David Snow of Murphy Creek Golf Course, 3 and 2.
Ivan ousted two former Senior Match Play champions in one day, beating 2016 winner Jeff Oneth of Colorado Golf Club in the round of 16 before taking down Delich. Ivan has now won two matches 1 up and two others 6 and 5 this week. He was the 2017 CGA Senior Amateur champion and finished second at this event last year.
The Senior Match Play is limited to players 53 and older.
CGA Senior Match Play
At Meadows GC in Littleton
John Hornbeck, Collindale GC, def. Bradley Becker, Plum Creek GC, 2 and 1
Scott Sullivan, Bookcliff CC, def. Gary Albrecht, CommonGround GC, 2 and 1
Sean Forey, The Club at Rolling Hills, def. David Snow, Murphy Creek GC, 3 and 2
Steve Ivan, Patty Jewett GC, def. David Delich, The Broadmoor GC, 1 up
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