Paul Simson already is immortalized in U.S. Senior Amateur lore by virtue of his two titles in 2010 and 2012. But the North Carolina resident holds another sacred mark that may never be broken – he is 14 for 14 in first-round matches. Since becoming eligible in 2006, the 71-year-old has competed in 15 U.S. Senior Amateurs and reached match play in 14 (he missed the cut in 2021). His overall match-play record is 35-11, leaving him three victories shy of the all-time mark held by three-time champion Lewis Oehmig.

Despite close calls – last year at The Kittansett Club was the fourth time he’s been extended to No. 18 – Simson simply doesn’t lose in the opening round. If Simson qualifies for match play at Martis Camp in August, don’t bet against him continuing one of the greatest streaks in USGA history.