A string of big names — among them Craig Stadler, Nick Price, Hal Sutton, and Norwood’s Allen Doyle — unknowingly combined to give a name not nearly as popular a spot in this week’s US Senior Open.
Don Reycroft, a 57-year-old amateur from Norfolk, earned a spot into the championship after a number of withdrawals.
Officially, it was reigning Senior British Open winner Russ Cochran’s withdrawal on Sunday night that finally got Reycroft in, but it was the earlier WDs that moved the Bay State amateur up the alternate list.
Reycroft lost a three-for-one playoff at the only sectional qualifier in Massachusetts. Andrew Morse of West Roxbury earned the second of two automatic bids as a result of the playoff, but Reycroft was first alternate. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.