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Michael Cestone, age 55, of Montclair, N.J., competed in
his first Senior Amateur Championship at Oyster Harbors Club,
Osterville, Mass., and finished as winner.
He defeated David Rose, 56, Cleveland, Ohio, on the 20th
hole of the final match. Other semi-finalists were W.B. McConnell,
Kennett Square, Pa., and Edward E. Lowery, San Francisco,
Weather played a large part in the Championship. Steady
rain fell on the day scheduled for the qualifying and continued
into the following day, causing cancellation of play both
The USGA Senior Championship Committee was forced to extend
the Championship one day, to Sunday, and to schedule two match
rounds on Saturday.
The Committee also decided to permit the use of automotive
transportation on the double-round day. Defending Champion
J. Clark Espie, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., withdrew because
carts were to be permitted in the emergency, contrary to the
published conditions of the tournament.
The medalist was S.S. Rockey, of Los Angeles, who shot 74.
A record 517 entered the Championship-126 more than the previous