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1984

Robert Rawlins, 55, of Dallas, Texas, became the youngest man to win the Senior Amateur Championship when he defeated Richard Runkle, 56, of Los Angeles, on the 19th hole at the Birmingham Country Club, in Birmingham, Michigan. William C. Campbell, of Huntington, West Virginia, was medalist, with 144.

He lost to Runkle, 7 and 5, in the second round. Rawlins defeated Alton Duhon, the 1982 champion, on the 19th hole in one semifinal match while Runkle, who had finished second to William Hyndman, III, in 1983, defeated James Frost, 1-up, in the other.

In the final, Runkle led, 1 up, after nine holes, but Rawlins birdied the 18th to even the match. Rawlins won the 19th when Runkle missed an 18-inch par putt. The USGA accepted a record 1,l59 entries.


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