USGA Senior Amateur History

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1959

J. Clark Espie, 60, of Indianapolis, Ind., the 1957 Senior Amateur Champion, won again at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, Tenn. His margin in the final was 3 and 1 over J. Wolcott Brown, of Manasquan, N.J.

In the five Senior Amateur Championships played thus far, Espie had won twice, been runner-up once, and a semi-finalist and qualifying medalist on a fourth occasion.

In 1959 he participated in the longest match to date in the history of the competition-a 24-hole match which he won in the second round against Larry E. Stage, of Lafayette, Ind. Other semi-finalists were George Dawson, of Chicago, and William E. Norvell, Jr., of Chattanooga.

Defending Champion Thomas C. Robbins, of Pinehurst, N.C., missed qualifying for the Championship flight of 32. There was a record entry of 391. There was no handicap limit for the first time.