USGA Senior Amateur History

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Merrill L. Carlsmith, a 56-year-old Hawaii attorney, won the eighth Senior Amateur Championship by defeating Willis H. Blakely, Portland, Ore., by 4 and 2 in the final match at the Evanston Golf Club, Skokie, Ill. Carlsmith saved his strongest efforts for the last two matches.

He was even par against Michael Cestone, the 1960 Champion, through 17 holes of their semi-final, and only one over par in the final against Blakely, the Oregon State and Pacific Northwest Senior Champion.

The field, considered by many to be the strongest ever for this event, produced 31 scores of 77 or better in the qualifying round. Previously, the lowest score required to qualify had been 78. Dexter H. Daniels, the defending Champion, was automatically awarded the 32nd qualifying berth. He lost in the first round to David F. Rose, the 1960 runner-up.

Three men playing in the event for the first time shared the qualifying medal with scores of 72-James M. Johnson, LaDue, Mo.; William S. Terrell, Charlotte, N.C., and Henry L. Robison, Albuquerque, N.M. There was a record entry of 525.