USGA Senior Amateur History

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1969

Curtis Person Sr., of Memphis, Tenn., became the second to defend the title successfully when he defeated David Goldman, Sr., of Dallas 1 up, at the Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kans. Merrill Carlsmith, of Hilo, Hawaii, won successive Championships in 1962-63.

For the second consecutive year Person barely qualified for the match play phase. His 36-hole score of 154 was one stroke under the cutoff. The par-3 holes made the difference in the final match; Person won three of the four with pars.

The match was even after 10 holes, then Person won the par-3 11th when Goldman missed the green. They halved the remainder of the holes with Person holing a 10-foot putt for par on the 18th. Goldman was medalist with 146.