USGA Senior Amateur History

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The 1971 Championship drew what was probably the best field in the history of the Senior Amateur, and it was won by Tom Draper, 57, of Troy, Mich. Draper defeated Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Juan Bautista, Calif., 3 and 1, in the final at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Among players competing for the first time were William Hyndman, III, who had been runner-up in the British Amateur in 1969 and 1970. Hyndman was eliminated by Pieper in the semi-final round. Draper was 1 up on Pieper after playing fine bunker shots on holes 9, 13, and 14, birdied the 152-yard 15th with a tee shot 30 inches from the hole to go 2 up, and hit a 2-iron 15 feet from the hole on the 183-yard 17th to win another hole and end the match.

Draper also defeated Bob Cochran, of St. Louis, a former Walker Cup player and medalist at 148, and Truman Connell, of Boynton Beach, Fla., the current American Seniors Champion. Draper also defeated William F. Colm, of Pebble Beach, Calif., in the semi-final round. Gene Andrews, the 1970 Champion, did not defend.