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Lewis W. Oehmig, 60, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., who had
won the Tennessee Amateur in 1937 at 21, won the Senior Amateur
Championship for the second time.
He defeated John Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel, Calif.,
4 and 3 in the final round at the Cherry Hills Country Club,
Englewood, Colo. Oehmig won previously in 1972. The Championship
was played in erratic weather-showers and temperatures in
Oehmig and Dale Morey, High Point, N.C., were the only former
Champions among the 32 who qualified for match play. Richardson
eliminated Morey in the second round.
Richardson also defeated Ed Tutwiler, of Indianapolis, the
medalist. In the final round, Richardson, 1961 California
Amateur Champion, consistently outdrove Oehmig, but he could
not match Oehmig's short game.
In the 15 holes played, Oehmig had five conceded birdies
and lost only two holes. He three-putted both. On the first
hole Richardson drove into a lateral water hazard and conceded
a birdie to Oehmig. Holes two and three were halved, then
Richardson drew even when Oehmig three-putted the fourth green.
Oehmig then won four holes in sucession to go 4-up. Oehmig
three-putted again, on the 10th, to stand 3-up. Both players
birdied the 11th and halved the 12th, 13th and 14th with pars.
The match ended on the 15th, where Oehmig put his tee shot
within 12 feet of the hole and Richardson hit into a bunker.
The entry reached 833, breaking the record 743 set in 1974.