USGA Senior Amateur History

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Alton Duhon, 57, of Los Angeles, won the Senior Amateur Championship and became the second black ever to win a USGA Championship. Duhon defeated Dr. Edgar R. Updegraff, 2-up. Updegraff was attempting to defend his title on his home course, the Tucson Country Club, in Tucson, Arizona.

After qualifying easily with a 36-hole score of 148, four over par, Duhon defeated John Zoller, the Executive Director of the Northern California Golf Association, from Pebble Beach, California, 2 and 1; William Scarbrough, from Jacksonville, Florida, 2 and 1; William Hyndman, III, the 1973 Senior Amateur Champion, from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, 3 and 1; and in the semi-finals, Richard Giddings, from Pebble Beach, California, 7 and 6.

Updegraff, who was bidding to become the third player to successfully defend his title and only the second player in USGA history to successfully defend his title on his home course, qualified easily at 146. He defeated Chris Kappas, of Ponte Vedra, Florida, 4 and 3; Billy Joe Patton, of Morganton, North Carolina, 4 and 3; William Kinsel, of San Luis Obispo, California, 6 and 4; and in the semi-finals, Keith Barton, of Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 and 3.

Duhon never trailed in the final match. After both players halved the first hole with birdies, Duhon went 2-up after six holes, but he lost the seventh and eighth, and the match was even with nine holes to play. The turning point came on the 14th, where Duhon dropped an eight-foot putt for a birdie.

Duhon also rolled in a 35-footer on the 18th for a birdie to end the match. Roger McManus, of Hartville, Ohio, set two records in stroke-play qualifying. His second-round 70, two under par, broke the former record of 71, set in 1958 by J. Clark Espie. His 36 hole total of 142 broke the former record of 143, set by Curtis Person, Sr., in 1966, and matched by William Hyndman, III, in 1975; Dale Morey, in 1977; William Stewart, in 1978; and William C. Campbell and Morey, in 1979.

The USGA accepted a record 1,104 entries, topping the previous mark of 1,023 set in 1979 at Pine Tree Golf Club, in Delray Beach, Florida.