USGA Senior Amateur History

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1986

Bo Williams, 57, of Ocala, Florida, defeated John Harbottle of Tacoma, Washington, 3 and 2, in the final at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota. William Hyndman, III, who won the championship in 1973 and 1983, shot 149 in qualifying to earn medalist honors, the fourth time he had won or shared the qualifying medal in this championship.

Hyndman was eliminated in the quarter-finals by William Ludwig of Lees Summit, Missouri, 5 and 4. Williams had to play the 17th hole only once on his to the final.

In the fourth round he defeated Robert Marks of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 2 and 1. Williams downed Ludwig, 3 and 2, in the semi-final round to earn his way into the final. Harbottle was extended to the 18th hole twice. He edged Joe Eason of Houston, 1 up, in his opening match and defeated Ed Tutwiler of Indianapolis by the same margin in the third round.

A 4-and-3 victory over Marshall Trammell of Nashville, Tennessee, in the semi-finals put Harbottle in the final. Harbottle holed a 10-foot putt to earn a half on the first hole and sank a birdie of the some length at the second to go 1 up; but he had four bogeys and a double bogey over the next six holes. Four up at that point, Williams held on for the victory. The USGA accepted a record 1,362 entries for the championship.