USGA Senior Amateur History

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1989

Bo Williams parred the first extra hole, at Lochinvar Golf Club, in Houston, Texas, and defeated Joe Simpson, the father of Scott Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion, in the final. The win was his second. He also won the Senior Amateur in 1986.

A 60-year-old car dealer from Ocala, Florida, Williams birdied two of the first eight holes, took a four-hole lead, but faltered a bit on the second nine and fell back to even after 16 holes. They halved the final two holes of the regulation 18 before Simpson three-putted the 19th.

Simpson actually was the more accurate of the two, hitting 15 greens in regulation, but Williams one-putted eight greens and chipped in twice.

At the end of the day Williams had but 26 putts for the 19 holes. Five strokes off the qualifying pace set by Frank Tenfel (147), Williams won five matches to reach the final. He won two of his early matches by scores of 3 and 2, and two more by 2 and 1 margins.