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Frederick J. Wright, Jr.

Frederick J. Wright, Jr., 58, of the Oakley Country Club, Watertown, Mass., a member of the 1923 Walker Cup Team, became the second Senior Amateur Champion by defeating J. Clark Espie, 57, of Indianapolis, Ind., 4 and 3, at the Somerset Country Club, St. Paul, Minn., in August, 1956.

The medalist was Weller Noble, 65, of Berkley, Calif., who scored a two-over-par 72, the same score which won the medal the first year.

The defending champion, J. Wood Platt, lost in the third round to Wright. The entry dropped to 282. The qualifying limit fell on 10 players tied at 79, also the same score as in the first year, for the last four places.

In the first round Thomas C. Robbins, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., went 21 holes to defeat Perry T. Taylor, Huntington, W. Va., the longest match thus far.

Championship Facts

VENUE – Flint Hills National Golf Club, north of Wichita, Kan., was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1997.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – The USGA Course RatingTM for Flint Hills National Golf Club is 72.2; Slope Rating® is 133.

COURSE LAYOUT – The fairways will measure 0.55" in height. There will be no intermediate rough used outside the fairways. Depending on density, the primary rough will stand between 2½ and 3 inches high. The greens will measure approximately 10.5 feet on the Stimpmeter.

HISTORY – The USGA Senior Amateur Championship was first played in 1955. The 2007 Senior Amateur Championship will be the 53rd.

SCHEDULE – Practice rounds will be held Aug. 30 (Thursday) and Aug. 31 (Friday). The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 1 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
  • Sept. 2 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
  • Sept. 3 (Monday) – First round of match play
  • Sept. 4 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
  • Sept. 5 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
  • Sept. 6 (Thursday) – Final, match play (18 holes)


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