J. Clark Espie
In a reversal of the 1956 final, J. Clark Espie, 58, of
the Hillcrest Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind., defeated Frederick
J. Wright, Jr., 59, of Watertown, Mass., 2 and 1, at the Ridgewood
Country Club, Ridgewood, N.J. in September-October.
Wright had beaten Espie, 4 and 3, the previous year and
seemed on the way to another victory when he was 3 up with
seven to play. J. Wood Platt, of Philadelphia, Pa., the first
Senior Amateur Champion, lost in the first round to Christopher
A. Carr, of Hamburg, N.Y.
In the same round, Judd L. Brumley, of Greenville, Tenn.,
went 22 holes to defeat William L. Goodloe, Sr., of Valdosta,
Ga., the longest match of the Championship thus far.
The medalist was Thomas M. Green, Jr., 55, of Seattle, Wash.,
who scored a two-over-par 73. Eleven tied for the last nine
places at 81. Runcie B. Martin, of Duluth, Minn., the oldest
qualifier at 72, was playing 52 years after his first appearance
in a USGA Championship, the Amateur of 1905.