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1957

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.

 
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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