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Merrill L. Carlsmith

Merrill L. Carlsmith became the first to defend the title successfully. He defeated William D. Higgins, of San Francisco, by 3 and 2 at the Sea Island Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga. This was the third appearance in the Championship for the 57-year-old Hilo attorney and the first for Higgins, also 57.

Egon F. Quittner, Jenkintown, Pa., defeated Maurice R. Smith, Charlotte, N.C., in the first round after nine extra holes, an overtime record for the Championship by three holes.

A new all-match play format was introduced. The original entry of 494 was reduced by Sectional Qualifying to 128 for the Championship proper. On Friday, the only day of two rounds, players were permitted to use automotive transportation for the first time under original conditions of a USGA Championship.

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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