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William D. Higgins

William D. Higgins, 58, of San Francisco, won the Senior Amateur Championship at the Waverley Country Club, Portland, Ore., after losing in the final round in 1963. Higgins birdied the last two holes to win his semi-final match 1 up from David Goldman, Sr., of Dallas. He then beat Edward Murphy, a member of the host club, by 2 and 1 in the final.

Merrill L. Carlsmith, of Hilo, Hawaii, was seeking an unprecedented third straight Championship but he was defeated in the second round by Ralph Swan, of Vancouver, Wash., by 3 and 2. The format was altered to 36 holes of qualifying at the site to determine 32 players for match play. A-L. (Jim) Miller, 71, turned in a remarkable qualifying performance to earn the medal with scores of 74-76- 150.

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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