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Robert B. Kiersky

Robert B. Kiersky, 57, of Oakmont, Pa., won the 1965 Championship at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, by defeating George C. Beechler, Prineville, Ore., on the 19th hole. On the extra hole, 405 yards long, Kiersky two-putted for his par, but Beechley was short with his second and took three to get down. Two former Champions lost in the semi-final round.

Merrill L. Carlsmith, winner in 1962 and 1963, lost to Beechier; William D. Higgins, San Francisco, the 1964 Champion, was ousted by Kiersky. Curtis Person, Sr., of. Memphis, Tenn., won the medal with 149.

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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