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Curtis Person Sr.

Curtis Person Sr., of Memphis, Tenn., became the second to defend the title successfully when he defeated David Goldman, Sr., of Dallas 1 up, at the Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kans. Merrill Carlsmith, of Hilo, Hawaii, won successive Championships in 1962-63.

For the second consecutive year Person barely qualified for the match play phase. His 36-hole score of 154 was one stroke under the cutoff. The par-3 holes made the difference in the final match; Person won three of the four with pars.

The match was even after 10 holes, then Person won the par-3 11th when Goldman missed the green. They halved the remainder of the holes with Person holing a 10-foot putt for par on the 18th. Goldman was medalist with 146.

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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