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Gene Andrews

Gene Andrews, 57, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., won the Senior Amateur Championship by defeating James Ferrie, of Indian Welts, Calif., 1 up at the California Golf Club of San Francisco, South San Francisco, Calif.

Andrews was a former Amateur Public Links Champion and a former member of the Walker Cup Team. He was the first Senior Amateur Champion ever to have won another USGA Championship and was the second former Walker Cup player to have done so.

Frederick J. Wright, Jr., the 1956 Champion, was a member of the 1923 Walker Cup Team; Andrews was on the 1961 Team.

Andrews won two extra hole matches, defeating Robert E. Cochran, of Normandy, Mo., in 21 holes, and Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Jose, Calif., in 19. He won the final by sinking a 27-foot putt on the final hole.

Curtis Person, Sr., Champion in 1968 and 1969, lost in the first round to Truman Connell, of Delray Beach, Fla. Bruce N. McCormick, of San Gabriel, Calif., was medalist with 147. The entry of 683 was a record.

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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