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Tom Draper

The 1971 Championship drew what was probably the best field in the history of the Senior Amateur, and it was won by Tom Draper, 57, of Troy, Mich. Draper defeated Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Juan Bautista, Calif., 3 and 1, in the final at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Among players competing for the first time were William Hyndman, III, who had been runner-up in the British Amateur in 1969 and 1970. Hyndman was eliminated by Pieper in the semi-final round. Draper was 1 up on Pieper after playing fine bunker shots on holes 9, 13, and 14, birdied the 152-yard 15th with a tee shot 30 inches from the hole to go 2 up, and hit a 2-iron 15 feet from the hole on the 183-yard 17th to win another hole and end the match.

Draper also defeated Bob Cochran, of St. Louis, a former Walker Cup player and medalist at 148, and Truman Connell, of Boynton Beach, Fla., the current American Seniors Champion. Draper also defeated William F. Colm, of Pebble Beach, Calif., in the semi-final round. Gene Andrews, the 1970 Champion, did not defend.

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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