Bill Hyndman, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., won the Senior
Amateur Championship at the Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill.,
defeating Harry Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., 3 and 2.
This victory marked the end of a long quest for Hyndman;
for more than 20 years he had been one of the country's leading
amateurs, but he had never won a national Championship. He
had been runner-up in the 1955 U.S. Amateur and had been the
finalist in the British Amateur Championships of 1959-69-70.
He had also reached the semi-finals in the Senior Championship,
1971 and 1972.
The defending Champion, Lew Oehmig, of Lookout Mountain,
Tenn., was eliminated in the first round, Hyndman defeated
Bill Trepsas, Stoughton, Mass., 2 and 1 in his first match,
then Ernest Pieper, San Juan Bautista, Calif., by the same
margin in his second round.
Two down to Pieper after nine holes, Hyndman scored four
birdies in eight holes for a four-under par 31 to win the
match. Pieper was even with par on the second nine.
In the final round against Welch, Hyndman won the first
hole and was never behind. Hyndman either won or saved holes
on three occasions by brilliant recoveries from greenside
bunkers. It should be noted that Hyndman and Welch played
their match-16 holes-in only two hours and 20 minutes. Co-medalists
were the new Champion and Sam Friedman, of Fort Walton Beach,
Fla., with scores of 73-74- 147. A total of 633 entered the