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William F. Colm

William F. Colm became the third Californian to win a USGA Championship during 1975. He defeated fellow-Californian Stephen Stimac, 4 and 3, in the final of the Senior Amateur Championship at the Carmel Valley Golf and Country Club, Carmel, Calif.

Players from 37 states competed for the Championship, but when it was over the winner was the man who traveled the shortest distance-nine miles. Colm lives in Pebble Beach. He had been a semi-finalist in 1971, and in 1970, 1972, and 1973 he lost in the first round.

Stimac, of Walnut Creek, had never advanced beyond the second round before, but he kept winning his matches, including his quarter-final round against former Walker Cupper Bob Cochran, which went 19 holes.

It was a week of upsets; two former Champions Dale Morey, of High Point, N.C., and Lew Oehmig, from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., were eliminated in the first round. William Hyndman, III, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., who won the Championship in 1973, was defeated in the second round, after defeating Oehmig in the first.

Hyndman did set a record, however; he was medalist for the third time, shooting 73-70- 143. His 143 tied the 36-hole qualifying record score, set by Curtis Person, Sr., in 1966.

In the final round, Colm was 4-up after nine holes, as Stimac had six bogies and couldn't win a hole, even when Colm bogied three times. The first four holes of the home nine were halved in par, then Stimac won his first hole with a par on the short 14th to stand three down with four to play.

Colm, however, closed the match out on the next hole, striking a six-iron to within five feet of the cup and holing the putt for a birdie-3 on the 363 -yard hole. There were 737 entries.

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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