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Lewis W. Oehmig

Lewis W. Oehmig, 60, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., who had won the Tennessee Amateur in 1937 at 21, won the Senior Amateur Championship for the second time.

He defeated John Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 4 and 3 in the final round at the Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo. Oehmig won previously in 1972. The Championship was played in erratic weather-showers and temperatures in the 50s.

Oehmig and Dale Morey, High Point, N.C., were the only former Champions among the 32 who qualified for match play. Richardson eliminated Morey in the second round.

Richardson also defeated Ed Tutwiler, of Indianapolis, the medalist. In the final round, Richardson, 1961 California Amateur Champion, consistently outdrove Oehmig, but he could not match Oehmig's short game.

In the 15 holes played, Oehmig had five conceded birdies and lost only two holes. He three-putted both. On the first hole Richardson drove into a lateral water hazard and conceded a birdie to Oehmig. Holes two and three were halved, then Richardson drew even when Oehmig three-putted the fourth green.

Oehmig then won four holes in sucession to go 4-up. Oehmig three-putted again, on the 10th, to stand 3-up. Both players birdied the 11th and halved the 12th, 13th and 14th with pars. The match ended on the 15th, where Oehmig put his tee shot within 12 feet of the hole and Richardson hit into a bunker.

The entry reached 833, breaking the record 743 set in 1974.

 
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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