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William C. Campbell

William C. Campbell, 57, of Huntington, West Virginia, won his second consecutive Senior Amateur Championship by scoring a 3 and 2 victory over Keith K. Compton, 64, of San Antonio, Texas, the 1978 champion. The event was held on the Cascades Course of the Virginia Hot Springs Golf & Tennis Club, in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Campbell joined Merrill Carlsmith (1962-63) and Curtis Person (1968-69) as the only players to successfully defend the Senior Amateur title. For the second consecutive year, Campbell was also medalist, with a 36 hole score of 147, three over par.

Campbell was three under par in his first round match, three over par in the second round and one over par in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, his match with Dr. Ed Updegraff was even through nine holes. Both players birdied the 12th hole, a par 5, to remain even. Campbell then birdied the 13th from 10 feet, the 15th from 12 feet, and closed out the match with a six-foot putt for a birdie at the 16th.

Campbell was two over par. Campbelll won three of the first four holes of the final math and was never caught. The USGA received 1,000 entries, short of the record 1,023 set in 1979.

 
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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