Alton Duhon, 57, of Los Angeles, won the Senior Amateur
Championship and became the second black ever to win a USGA
Championship. Duhon defeated Dr. Edgar R. Updegraff, 2-up.
Updegraff was attempting to defend his title on his home course,
the Tucson Country Club, in Tucson, Arizona.
After qualifying easily with a 36-hole score of 148, four
over par, Duhon defeated John Zoller, the Executive Director
of the Northern California Golf Association, from Pebble Beach,
California, 2 and 1; William Scarbrough, from Jacksonville,
Florida, 2 and 1; William Hyndman, III, the 1973 Senior Amateur
Champion, from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, 3 and 1; and
in the semi-finals, Richard Giddings, from Pebble Beach, California,
7 and 6.
Updegraff, who was bidding to become the third player to
successfully defend his title and only the second player in
USGA history to successfully defend his title on his home
course, qualified easily at 146. He defeated Chris Kappas,
of Ponte Vedra, Florida, 4 and 3; Billy Joe Patton, of Morganton,
North Carolina, 4 and 3; William Kinsel, of San Luis Obispo,
California, 6 and 4; and in the semi-finals, Keith Barton,
of Salt Lake City, Utah, 4 and 3.
Duhon never trailed in the final match. After both players
halved the first hole with birdies, Duhon went 2-up after
six holes, but he lost the seventh and eighth, and the match
was even with nine holes to play. The turning point came on
the 14th, where Duhon dropped an eight-foot putt for a birdie.
Duhon also rolled in a 35-footer on the 18th for a birdie
to end the match. Roger McManus, of Hartville, Ohio, set two
records in stroke-play qualifying. His second-round 70, two
under par, broke the former record of 71, set in 1958 by J.
Clark Espie. His 36 hole total of 142 broke the former record
of 143, set by Curtis Person, Sr., in 1966, and matched by
William Hyndman, III, in 1975; Dale Morey, in 1977; William
Stewart, in 1978; and William C. Campbell and Morey, in 1979.
The USGA accepted a record 1,104 entries, topping the previous
mark of 1,023 set in 1979 at Pine Tree Golf Club, in Delray