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William Hyndman, III

William Hyndman, III, 67, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, become the oldest Champion in USGA history when he won the Senior Amateur Championship for the second time at the Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Indiana. Hyndman, who had won this title in 1973, defeated Richard Runkle, 55, of Los Angeles, 1 up, in the final.

Runkle only recently had become eligible for the Championship. Dr. Edgar R. Updegraff, of Tucson, Arizona, the 1981 Senior Amateur Champion and 1982 runner-up, was the qualifying medalist for the second time in three years, with rounds of 76-72-148.

Updegraff lost in the second round to Willis Watkins, of Conway, Arkansas, 3 and 2. On his way to the final, Hyndman, a member of five U.S. Walker Cup teams, defeated Dale Morey, of High Point, North Carolina, twice the Senior Amateur Champion, 2 up.

Runkle began quickly in the final, winning the first two holes, but Hyndman squared the match with a par at the third and a birdie at the fourth, rolling in a 45-foot putt. At the end of 16 holes, the match was even. Runkle missed a chance to win the 17th when he missed a putt from four feet.

At the 18th, Hyndman's long tee shot left him with only a wedge shot to the green. Runkle's approach caught a bunker, and he eventually missed a 7-foot putt. Hyndman hit his approach 10 feet from the hole and two-putted to end the match.

The Championship's format was altered. After36 holes of stroke play qualifying, the low 64 players, rather than 32, continued into match play. The Championship attracted 1,102 entrants.

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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