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,
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