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Robert Rawlins

Robert Rawlins, 55, of Dallas, Texas, became the youngest man to win the Senior Amateur Championship when he defeated Richard Runkle, 56, of Los Angeles, on the 19th hole at the Birmingham Country Club, in Birmingham, Michigan. William C. Campbell, of Huntington, West Virginia, was medalist, with 144.

He lost to Runkle, 7 and 5, in the second round. Rawlins defeated Alton Duhon, the 1982 champion, on the 19th hole in one semifinal match while Runkle, who had finished second to William Hyndman, III, in 1983, defeated James Frost, 1-up, in the other.

In the final, Runkle led, 1 up, after nine holes, but Rawlins birdied the 18th to even the match. Rawlins won the 19th when Runkle missed an 18-inch par putt. The USGA accepted a record 1,l59 entries.

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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