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Lewis Oehmig

Lewis Oehmig, 69, of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, become the oldest person ever to win a USGA Championship and the first to win the Senior Amateur Championship three times when he defeated Edwin Hopkins, 61, of Whitney, Texas, on the 20th hole at Wild Dunes Beach and Racquet Club on Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

Hopkins was medalist with 143, one stroke off the qualifying record. Hopkins had his sternest challenge on his way to the final in the third round when he defeated Ira Templeton of Hixson, Tennessee, on the 20th hole.

In the semi-final, Hopkins eliminated Dempsey Ballard of San Antonio, Texas, 2 and 1. Oehmig was stretched to extra holes twice on his way to the final-in the first round he defeated Charles Sullivan of Peabody, Massachusetts, on the 20th hole and, in the second round he defeated Chris Kappas of Ponta Vedre, Florida, on the 20th hole. Oehmig defeated Clifford Taylor of Spring Lake, Michigan, 2 and 1, in the semi-final.

Hopkins won the first hole of the final but Oehmig won the second, fourth and fifth holes to take a two-hole lead. Hopkins won the 12th, 13th and 14th to regain the lead and had a chance to win the match on the 17th but his putt for a winning par slid past the hole.

Oehmig sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th to send the match to extra holes. The 19th hole was halved with pars. Oehmig won the match on the 20th hole when Hopkins's pitch from behind the green did not hold the green and he settled for bogey. The USGA accepted a record 1,345 entries for the Championship.

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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