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John Richardson

John Richardson, 66, of Laguna Niguel, California, defeated James Kite, Jr., of Wolftown, Virginia, 5 and 4, at Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Richardson also was the medalist, shooting three-over-par 145 and becoming the first golfer to win the medal and the championship in the same year since Ed Updegraff in 1981.

Despite his impressive play, Richardson was tested often on his way to the championship. He trailed 1982 champion Alton Duhon by two holes through 13 before coming back to win on the 19th. He later defeated 1986 runner-up John Harbottle and three-time champion Lew Oehmig.

Kite, a lefthander, was stretched to the 17th hole or further in each of his first four matches. His most decisive victory came in the semi-finals where he ousted George Holland, 6 and 5.

In the final, Richardson played superbly and held a 4-up advantage through nine holes. A birdie at the 12th increased the margin to five holes and Richardson held that lead for a 5-and 4-victory. The USGA accepted 1,465 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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