Clarence Moore, 59, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, defeated
Bud Stevens of Plymouth, Michigan, 5 and 4, in the final at
Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Country Club. John Harbottle of Tacoma,
Washington, runner-up in the championship in 1986, and Richard
Goerlich, Jr., of Tampa, Florida, shared medalist honors at
Harbottle advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to
James McMurtrey of Danville, California. Goerlich was a second-round
loser to Bob Miller of Bay Village, Ohio.
Moore's play was outstanding as he proceeded through the
draw. In his closest match, he defeated Morris Beecroft of
Newport News, Virginia, in the quarter-finals, 3 and 2. He
eliminated Joe Simpson, of San Diego, California, father of
1987 U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson, 4 and 3, to reach the
final. Stevens had a more difficult journey to the final.
In the quarterfinals, he eliminated Bill Lee of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
on the 20th hole. He then defeated McMurtrey, 1 up. Stevens
won the first hole of the final and held that one-hole advantage
through the fifth. Moore squared the match at the sixth, then
took the lead for good at the eighth when he holed a shot
from a greenside bunker for a birdie.
Moore then won the ninth and 10th to go 3 up. After winning
the 12th and 13th, Moore closed out the match when the 14th
was halved with bogeys. The USGA accepted 1,440 entries for