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Bo Williams

Bo Williams parred the first extra hole, at Lochinvar Golf Club, in Houston, Texas, and defeated Joe Simpson, the father of Scott Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion, in the final. The win was his second. He also won the Senior Amateur in 1986.

A 60-year-old car dealer from Ocala, Florida, Williams birdied two of the first eight holes, took a four-hole lead, but faltered a bit on the second nine and fell back to even after 16 holes. They halved the final two holes of the regulation 18 before Simpson three-putted the 19th.

Simpson actually was the more accurate of the two, hitting 15 greens in regulation, but Williams one-putted eight greens and chipped in twice.

At the end of the day Williams had but 26 putts for the 19 holes. Five strokes off the qualifying pace set by Frank Tenfel (147), Williams won five matches to reach the final. He won two of his early matches by scores of 3 and 2, and two more by 2 and 1 margins.

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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