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Bill Bosshard

Bill Bosshard defeated Morris Beecroft, 61, of Newport News, Va., in the final match, 5 and 4, to become the youngest champion in the history of the Senior Amateur.

At the time of his victory, Bosshard, of Copley, Ohio, was less than four months past his 55th birthday. Jackie, Cummings, the 1990 champion, was previously the youngest Senior Amateur champion.

Neither finalist played exceptionally well in the championship match. Bosshard won the first hole with a bogey, and at the 13th hole he won with a double bogey six after Beecroft needed four putts. Earlier in the match, Beecroft had three-putted on three other occassions.

After Beecroft hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th hole close to the flagstick, Bosshard matched it. Both players made birdie to close the match.

Bosshard advanced to the final by defeating former champion Clarence Moore, 4 and 3; while Beecroft eliminated Dick Goerlich, of Tampa, Fla., 1 up.

With the players fighting a week of cold, blustery weather, the scores were unusually high. Moore and Beecroft were co-medalists with 36-hole totals of 10-over-par 150, the second highest score in the history of 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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