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James Stahl

In the final event contested during the USGA's centennial year, James Stahl of Cincinnati, Ohio, became the 439th person to capture a USGA championship by winning the Senior Amateur held at a poplular USGA site, Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Stahl defeated Rennie Law of Tampa, Fla., in the final match by a 2-and-1 score.

Stahl received a boost during the last day's semi-final and final rounds. When he reached the course that day, he discovered a friend waiting to caddie for him. It was Danny Yates, former Mid-Amateur champion, Amateur runner-up, and Walker Cup team member. Their relationship dates back to 1973, when Stahl lived for a period in Yate's hometown of Atlanta.

The semi-final round went very well for Stahl. He didn't lose a single hole along the way against Curt McClure of Shreveport, La., winning by a 4-and-3 margin. The afternoon's final match against Law proved a much tougher test. Stahl played poorly with four bogeys over the first seven holes, yet held a 1-up lead.

Law's game came alive after the first nine holes, however, and he claimed three straight holes to move from 1 down to 2 up. But some poor play on the 13th caused Law to give back one hole, while a Stahl birdie on the 14th squared the match. Law proceeded to miss his par putt at the 16th to fall one hole behind, and Stahl's 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th clinched his victory and capped a satisfying year for the man who also finished as runner-up in the 1995 Senior British Amateur.

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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