2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship
PAR AND YARDAGE – Flint Hills National Golf Club will be set up 6,511 yards and par 36-35—71.
FLINT HILLS NATIONAL GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE – 6,511 yards and par 71
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:
DEFENDING CHAMPION – Mike Bell, 59, of Indianapolis, Ind., made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole to win the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur, 1 up, over Tom McGraw, 55, of Montgomery, Texas, at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.
Bell, the winner of the 2006 Indiana State Senior Amateur and the Senior Porter Cup, received his place in the field when Jerry Jackson of Kokomo, Ind., withdrew. Bell duplicated the feat of 2002 champion Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Mich., who also won as an alternate.
Bell became the first champion to win in his home state since Chicago’s Bill Shean won the 1998 championship at Skokie (Ill.) Country Club.
CAN I PLAY? – The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday on or before Sept. 1, 2007, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4.
ENTRIES – Entries for the 2007 championship closed July 18. The USGA accepted 2,255 entries for the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. It marked the seventh consecutive year entries topped 2,200. The record of 2,498 entries was set in 2005.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying (18 holes) was held Aug. 1-14 at 54 sites across the country.
bAdmission and parking are free for all six days of the championship. Spectators are not allowed to have cameras on the course during the championship.
EXEMPT PLAYERS – A total of 17 golfers, including seven USGA champions, were fully exempt from sectional qualifying for the 2007 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. They are:
MULTIPLE VICTORIES – Thirteen players have won this championship more than once. They are: J. Clark Espie (1957, 1959); Dexter H. Daniels (1961, 1966); Merrill L. Carlsmith (1962, 1963); Curtis Person Sr. (1968, 1969); Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985); William Hyndman III (1973, 1983); Dale Morey (1974, 1977), William C. Campbell (1979, 1980); R.S. Williams (1986, 1989); Clarence Moore (1988, 1992); O. Gordon Brewer Jr. (1994 and 1996); Bill Shean Jr. (1998 and 2000); and Kemp Richardson (2001, 2003). Carlsmith, Person and Campbell are the only three champions who won the title in consecutive years.
The 70-year-old Brewer, of Pine Valley, N.J., has qualified for the 2007 championship.
In addition to the USGA champions in the field, there will also be a father of a USGA champion at the 2007 Senior Amateur. Bill Homeyer of Edina, Minn., is the father of 2003 U.S. Women’s Open winner Hilary (Homeyer) Lunke.
THE WINNER RECEIVES – The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for the ensuing year. He also receives an exemption from local qualifying at the next U.S. Open, as well as exemptions from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Senior Opens, the next U.S. Amateur, the next U.S. Mid-Amateur, the next U.S. Amateur Public Links, and the next five USGA Senior Amateurs, if otherwise eligible.
KANSAS AND THE USGA – Kansas is hosting its 17th USGA Championship. The Senior Amateur was played in Kansas twice previously. In 1969, Wichita Country Club hosted the championship, won by Curtis Person Sr. In 1995, Jim Stahl Jr. won the Senior Amateur at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson.
KANSANS IN THE FIELD – Two players who call Kansas home have qualified for the championship: Richard Landon of Olathe and Martin Park of Wichita.
In addition, Roger Brown of Scottsdale, Ariz., who spends a part of the year in Kansas and is a member at Flint Hills National, has also qualified for the championship.
THE USGA AT FLINT HILLS NATIONAL: Flint Hills National hosted the 2001 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which culminated in what many refer to as the greatest USGA championship final. Meredith Duncan of Shreveport, La., made a two-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole to outlast Chile’s Nicole Perrot.
FUTURE SENIOR AMATEURS – Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, will host the 2008 championship from Sept. 9-12. The 2009 USGA Senior Amateur will be conducted at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago, Ill., from Sept. 20-25, and the 2010 Senior Amateur will be conducted at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 2-7.
WWW.USGA.ORG – Log onto the USGA Internet site (www.usga.org/championships/) for the latest USGA Senior Amateur information during the championship.
FOR MORE INFORMATION – Beth Murrison will be the USGA media relations contact onsite. Prior to the championship, she can be reached at (908) 234-2300, ext. 1485 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting Aug. 30, the phone number at the media center will be (316) 733-3532.