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1956

Frederick J. Wright, Jr.

Frederick J. Wright, Jr., 58, of the Oakley Country Club, Watertown, Mass., a member of the 1923 Walker Cup Team, became the second Senior Amateur Champion by defeating J. Clark Espie, 57, of Indianapolis, Ind., 4 and 3, at the Somerset Country Club, St. Paul, Minn., in August, 1956.

The medalist was Weller Noble, 65, of Berkley, Calif., who scored a two-over-par 72, the same score which won the medal the first year.

The defending champion, J. Wood Platt, lost in the third round to Wright. The entry dropped to 282. The qualifying limit fell on 10 players tied at 79, also the same score as in the first year, for the last four places.

In the first round Thomas C. Robbins, of Mamaroneck, N.Y., went 21 holes to defeat Perry T. Taylor, Huntington, W. Va., the longest match thus far.

 

 
Championship Facts

USGA Senior Amateur

WHO CAN PLAY The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday on or before Sept. 20, 2008, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4.

ENTRIES Entries for the 2008 championship closed Aug. 6. The USGA accepted 2,393 entries for the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. It marked the eighth consecutive year entries topped 2,200. The record of 2,498 entries was set in 2005.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING Sectional qualifying (18 holes) was conducted Aug. 15 - Sept. 2 at 50 sites across the country. For complete results, click here.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY This will be the 54th USGA Senior Amateur Championship. It was first played in 1955.

SCHEDULE Practice rounds will be held Sept. 18 (Thursday) and Sept. 19 (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. 20 (Saturday) First round of stroke play
  • Sept. 21 (Sunday) Second round of stroke play
  • Sept. 22 (Monday) First round of match play
  • Sept. 23 (Tuesday) Second and third rounds of match play
  • Sept. 24 (Wednesday) Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
  • Sept. 25 (Thursday) Final, match play (18 holes)
  • PAR AND YARDAGE Shady Oaks Country Club will be set up 6,597 (stroke play)/6,679 (match play) yards and par 35-36-71.

    COURSE SET-UP The fairways will measure 0.40-0.50 inches in height. The intermediate rough will measure 1 inches, with a width of approximately 6 feet. The primary rough will stand 2 inches high. The greens will measure approximately 10.5 feet on the Stimpmeter.

    COURSE RATING AND SLOPE The USGA Course RatingTM for Shady Oaks Country Club is 73.0; Slope Rating® is 137.

     

     
     

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