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J. Clark Espie

In a reversal of the 1956 final, J. Clark Espie, 58, of the Hillcrest Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind., defeated Frederick J. Wright, Jr., 59, of Watertown, Mass., 2 and 1, at the Ridgewood Country Club, Ridgewood, N.J. in September-October.

Wright had beaten Espie, 4 and 3, the previous year and seemed on the way to another victory when he was 3 up with seven to play. J. Wood Platt, of Philadelphia, Pa., the first Senior Amateur Champion, lost in the first round to Christopher A. Carr, of Hamburg, N.Y.

In the same round, Judd L. Brumley, of Greenville, Tenn., went 22 holes to defeat William L. Goodloe, Sr., of Valdosta, Ga., the longest match of the Championship thus far.

The medalist was Thomas M. Green, Jr., 55, of Seattle, Wash., who scored a two-over-par 73. Eleven tied for the last nine places at 81. Runcie B. Martin, of Duluth, Minn., the oldest qualifier at 72, was playing 52 years after his first appearance in a USGA Championship, the Amateur of 1905.


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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