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1959

J. Clark Espie

J. Clark Espie, 60, of Indianapolis, Ind., the 1957 Senior Amateur Champion, won again at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, Tenn. His margin in the final was 3 and 1 over J. Wolcott Brown, of Manasquan, N.J.

In the five Senior Amateur Championships played thus far, Espie had won twice, been runner-up once, and a semi-finalist and qualifying medalist on a fourth occasion.

In 1959 he participated in the longest match to date in the history of the competition-a 24-hole match which he won in the second round against Larry E. Stage, of Lafayette, Ind. Other semi-finalists were George Dawson, of Chicago, and William E. Norvell, Jr., of Chattanooga.

Defending Champion Thomas C. Robbins, of Pinehurst, N.C., missed qualifying for the Championship flight of 32. There was a record entry of 391. There was no handicap limit for the first time.

 

 
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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