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Michael Cestone

Michael Cestone, age 55, of Montclair, N.J., competed in his first Senior Amateur Championship at Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville, Mass., and finished as winner.

He defeated David Rose, 56, Cleveland, Ohio, on the 20th hole of the final match. Other semi-finalists were W.B. McConnell, Kennett Square, Pa., and Edward E. Lowery, San Francisco, Calif.

Weather played a large part in the Championship. Steady rain fell on the day scheduled for the qualifying and continued into the following day, causing cancellation of play both days.

The USGA Senior Championship Committee was forced to extend the Championship one day, to Sunday, and to schedule two match rounds on Saturday.

The Committee also decided to permit the use of automotive transportation on the double-round day. Defending Champion J. Clark Espie, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., withdrew because carts were to be permitted in the emergency, contrary to the published conditions of the tournament.

The medalist was S.S. Rockey, of Los Angeles, who shot 74. A record 517 entered the Championship-126 more than the previous high.


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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