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Gene Andrews

Gene Andrews, 57, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., won the Senior Amateur Championship by defeating James Ferrie, of Indian Welts, Calif., 1 up at the California Golf Club of San Francisco, South San Francisco, Calif.

Andrews was a former Amateur Public Links Champion and a former member of the Walker Cup Team. He was the first Senior Amateur Champion ever to have won another USGA Championship and was the second former Walker Cup player to have done so.

Frederick J. Wright, Jr., the 1956 Champion, was a member of the 1923 Walker Cup Team; Andrews was on the 1961 Team.

Andrews won two extra hole matches, defeating Robert E. Cochran, of Normandy, Mo., in 21 holes, and Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Jose, Calif., in 19. He won the final by sinking a 27-foot putt on the final hole.

Curtis Person, Sr., Champion in 1968 and 1969, lost in the first round to Truman Connell, of Delray Beach, Fla. Bruce N. McCormick, of San Gabriel, Calif., was medalist with 147. The entry of 683 was a record.


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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