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Tom Draper

The 1971 Championship drew what was probably the best field in the history of the Senior Amateur, and it was won by Tom Draper, 57, of Troy, Mich. Draper defeated Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Juan Bautista, Calif., 3 and 1, in the final at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Among players competing for the first time were William Hyndman, III, who had been runner-up in the British Amateur in 1969 and 1970. Hyndman was eliminated by Pieper in the semi-final round. Draper was 1 up on Pieper after playing fine bunker shots on holes 9, 13, and 14, birdied the 152-yard 15th with a tee shot 30 inches from the hole to go 2 up, and hit a 2-iron 15 feet from the hole on the 183-yard 17th to win another hole and end the match.

Draper also defeated Bob Cochran, of St. Louis, a former Walker Cup player and medalist at 148, and Truman Connell, of Boynton Beach, Fla., the current American Seniors Champion. Draper also defeated William F. Colm, of Pebble Beach, Calif., in the semi-final round. Gene Andrews, the 1970 Champion, did not defend.


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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