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Lewis W. Oehmig

Lewis W. Oehmig, 56, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., won the Senior Amateur Championship at the Sharon Golf Club, Sharon Center, Ohio, in his initial attempt, beating Ernest Pieper, San Juan Bautista, Calif., on the 20th hole. This was the second successive year that Pieper was runner-up. Tom Draper, the defending Champion, failed to qualify for match play.

Three of Oehmig's victories were extra hole matches, and in each he had to make a sizable putt or hit his approach shot close to the hole. He defeated Edward L. Meister, Jr., Willoughby, Ohio, on the 19th hole with a birdie; Bill Hyndman, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., on the 20th hole by making an 18-foot putt, and Pieper on the 20th hole of the final round after squaring the match on the 18th with a 30-foot birdie putt. He also beat Timothy Holland, Wenham, Mass., 3 and 2, in the first round, and Curtis Person, Memphis, Tenn., 2 and 1, in the quarter-finals.

Person, Senior Champion in 1968 and 1969, played an impeccable round against Oehmig, but caught him on a day when Oehmig shot 15 pars and two birdies. Hyndman was the medalist with 71-74-145. In his match with Oehmig, Hyndman was two up after nine holes and was still one up after 17. On the 18th Oehmig hit his approach shot four feet from the flagstick and made his birdie, sending the match into extra holes. On the 20th he holed an 18-footer to beat Hyndman. Senior amateur golf continues to burgeon, with the result that there were 617 entries and another strong field.


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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