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Bill Hyndman

Bill Hyndman, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., won the Senior Amateur Championship at the Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill., defeating Harry Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., 3 and 2.

This victory marked the end of a long quest for Hyndman; for more than 20 years he had been one of the country's leading amateurs, but he had never won a national Championship. He had been runner-up in the 1955 U.S. Amateur and had been the finalist in the British Amateur Championships of 1959-69-70. He had also reached the semi-finals in the Senior Championship, 1971 and 1972.

The defending Champion, Lew Oehmig, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., was eliminated in the first round, Hyndman defeated Bill Trepsas, Stoughton, Mass., 2 and 1 in his first match, then Ernest Pieper, San Juan Bautista, Calif., by the same margin in his second round.

Two down to Pieper after nine holes, Hyndman scored four birdies in eight holes for a four-under par 31 to win the match. Pieper was even with par on the second nine.

In the final round against Welch, Hyndman won the first hole and was never behind. Hyndman either won or saved holes on three occasions by brilliant recoveries from greenside bunkers. It should be noted that Hyndman and Welch played their match-16 holes-in only two hours and 20 minutes. Co-medalists were the new Champion and Sam Friedman, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., with scores of 73-74- 147. A total of 633 entered the Championship.


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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