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Dale Morey

In his first year of eligibility, Dale Morey, of High Point, N.C., defeated Lew Oehmig, the 1972 Champion from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 4 and 2 in the final round at the Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The defending Champion, Bill Hyndman, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was eliminated by Oehmig in the third round, 1 up. Morey was runner-up to Gene Littler in the 1953 Amateur Championship, but he had never won a national Championship.

On his way to the final he defeated Ed Meister, of Willoughby, Ohio, 6 and 5; Wally Sezna, West Chester, Pa., 4 and 3; John Humm, Rockville Centre, N.Y., 2 up, and Ed Tutwiler, of Indianapolis, Ind., 3 and 2 in the semi-final round. Tutwiler was medalist in the 36-hole qualifying with 144, two over par.

Morey won four of the first five holes in the final round but Oehmig rallied and was only 1 down playing the 14th when he became involved in one of a series of Rules decisions that were made during the Championship; in all, Oehmig was party to three such incidents.

His tee shot on the 152-yard, par-3 hole came to rest within the confines of a water hazard. Electing to play the ball, because he was not entitled to relief without penalty, Oehmig took his stance and then soled his club. The Referee had no choice but to invoke Rule 33-1b and advise Oehmig that he had lost the hole.

Morey won the 15th hole to go 3 up with three to play. Oehmig conceded the 16th hole and the match to Morey. The entry of 743 set a new 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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