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Lewis W. Oehmig

Lewis W. Oehmig, 60, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., who had won the Tennessee Amateur in 1937 at 21, won the Senior Amateur Championship for the second time.

He defeated John Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., 4 and 3 in the final round at the Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo. Oehmig won previously in 1972. The Championship was played in erratic weather-showers and temperatures in the 50s.

Oehmig and Dale Morey, High Point, N.C., were the only former Champions among the 32 who qualified for match play. Richardson eliminated Morey in the second round.

Richardson also defeated Ed Tutwiler, of Indianapolis, the medalist. In the final round, Richardson, 1961 California Amateur Champion, consistently outdrove Oehmig, but he could not match Oehmig's short game.

In the 15 holes played, Oehmig had five conceded birdies and lost only two holes. He three-putted both. On the first hole Richardson drove into a lateral water hazard and conceded a birdie to Oehmig. Holes two and three were halved, then Richardson drew even when Oehmig three-putted the fourth green.

Oehmig then won four holes in sucession to go 4-up. Oehmig three-putted again, on the 10th, to stand 3-up. Both players birdied the 11th and halved the 12th, 13th and 14th with pars. The match ended on the 15th, where Oehmig put his tee shot within 12 feet of the hole and Richardson hit into a bunker.

The entry reached 833, breaking the record 743 set in 1974.


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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