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Dale Morey

Dale Morey, of High Point, N.C., became the fifth man to win a second Senior Amateur Championship when he defeated Lewis W. Oehmig, the defending Champion, 4 and 3, in the final round at the Salem Country Club, Peabody, Mass. Oehmig was from Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

It was the second time that Morey defeated Oehmig in the final. In 1974 Morey won 4 and 2. Morey was also medalist with 72-71-143, equalling the record low score for the qualifying round. Oehmig was in the final for the fourth time, a record. He also won twice, in 1972 and 1976.

Three of the four semi-finalists were former Champions. Oehmig defeated Bill Hyndman, the 1973 Champion, in 19 holes in a semi-final match after being 3-down. In the other semi-final, Morey defeated Harry Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., 5 and 4.

Morey won three of the first five holes of the final match, and was 2 up after eight. On the ninth hole, Oehmig reached the green in regulation, but Morey was 30 yards short. Morey's approach shot hit the flagstick, however, and dropped alongside the hole. He made his par.

Oehmig three-putted to go 3 down with nine holes to play. He could not recover. The entry of 797 was short of the record 833 established the previous year.


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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