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Keith K. Compton

In an all-Texas final, Keith K. Compton, of Marble Falls, defeated John Kline, of Houston, 1 up, to win the Senior Amateur Championship at the Pine Tree Golf Club, in Delray Beach, Fla. Both men were retired Air Force generals and close friends.

The medalist was William Stewart, of Springfield, Mo., who had a 143 total, one under par, to equal the 36-hole record for lowest qualifying score in this event.

Stewart lost in the second round to Dick Hopwood, 1 up. In the semi-final round, Kline defeated Ed Tutwiler on the 23rd hole in the longest match of the week. Compton was two under par and eliminated defending Champion Dale Morey, 4 and 3, in the other semi-final match.

In the final, Compton and Kline were even coming to the final hole, a par 4. Both players reached the green in two. Kline three-putted from 30 feet. Compton was 40 feet away, but two-putted for a winning par.

Two other former Champions, William Hyndman, III, and Lewis W. Oehmig, qualified for the 32-player match play draw. Hyndman lost to Compton in the third round, 3 and 2. Oehmig lost to Richard Remsen in the second round, 1 up.

William C. Campbell, the 1964 Amateur Champion, made his debut in senior golf. However, he was eliminated by Oehmig in the first round, 1 up. A record 930 entries were received, exceeding the 833 who entered in 1976.

 

 
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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