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William C. Campbell

William C. Campbell, 56, of Huntington, W. Va., the 1964 Amateur Champion, won the Senior Amateur Championship by defeating Lewis Oehmig, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 2 and 1, in the final at the Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill. Campbell became the only golfer to have won both the Amateur and Senior Amateur titles.

Oehmig, twice Senior Amateur Champion, was playing in the final match for the fifth time. Campbell and Dale Morey, of High Point, N. C., were co-medalists with scores of 143, equalling the 36-hole record held previously by four other golfers.

Morey lost in the second round, 3 and 2, to Allan Sussel. Campbell eliminated Oren Shiro, 2 and 1; Dr. Edgar Updegraff, 6 and 5; shot 69 in a 1-up quarter-final victory over Les Fowler; and defeated Robert Willits in the semi-finals, 8 and 6. Oehmig defeated Dick Lytle, 5 and 4; Kenneth Weavil, 4 and 3; Wally Sezna, 4 and 3; and Sussel, 1 up, in the semi-finals.

In the final, Oehmig won the first hole with a par and Campbell the second hole with a birdie. The match remained even until the ninth hole. Campbell went 1 up with a par to Oehmig's double bogey. On the 17th, Oehmig was still 1 down with two to play. He was in good position off the tee, but Campbell drove his ball into a fairway bunker.

Campbell could pitch out only 80 yards, but Oehmig's shot carried over the green. He chipped well past the hole and three-putted for a double bogey 6. Campbell played his third shot onto the green and two-putted for a 5 to win the Championship.

The Chicago Golf Club, one of the five USGA Charter Member Clubs, was the host to its 10th USGA national or international competition. The Championship received a record of 1,023 entries, exceeding the previous high of 930 in 1978.


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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