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William Hyndman, III

William Hyndman, III, 67, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, become the oldest Champion in USGA history when he won the Senior Amateur Championship for the second time at the Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Indiana. Hyndman, who had won this title in 1973, defeated Richard Runkle, 55, of Los Angeles, 1 up, in the final.

Runkle only recently had become eligible for the Championship. Dr. Edgar R. Updegraff, of Tucson, Arizona, the 1981 Senior Amateur Champion and 1982 runner-up, was the qualifying medalist for the second time in three years, with rounds of 76-72-148.

Updegraff lost in the second round to Willis Watkins, of Conway, Arkansas, 3 and 2. On his way to the final, Hyndman, a member of five U.S. Walker Cup teams, defeated Dale Morey, of High Point, North Carolina, twice the Senior Amateur Champion, 2 up.

Runkle began quickly in the final, winning the first two holes, but Hyndman squared the match with a par at the third and a birdie at the fourth, rolling in a 45-foot putt. At the end of 16 holes, the match was even. Runkle missed a chance to win the 17th when he missed a putt from four feet.

At the 18th, Hyndman's long tee shot left him with only a wedge shot to the green. Runkle's approach caught a bunker, and he eventually missed a 7-foot putt. Hyndman hit his approach 10 feet from the hole and two-putted to end the match.

The Championship's format was altered. After36 holes of stroke play qualifying, the low 64 players, rather than 32, continued into match play. The Championship attracted 1,102 entrants.


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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