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Bo Williams

Bo Williams, 57, of Ocala, Florida, defeated John Harbottle of Tacoma, Washington, 3 and 2, in the final at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota. William Hyndman, III, who won the championship in 1973 and 1983, shot 149 in qualifying to earn medalist honors, the fourth time he had won or shared the qualifying medal in this championship.

Hyndman was eliminated in the quarter-finals by William Ludwig of Lees Summit, Missouri, 5 and 4. Williams had to play the 17th hole only once on his to the final.

In the fourth round he defeated Robert Marks of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 2 and 1. Williams downed Ludwig, 3 and 2, in the semi-final round to earn his way into the final. Harbottle was extended to the 18th hole twice. He edged Joe Eason of Houston, 1 up, in his opening match and defeated Ed Tutwiler of Indianapolis by the same margin in the third round.

A 4-and-3 victory over Marshall Trammell of Nashville, Tennessee, in the semi-finals put Harbottle in the final. Harbottle holed a 10-foot putt to earn a half on the first hole and sank a birdie of the some length at the second to go 1 up; but he had four bogeys and a double bogey over the next six holes. Four up at that point, Williams held on for the victory. The USGA accepted a record 1,362 entries for the championship.


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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