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John Richardson

John Richardson, 66, of Laguna Niguel, California, defeated James Kite, Jr., of Wolftown, Virginia, 5 and 4, at Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Richardson also was the medalist, shooting three-over-par 145 and becoming the first golfer to win the medal and the championship in the same year since Ed Updegraff in 1981.

Despite his impressive play, Richardson was tested often on his way to the championship. He trailed 1982 champion Alton Duhon by two holes through 13 before coming back to win on the 19th. He later defeated 1986 runner-up John Harbottle and three-time champion Lew Oehmig.

Kite, a lefthander, was stretched to the 17th hole or further in each of his first four matches. His most decisive victory came in the semi-finals where he ousted George Holland, 6 and 5.

In the final, Richardson played superbly and held a 4-up advantage through nine holes. A birdie at the 12th increased the margin to five holes and Richardson held that lead for a 5-and 4-victory. The USGA accepted 1,465 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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