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Clarence Moore

Clarence Moore, 59, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, defeated Bud Stevens of Plymouth, Michigan, 5 and 4, in the final at Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Country Club. John Harbottle of Tacoma, Washington, runner-up in the championship in 1986, and Richard Goerlich, Jr., of Tampa, Florida, shared medalist honors at 148.

Harbottle advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to James McMurtrey of Danville, California. Goerlich was a second-round loser to Bob Miller of Bay Village, Ohio.

Moore's play was outstanding as he proceeded through the draw. In his closest match, he defeated Morris Beecroft of Newport News, Virginia, in the quarter-finals, 3 and 2. He eliminated Joe Simpson, of San Diego, California, father of 1987 U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson, 4 and 3, to reach the final. Stevens had a more difficult journey to the final.

In the quarterfinals, he eliminated Bill Lee of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the 20th hole. He then defeated McMurtrey, 1 up. Stevens won the first hole of the final and held that one-hole advantage through the fifth. Moore squared the match at the sixth, then took the lead for good at the eighth when he holed a shot from a greenside bunker for a birdie.

Moore then won the ninth and 10th to go 3 up. After winning the 12th and 13th, Moore closed out the match when the 14th was halved with bogeys. The USGA accepted 1,440 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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