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Bo Williams

Bo Williams parred the first extra hole, at Lochinvar Golf Club, in Houston, Texas, and defeated Joe Simpson, the father of Scott Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion, in the final. The win was his second. He also won the Senior Amateur in 1986.

A 60-year-old car dealer from Ocala, Florida, Williams birdied two of the first eight holes, took a four-hole lead, but faltered a bit on the second nine and fell back to even after 16 holes. They halved the final two holes of the regulation 18 before Simpson three-putted the 19th.

Simpson actually was the more accurate of the two, hitting 15 greens in regulation, but Williams one-putted eight greens and chipped in twice.

At the end of the day Williams had but 26 putts for the 19 holes. Five strokes off the qualifying pace set by Frank Tenfel (147), Williams won five matches to reach the final. He won two of his early matches by scores of 3 and 2, and two more by 2 and 1 margins.

 

 
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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