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Jackie Cummings

Jackie Cummings, 55, holed a six-foot downhill birdie putt on the 16th hole and defeated Bobby Clark, 3 and 2, at Desert Forest Country Club, in Carefree, Arizona. Cummings, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, went ahead with a par 4 on the 10th hole, and won the 15th hole with a par, then closed out the match by scoring the only birdie of his round on the 16th hole.

On his route to the final, Cummings defeated Clarence Moore, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, the 1988 champion, 2 and 1 in the quarter-finals, and won his semi-final match over Rick Jones, from Youngstown, Ohio, by 3 and 2.

Clark, 56, of Asheville, North Carolina, was extended to the 18th hole or beyond in two of his five matches. His toughest match was against Joe Simpson, of San Diego, California, the 1989 finalist, whom he defeated on the 21st hole. Bo Williams, of Ocala, Florida, the defending champion, was runner-up, at 151, after 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, but lost in the first round of match play.


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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