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Bill Bosshard

Bill Bosshard defeated Morris Beecroft, 61, of Newport News, Va., in the final match, 5 and 4, to become the youngest champion in the history of the Senior Amateur.

At the time of his victory, Bosshard, of Copley, Ohio, was less than four months past his 55th birthday. Jackie, Cummings, the 1990 champion, was previously the youngest Senior Amateur champion.

Neither finalist played exceptionally well in the championship match. Bosshard won the first hole with a bogey, and at the 13th hole he won with a double bogey six after Beecroft needed four putts. Earlier in the match, Beecroft had three-putted on three other occassions.

After Beecroft hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th hole close to the flagstick, Bosshard matched it. Both players made birdie to close the match.

Bosshard advanced to the final by defeating former champion Clarence Moore, 4 and 3; while Beecroft eliminated Dick Goerlich, of Tampa, Fla., 1 up.

With the players fighting a week of cold, blustery weather, the scores were unusually high. Moore and Beecroft were co-medalists with 36-hole totals of 10-over-par 150, the second highest score in the history of 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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