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Clarence Moore

Clarence Moore, 63, of Winnsboro, S.C., took four consecutive holes early in the match and went on to defeat Robert Harris, of Edina, Minn., 6 and 4, in the final at The Loxahatchee Club, in Jupiter, Fla. It was the second Senior Amateur title for Moore, whose final margin of victory was the largest in the 38-year history of the championship.

Moore led after five holes, 3-up, and from that point was never seriously threatened. He recorded three birdies on the first nine and was just one over par when the match ended at the 14th hole.

In the semi-finals, Moore advanced by defeating John Stieneker, of Dallas, Texas, 1 up, while Harris eliminated Dick Goerlich, of Tampa, Fla., 3 and 2.

Two players shot 7-over-par 151 to share medalist honors: Bob Hullender, 55, of San Antonio, Texas, who just two years earlier had undergone artificial hip replacement surgery, and John Proctor, of Carrollton, Texas. Neither, however, was able to advance past the third round. Proctor lost a first-round match to Jim Thigpen, of Fort Worth, Texas, 2 and 1, while Hullender won twice before losing to Goerlich, 3 and 2.


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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