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James Stahl

In the final event contested during the USGA's centennial year, James Stahl of Cincinnati, Ohio, became the 439th person to capture a USGA championship by winning the Senior Amateur held at a poplular USGA site, Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Stahl defeated Rennie Law of Tampa, Fla., in the final match by a 2-and-1 score.

Stahl received a boost during the last day's semi-final and final rounds. When he reached the course that day, he discovered a friend waiting to caddie for him. It was Danny Yates, former Mid-Amateur champion, Amateur runner-up, and Walker Cup team member. Their relationship dates back to 1973, when Stahl lived for a period in Yate's hometown of Atlanta.

The semi-final round went very well for Stahl. He didn't lose a single hole along the way against Curt McClure of Shreveport, La., winning by a 4-and-3 margin. The afternoon's final match against Law proved a much tougher test. Stahl played poorly with four bogeys over the first seven holes, yet held a 1-up lead.

Law's game came alive after the first nine holes, however, and he claimed three straight holes to move from 1 down to 2 up. But some poor play on the 13th caused Law to give back one hole, while a Stahl birdie on the 14th squared the match. Law proceeded to miss his par putt at the 16th to fall one hole behind, and Stahl's 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th clinched his victory and capped a satisfying year for the man who also finished as runner-up in the 1995 Senior British Amateur.

 

 
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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