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Stan Lee

Stan Lee, 55, of Heber Springs, Ark., became the youngest USGA Senior Amateur winner in history with his 4-and-3 victory over Sam Farlow, 60, of Birmingham, Ala., at the 2007 championship at the par-71, 6,502-yard Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.

At 55 years and five days, Lee surpassed the previous record of 55 years, three months and 18 days set by Bill Bosshard in 1991.

“I cannot believe it,” said Lee. “It is a dream come true. I’m still kind of pinching myself to see if this is real or not. What an honor to win a USGA event. I’m just tickled to death.”

Lee took the early lead after Farlow three-putted the third hole and built the lead to 2 up when Farlow couldn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-3 fourth. Lee added to his lead when he made a 15-footer for birdie on the sixth and Farlow couldn’t match from 20 feet.

Farlow cut into the deficit with a 15-foot par putt on the seventh hole, but Lee got it right back when he made an incredible 60-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth.

“I knew when that putt went in that I was going to be hard to beat,” said Lee, who played the PGA Tour from 1976-80.

Again, Farlow cut the deficit to 2 down with a short birdie putt on the ninth hole. But Lee immediately returned his advantage to 3 up when he made a 10-footer for birdie on No. 10.

But Farlow wasn’t done. Once again, he cut into Lee’s lead with a birdie at the 11th and had a great chance to get another back at No. 13 when he had a 4-foot par putt to win the hole.

“He got me down early and I thought I was going to make a move,” said Farlow, who also played the PGA Tour in the mid-1970s. “He gave me a chance on 13. If I had made that putt to get it to 1 down, that would have changed everything.”

But the putt on the 13th slid by the right side of the hole, allowing Lee to maintain his 2-up advantage. Lee got the lead back to 3 up on No. 14 when Farlow’s tee shot on the par 3 entered the rough in front of the green and he couldn’t get up and down.

One hole later, the match ended when Farlow missed a 3-footer for par and then conceded Lee’s 3-foot birdie putt, giving Lee his first national title.

“I knew I was in good shape and as soon as he missed his par putt, I was able to breathe again,” said Lee. “I was so nervous. What a relief it was when he conceded that putt.”

Though disappointed by falling just short in the final, Farlow found a silver lining about the week at Flint Hills National.

“I’ll look back on this as a very positive thing,” he said. “Even though my name won’t be on the trophy, I’ll still have good thoughts about this week.”


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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