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Age

Oldest Champion
69 - Lewis Oehmig (1985)
67 - William Hyndman III, (1983)
66 - John Richardson (1987)
65 - Thomas Robbins (1958)
65 - Mike Rice (2005)

Youngest Champion (years / months / days)
55/0/5 - Stan Lee (2007)
55/3/18 - Bill Bosshard (1991)
55/4/15 - Greg Reynolds (2002)
55/5/21 - Jackie Cummings (1990)

Oldest Qualifer for Championship
75/10/10 - Andy Andreola, was 75 on the first day of the 1994 championship
75/1/4 - Moot Thomas, was 75 on the first day of the 2005 championship
74/11/17 - Paul Ladin, was 74 on the first day of the 2006 championship
74/11/10 - Rober Ellet, was 74 on the first day of the 1996 championship


Champions

Oldest Medalist
71-A.L. (Jim) Miller (1964)

Most Championships Won
3 - Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1976, 1985)

Most Consecutive Championships Won
2 - Merrill L. Carlsmith (1962, 1963)
2 - Curtis Person Sr. (1968, 1969)
2 - William C. Campbell (1979, 1980)

Most Times in Final
6 - Lewis W. Oehmig (1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1985)
3 - J. Clark Espie (1956, 1957, 1959)
3 - Dale Morey (1974, 1977, 1981)
3 - Mark Bemowski (2002, 2004, 2005)

Most Times Runner-Up
3 - Lewis W. Oehmig (1974, 1977, 1979)

Winner of U.S. Amateur and USGA Senior Amateru(1):
William Campbell (1979 and 1980 Seniro Amateurs; 1964 U.S. Amateur)

Most Times Medalist
4 - Bill Hyndman III (1972, 1973, 1975, 1986)
3 - William Campbell (1979, 1980, 1984)


Course

Longest Course
6,766 - Victoria National G.C., Newburgh, Ind., 2006

Shortest Course
6,236 yards - Monterey Peninsula C.C. (Dunes Course), Pebble Beach, Calif., 1958


Entries

Largest
2,498 (2005)

Smallest
282 (1956)


Match Play

Largest Margin of Victory
8 and 7 - Christopher A. Carr d. J. Wood Platt, first round, Ridgewood (N.J.) C.C. (West and Center nines), 1957
8 and 7 - George Dawson d. Dewey P. Bowen, first round, Memphis (Tenn.) C.C., 1959
8 and 7 - Eugene Belleville d. O. M. Masters, first round, Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island, 1963
8 and 7 - Dr. Gene Toano d. Jay Gaines, first round, Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill., 1973
8 and 7 - R. S. (Bo) Williams d. Richard Mosman, second round, Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 1986
8 and 7 - Frederick Kask d. Dick Christensen, first round, The Loxahatchee Club, Jupiter, Fla., 1992
8 and 7 - Bob Housen d. James Kite, quarterfinal round, The Champions, Nicholasville, Ky., 1994
8 and 7 - Joe Ungvary d. Lou Clinton, second round, Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan., 1995
8 and 7 - Paul Simson d. Brian Sachs, first round, Victoria National G.C., Newburgh, Ind., 2006

Largest Margin of Victory, Final
7 and 6 - Joe Ungvary d. Jerry Nelson, Farmington C.C., Charlottesville, Va., 1993
6 and 4 - Clarence Moore d. Robert Harris, The Loxahatchee Club, Jupiter, Fla., 1992

Longest Match
27 holes - Egon F. Quittner d. Maurice R. Smith, first round , Sea Island (Ga.) G.C., St. Simons Island, 1963
25 holes - Walter Dowell d. Knox Young Jr., first round, Atlanta (Ga.) C.C., 1968
25 holes - Frank Tenfel d. William Ludwig, first round, Saucon Valley C.C. (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pa., 1987

Longest Final Match
20 holes - Michael Cestone d. David Rose, Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville, Mass., 1960
20 holes - Lewis Oehmig d. Ernest Pieper Jr., Sharon G.C., Sharon Center, Ohio, 1972
20 holes - Lewis Oehmig d. Ed Hopkins, Wild Dunes Beach & Racquet Club, Isle of Palms, S.C., 1985

Most Extra-Hole Matches, Championship
13 - The Farm G.C., Rocky Face, Ga., 2005
11 - The Loxahatchee Club, Jupiter, Fla., 1992
11 - Norwood Hills C.C., St, Louis, Mo., 2001
11 - Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan., 2007


Stroke Play

Lowest Score, 18 Holes
65 - Bill Zylstra, first round, Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan., 2007
66 - Bob Kulp, first round, The Virginian G.C., Bristol, Va., 2003
66 - Billy Clagett, first round, The Farm G.C., Rocky Face, Ga., 2005
66 - Steve Bogan, first round, Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan., 2007
67 - Mark Bemowski, first round, The Virgianian G.C., Bristol, Va., 2003
68 - John Harbottle, first round, Farmington C.C., Charlottesville, Va., 1993
68 - John Harbottle, second round, Farmington C.C., Charlottesville, Va., 1993
68 - William Erwin, first round, Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan., C.C., 1995
68 - Bob Wernick, first round, Taconic G.C. Williamston, Ma., 1996
68 - Bruce Richards, first round, The Virginian G.C., Bristol, Va. 2003
68 - Paul Simson, first round, Victoria National G.C., Newburgh, Ind,. 2006

Lowest 36-Hole Medal Score
134 - Billy Clagett, The Farm G.C., Rocky Face, Ga., 2005
136 - John Harbottle (68-68), Farmington C.C., Charlottesville, Va., 1993
137 - Bob Kulp (66-71), The Virginian G.C., Bristol, Va. 2003
137 - Steve Bogan (66-71), Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan., 2007

Highest 36-Hole Medalist Score
153 - J. Wolcott Brown, David Goldman, and Ray Palmer, Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 1967

Lowest Cut Score
(Since stroke play/match play format added in 1964)

9-over-par (151) - The Virginian G.C., Bristol, Va., 2003
9-over-par (151) - Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan., 2007
9-over-par(153) - The Farm G.C., Rocky Face, Ga., 2005


Miscellaneous

Golfers with Disabilities
Frank Culpepper, 60, qualified in 1994 despite losing the lower portion of his right arm 40 years earlier. He used a self-designed prostheses that clamped to the golf club.

Corbin Cherry, 57, qualified in 1996 despite playing on an artificial left leg. He was wounded while serving as a Chaplin in Vietnam War. He also made the field for the 1994 U.S. Senior Open.

Holes-In-One(15)
Eugene Brown, 6th hole, Waverley C.C., Portland, Ore., 1964
George Trainor, 16th hole, California G.C., San Francisco, 1970
Robert S. Johnson, 7th hole, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, 1974
Richard Stackhouse, 16th hole, Wild Dunes B. & R. C., Isle of Palms, S.C., 1985
Ira Templeton, 16th hole, Wild Dunes B. & R. C., Isle of Palms, S.C., 1985
Joe Simpson, 5th hole, Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 1986
Donald Cole, 11th hole, Crystal Downs C.C., Frankfort, Mich., 1991
William King, 6th hole, Farmington C.C., Charlottesville, Va., 1993
James Fitzgerald, 10th hole, Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan., 1995
William Ploeger, 14th hole, Taconic G.C., Williamstown, Mass., 1996
Stan Fischer, 17th hole, Portland (Ore.) G.C., 1999 (quarterfinals)
William Ploeger, 2nd hole, The Virginian G.C., Bristol,Va., 2003
Steve Boger, 10th hole, Bel-Air C.C., Los Angeles, Calif., 2004 (first round of stroke play)
Mike Jonsen, 11th hole, Victory National G.C., Newburgh, Ind., 2006 (second round of stroke play)
Kim Schwencke, 10th hole, Flint Hills National G.C., Andover, Kan., 2007 (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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