September 20 - 25
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FREE ADMISSION Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship, and spectators are encouraged to attend.
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:
CHAIRMAN ALEXANDER TO TEE IT UP Denny Alexander is not only the General Chairman of the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship; hes also a contestant. The 62-year-old "semi-retired" banker is believed to be the first general chairman to qualify to play in the championship that he or she helped organize. Alexander is making his fourth appearance in the Senior Amateur, on the golf course where he captured the 1998 Mens Club Championship.
HOGANS HOME Ben Hogan (1912-1997) was a charter member of Shady Oaks. For years the four-time U.S. Open champion took his lunch at the same table in the dining room overlooking the 18th green and afterward would often head out to a secluded spot on the course with a 5-iron and shag bag of practice balls. Hogan memorabilia, from golf clubs to Hogan's own lockers, preserved just as he left them, decorate the hallways and golf shop.
EXEMPT PLAYERS A total of 18 golfers, including eight USGA champions, were fully exempt from sectional qualifying for the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. They are:
DEFENDING CHAMPION Stan Lee, 55, of Heber Springs, Ark., became the youngest USGA Senior Amateur winner in history with a 4-and-3 victory over Sam Farlow, 60, of Birmingham, Ala., at the 2007 championship at Flint Hills National GC 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.
MULTIPLE VICTORIES Thirteen players have won this championship more than once.
THE WINNER RECEIVES The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Frederick L. Dold Trophy for the ensuing year. He also receives an exemption from local qualifying at the next U.S. Open, as well as exemptions from sectional qualifying at the next two U.S. Senior Opens, the next U.S. Amateur, the next U.S. Mid-Amateur, the next U.S. Amateur Public Links, and the next five USGA Senior Amateurs, if otherwise eligible.
THE TROPHY The Senior Amateur Championship Trophy was presented in 1955 by Frederick L. Dold of Wichita, Kan., who had retired from the USGA Executive Committee after five years of service.
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, visit http://www.usga.org/news/qualifying/2008/qualifying_ussenioram.html.
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY This will be the 54th USGA Senior Amateur Championship. It was first played in 1955.
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 1½ inches, with a width of approximately 6 feet. The primary rough will stand 2½ 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.
SHADY OAKS COUNTRY CLUB HOLE BY HOLE
VENUE Shady Oaks Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1958.
THE USGA AT SHADY OAKS Shady Oaks Country Club is hosting its first USGA championship.
TEXAS AND THE USGA Texas is hosting its 25th USGA championship overall, while the USGA Senior Amateur was played in Texas once previously. In 1989, Lochinvar Golf Club hosted the championship, which was won by Clarence Moore.
FUTURE SENIOR AMATEURS:
Sept. 12-17, 2009: The Beverly Country Club - Chicago, Ill.