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Vinny Giles celebrates his championship-winning putt on the 18th hole Thursday. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)




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Giles Converts 18th-Hole Putt To Win Title

Chicago –Vinny Giles, borrowing a page from Hale Irwin’s Sunday celebration in the 1990 U.S. Open, converted an 18-foot downhill putt on the 18th hole at Beverly Country Club Thursday to beat John Grace, 61, of Fort Worth, Texas, 1 up, in the 55th USGA Senior Amateur.

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Old Friends Giles, Grace To Get Reacquainted In 18-Hole Final

Chicago – Two former USA Walker Cup teammates will battle one another in the USGA Senior Amateur 18-hole final at Beverly Country Club after winning their respective semifinal rounds Wednesday.


Old Friends Giles, Grace To Get Reacquainted In 18-Hole Final

Chicago – Two former USA Walker Cup teammates will battle one another in the USGA Senior Amateur 18-hole final at Beverly Country Club after winning their respective semifinal rounds Wednesday.

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Giles Defies Age, Joins 3 Others In Semifinal Round

Chicago – At 66 years old, Vinny Giles doesn’t feel like he’s lost much on his golf game. He lamented after his third-round victory over co-medalist Paul Simson, however, that he does notice that as he grows older, there’s a wider disparity in his game compared to someone a decade younger.


Quarterfinals Set: 4 USGA Champions Left

Chicago – Four past USGA champions advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club by winning a pair of matches Tuesday on the 6,672-yard, par-71 Donald Ross layout.

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In Second-Round Rematch, Simson Gets Upper Hand On Nichols

Chicago – As far as rematches go, this one lived up to the hyperbole. Two seasoned senior amateurs, both with solid golf acumen and backgrounds that would make Bob Jones proud. Between them, they have competed, unofficially, in 85 USGA championships.


Man Of Steel And Grit: Francis Ouimet Wins

1931 U.S. Amateur At Beverly Country Club

In 1913, a 20-year-old former caddie named Francis Ouimet defeated British professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff to win the U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., becoming the first amateur to win the title and setting the sports pages aflame – a plucky young American defeated two of the best players in the world.


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Championship Facts
PAR AND YARDAGE – Beverly Country Club will play at 6,654/6,672 yards and a par of 36-35—71.

ARCHITECT – Beverly Country Club was designed by George O’Neil and opened in 1908. Donald Ross redesigned the course in 1918. A renovation of the course, guided by golf course architect Ron Prichard, was completed in 2008.

COURSE AND SLOPE RATING – The USGA Course Rating® for the Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club is 72.7 and USGA Slope Rating® is 133.

USGA AND ILLINOIS – The 2009 USGA Senior Amateur will be the 57th championship conducted in the state of Illinois, ranking it fourth among states hosting the most USGA championships. The last USGA championship in the state was the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. The Senior Amateur is making its fifth appearance in Illinois (1962, 1973, 1979, 1998).

SCHEDULE OF PLAY:

Saturday, Sept. 12 — First round, stroke play (18 holes)

Sunday, Sept. 13 — Second round, stroke play (18 holes)

Monday, Sept. 14 — First round, match play (18 holes)

Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)

Wednesday, Sept. 16 — Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)

Thursday, Sept. 17 — Final, match play (18 holes)

ADMISSION IS FREE – Admission and parking is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.



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