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J. Clark Espie

In a reversal of the 1956 final, J. Clark Espie, 58, of the Hillcrest Country Club, Indianapolis, Ind., defeated Frederick J. Wright, Jr., 59, of Watertown, Mass., 2 and 1, at the Ridgewood Country Club, Ridgewood, N.J. in September-October.

Wright had beaten Espie, 4 and 3, the previous year and seemed on the way to another victory when he was 3 up with seven to play. J. Wood Platt, of Philadelphia, Pa., the first Senior Amateur Champion, lost in the first round to Christopher A. Carr, of Hamburg, N.Y.

In the same round, Judd L. Brumley, of Greenville, Tenn., went 22 holes to defeat William L. Goodloe, Sr., of Valdosta, Ga., the longest match of the Championship thus far.

The medalist was Thomas M. Green, Jr., 55, of Seattle, Wash., who scored a two-over-par 73. Eleven tied for the last nine places at 81. Runcie B. Martin, of Duluth, Minn., the oldest qualifier at 72, was playing 52 years after his first appearance in a USGA Championship, the Amateur of 1905.

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).


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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