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J. Clark Espie

J. Clark Espie, 60, of Indianapolis, Ind., the 1957 Senior Amateur Champion, won again at the Memphis Country Club, Memphis, Tenn. His margin in the final was 3 and 1 over J. Wolcott Brown, of Manasquan, N.J.

In the five Senior Amateur Championships played thus far, Espie had won twice, been runner-up once, and a semi-finalist and qualifying medalist on a fourth occasion.

In 1959 he participated in the longest match to date in the history of the competition-a 24-hole match which he won in the second round against Larry E. Stage, of Lafayette, Ind. Other semi-finalists were George Dawson, of Chicago, and William E. Norvell, Jr., of Chattanooga.

Defending Champion Thomas C. Robbins, of Pinehurst, N.C., missed qualifying for the Championship flight of 32. There was a record entry of 391. There was no handicap limit for the first time.

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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