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Merrill L. Carlsmith

Merrill L. Carlsmith, a 56-year-old Hawaii attorney, won the eighth Senior Amateur Championship by defeating Willis H. Blakely, Portland, Ore., by 4 and 2 in the final match at the Evanston Golf Club, Skokie, Ill. Carlsmith saved his strongest efforts for the last two matches.

He was even par against Michael Cestone, the 1960 Champion, through 17 holes of their semi-final, and only one over par in the final against Blakely, the Oregon State and Pacific Northwest Senior Champion.

The field, considered by many to be the strongest ever for this event, produced 31 scores of 77 or better in the qualifying round. Previously, the lowest score required to qualify had been 78. Dexter H. Daniels, the defending Champion, was automatically awarded the 32nd qualifying berth. He lost in the first round to David F. Rose, the 1960 runner-up.

Three men playing in the event for the first time shared the qualifying medal with scores of 72-James M. Johnson, LaDue, Mo.; William S. Terrell, Charlotte, N.C., and Henry L. Robison, Albuquerque, N.M. There was a record entry of 525.

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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