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Merrill L. Carlsmith

Merrill L. Carlsmith became the first to defend the title successfully. He defeated William D. Higgins, of San Francisco, by 3 and 2 at the Sea Island Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga. This was the third appearance in the Championship for the 57-year-old Hilo attorney and the first for Higgins, also 57.

Egon F. Quittner, Jenkintown, Pa., defeated Maurice R. Smith, Charlotte, N.C., in the first round after nine extra holes, an overtime record for the Championship by three holes.

A new all-match play format was introduced. The original entry of 494 was reduced by Sectional Qualifying to 128 for the Championship proper. On Friday, the only day of two rounds, players were permitted to use automotive transportation for the first time under original conditions of a USGA Championship.

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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