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William D. Higgins

William D. Higgins, 58, of San Francisco, won the Senior Amateur Championship at the Waverley Country Club, Portland, Ore., after losing in the final round in 1963. Higgins birdied the last two holes to win his semi-final match 1 up from David Goldman, Sr., of Dallas. He then beat Edward Murphy, a member of the host club, by 2 and 1 in the final.

Merrill L. Carlsmith, of Hilo, Hawaii, was seeking an unprecedented third straight Championship but he was defeated in the second round by Ralph Swan, of Vancouver, Wash., by 3 and 2. The format was altered to 36 holes of qualifying at the site to determine 32 players for match play. A-L. (Jim) Miller, 71, turned in a remarkable qualifying performance to earn the medal with scores of 74-76- 150.

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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