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Gene Andrews

Gene Andrews, 57, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., won the Senior Amateur Championship by defeating James Ferrie, of Indian Welts, Calif., 1 up at the California Golf Club of San Francisco, South San Francisco, Calif.

Andrews was a former Amateur Public Links Champion and a former member of the Walker Cup Team. He was the first Senior Amateur Champion ever to have won another USGA Championship and was the second former Walker Cup player to have done so.

Frederick J. Wright, Jr., the 1956 Champion, was a member of the 1923 Walker Cup Team; Andrews was on the 1961 Team.

Andrews won two extra hole matches, defeating Robert E. Cochran, of Normandy, Mo., in 21 holes, and Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Jose, Calif., in 19. He won the final by sinking a 27-foot putt on the final hole.

Curtis Person, Sr., Champion in 1968 and 1969, lost in the first round to Truman Connell, of Delray Beach, Fla. Bruce N. McCormick, of San Gabriel, Calif., was medalist with 147. The entry of 683 was a record.

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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