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Tom Draper

The 1971 Championship drew what was probably the best field in the history of the Senior Amateur, and it was won by Tom Draper, 57, of Troy, Mich. Draper defeated Ernest Pieper, Jr., of San Juan Bautista, Calif., 3 and 1, in the final at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

Among players competing for the first time were William Hyndman, III, who had been runner-up in the British Amateur in 1969 and 1970. Hyndman was eliminated by Pieper in the semi-final round. Draper was 1 up on Pieper after playing fine bunker shots on holes 9, 13, and 14, birdied the 152-yard 15th with a tee shot 30 inches from the hole to go 2 up, and hit a 2-iron 15 feet from the hole on the 183-yard 17th to win another hole and end the match.

Draper also defeated Bob Cochran, of St. Louis, a former Walker Cup player and medalist at 148, and Truman Connell, of Boynton Beach, Fla., the current American Seniors Champion. Draper also defeated William F. Colm, of Pebble Beach, Calif., in the semi-final round. Gene Andrews, the 1970 Champion, did not defend.

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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