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Lewis W. Oehmig

Lewis W. Oehmig, 56, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., won the Senior Amateur Championship at the Sharon Golf Club, Sharon Center, Ohio, in his initial attempt, beating Ernest Pieper, San Juan Bautista, Calif., on the 20th hole. This was the second successive year that Pieper was runner-up. Tom Draper, the defending Champion, failed to qualify for match play.

Three of Oehmig's victories were extra hole matches, and in each he had to make a sizable putt or hit his approach shot close to the hole. He defeated Edward L. Meister, Jr., Willoughby, Ohio, on the 19th hole with a birdie; Bill Hyndman, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., on the 20th hole by making an 18-foot putt, and Pieper on the 20th hole of the final round after squaring the match on the 18th with a 30-foot birdie putt. He also beat Timothy Holland, Wenham, Mass., 3 and 2, in the first round, and Curtis Person, Memphis, Tenn., 2 and 1, in the quarter-finals.

Person, Senior Champion in 1968 and 1969, played an impeccable round against Oehmig, but caught him on a day when Oehmig shot 15 pars and two birdies. Hyndman was the medalist with 71-74-145. In his match with Oehmig, Hyndman was two up after nine holes and was still one up after 17. On the 18th Oehmig hit his approach shot four feet from the flagstick and made his birdie, sending the match into extra holes. On the 20th he holed an 18-footer to beat Hyndman. Senior amateur golf continues to burgeon, with the result that there were 617 entries and another strong field.

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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