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Dale Morey

In his first year of eligibility, Dale Morey, of High Point, N.C., defeated Lew Oehmig, the 1972 Champion from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., 4 and 2 in the final round at the Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The defending Champion, Bill Hyndman, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., was eliminated by Oehmig in the third round, 1 up. Morey was runner-up to Gene Littler in the 1953 Amateur Championship, but he had never won a national Championship.

On his way to the final he defeated Ed Meister, of Willoughby, Ohio, 6 and 5; Wally Sezna, West Chester, Pa., 4 and 3; John Humm, Rockville Centre, N.Y., 2 up, and Ed Tutwiler, of Indianapolis, Ind., 3 and 2 in the semi-final round. Tutwiler was medalist in the 36-hole qualifying with 144, two over par.

Morey won four of the first five holes in the final round but Oehmig rallied and was only 1 down playing the 14th when he became involved in one of a series of Rules decisions that were made during the Championship; in all, Oehmig was party to three such incidents.

His tee shot on the 152-yard, par-3 hole came to rest within the confines of a water hazard. Electing to play the ball, because he was not entitled to relief without penalty, Oehmig took his stance and then soled his club. The Referee had no choice but to invoke Rule 33-1b and advise Oehmig that he had lost the hole.

Morey won the 15th hole to go 3 up with three to play. Oehmig conceded the 16th hole and the match to Morey. The entry of 743 set a new 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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