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1977

Dale Morey

Dale Morey, of High Point, N.C., became the fifth man to win a second Senior Amateur Championship when he defeated Lewis W. Oehmig, the defending Champion, 4 and 3, in the final round at the Salem Country Club, Peabody, Mass. Oehmig was from Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

It was the second time that Morey defeated Oehmig in the final. In 1974 Morey won 4 and 2. Morey was also medalist with 72-71-143, equalling the record low score for the qualifying round. Oehmig was in the final for the fourth time, a record. He also won twice, in 1972 and 1976.

Three of the four semi-finalists were former Champions. Oehmig defeated Bill Hyndman, the 1973 Champion, in 19 holes in a semi-final match after being 3-down. In the other semi-final, Morey defeated Harry Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., 5 and 4.

Morey won three of the first five holes of the final match, and was 2 up after eight. On the ninth hole, Oehmig reached the green in regulation, but Morey was 30 yards short. Morey's approach shot hit the flagstick, however, and dropped alongside the hole. He made his par.

Oehmig three-putted to go 3 down with nine holes to play. He could not recover. The entry of 797 was short of the record 833 established the previous year.

 
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).

SCHEDULE OF PLAY:

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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