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Keith K. Compton

In an all-Texas final, Keith K. Compton, of Marble Falls, defeated John Kline, of Houston, 1 up, to win the Senior Amateur Championship at the Pine Tree Golf Club, in Delray Beach, Fla. Both men were retired Air Force generals and close friends.

The medalist was William Stewart, of Springfield, Mo., who had a 143 total, one under par, to equal the 36-hole record for lowest qualifying score in this event.

Stewart lost in the second round to Dick Hopwood, 1 up. In the semi-final round, Kline defeated Ed Tutwiler on the 23rd hole in the longest match of the week. Compton was two under par and eliminated defending Champion Dale Morey, 4 and 3, in the other semi-final match.

In the final, Compton and Kline were even coming to the final hole, a par 4. Both players reached the green in two. Kline three-putted from 30 feet. Compton was 40 feet away, but two-putted for a winning par.

Two other former Champions, William Hyndman, III, and Lewis W. Oehmig, qualified for the 32-player match play draw. Hyndman lost to Compton in the third round, 3 and 2. Oehmig lost to Richard Remsen in the second round, 1 up.

William C. Campbell, the 1964 Amateur Champion, made his debut in senior golf. However, he was eliminated by Oehmig in the first round, 1 up. A record 930 entries were received, exceeding the 833 who entered in 1976.

 
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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