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1983

William Hyndman, III

William Hyndman, III, 67, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, become the oldest Champion in USGA history when he won the Senior Amateur Championship for the second time at the Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Indiana. Hyndman, who had won this title in 1973, defeated Richard Runkle, 55, of Los Angeles, 1 up, in the final.

Runkle only recently had become eligible for the Championship. Dr. Edgar R. Updegraff, of Tucson, Arizona, the 1981 Senior Amateur Champion and 1982 runner-up, was the qualifying medalist for the second time in three years, with rounds of 76-72-148.

Updegraff lost in the second round to Willis Watkins, of Conway, Arkansas, 3 and 2. On his way to the final, Hyndman, a member of five U.S. Walker Cup teams, defeated Dale Morey, of High Point, North Carolina, twice the Senior Amateur Champion, 2 up.

Runkle began quickly in the final, winning the first two holes, but Hyndman squared the match with a par at the third and a birdie at the fourth, rolling in a 45-foot putt. At the end of 16 holes, the match was even. Runkle missed a chance to win the 17th when he missed a putt from four feet.

At the 18th, Hyndman's long tee shot left him with only a wedge shot to the green. Runkle's approach caught a bunker, and he eventually missed a 7-foot putt. Hyndman hit his approach 10 feet from the hole and two-putted to end the match.

The Championship's format was altered. After36 holes of stroke play qualifying, the low 64 players, rather than 32, continued into match play. The Championship attracted 1,102 entrants.

 
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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