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Robert Rawlins

Robert Rawlins, 55, of Dallas, Texas, became the youngest man to win the Senior Amateur Championship when he defeated Richard Runkle, 56, of Los Angeles, on the 19th hole at the Birmingham Country Club, in Birmingham, Michigan. William C. Campbell, of Huntington, West Virginia, was medalist, with 144.

He lost to Runkle, 7 and 5, in the second round. Rawlins defeated Alton Duhon, the 1982 champion, on the 19th hole in one semifinal match while Runkle, who had finished second to William Hyndman, III, in 1983, defeated James Frost, 1-up, in the other.

In the final, Runkle led, 1 up, after nine holes, but Rawlins birdied the 18th to even the match. Rawlins won the 19th when Runkle missed an 18-inch par putt. The USGA accepted a record 1,l59 entries.

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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