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Bo Williams

Bo Williams, 57, of Ocala, Florida, defeated John Harbottle of Tacoma, Washington, 3 and 2, in the final at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota. William Hyndman, III, who won the championship in 1973 and 1983, shot 149 in qualifying to earn medalist honors, the fourth time he had won or shared the qualifying medal in this championship.

Hyndman was eliminated in the quarter-finals by William Ludwig of Lees Summit, Missouri, 5 and 4. Williams had to play the 17th hole only once on his to the final.

In the fourth round he defeated Robert Marks of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 2 and 1. Williams downed Ludwig, 3 and 2, in the semi-final round to earn his way into the final. Harbottle was extended to the 18th hole twice. He edged Joe Eason of Houston, 1 up, in his opening match and defeated Ed Tutwiler of Indianapolis by the same margin in the third round.

A 4-and-3 victory over Marshall Trammell of Nashville, Tennessee, in the semi-finals put Harbottle in the final. Harbottle holed a 10-foot putt to earn a half on the first hole and sank a birdie of the some length at the second to go 1 up; but he had four bogeys and a double bogey over the next six holes. Four up at that point, Williams held on for the victory. The USGA accepted a record 1,362 entries for the championship.

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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