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Clarence Moore

Clarence Moore, 59, of Winnsboro, South Carolina, defeated Bud Stevens of Plymouth, Michigan, 5 and 4, in the final at Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Country Club. John Harbottle of Tacoma, Washington, runner-up in the championship in 1986, and Richard Goerlich, Jr., of Tampa, Florida, shared medalist honors at 148.

Harbottle advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to James McMurtrey of Danville, California. Goerlich was a second-round loser to Bob Miller of Bay Village, Ohio.

Moore's play was outstanding as he proceeded through the draw. In his closest match, he defeated Morris Beecroft of Newport News, Virginia, in the quarter-finals, 3 and 2. He eliminated Joe Simpson, of San Diego, California, father of 1987 U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson, 4 and 3, to reach the final. Stevens had a more difficult journey to the final.

In the quarterfinals, he eliminated Bill Lee of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the 20th hole. He then defeated McMurtrey, 1 up. Stevens won the first hole of the final and held that one-hole advantage through the fifth. Moore squared the match at the sixth, then took the lead for good at the eighth when he holed a shot from a greenside bunker for a birdie.

Moore then won the ninth and 10th to go 3 up. After winning the 12th and 13th, Moore closed out the match when the 14th was halved with bogeys. The USGA accepted 1,440 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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