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Bo Williams

Bo Williams parred the first extra hole, at Lochinvar Golf Club, in Houston, Texas, and defeated Joe Simpson, the father of Scott Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion, in the final. The win was his second. He also won the Senior Amateur in 1986.

A 60-year-old car dealer from Ocala, Florida, Williams birdied two of the first eight holes, took a four-hole lead, but faltered a bit on the second nine and fell back to even after 16 holes. They halved the final two holes of the regulation 18 before Simpson three-putted the 19th.

Simpson actually was the more accurate of the two, hitting 15 greens in regulation, but Williams one-putted eight greens and chipped in twice.

At the end of the day Williams had but 26 putts for the 19 holes. Five strokes off the qualifying pace set by Frank Tenfel (147), Williams won five matches to reach the final. He won two of his early matches by scores of 3 and 2, and two more by 2 and 1 margins.

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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