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Bill Bosshard

Bill Bosshard defeated Morris Beecroft, 61, of Newport News, Va., in the final match, 5 and 4, to become the youngest champion in the history of the Senior Amateur.

At the time of his victory, Bosshard, of Copley, Ohio, was less than four months past his 55th birthday. Jackie, Cummings, the 1990 champion, was previously the youngest Senior Amateur champion.

Neither finalist played exceptionally well in the championship match. Bosshard won the first hole with a bogey, and at the 13th hole he won with a double bogey six after Beecroft needed four putts. Earlier in the match, Beecroft had three-putted on three other occassions.

After Beecroft hit his tee shot on the par-3 14th hole close to the flagstick, Bosshard matched it. Both players made birdie to close the match.

Bosshard advanced to the final by defeating former champion Clarence Moore, 4 and 3; while Beecroft eliminated Dick Goerlich, of Tampa, Fla., 1 up.

With the players fighting a week of cold, blustery weather, the scores were unusually high. Moore and Beecroft were co-medalists with 36-hole totals of 10-over-par 150, the second highest score in the history of 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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