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Joe Ungvary

Joe Ungvary, 55, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, won three of the first four holes and went on to a record-setting 7 and 6 victory over Jerry Nelson, 55, of Warsaw, Ind., in the final match of the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Ungvary, an employee of the Summit County Treasurer's Office, finished 4 under par and never allowed Nelson to win a single hole. He closed out the match with a birdie 3 from seven feet on the 13th hole, giving him the largest margin of victory in the final match of a Senior Amateur championship.

"I just had it inside me that I knew I could do it," said Ungvary, who sports a license plate that reads 'Even Par.' "Something like this only happens once. I put everything into it I had."

"I was stunned," said Nelson, referring to Ungvary's two birdies through the first three holes. "I don't remember anyone coming at me that hard before. Now I know how Custer must have felt."

To reach the final, Ungvary used four birdies and never trailed in scoring a 3 and 2 victory over Robert Housen, 55, of Brielle, N.J., in one of the morning semi-final matches. He was 3 up through 13 holes before each player parred the final three holes.

In his semi-final match, Nelson won holes 12 and 13 with pars and then hung on for a 1 up victory over Jim McMurtrey, 61, of Danville, Calif.

Overall, there were four former champions in the field, with 1992 champion Clarence Moore, of Winnsboro, S.C., and 1990 champion Jackie Cummings, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., advancing to match play.

John Harbottle, of Seattle, Wash., set a record for the two days of stroke play qualifying at 136, 4 under par and six strokes better than the former record. Harbottle was runner-up at the Senior Amateur in 1986.

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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