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O. Gordon Brewer

O. Gordon Brewer, 57, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., took four of the last five holes from qualifying medalist Bob Hullender, 57, of San Antonio, Texas, for a 5 and 4 win in the final match at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, at The Champions Golf Club, in Nicholasville, Ky.

"You chase dreams, and sometimes those dreams are realized," said Brewer. "Mine were realized today."

Although a veteran of 25 USGA championships, Brewer was playing in his first Senior Amateur. He was runner-up at the 1985 U.S. Mid-Amateur to Jay Sigel.

He started his final 18-hole match with two birdies, from 18 feet and 2 feet, respectively. And he allowed Hullender, a retired Air Force general, to win only two holes the rest of the way.

"When he went birdie-birdie to start, I started pressing," said Hullender, who plays despite two artificial hips. "I felt like I had to do something. He wasn't going to make many bogeys."

In fact, Brewer made only one bogey over the last 11 holes. And he birdied the 14th and final hole to go 3 under par when the match ended.

In his morning semi-final match, Brewer lost a 2-up lead down the stretch but recovered to win when he parred the second extra hole. Brewer's 7-iron to the deciding par 3 hole landed 18 feet away, and he lagged his birdie putt to within one foot. Dide Siderowf, a two-time British Amateur champion, missed the green to the left, chipped 7 feet beyond the hole, and missed his comeback putt for par.

In contrast, Hullender easily won his morning match over six-time New Jersey Amateur champion Bob Housen, of Brielle, N.J. He won three consecutive holes from Nos. 10 through 12 and was 6 up before winning 6 and 5.

The championship had other notable players as well. There was the inspirational story of 60-year-old Frank Culpepper, of Valdosta, Ga., who lost the lower portion of his right arm in an industrial accident. And Andy Andreola, of Cinnaminson, N.J., made his mark by qualifying at age 75.

It was a successful week for many, but mostly for Brewer, whose son-in-law, Gary Smith, won the Huntington Valley (Pa.) Country Club championship while he was away. There was no question this was as good as golf could get for Brewer.

"Absolutely," he said. "When you're the United States Champion, you don't have to say any more."

All four semi-finalists are fully exempt for the 1995 Senior Amateur, at Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kan., as well as the U.S. Senior Open, at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md.

The USGA accepted 2,046 entries for the championship, the third consecutive year in which entries topped 2,000.

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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