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James Stahl

In the final event contested during the USGA's centennial year, James Stahl of Cincinnati, Ohio, became the 439th person to capture a USGA championship by winning the Senior Amateur held at a poplular USGA site, Prairie Dunes Country Club, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Stahl defeated Rennie Law of Tampa, Fla., in the final match by a 2-and-1 score.

Stahl received a boost during the last day's semi-final and final rounds. When he reached the course that day, he discovered a friend waiting to caddie for him. It was Danny Yates, former Mid-Amateur champion, Amateur runner-up, and Walker Cup team member. Their relationship dates back to 1973, when Stahl lived for a period in Yate's hometown of Atlanta.

The semi-final round went very well for Stahl. He didn't lose a single hole along the way against Curt McClure of Shreveport, La., winning by a 4-and-3 margin. The afternoon's final match against Law proved a much tougher test. Stahl played poorly with four bogeys over the first seven holes, yet held a 1-up lead.

Law's game came alive after the first nine holes, however, and he claimed three straight holes to move from 1 down to 2 up. But some poor play on the 13th caused Law to give back one hole, while a Stahl birdie on the 14th squared the match. Law proceeded to miss his par putt at the 16th to fall one hole behind, and Stahl's 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th clinched his victory and capped a satisfying year for the man who also finished as runner-up in the 1995 Senior British Amateur.

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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