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Kemp Richardson

Kemp Richardson, 55, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., followed in the footsteps of his father as he won the USGA Senior Amateur championship at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., beating Bill Ploeger, 61, of Columbus, Ga. In the final match, 2 and 1.

Richardson's father, John, won the 1987 Senior Amateur at Saucon Valley(Pa.) Country Club at age 66. They are the first father-son winners in USGA history. John passed away a year after his win, but the 18th green flag from that championship is a framed keepsake for the family.

"My father meant a lot to me," said Richardson. "He was a great player, and he taught me everything. We used to play a lot of golf together. I always hoped I'd have this chance. I am proud to have my name on this trophy."

The long-hitting Richardson won holes 15 and 16 by sinking 10-foot putts on each before the two players halved the 17th to end the match. He had won three consecutive holes to take a 2-up lead after eight. He won the sixth and eighth holes with birdies and was the equivalent of 1-under-par on the front nine.

Ploeger, however, won holes 11 and 14 with pars to square the match for the moment.

Richardson is also the second to concurrently hold the USGA Senior Amateur and the British Senior Amateur titles. He won the 2001 British Senior at Royal Portrush in Ireland with a 54-hole total of 217. The first to hold both titles was 2000 champion Bill Shean Jr. of Hillsdale, Ill.

Richardson also was the low amateur in the 1999 and 2000 U.S. Senior Opens, and just missed the cut at the 2001 Senior Open by a stroke. The 2000 Senior Open was held at Saucon Valley, where his father won the Senior Amateur.

"I still play with the kids and can hit it with those guys who are playing on the Senior Tour, so I don't feel like I am this old, but I guess I am," said Richardson, who set the pace with a 2-under 69 on the first day of stroke play.

Richardson led in each of his five matches heading to the final, leading in each by the 9th hole. He was not extended to the 18th hole in any of his matches.

"I thought that when I won hole 14 I had a chance," Said Ploeger, who suffered a mild heart attach before the 2000 championship and then lost his first-round match. "He's a great champion. He hits the ball so long he's tough to beat."

In four of his six matches Ploeger won the first hole of each and never trailed. He birdied the second hole to take an early lead on Richardson as well, but couldn't hold it.

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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