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Michael Cestone

Michael Cestone, age 55, of Montclair, N.J., competed in his first Senior Amateur Championship at Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville, Mass., and finished as winner.

He defeated David Rose, 56, Cleveland, Ohio, on the 20th hole of the final match. Other semi-finalists were W.B. McConnell, Kennett Square, Pa., and Edward E. Lowery, San Francisco, Calif.

Weather played a large part in the Championship. Steady rain fell on the day scheduled for the qualifying and continued into the following day, causing cancellation of play both days.

The USGA Senior Championship Committee was forced to extend the Championship one day, to Sunday, and to schedule two match rounds on Saturday.

The Committee also decided to permit the use of automotive transportation on the double-round day. Defending Champion J. Clark Espie, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., withdrew because carts were to be permitted in the emergency, contrary to the published conditions of the tournament.

The medalist was S.S. Rockey, of Los Angeles, who shot 74. A record 517 entered the Championship-126 more than the previous high.

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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