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John Richardson

John Richardson, 66, of Laguna Niguel, California, defeated James Kite, Jr., of Wolftown, Virginia, 5 and 4, at Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Richardson also was the medalist, shooting three-over-par 145 and becoming the first golfer to win the medal and the championship in the same year since Ed Updegraff in 1981.

Despite his impressive play, Richardson was tested often on his way to the championship. He trailed 1982 champion Alton Duhon by two holes through 13 before coming back to win on the 19th. He later defeated 1986 runner-up John Harbottle and three-time champion Lew Oehmig.

Kite, a lefthander, was stretched to the 17th hole or further in each of his first four matches. His most decisive victory came in the semi-finals where he ousted George Holland, 6 and 5.

In the final, Richardson played superbly and held a 4-up advantage through nine holes. A birdie at the 12th increased the margin to five holes and Richardson held that lead for a 5-and 4-victory. The USGA accepted 1,465 entries for the championship.

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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