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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer, 24, of Latrobe, Pa., defeated Robert Sweeny, 43, of New York, 1 up, in a colorful and thrilling final in the second playing at the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Palmer was two over par for the 36 holes.

He had come through what many considered the strongest quarter of the draw and defeated, among others, Frank Stranahan in the fifth round of his last Championship as an amateur.

Stranahan, in turn, had defeated E. Harvie Ward, Jr., fresh from his victory the previous week in the Canadian Amateur Championship.

For the first time in the event, all the fairways were roped from tee to green. Three months after the Championship, Palmer turned professional.

 
Championship Facts

U.S. Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE The Lakeside Course at The Olympic Club will play at 6,948 yards and par 35-35—70. The Ocean Course at The Olympic Club, which will be used for the first two days of stroke play only, will play at 6,786 yards and par 35-35—70.

THE OLYMPIC CLUB Sam Whiting, a former English professor at the University of California at Berkley, designed the Lakeside Course, which opened in 1927. Whiting also supervised construction on the Ocean Course. Following completion of the jobs, Whiting stayed on as golf course superintendent until 1954. Tom Weiskopf worked on the recently completed re-design of the Ocean Course.

TICKETS AVAILABLE Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.ticketweb.com. Daily tickets are $15 and a weekly pass is $60. Other ticket options are also available. Children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.

COURSE SETUP The Lakeside Course at the Olympic Club will be set for green speeds of approximately 11 feet, 6 inches on the Stimpmeter. The primary rough will be grown to 4 inches, with a strip of intermediate rough cut to 1 inches in height. Poa annua grass covers the greens. The fairways are a rye and poa annual grass combination. The roughs also have a bit of bluegrass mixed in.

USGA SLOPE RATING® AND COURSE RATING™ The Lakeside Course at the Olympic Club will carry a USGA Course Rating™ of 74.8 and a USGA Slope Rating® of 143. The Ocean Course will carry a USGA Course Rating™ of 74.0 and a USGA Slope Rating® of 136. An "average" Slope Rating in the U.S. is about 113.

TOTAL ENTRIES The USGA accepted 7,398 entries for the 2007 U.S. Amateur. The most entries ever received for an Amateur championship was 7,920 in 1999 when the U.S. Amateur was played at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.

WHO CAN ENTER The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4.

 

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