1983 USGA SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
WILLIAM HYNDMAN III • CHAMPION
Later that year, the club makes national news (and a bit of history) by hosting its second USGA championship in as many years. “Crooked Stick is only the second club in history to host two USGA-sponsored competitions in consecutive years,” states the welcome letter from USGA president William Campbell to spectators of the 1983 U.S. Senior Amateur, September 19–24, 1983.
One of the better-known competitors in the Senior Amateur field that week is 57-year-old Pete Dye. Using the “home court” to his advantage, Pete plays well, surviving 36-hole stroke-play qualifying to advance to match play competition before being eliminated on the first day of head-to-head competition. In the face of difficult playing conditions, 1981 champ Sr. Edgar Updegraff of Tucson, Arizona, emerges as medalist with the low two-day total of four over par 148.
In the end, prominent amateur William Hyndman III of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, prevails. Hyndman is a winner of 22 important amateur titles—a four-time Crump Cup winner at Pine Valley, a five-time Walker Cup team member, and runner-up in both the U.S. and British Amateur. And as an amateur competitor in the 1959 Masters, he aces the treacherous 12th hole. In the final, Hyndman comes to Crooked Stick’s eighteenth tied with Richard Runkle of Los Angeles and manages par to Runkle’s bogey. At age 67, Hyndman becomes the oldest player at this point to capture the U.S. Senior Amateur crown.