After moving out to a four stroke lead with a three under-par 68 at Green Oaks, Paul Schlachter, Nevillewood, survived putting woes in his second round 76 to edge 2007 champion Don Erickson, III, by two strokes. Erickson carded 74-72. The win gave Schlachter his third Senior Amateur title, the other two in 2005 and 2006. In 2005 he set the championship’s scoring record with 137 at Pittsburgh Field Club.
Schlachter joins Phil Saylor, 1998, 2001, and 2004, and Arnold Horelick, 1975, 1978, and 1981, as three times Senior Amateur winners. Several in a the last 25 years have two titles including Phil Saylor, Bill Baloh, Larry Barone, Rich Jacob, and Tommy Smith. Leading the way with five titles are Dr. George Gregg, with his in the 1930’s and Joe Wells, Sr., who won five in a row, 1947-51.