domination of the Championship was ended when Bob Byman, 17, of Boulder,
Colo., defeated Scott Simpson, of San Diego, Calif., 2 and 1, in the final
round at the Brookhaven Country Club, Dallas, Texas. Since 1968, the Champion
had come from one of those two states. Mike Brannan, of Salinas, Calif.,
the 1971 Champion, was upset in the first round by Ron Kilby, of Houston,
Texas, 3 and 2.
qualifying medalist with a 144, was forced to go 18 holes in only one
of his six match-play rounds; Jim Stewart, of the Republic of Singapore,
took him 19 holes before losing in the semi-final match. In the final
round against Scott Simpson, Byman was 4 up after eight holes. Simpson
rallied with a winning birdie on the 11th hole, halved the next three,
and won 15 and 16 to pull within one hole.
was his downfall, however; he hit his drive into water and three-putted
from 20 feet to lose the hole and the match. A high school student, Byman
won the Colorado State Amateur Championship in 1971. He qualified for
the Open in 1972 -the youngest player in the field.