The opponents in the final match were teammates on the golf team of Bellarmine High School, San Jose, Calif. Jim Wiechers, 17, of Los Altos, overcame Jim Sullivan, also 17, of Sacramento, by 4 and 3 to win the Championship at the Lochmoor Club, Gross Point, Mich.
The match included an eagle by Wiechers on the third hole, a par-5, where he holed out a pitch shot across a bunker. Wiechers played 113 holes in only 3 over par. His opponents included the defending Champion, Charles McDowell, of Virginia Beach, Va., whose bid to become the first two-time Champion ended in the semi-final round, 2 and 1.
Bob Carson, 15, of Long Beach, was the third Californian to advance to the semi-final round. Terry Hurst, of Honolulu, made the third hole-in-one in the history of the Championship with a four-iron on the 187-yard fourth hole in a third round match again Wiechers.
The Championship continued to grow at a remarkable rate. There were 2,090 entrants contesting for 127 qualifiers places at 53 sites. The number of entrants comfortably surpassed the record of 1,885 set the previous year and marked the 13th consecutive year in which the entry had increased.