1955 J. Wood Platt Wins Inaugural USGA Senior Amateur
The USGA Senior Amateur was established in 1955 as a result of a remarkable growth in senior golf. Several senior associations on the district, state and regional level were running events but there was no single event open to all senior male golfers. The USGA was asked to create a competition and thus was born the USGA Senior Amateur, for male golfers 55 years and older. The first championship attracted 370 entrants and was contested at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. J. Wood Platt defeated George Studinger, 5 and 4, in the final to claim the inaugural USGA Senior Amateur crown.