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Bill Bosshard

Senior sporting events give athletes a chance to burst on the scene all over again. Such was the case for Copley’s Bill Bosshard in 1991. Playing in his first U.S. Senior Amateur golf Championship, Bosshard upstaged the game’s most elite players. From an original field of 1,100 entrants, Bosshard and 163 others advanced to the Senior Amateur Championship at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, MI. His 162 score qualified Bill for match play where he sidelined five consecutive golfers. First he ousted Ric Jones of Canfield, 2 and 1. Then he disposed of Ken Garland of Memphis, TN, 3 and 2. In the quarter finals, Bosshard bested Thomas Watrous of Birmingham, MI, 4 and 3, and then advanced to the championship match by the same score over 1988 champion Clarence Moore of Winnsboro, SC. Facing co-medalist Morris Beecroft of Newport News, VA, Bosshard did not waiver as he captured the most prestigious title of his career with a 5 and 4 victory in the championship match. With the title came a 5-year exemption to USGA events and Golf Digest magazine’s No. 1 rated senior amateur for 1991. The Akron Dapper Dan Club also honored Bosshard by naming him Sports Person of the Year in 1992.

Inducted 1995 | Golf