Keeping Up With Two-Time USGA Senior
Amateur Champion Clarence Moore
March 17, 2005
Clarence Moore, the USGA Senior Amateur champion of both 1988 and
'92, can be a tough man to track down. When he's not
summering with his wife in her native Germany or wintering at
their home in Florida, you'll probably find him on his farm
in Winnsboro, S.C., a sleepy town 26 miles outside Columbia - if
you can find the farm, that is.
"Even the Fed-Ex guy gets lost coming out here,"
jokes the 75-year-old Moore. After a 20-year career as a lawyer
and lobbyist for the California law enforcement industry, he
moved back to his native South Carolina in 1979, bought a cattle
farm and began raising beef cattle.
"At heart, I always was a farmer," said Moore, who
spent much of his childhood on his grandmother's farm.
"I just always wanted to do that."
Moore didn't pick up golf until he was 32, but he improved
quickly. Moore's 6-and-4 triumph over Robert Harris in the
1992 Senior Amateur final at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter,
Fla., remains the second-largest margin of victory in any final
of the event's history, bettered only by Joe Ungvary's
7-and-6 win over Jerry Nelson a year later.
While Moore, who defeated Bud Stevens 5 and 4 to win the 1988
title at Milwaukee (Wis.) Country Club, has cut back on his
rounds today, he still plays a few events a year. "I still
love to compete," he said.
Story written by Alan Bastable of Golf Magazine