22 Dec 1989 – AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Royal Birkdale hosted the Amateur Championship in 1989. The event saw Stephen Dodd triumph.
In one semi-final, Craig Cassells, an England youth player whose 68 was the lowest in qualifying, beat Garth McGimpsey at the 18th. In the other semi-final, Welshman Steven Dodd beat Australian Steven McGraw on the 18th. In the final, Cassells was seven down at lunch. He recovered somewhat in the afternoon, but Dodd emerged victorious with a 5&3 victory.
Cassells, Dodd and McGimpsey were, later that year, in the first Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team to win on American soil.