|George "Buddy" Marucci takes a moment to bask in the euphoria of winning the USGA Senior Amateur at Shady Oaks Country Club. (John Mummert/USGA)
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Marucci Wins Championship, Realizes First Title
Fort Worth, Texas – George “Buddy” Marucci, 56, of Villanova, Pa., defeated George Zahringer, 55, of New York, N.Y., 2 up, Thursday to win the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship that was contested at the 6,679-yard, par-71 Shady Oaks Country Club course.
For Marucci, Validation Finally Comes
Fort Worth, Texas – For George “Buddy” Marucci it wasn’t a matter of vindication, only validation in winning the USGA Senior Amateur Championship Thursday, 2 up, over George Zahringer.
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Marucci To Meet Zahringer In Final
Fort Worth, Texas – George “Buddy” Marucci and George Zahringer each won a pair of matches Wednesday and will meet in the scheduled 18-hole final Thursday morning at the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, which is being contested at the 6,679-yard, par-71 Shady Oaks Country Club.
Marucci Still In Search Of First USGA Title
Fort Worth, Texas – More than a decade after losing the U.S. Amateur title to Tiger Woods, George “Buddy” Marucci will go for his first USGA national title. He’ll tee it up in Thursday’s USGA Senior Amateur final against former U.S. Mid-Amateur champion George Zahringer.
Turmoil Behind Him, Zahringer Trying To Focus
Fort Worth, Texas – There was a time when George Zahringer had perfected a fine balance between work and his amateur playing career.
That equilibrium was blown to smithereens when his former employer, 85-year-old investment bank Bear Stearns, came crashing down and was bought out in March. For 29 years he’s worked on Wall Street in New York City in the financial sector. It’s what he’s known. That and his competitive amateur career.
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From The 2008 USGA Senior Amateur
USGA Senior Amateur
WHO CAN PLAY – The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateurs who will have reached their 55th birthday on or before Sept. 20, 2008, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4.
ENTRIES – Entries for the 2008 championship closed Aug. 6. The USGA accepted 2,393 entries for the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. It marked the eighth consecutive year entries topped 2,200. The record of 2,498 entries was set in 2005.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying (18 holes) was conducted Aug. 15 - Sept. 2 at 50 sites across the country. For complete results, click here.
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY – This will be the 54th USGA Senior Amateur Championship. It was first played in 1955.
SCHEDULE – Practice rounds will be held Sept. 18 (Thursday) and Sept. 19 (Friday). The starting field of 156 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 20 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 21 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Sept. 22 (Monday) – First round of match play
Sept. 23 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 24 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Sept. 25 (Thursday) – Final, match play (18 holes)
PAR AND YARDAGE – Shady Oaks Country Club will be set up 6,597 (stroke play)/6,679 (match play) yards and par 35-36-71.
COURSE SET-UP – The fairways will measure 0.40-0.50 inches in height. The intermediate rough will measure 1½ inches, with a width of approximately 6 feet. The primary rough will stand 2½ inches high. The greens will measure approximately 10.5 feet on the Stimpmeter.
COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – The USGA Course RatingTM for Shady Oaks Country Club is 73.0; Slope Rating® is 137.