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Zahringer, Marucci Advance To Third Round At Senior Amateur

Fort Worth, Texas – Past U.S. Mid-Amateur champion George Zahringer, 55, of New York, N.Y., and 1995 U.S. Amateur runner-up George “Buddy” Marucci, 55, of Villanova, Pa., both of whom are playing in their first USGA Senior Amateur, advanced to the round of 16 Tuesday morning at the USGA Senior Amateur, which is being contested at the 6,679-yard, par-71 Shady Oaks Country Club.

Zahringer, who won the Mid-Amateur in 2002, held off Tim Pope, 4 and 2, and will meet the oldest remaining player in the field in 68-year-old Jerry Cundari of Portland, Ore., Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, Marucci escaped with a 1-up victory over John Long of Centreville, Va., and will take on Frank Travetto, 55, of Bartlett, Ill.

“Match play is never easy, and you always have to play until the very end,” said Marucci. “The nerves aren’t quite as bad as playing in the Amateur, but this is a lot of fun, the guys are great, and everybody here is trying to win.”

Past U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles, 65, of Richmond, Va., held on for a 2-and-1 win over Tom McGraw, 57, of Montgomery, Texas, while local favorite John Grace, 60, of Fort Worth, Texas, was a 4-and-3 winner over Bruce Meyer. Giles won the Amateur in 1972.

But it was a tough morning for several other well-known players, including stroke-play medalist and reigning British Senior Open Amateur champion Paul Simson, 57, of Raleigh, N.C. Simson was the first player to have his day cut short when he was defeated by Randy Nichols, 55, of Connersville, Ind., 2 and 1.

Two-time USGA Senior Amateur champion, Kemp Richardson, 62, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., was next to be eliiminated in a 4-and-3 defeat to Stephen Bell, 56, of Denver, Colo., while 1991 U.S. Amateur champion Mitch Voges, 58, of Simi Valley, Calif., was beaten, 5 and 4, by Joe Keller, 59, of Osterville, Mass.

Stewart “Buddy” Alexander, 55, of Gainesville, Fla., the 1986 U.S. Amateur champion, was eliminated by the 2007 Senior Amateur runner-up, Sam Farlow, 61, of Birmingham, Ala., 2 up.

The USGA Senior Amateur continues with the quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Wednesday, and the scheduled 18-hole championship final match will be played on Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. CDT.

The USGA Senior Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Story written by Dave Fanucchi, the director of public relations for the USGA. E-mail him with questions or comments at

Fort Worth, Texas – Results following Tuesday morning’s second round of match play at the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at the 6,679-yard, par-71 Shady Oaks Country Club:

Round of 32

Upper Bracket

Randy Nichols, Connersville, Ind. (150) def. Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C. (141), 2 and 1

Dave Denezza, Greensburg, Pa. (147) def. Ralph Cotton, Colleyville, Texas (147), 1 up

John Pallin, Kenosha, Wis. (150) def. Howie Knodt, Chula Vista, Calif. (144), 5 and 3

Stephen Bell, Denver, Colo. (150) def. Kemp Richardson, Laguna Niguel, Calif. (144), 4 and 3

Joseph Keller, Osterville, Mass. (149) def. Mitch Voges, Simi Valley, Calif. (143), 5 and 4

Sam Farlow, Birmingham, Ala. (146) def. Stewart Alexander, Gainesville, Fla. (151), 2 up

Jerry Cundari, Portland, Ore. (149) def. Edward Patridge, Birmingham, Ala. (153), 3 and 2

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. (151) def. Timothy Pope, Spartanburg, S.C. (152), 4 and 2

Lower Bracket
Logan Jackson, Winston Salem, N.C. (153) def. Sam Till Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (149), 6 and 5

Vinny Giles, Richmond, Va. (146) def. Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas (151), 2 and 1

Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C. (152) def. Michael Shelton, Belton, Mo. (150), 4 and 3

Bill Heldmar, Tulsa, Okla. (151) def. Randy Reznicek, Vista, Calif. (152), 19 holes

George Marucci Jr., Villanova, Pa. (143) def. John Long, Centreville, Va. (150), 1 up

Frank Travetto, Bartlett, Ill. (151) def. Thomas Bohardt, Cleveland, Ohio (152), 2 up

Paul Murphy, Arlington, Mass. (150) def. Carey Watson, Coral Springs, Fla. (153), 3 and 1

John Grace, Fort Worth, Texas (145) def. Bruce Meyer, El Paso, Texas (148), 4 and 3

Round of 16

Upper Bracket

Nichols vs Denezza

Pallin vs Bell

Keller vs. Farlow

Cundari vs. Zahringer
Lower Bracket
Jackson vs Giles

Ford III vs. Heldmar

Marucci vs. Travetto

Murphy vs. Grace



Championship Facts

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 1 inches, with a width of approximately 6 feet. The primary rough will stand 2 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.



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