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.
Story written by Dave Fanucchi, the director of public relations for the USGA. E-mail him with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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
Nichols vs Denezza
Pallin vs Bell
Keller vs. Farlow
Cundari vs. Zahringer
Ford III vs. Heldmar
Marucci vs. Travetto
Murphy vs. Grace