USGA Senior Amateur Semifinals Set
Fort Worth, Texas – Frank Ford III, George “Buddy” Marucci, Randy Nichols and George Zahringer all advanced to the semifinals at the Senior Amateur Championship, which is being contested at the 6,679-yard, par-71 Shady Oaks Country Club course.
The 55-year-old Zahringer of New York, N.Y., will take on Nichols, 55, of Connersville, Ind., in the first of this afternoon’s two semifinal matches. Marucci, 55, of Villanova, Pa., will face Ford, 56, from Charleston, S.C.
Zahringer, the 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, erased Joe Keller’s 4-up lead at the turn by birdieing five of the first six holes on the back side. He held on for a 2-and-1 victory.
“It was a combination of good shot-making and good putting,” said Zahringer, who holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 13th hole. “I put the ball in great position and had very makeable putts; none of them were conceded.”
Never trailing in his match was Nichols, a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. He was the equivalent of one under par, with all the match-play concessions, in his 4-and-3 win over John Pallin, 55, of Kenosha, Wis.
Marucci, runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 1995 U.S. Amateur, eliminated 17-time Shady Oaks club champion John Grace, 60, of Fort Worth, 3 and 2. Their match was all square through nine holes before Marucci pulled away by winning three consecutive holes after the turn.
Meanwhile, Ford III, a semifinalist last year and member of the South Carolina State Golf Hall of Fame, defeated 1972 U.S. Amateur champion Vinny Giles, 65, of Richmond, Va., 1 up.
The USGA Senior Amateur Championship concludes on Thursday with the scheduled 18-hole championship final match, starting at 9 a.m. CDT.
Story written by Dave Fanucchi, Director of Public Relations for the USGA. E-mail him with questions or comments at email@example.com.
Pairings for Wednesday afternoon’s semifinal matches at the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship:
2 p.m. – Randy Nichols vs. George Zahringer
2:15 p.m. – Frank Ford III vs. George "Buddy" Marucci