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Saucon Valley's Bartolacci survives wild finish
to earn 38th Senior Amateur Championship

  WALLINGFORD, Pa.ĖThomas Bartolacci, Jr., of Saucon Valley CC survived a frenetic final stretch on Wednesday to take the 38th Senior Amateur Championship at The Springhaven Club (par 70, 6,507 yards). Bartolacciís three-foot par save on the final hole helped the 57 year old emerge from an amazingly crowded and fluid leaderboard in which six players, competing in the last four groups, all had an opportunity to claim victory on the final hole.

  "Itís a personal accomplishment for me and I feel very satisfied. Iím very lucky to win," said Bartolacci, who finished at 2-over par for the 36 holes to take his first Senior Amateur title. "Itís not easy for players like myself to win in Philadelphia because there are so many great amateurs. Historically, there have always been guys that are a cut above and that set the bar so high. This is special."

Dan Burton, the Golf Association of Philadelphia
President (with trophy), poses with all five runner-ups
from the Senior Amateur Championship.
  Gary Daniels of Saucon Valley CC, Thomas DiCinti of Links GC, the first-round leader, Don Donatoni of White Manor CC, Frank McFadden of Overbrook GC and Craig Scott of Huntingdon Valley CC all finished tied for second at 3-over par.

  Bartolacciís tournament-clinching putt gave him a final-round 71. A round best described as mundane, that is until the last four holes. He opened with nine pars before registering a bogey on No. 10 (par 4, 425 yards) after his drive found the left trees. A tap-in birdie on No. 12 (par 5, 518 yards) got Bartolacci that stroke back before craziness ensued.

  Bartolacci, after coming up just short of the green on No. 15 (par 4, 382 yards), missed a 2Ĺ-foot par putt, yes it was that short, to fall two shots back of leader DiCinti.

  However, quickly forgetting that mystifying miss, the Washington Crossing, Pa., resident responded in style with an 8-iron on No. 16 (par 3, 160 yards) to eight feet for birdie.

  "That was a good putt," he said with a laugh.

  As the final group began 17, the whole tournament started to go a little askew.

  Donatoni, on No. 18 (par 4, 382 yards), failed to get up-and-down from the right greenside bunker and finished at 3 over. Scott then stunningly missed a three-foot par putt on No. 17 to also fall to 3 over. Daniels, playing with Scott, had a couple of good looks but failed to convert any of his late birdie tries. Daniels and Scott both parred the final hole to post 3 over totals.

  Thatís three players at 3 over.

  Meanwhile, McFadden, in the last group with Bartolacci and DiCinti, dropped to 2-over with a bogey on No. 16 (par 3, 160 yards) after he missed the green short and right. With two holes to go, DiCinti stood at even par and Bartolacci at 1 over.

  After relatively decent drives on No. 17 (par 4, 371 yards), Bartolacci pulled a 9-iron left of the hole and was left with a 30-foot birdie try. DiCinti caught a 9-iron flyer from the left rough, clipped a tree in back of the green and faced an impossible chip. McFaddenís approach shot landed short and in the left greenside bunker.

  DiCinti had first play and ran his pitch across the green. His ensuing chip stopped four feet shy of the hole and he missed that for a six. McFadden went next. He left his bunker effort 15 feet short of the cup and watched his par try slip by for a bogey. Bartolacci appeared to be in great shape after his first putt stopped about three feet above the hole, however, he then watched in disbelief as his short par try missed.

  That brought the final grouping to 18. Bartolacci and DiCinti stood at 2-over par and McFadden at 3 over.

  Off the tee, Bartolacci and McFadden found the fairway and DiCinti the right fairway bunker. Bartolacci went first and sent a 6-iron from 167 yards just over the green. DiCinti caught some bad luck in the bunker with a lie too close to the edge and saw his 8-iron clip the lip. McFadden launched a short iron to about 12 feet right of the hole to give himself a look at birdie.

  DiCinti knocked his third shot just in the back fringe and his ensuing chip stopped a couple feet shy. He became the fourth player to finish at 3 over. Bartolacci guided his delicate pitch to a couple of feet leaving McFadden to go next with his birdie opportunity. McFaddenís stroke was solid but his chance went wide leaving Bartolacci with a gimme for the win.

  "Toward the end it got really hard to make putts and pars. I missed a couple of real short putts and was lucky to come out in the end," said Bartolacci. "Believe me, the one on 18 was not easy to make after missing two that short. Thankfully it went in."

  Bartolacci now heads to the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship set for Sept. 20-25 at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Last year, Bartolacci advanced to the Round of 16 in the national championship. He qualified for this yearís edition with an amazing 66 on Aug. 25 at Cedarbrook CC.

  Donatoni may have come up a stroke shy of the Senior Amateur crown but did walk away with the Senior Silver Cross Award after carding the dayís low round of 70.

  The Senior Silver Cross goes to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman Cup (Gross) and two rounds of the Senior Amateur Championship.

  "To me [the Senior Silver Cross] is a Major," said Donatoni, 60, of Malvern, Pa. "Itís something you have to work hard at for four rounds. When you accomplish what you set out to do there is no better feeling. Even though I came up a shot short today, itís still gratifying to be able to win the Silver Cross. Itís still some of the best senior competition around."

  Donatoni defeated Andy Thompson of Overbrook GC by three strokes for the award.

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  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 135 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Flight champions
Ages 55-59
1. Roc Irey, Cedarbrook CC, 145
1. James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley CC, 145

Ages 60-and-over
1. Terry Fair, RiverCrest GC & Preserve, 149
2. Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley CC, 150

Overall

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

71

71

142

Craig Scott

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

71

143

Francis McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

71

72

143

Gary Daniels

Saucon Valley Country Club

72

71

143

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

69

74

143

Don Donatoni

White Manor Country Club

73

70

143

James Sullivan, Sr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

73

145

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

73

72

145

Andy Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

75

72

147

Martin Klagholz

Aronimink Golf Club

73

74

147

Ed Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

77

71

148

Matthew Bellis

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

73

148

Michael Quinn

Edgmont Country Club

72

76

148

Daniel B. Burton

Bent Creek Country Club

72

77

149

Richard Umani

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

73

149

Vincent Scarpetta, Jr.

Glenmaura National Golf Club

76

73

149

Terry Fair

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76

73

149

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

77

150

Robert Ockenfuss

Indian Valley Country Club

75

75

150

Thomas Mallouk

Lookaway Golf Club

74

76

150

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

73

77

150

Drew Panebianco

Talamore Country Club

77

74

151

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

75

151

Robert Fritz

Raven's Claw Golf Club

76

75

151

James Haynie

Lu Lu Country Club

79

72

151

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

77

74

151

Bob Majczan

Lookaway Golf Club

74

78

152

Michael Moser

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

76

152

Carl Everett

Merion Golf Club

74

78

152

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

74

78

152

David Taylor

Radley Run Country Club

75

78

153

Donald Ashley

Philadelphia Country Club

77

76

153

Jeb Baker

DuPont Country Club

78

75

153

Mark Quigley

Lu Lu Country Club

77

76

153

Michael Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

78

153

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

72

81

153

Michael Rowland

Lehigh Country Club

79

74

153

Stephen Daley

Lu Lu Country Club

79

74

153

Bennett Meyer

Philmont Country Club

73

81

154

Jeff Ranck

Huntsville Golf Club

81

73

154

Wally Swiger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

75

154

John Gonsior

Five Ponds Golf Club

77

78

155

Mike Miklinevich

Greate Bay Country Club

76

79

155

Neil McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

75

80

155

Ted Beringer

Philadelphia Country Club

72

83

155

Andrew Guinan

Applebrook Golf Club

76

80

156

Craig Aronchick

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

74

156

John Turner

The Springhaven Club

79

77

156

Pete Widdoes

Inniscrone Golf Club

79

77

156

Joseph Grubb

Honeybrook Golf Club

77

80

157

Jack Holland

Whitford Country Club

78

79

157

Joel McFadden

Honeybrook Golf Club

76

81

157

Jon Mabry

Moorestown Field Club

80

77

157

John Emmel, Jr.

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

77

158

William Vostinak

Lehigh Country Club

80

78

158

Charles Caparo

Plymouth Country Club

80

78

158

Alan Van Horn

Lu Lu Country Club

85

74

159

Robert Lodovici

Links Golf Club

79

81

160

Charles McDowell

Wilmington Country Club

80

80

160

Gordon Bennett

Northampton Country Club

85

75

160

Michael Howanski

DuPont Country Club

85

76

161

Charles Whipple

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

82

161

Gibby Young

Hartefeld National

84

77

161

Andy Goldman

Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

82

162

Charles Johanson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

79

162

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

83

79

162

Richard Speranza

Jericho National Golf Club

85

77

162

Michael Sofranko

Wyncote Golf Club

79

83

162

Terry Law

Yardley Country Club

84

79

163

Dave Jacobson

JC Melrose Country Club

79

85

164

Terrence Sawyer

Yardley Country Club

83

81

164

John Samerjan

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

85

165

Michael Harms

Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

81

165

Gregory Gaul

Merion Golf Club

82

83

165

John Snyder

Waynesborough Country Club

87

78

165

Joseph Milutis

Northampton Country Club

85

80

165

W. Scott Yard

Whitford Country Club

85

80

165

Stephen Crescenzo

Wyncote Golf Club

83

83

166

Carlyle Robinson

Fox Hill Country Club

84

82

166

Robert Murphy

Wilmington Country Club

84

82

166

Dennis Perna

Spring Ford Country Club

86

82

168

Chris Gallagher

West Chester Golf & Country Club

85

84

169

Joseph Dulka

DuPont Country Club

86

83

169

Edward Pappas, Sr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

86

83

169

Rick Gaydos

Woodbury Country Club

82

88

170

Ron Mittendorf

Blue Bell Country Club

86

84

170

Thomas Mairone

McCall Golf & Country Club

84

87

171

John Cech

Riverton Country Club

87

85

172

Frank Kunze

Spring Ford Country Club

88

87

175

Fred Olt

Little Mill Country Club

95

80

175

Joseph Dollinger

Lu Lu Country Club

92

91

183

Kevin Scanlon

Stonewall

76

DQ

DQ

Bill Henry

Olde York Country Club

77

WD

WD

Lee Cook

Laurel Creek Country Club

80

WD

WD

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

Ages 55-59

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr.

Saucon Valley Country Club

71

71

142

Craig Scott

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

71

143

Francis McFadden

Overbrook Golf Club

71

72

143

Gary Daniels

Saucon Valley Country Club

72

71

143

Thomas DiCinti

Links Golf Club

69

74

143

James Sullivan, Sr.

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

72

73

145

Roc Irey

Cedarbrook Country Club

73

72

145

Andy Thompson

Overbrook Golf Club

75

72

147

Martin Klagholz

Aronimink Golf Club

73

74

147

Ed Chylinski

Chester Valley Golf Club

77

71

148

Matthew Bellis

Commonwealth National Golf Club

75

73

148

Michael Quinn

Edgmont Country Club

72

76

148

Daniel B. Burton

Bent Creek Country Club

72

77

149

Richard Umani

Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

73

149

Vincent Scarpetta, Jr.

Glenmaura National Golf Club

76

73

149

Charles Jones

Philadelphia Publinks GA

73

77

150

Robert Ockenfuss

Indian Valley Country Club

75

75

150

Thomas Mallouk

Lookaway Golf Club

74

76

150

Drew Panebianco

Talamore Country Club

77

74

151

Eugene Maginnis, Jr.

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

76

75

151

Robert Fritz

Ravens Claw Golf Club

76

75

151

Bob Majczan

Lookaway Golf Club

74

78

152

Michael Moser

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

76

76

152

David Taylor

Radley Run Country Club

75

78

153

Donald Ashley

Philadelphia Country Club

77

76

153

Jeb Baker

DuPont Country Club

78

75

153

Mark Quigley

Lu Lu Country Club

77

76

153

Michael Dougherty

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75

78

153

Robert Billings

Rolling Green Golf Club

72

81

153

Bennett Meyer

Philmont Country Club

73

81

154

Jeff Ranck

Huntsville Golf Club

81

73

154

Wally Swiger

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

75

154

John Gonsior

Five Ponds Golf Club

77

78

155

Mike Miklinevich

Greate Bay Country Club

76

79

155

Andrew Guinan

Applebrook Golf Club

76

80

156

Craig Aronchick

Rolling Green Golf Club

82

74

156

John Turner

The Springhaven Club

79

77

156

Pete Widdoes

Inniscrone Golf Club

79

77

156

Joseph Grubb

Honeybrook Golf Club

77

80

157

John Emmel, Jr.

Philadelphia Publinks GA

81

77

158

William Vostinak

Lehigh Country Club

80

78

158

Alan Van Horn

Lu Lu Country Club

85

74

159

Robert Lodovici

Links Golf Club

79

81

160

Michael Howanski

DuPont Country Club

85

76

161

Andy Goldman

Philadelphia Cricket Club

80

82

162

Charles Johanson

Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

79

162

James Prendergast

Spring Ford Country Club

83

79

162

Richard Speranza

Jericho National Golf Club

85

77

162

Dave Jacobson

JC Melrose Country Club

79

85

164

John Samerjan

Hopewell Valley Golf Club

80

85

165

Michael Harms

Philadelphia Publinks GA

84

81

165

Stephen Crescenzo

Wyncote Golf Club

83

83

166

Chris Gallagher

West Chester Golf & Country Club

85

84

169

Joseph Dulka

DuPont Country Club

86

83

169

Rick Gaydos

Woodbury Country Club

82

88

170

Thomas Mairone

McCall Golf & Country Club

84

87

171

Joseph Dollinger

Lu Lu Country Club

92

91

183

Bill Henry

Olde York Country Club

77

WD

WD

Lee Cook

Laurel Creek Country Club

80

WD

WD

Kevin Scanlon

Stonewall

76

DQ

DQ

 

60 and Over

Name

Club

Rd. 1

Rd. 2

Total

Don Donatoni

White Manor Country Club

73

70

143

Terry Fair

RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve

76

73

149

Frank Polizzi

Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

73

77

150

James Haynie

Lu Lu Country Club

79

72

151

William Lawler

Fox Hill Country Club

77

74

151

Carl Everett

Merion Golf Club

74

78

152

Michael Rose

Philmont Country Club

74

78

152

Michael Rowland

Lehigh Country Club

79

74

153

Stephen Daley

Lu Lu Country Club

79

74

153

Neil McDermott

Llanerch Country Club

75

80

155

Ted Beringer

Philadelphia Country Club

72

83

155

Jack Holland

Whitford Country Club

78

79

157

Joel McFadden

Honeybrook Golf Club

76

81

157

Jon Mabry

Moorestown Field Club

80

77

157

Charles Caparo

Plymouth Country Club

80

78

158

Charles McDowell

Wilmington Country Club

80

80

160

Gordon Bennett

Northampton Country Club

85

75

160

Charles Whipple

Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79

82

161

Gibby Young

Hartefeld National

84

77

161

Michael Sofranko

Wyncote Golf Club

79

83

162

Terry Law

Yardley Country Club

84

79

163

Terrence Sawyer

Yardley Country Club

83

81

164

Gregory Gaul

Merion Golf Club

82

83

165

John Snyder

Waynesborough Country Club

87

78

165

Joseph Milutis

Northampton Country Club

85

80

165

W. Scott Yard

Whitford Country Club

85

80

165

Carlyle Robinson

Fox Hill Country Club

84

82

166

Robert Murphy

Wilmington Country Club

84

82

166

Dennis Perna

Spring Ford Country Club

86

82

168

Edward Pappas, Sr.

Rolling Green Golf Club

86

83

169

Ron Mittendorf

Blue Bell Country Club

86

84

170

John Cech

Riverton Country Club

87

85

172

Frank Kunze

Spring Ford Country Club

88

87

175

Fred Olt

Little Mill Country Club

95

80

175

 

DQ-disqualification; WD-withdrawal

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