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Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. of Saucon Valley Country Club was all smiles after making birdie on the first playoff hole to win the 43rd Senior Amateur Championship at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.

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SVCC’s Bartolacci, Jr. defeats OGC’s Ray Thompson
in Senior Amateur Championship playoff

  HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa.–Anyone who has seen Thomas Bartolacci, Jr. swing a golf club lately knows something is amiss. A once fluid, freewheeling stroke looks a little cranky these days. He’s grappled with lower back pain since last August and Bartolacci’s golf game has paid the price.

  In the 43rd Senior Amateur Championship Wednesday at Huntingdon Valley Country Club (par 70, 6,480 yards), the 62-year-old Bartolacci looked like his old self, fresh and free. Bartolacci birdied the first playoff hole, No. 1 (par 4, 374 yards), to defeat Ray Thompson of Overbrook Golf Club for a second Senior Amateur title. Bartolacci won the 2008 rendition at The Springhaven Club.

  Bartolacci and Thompson, a two-time Senior Amateur Champion himself, finished the 36 holes of regulation at 4-over par. Bartolacci carded a second consecutive and closing round 72. Thompson posted the tournament’s low score on Day 2, a 1-under-par 69.

  In the playoff, Bartolacci knocked a sand wedge from 80 yards to 15 feet before rolling in the birdie 3. Thompson underestimated his second shot in the playoff, a wedge from 115 yards, and came up 40 feet short of the hole. Playing first, Thompson’s birdie try rolled past the left edge before stopping three feet away.

  “[This] is totally unexpected,” said Bartolacci of Washington Crossing, Pa. “This is probably my best accomplishment in golf to be quite honest. To play this golf course and to win with this field that includes Chip Lutz and Ray Thompson, I’m real lucky.

  “It is lower disc stuff,” Bartolacci added of his issues.” I’ve just kind of wore it out. This is unbelievable. To play this golf course in 4-over par. It’s one of my favorite golf courses. To win here is so special.”

  Despite the playoff defeat, all was not lost for Thompson. He grabbed his third Senior Silver Cross Award, edging clear of three-time reigning Senior Player of the Year Lutz.

  “That was important to me,” said Thompson, who won the Senior Silver Cross in 2007 and 2011. “That was my goal today. I didn’t think I had a chance starting out to win the tournament. I said if I could win the Silver Cross that was really my goal.”

  Bartolacci opened the day two shots behind first-round leader Thomas Humphrey of Wilmington Country Club. Thompson began five strokes behind.

  Difficult scoring conditions mixed with challenging putting surfaces created a leaderboard logjam most of the day. In fact, with all groups reporting nine-hole scores nine players stood within three shots of the lead.

  Thompson grabbed the clubhouse lead first. He carded five birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. He made the turn at 1 under and registered a birdie, a bogey and seven pars to finish. His last red figure was a 3 on No. 16 (par 4. 320 yards) when he hit a sand wedge from 66 yards to a foot.

  “I figured with the 1 under on the front I had a shot,” said Thompson, 61, of Drexel Hill, Pa. “The course was hard I thought. The wind was blowing. I figured 3 or 4 over was going to be close. I figured I’d be right there. I was grinding hard.”

  Bartolacci was two groups behind Thompson and Mr. Steady all tournament long. He recorded a birdie and three bogeys, including one on the closing 18th (par 4, 400 yards). His approach on the last hole came up just short and his chip left him with 15-feet of work remaining. Bartolacci gave the par putt a run, but watched it miss to the high side and stop three feet from the cup.

  “I hit a real good tee shot and I was kind of in between clubs and took the shorter club,” said Bartolacci of his approach on No. 18. “I hit a 5-iron. I had 187 yards uphill to the pin. I didn’t want to mess with the pin though. I just wanted to get the ball anywhere on the green. I hit a good chip. I gave the first putt a run. Those three footers aren’t easy for old guys.”

  Bartolacci made five bogeys, three birdies and a double bogey over the course of 36 holes.

  Humphrey, an Association newcomer and Day 1 leader, remained in the fray until the end. However, bogeys on his final two holes led to a 6-over finish.

  Last year’s winner Mike Vassil placed ninth at 10 over.

Overall

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

*Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

72-72–144

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-69–144

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

70-76–146

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

73-74–147

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

74-74–148

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

74-74–148

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

77-73–150

Robert Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

77-74–151

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

77-74–151

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

75-76–151

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

78-73–151

James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75-77–152

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

76-77–153

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

73-80–153

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

79-74–153

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75-79–154

David Richards, Bent Creek Country Club

81-74–155

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

75-80–155

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

80-75–155

Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-76–155

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

80-75–155

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

79-76–155

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78-77–155

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77-78–155

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

75-80–155

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

80-76–156

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80-76–156

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79-77–156

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

75-82–157

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

79-78–157

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

77-80–157

Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78-79–157

Jim Tutelman, Green Valley Country Club

78-80–158

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

77-81–158

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

74-84–158

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

79-79–158

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

77-82–159

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78-81–159

Jeff Ranck, Huntsville Golf Club

78-81–159

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

81-78–159

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

80-80–160

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

82-78–160

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

80-80–160

Scott Orr, Brookside Country Club

79-81–160

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79-81–160

Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club

79-82–161

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

82-79–161

James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

82-79–161

Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

83-79–162

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-83–162

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

84-78–162

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

77-85–162

Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80-82–162

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82-81–163

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

81-82–163

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

78-87–165

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

82-83–165

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86-79–165

Jeffrey Bettinger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-83–166

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

85-81–166

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

80-86–166

Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82-85–167

Rich Colaguori, Talamore Country Club

80-87–167

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

82-86–168

James Pickens, Plymouth Country Club

83-85–168

Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85-84–169

Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa

88-81–169

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

86-83–169

Michael Anderson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

89-81–170

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

84-86–170

Michael Stanley, Aronimink Golf Club

81-90–171

Ansley Jessup, Jr., Rancocas Golf Club

91-81–172

Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club

87-85–172

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

89-83–172

Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84-89–173

Joseph McLean, Rolling Green Golf Club

86-87–173

Joe Tague, Talamore Country Club

85-89–174

Tom Conboy, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

87-87–174

Rick Gaydos, Sakima Country Club

83-91–174

Anthony Kondracki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

84-91–175

Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club

88-87–175

George Collins, Sand Barrens Golf Club

87-88–175

Dominic Digiacobbe, Lu Lu Country Club

86-90–176

Stephen Conway, Burlington Country Club

83-93–176

Gordon Schafer, Medford Village Country Club

93-83–176

Steve Kyriakodis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85-92–177

Thomas Sjoblom, Philadelphia Cricket Club

94-84–178

Jay Davidson, Rancocas Golf Club

89-91–180

Joseph Zelechoski, Silver Creek Country Club

84-96–180

Joseph Dollinger, Lu Lu Country Club

93-88–181

Jack O'Hara, Cedarbrook Country Club

91-92–183

Scott Sherman, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

98-96–194

George Reby, Greate Bay Country Club

89-WD–WD

Gustav Vik, The Ridge at Back Brook

85-WD–WD

 

Ages 55-59

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

73-74–147

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Brian Rothaus, Five Ponds Golf Club

74-74–148

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

77-73–150

Robert Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

77-74–151

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

76-77–153

Joseph Russo, Laurel Creek Country Club

73-80–153

David Richards, Bent Creek Country Club

81-74–155

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

75-80–155

Jim Gavaghan, Jericho National Golf Club

80-75–155

Mike Owsik, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-76–155

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

80-75–155

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

80-76–156

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

80-76–156

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

79-77–156

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

75-82–157

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

79-78–157

Jim Tutelman, Green Valley Country Club

78-80–158

Rich Thon, The Springhaven Club

77-81–158

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

77-82–159

David Smith, Doylestown Country Club

80-80–160

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

82-78–160

Rocky Dare, Running Deer Golf Club

80-80–160

Scott Orr, Brookside Country Club

79-81–160

Archie Struthers, Greate Bay Country Club

79-82–161

Mark Leaman, Honeybrook Golf Club

82-79–161

Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

83-79–162

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

82-81–163

John Ward, Greate Bay Country Club

78-87–165

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

82-83–165

Jeffrey Bettinger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-83–166

John Vergari, Tavistock Country Club

85-81–166

Rob Cook, DuPont Country Club

82-86–168

Brian Nelson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

85-84–169

Brian Sexton, Seaview Resort & Spa

88-81–169

Michael Anderson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

89-81–170

Michael Stanley, Aronimink Golf Club

81-90–171

Ansley Jessup, Jr., Rancocas Golf Club

91-81–172

Ron Clark, Tavistock Country Club

87-85–172

Bob Walsh, Philadelphia Publinks GA

84-89–173

Joe Tague, Talamore Country Club

85-89–174

Tom Conboy, Jr., Sandy Run Country Club

87-87–174

Anthony Kondracki, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

84-91–175

Joe Culley, The Springhaven Club

88-87–175

Dominic Digiacobbe, Lu Lu Country Club

86-90–176

Stephen Conway, Burlington Country Club

83-93–176

Jack O'Hara, Cedarbrook Country Club

91-92–183

Scott Sherman, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

98-96–194

George Reby, Greate Bay Country Club

89-WD–WD

Gustav Vik, The Ridge at Back Brook

85-WD–WD

 

Ages 60 and over

Name, club

R1-R2–Total

Raymond Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

75-69–144

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

72-72–144

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

70-76–146

Andy Thompson, Overbrook Golf Club

72-75–147

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

74-74–148

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

77-74–151

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

75-76–151

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

78-73–151

James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

75-77–152

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

79-74–153

James Prendergast, Philadelphia Publinks GA

75-79–154

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

79-76–155

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78-77–155

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77-78–155

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

75-80–155

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

77-80–157

Wally Swiger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78-79–157

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

74-84–158

Tom DiCinti, Little Mill Country Club

79-79–158

George Henninger, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

78-81–159

Jeff Ranck, Huntsville Golf Club

78-81–159

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

81-78–159

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

79-81–160

James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

82-79–161

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79-83–162

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

84-78–162

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

77-85–162

Michael Dougherty, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80-82–162

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

81-82–163

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

86-79–165

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

80-86–166

Michael Harms, Philadelphia Publinks GA

82-85–167

Rich Colaguori, Talamore Country Club

80-87–167

James Pickens, Plymouth Country Club

83-85–168

Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club

86-83–169

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

84-86–170

Stan Zabytko, Loch Nairn Golf Club

89-83–172

Joseph McLean, Rolling Green Golf Club

86-87–173

Rick Gaydos, Sakima Country Club

83-91–174

George Collins, Sand Barrens Golf Club

87-88–175

Gordon Schafer, Medford Village Country Club

93-83–176

Steve Kyriakodis, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85-92–177

Thomas Sjoblom, Philadelphia Cricket Club

94-84–178

Jay Davidson, Rancocas Golf Club

89-91–180

Joseph Zelechoski, Silver Creek Country Club

84-96–180

Joseph Dollinger, Lu Lu Country Club

93-88–181

 

*-determined in playoff; WD-withdrawal

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