Sept. 9, 2015

Frank Polizzi of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club can't believe
where his tee ball on No. 17 (par 3, 169 yards) lands.

Polizzi defeats Lodovici in playoff for Super-Senior title

  PHILADELPHIA, Pa.–Frank Polizzi of Whitemarsh Valley Country Club parred the second playoff hole to defeat Robert Lodovici of Little Mill Country Club for the 45th Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division title on Wednesday at a demanding Union League Golf Club at Torresdale (par 70, 5,848 yards).

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  It was Polizzi’s first Association Major victory.

  Both players finished the 36 holes at 10-over-par 150. Polizzi carded a closing 76 to pair with a first-round 74. Lodovici posted a 77 after an opening 73. Both players registered three-putt bogeys on the final hole (No. 18, par 4, 348 yards). The two faced 50-foot plus length putts from the front of the long, narrow green that slopes back to front.

  “It means a lot,” said Polizzi, 69, of Plymouth Whitemarsh, Pa. “The Delaware Valley is a great place for golf. There are great competitors and you know you are going to have to fight tooth and nail for everything. I’m really proud to do it.

  “I turn 70 in January and to hang in there and win this now, I feel really good about it. I think about all the names of the guys that won. There are so many good players here in the Delaware Valley who have won this in the past, to join them I feel great.”

  Both players opened the playoff with uphill, lengthy birdie tries on No. 1 (par 4, 321 yards) that ended with pars. On No. 2, Lodovici tugged an 8-iron from 140 yards into the left greenside bunker. Polizzi, who carried the right fairway bunker off the tee, knocked a 9-iron from 125 yards to 12 feet. Lodovici’s bunker shot came out a bit heavy, and he failed to save par from 25 feet. Polizzi, with two putts to win, cozied his birdie attempt to inches. He tapped in for the win.

  “I’m thrilled. I didn’t see it coming,” said Polizzi, who won the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Art Wall, Jr. Super-Senior Division title in 2014. “Only recently have I started to hit the ball better. Yesterday, at the range, I was really hitting the ball solid. That gave me the confidence.”

  Amidst another day of oppressive heat, Lodovici, Polizzi and two-time reigning Super-Senior Player of the Year Don Donatoni emerged as frontrunners. Donatoni, 67, of Malvern, Pa., wasn’t himself after slicing the skin webbing between his thumb and index finger while on the practice range. A distracted Donatoni was a bit off, went 5 over on the front side, and lost all chance of making the playoff when his drive found the left trees on No. 18. He finished with a 78 for a 151 total, one shot behind. He later needed five stitches to close the wound.

  “I normally warm up with a couple clubs in my hand. I snagged the turf and the turf didn’t give way. The clubs ripped the skin between my thumb and forefinger pretty severely,” said Donatoni, who won this event in 2013 and was the runner-up in 2014. “Everything we tried before the doctor showed up on the ninth tee didn’t work. It was painful. The worst part was the blood, it didn’t stop. It was on my ball, on my cloths, on my hand.”

  Dr. David Junkin, a Golf Association of Philadelphia volunteer, administered first aid on that tee.

  Lodovici, 65, of Atco, N.J., a Super-Senior rookie, sees Wednesday’s result as a building block for the future.

  “I take a lot of confidence going into the rest of the year knowing that I did well,” said Lodovici, who won the 2014-15 Winter Series Senior Net Player of the Year honor. “The past year I was always uncomfortable with myself going into tournaments, playing, and hoping I could do well. Today, I got off to a good start and was confident.”

  Polizzi, whose top finish in a Golf Association of Philadelphia Senior event was a runner-up showing in the 2012 Brewer Cup, righted a mid-round balky putter. He pulled five straight putts on holes Nos. 8-11, a stretch in which he went 2 over. He missed two short birdie tries and two tiny par efforts. However, Polizzi settled down and held fast with six straight pars on holes Nos. 11-16. He missed the green left and made bogey on No. 17 (par 3, 196 yards) before heading to the final hole.

  Lodovici was a bit more inconsistent, never registering more than two pars in a row.

  “The golf course was playing very difficult,” said Lodovici. “It was hard to get the ball in the hole. You could hit greens and be on the wrong side and three putt. It was difficult to get it up-and-down. You going to miss those two and three footers. It’s a hard golf course to score on.”

  The average course score for the Super-Senior flight on Day 2 was 81.6, a half a stroke higher than Day 1.

NOTES–Donatoni won his third straight Super-Senior Silver Cross Award with a 297 total. He won by 18 shots.

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Name, club


*Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club


Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club


Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club


James Haynie, Commonwealth National Golf Club


Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club


William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club


Frank Treml, Philadelphia Publinks GA


John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club


Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club


George Carr, Wedgwood Country Club


Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club


Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club


Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club


O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., Pine Valley Golf Club


William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club


Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club


Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club


Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course


Terry Law, Yardley Country Club


Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club


David Jordan, Sakima Country Club


Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club


James Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club


Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club


Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club


Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA


Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club


Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club


Stanley Casacio, Cedarbrook Country Club


Raymond Fuller, Running Deer Golf Club


Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club


Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club


Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club


Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club


John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club


Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club


Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club


Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club


Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club


Robert Angelucci, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale


David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club


Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club


Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club


Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club


J. Peter Pierce, Philadelphia Country Club


Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club


Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club


Dale Moss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club


Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club


Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club


James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club


*-determined in a playoff

NC-no card; DQ-disqualification

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