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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

R1-R2-Total

*Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

74-76–150

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

73-77–150

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

73-78–151

James Haynie, Commonwealth National Golf Club

74-78–152

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

74-80–154

William Lawler, Fox Hill Country Club

80-76–156

Frank Treml, Philadelphia Publinks GA

77-80–157

John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83-74–157

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

78-80–158

George Carr, Wedgwood Country Club

82-76–158

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

74-84–158

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

84-75–159

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

80-79–159

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

82-77–159

William McCabe, Jr., McCall Golf & Country Club

79-80–159

Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

81-79–160

Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

78-82–160

Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

80-80–160

Terry Law, Yardley Country Club

82-78–160

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81-80–161

David Jordan, Sakima Country Club

86-75–161

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

79-82–161

James Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club

81-80–161

Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club

81-80–161

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

79-82–161

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

78-83–161

Charles McDowell, Wilmington Country Club

81-81–162

Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club

78-85–163

Stanley Casacio, Cedarbrook Country Club

80-83–163

Raymond Fuller, Running Deer Golf Club

83-81–164

Thomas O'Rourke, Chester Valley Golf Club

78-86–164

Jay Howson, Jr., St. Davids Golf Club

87-78–165

Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83-82–165

Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

82-83–165

John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club

80-86–166

Frank Petrecco, Yardley Country Club

80-87–167

Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

78-89–167

Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club

90-78–168

Curt Fromal, The Springhaven Club

83-85–168

Robert Angelucci, Union League Golf Club at Torresdale

80-88–168

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80-89–169

Hal Morris, Talamore Country Club

88-81–169

Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club

84-85–169

Lawrence Capuzzi, Sr., Rolling Green Golf Club

82-87–169

J. Peter Pierce, Philadelphia Country Club

85-85–170

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

86-84–170

Charles Caparo, Plymouth Country Club

82-92–174

Dale Moss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

91-83–174

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

92-90–182

Fred Olt, Little Mill Country Club

86-NC–NC

James Coleman, Rolling Green Golf Club

83-DQ–DQ

*-determined in a playoff

NC-no card; DQ-disqualification

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