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Sept. 7, 2016

Don Donatoni of White Manor Country Club took
the Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division title in record-setting style.

Donatoni takes advantage of home course advantage;
cruises to Super-Senior title

  MALVERN, Pa.Don Donatoni played trumpet solo with his school band in the 1964 New York Worlds Fair. He vividly remembers belting out notes with his top-of-the-line Bach Stradivarius.

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  When it comes to the Super-Senior golf sect, Donatoni doesnt need to toot his own horn; hes a maestro on the course.

  At his home track of White Manor Country Club Wednesday, Donatoni punctuated a second Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division victory in dominant fashion. Donatoni finished the two rounds in a 1-over-par 143 total, eclipsing the field and his nearest foe, Robin McCool of Saucon Valley Country Club, by a record eight strokes. Donatoni and McCool both posted closing 73s.

  Its thrilling. Anytime you win a GAP Major its a tremendous honor given the competition and the history of the event, said Donatoni, 68, of Malvern, Pa., who holds 31 overall White Manor club championships, 19 mens and 12 seniors. To do it at my own club makes it extra special because you know the members are rooting for you. You dont want to let them down. Its very fulfilling in many ways.

  The previous Super-Senior record for margin of victory in the Senior Amateur was five strokes. Donatoni (2013) and O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. (2008) of Pine Valley Golf Club each held the mark.

  Donatoni entered the final round with a commanding five-shot lead over Mike Rose of Talamore Country Club. Playing conservatively, using more 3-woods than drivers and emphasizing accuracy, he extended the advantage to seven shots thru 9 and even bogeyed No. 18 (par 4, 356 yards) to finish with the decisive eight-stroke margin.

  Donatoni record 16 pars and two bogeys.

  I came in with the mentality of playing conservative. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of good iron shots again. The putter wasnt cooperating as it did yesterday but I made a lot of really good two-putts and a couple of really good, five-, six-, eight-foot par putts, said Donatoni, who hit 12 fairways and 14 greens in regulation.

  McCool did his best to keep stride, but an opening-round 78 dug too big a hole to recover.

  Still, second-place in his first Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division has McCool ready for more.

  Im disappointed that I didnt play very well yesterday. Even if I would have played well, Im not sure it would have made any difference, said McCool, 65, of Bethlehem, Pa. You cant take anything for granted [at this level] because the competition is very, very good, which I knew. The only thing you can do when you finish second is to work harder. Thats what Im going to do for next year.

  The Donatoni victory also secured a fourth-straight Super-Senior Silver Cross Award, earned by the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman (Gross) and Senior Amateur Championship.

  Donatoni defeated McCool by 12 strokes for that.

  Its a terrific accomplishment. To do it once is a great honor. To be able to back it up and do it several times in a row is very special, said a humbled Donatoni. Its a hard award to win. Its a testament to consistency.

  Donatoni entered the Senior Amateur fresh off a victory in the Super-Senior Division of the 65th Senior Men's North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort. A national event, Donatoni rallied from eight shots back in the third and final round to defeat Day 2 leader Logan Jackson of Winston Salem, N.C. by a stroke.

Name, club

R1-R2Total

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

70-73143

Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

78-73151

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

80-74154

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

77-78155

Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club

76-79155

Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

77-78155

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

75-81156

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

81-75156

Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

78-80158

John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

77-82159

Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

83-77160

Michael Howanski, The Springhaven Club

79-81160

Scott Shafer, Whitford Country Club

83-77160

Norman Linker, Old York CC at Chesterfield

80-81161

James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

80-82162

Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

85-77162

Charles McClaskey, Loch Nairn Golf Club

85-78163

Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

83-80163

Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club

81-82163

James Haynie, Commonwealth National Golf Club

83-80163

John Cech, Riverton Country Club

79-84163

John Turner, The Springhaven Club

79-84163

Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club

81-82163

Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club

82-82164

Frank Treml, Philadelphia Publinks GA

85-80165

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

84-81165

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

83-82165

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

86-80166

Rory Loberg, Bent Creek Country Club

82-84166

Terry Law, Yardley Country Club

88-78166

Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club

82-84166

Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club

80-87167

Larry Martin, Five Ponds Golf Club

81-86167

Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club

82-85167

Michael Doyle, Cedarbrook Country Club

83-85168

Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83-85168

Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

80-89169

Joseph McLean, Rolling Green Golf Club

89-81170

Dale Moss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

83-88171

Jay Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club

86-85171

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

88-85173

Joel McFadden, Philadelphia Publinks GA

83-91174

Gordon Schafer, Woodcrest Country Club

87-NSNS

Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club

84-WDWD

 

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