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Bartolacci makes it two for two;
tops U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier

  BLUE BELL, Pa. – Thomas Bartolacci of Washington Crossing, Pa., qualified for his second U.S. Senior Amateur in as many years Monday after topping the local qualifier for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship run by the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

  Bartolacci bested the 78-player field by firing a 6-under-par 66 at Cedarbrook CC (par 72, 6,780 yards) after carding an eagle and a ridiculous seven birdies on the day.

  The 57-year-old will be joined by Walker Cup Captain George "Buddy" Marucci, Jr., of Villanova, Pa., Richard Umani of West Chester, Pa., and Matthew Bellis of Ambler, Pa., in the Championship set for Sept. 20 – 25 at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

  "It was just one of those things where I got hot today," said Bartolacci. "I just hit the ball close most of the day and was out of the choke range."

  But Bartolacci must have gotten "hot" in the parking lot because his solid play showed up right away on the 10th tee (par 5, 536 yards), his first hole of the day.

  The Washington Crossing, Pa., resident hit a perfect drive off the tee and knocked his rescue club from 235 yards out onto a sloping green only 10 feet below the hole. He then made the uphill putt to start his day with an eagle.

  "It was a good start," said Bartolacci, who continued his stellar play with a 30-footer for birdie on the par 4, 385-yard 11th hole to fall to 3-under after two holes. He finished his front nine in 3-under and did the same on the back to clear the field by a full three strokes.

  "I’m ecstatic," said an overjoyed Bartolacci. "[Today’s round] was a once a year, maybe even a once-in-a-lifetime score for me, especially under these circumstances."

  Bartolacci’s second consecutive trip to the national championship came with his long-time friend, Terry Sawyer, on the bag in both occasions, a fact not overlooked by Bartolacci.

  "I’m two for two with ‘Saws’ on the bag, so I can’t even [complain] about him for caddie error this time," joked Bartolacci about making the Championship with Sawyer at his side. "Having Saws on the bag and playing with the guys I played with today made it pretty cool. They we all very supportive."

Notes:
  The inaugural USGA Senior Amateur was held in 1955 at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. The event, for those who are 55 or older on or before the day the championship begins, is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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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 136 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.

Qualifiers

Name

City

Front 9

Back 9

Total

Thomas Bartolacci

Washington Crossing, PA

33

33

66

George Marucci Jr

Villanova, PA

35

34

69

Richard Umani

West Chester, PA

35

34

69

Matthew Bellis

Ambler, PA

36

35

71

  

Alternates (in order)

Gary Daniels

Center Valley, PA

34

38

72

Raymond Thompson

Drexel Hill, PA

35

37

72

  

Failed to qualify

Don Donatoni

Malvern, PA

34

39

73

Paul Schlachter

Bridgeville, PA

36

37

73

Daniel Burton

Lititz, PA

37

37

74

Drew Panebianco

Dresher, PA

36

38

74

Jim Sullivan, Sr.

Abington, PA

36

38

74

David Staebler

Philadelphia, PA

36

39

75

Frank Polizzi

Plymouth Meeting, PA

39

36

75

Jeff Ranck

Lewisburg, PA

39

36

75

O Gordon Brewer

Pine Valley, NJ

35

40

75

Richard Smith

Villanova, PA

37

38

75

Andrew Tompos

Lititz, PA

36

40

76

Bill Lawler

West Wyoming, PA

40

36

76

Charles Jones

Collegeville, PA

38

38

76

Craig Scott

Marshalls Creek, PA

38

38

76

David Brookreson

Huntingdon Valley, PA

36

40

76

Ed Chylinski

Gulph Mills, PA

37

39

76

Mark Quigley

Ambler, PA

38

38

76

Warren Choate

Montoursville, PA

38

38

76

Bennett Meyer

Huntingdon Valley, PA

39

38

77

Kenneth Gaskill

Moorestown, NJ

37

40

77

Michael Rowland

Emmaus, PA

40

37

77

Robert Ockenfuss

Perkasie, PA

36

41

77

Theodore Beringer

Bryn Mawr, PA

38

39

77

Tom Dicinti

Voorhees, NJ

38

39

77

Francis Mc Fadden

Newtown Square, PA

37

41

78

Michael Quinn

East Fallowfield, PA

39

39

78

Robin McCool

Bethlehem, PA

41

37

78

Bob Majczan

Richboro, PA

39

40

79

Clark Hargrove

Haverford, PA

41

38

79

David Derminio

Coopersburg, PA

40

39

79

Jarrett Kling

Haverford, PA

39

40

79

Jim Haynie

North Wales, PA

40

39

79

John Teel

New Oxford, PA

41

38

79

Neil McDermott

Newtown Square, PA

40

39

79

Wally Swiger

Maple Glen, PA

39

40

79

Charles McClaskey

Elkton, MD

38

42

80

Edward Gregorczyk

Moosic, PA

38

42

80

Edward Roberts

Doylestown, PA

42

38

80

Gene Maginnis

Wyndmoor, PA

40

40

80

Joseph Deangelis

Langhorne, PA

38

42

80

Joseph Olin

Medford, NJ

37

43

80

Michael Rose

Huntingdon Valley, PA

41

39

80

Carl Everett

Havertown, PA

38

43

81

Ed Blechschmidt

Villanova, PA

38

43

81

Art Brosius

Wilmington, DE

44

38

82

Ed Pappas

West Chester, PA

41

41

82

James Castle

Oriskany, NY

43

39

82

Michael Dutill

Maple Glen, PA

41

41

82

Wade Goyne

Ashland, PA

42

40

82

Alan Van Horn

Ambler, PA

40

43

83

Paul Keating

Haverford, PA

41

42

83

Thomas Mairone

Glen Mills, PA

41

42

83

Bill Vostinak

Allentown, PA

46

38

84

Dennis Campbell

Orwigsburg, PA

39

45

84

Greg Gaul

Wayne, PA

42

42

84

Joseph McLean

Springfield, PA

43

41

84

Michael Carfi

Fort Monmouth, NJ

39

45

84

Patrick Keefe

Ringwood, NJ

44

40

84

Vince Yost

Harleysville, PA

40

44

84

Charles Johanson

Bryn Mawr, PA

41

44

85

David Sibley

Birmingham, AL

37

48

85

Milton Trexler

New Tripoli, PA

41

44

85

Richard Speranza

Washington Crossing, PA

43

42

85

Mike Atkins

Mountville, PA

44

42

86

Robert Dietrich

Colts Neck, NJ

44

42

86

Robert Martin

Burlington Twp, NJ

41

49

90

William J Catlett

Chester, NJ

43

47

90

Steve Sader

Oreland, PA

48

46

94

James Coleman

St Davids, PA

NC

NC

NC

Jim Decker

Wayne, PA

WD

WD

WD

Robert Billings

Media, PA

WD

WD

WD

Ron Goldburg

Delray Beach, FL

WD

WD

WD

  

NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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