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July 13, 2015

Joe Marucci is the No. 2 seed in the Brewer Cup's Super-Senior Division after carding
a 1-under 71 at his home of Saucon Valley Country Club.

Brewer Cup: Panebianco tops Senior bracket; two tied atop Supers

BETHLEHEM, Pa.-Despite unfamiliarity with the day’s track and virtually no past success in Brewer Cup qualifying rounds, Drew Panebianco played like a champion on Monday at Saucon Valley Country Club (Weyhill Course, par 72, 6,533 yards). Panebianco, who has failed to qualify for Brewer Cup match play since turning eligible in 2009, fired a 2-under 70 to earn Senior Division (Ages 55-64) medalist honors.

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  “I have never had success [in this tournament]. I’ve tried every year since I’ve turned 55 and I’m 61 now, so I’m glad I finally put it all together,” said Panebianco, a Gwynedd Valley, Pa. resident. “The key today was when I made a double today, I came back and made a birdie. That’s what you need to do when you’re pissed off and need to get back on track. It all came together.”

  Panebianco, the No. 1 seed, will face No. 16 seed Robin McCool. Seeds were decided based on order of finish, followed by a random drawing for ties within the Top 16.

  Panebianco’s round highlights came at the end of each nine. On No. 18 (par 5, 500 yards ), which concluded his front nine on the day, Panebianco put his drive into the bunker, forcing him to hit a pitching wedge out to safety. He then placed a 5-iron to six feet. No. 9 (par 5, 498 yards) his closing hole, saw another birdie after the Five Ponds Golf Club member put a 3-wood toward the front of the green, chipped it up and made a five footer to secure medalist honors. Despite having never viewed Saucon Valley’s beautiful landscape, his only hiccup, a three-putt, came on No. 17 (par 4, 363 yards).

  “I’ve never played this course before. I’ve never even seen it,” Panebianco said. “That almost got me in trouble a couple of times, not knowing where to hit it. On No. 10 (par 4, 393 yards), it falls off, and I was right on the edge. I got very lucky. It would have helped today, but knowing the course now will hopefully help me tomorrow.”

  Most of Panebianco’s match play experience has come in club championship competition. He won four club championships while he was a member at Talamore Country Club, and has won three Senior club championships as a member of Five Ponds.

  “I’ve always felt comfortable in match play. I’ve always liked it,” he said. “You can screw up and forget about it, I guess that’s why. I’ve played this well before and shot a million the next day, so you never know. We’ll see what happens, but hopefully it’s still there tomorrow.”

  The Senior Division’s cut line stopped at 76. A 7-for-1 playoff decided the last seed, which went to Saucon Valley’s own McCool after he jarred a 20-foot birdie on No. 1 (par 4, 356 yards), the first playoff hole. McCool is a two-time winner of the Brewer Cup (2010 and 2013).

Super Senior
  Two-two reigning champion Don Donatoni shared medalist honors with Saucon Valley’s Joe Marucci in the Super-Senior Division after the pair each carded rounds of 1-under 71. The Top 8 Super Seniors advanced into match play.

  White Manor Country Club’s Donatoni, who took home the Super-Senior hardware in 2013 at Lookaway Golf Club and again in 2014 at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, will make a run at the three-peat as the No. 1 seed in match play. He will face No. 8 seed James Ward of Cedarbrook Country Club tomorrow morning.

  “Anything can happen in match play and we all know that. You know the 64th seed in a pro field can beat a No. 1 seed,” said Donatoni, 66, of Malvern, Pa. “I think about that and know that you still have to grind and play every shot as if you were playing in medal-round play. I’ve been able to do that so far.”

  With each passing victory, Donatoni says he feels more and more pressure coming his way. That pressure only builds as the three-peat looms heading into match play.

  “It gets harder each and every time because you are expected to repeat and to perform. It puts a little more pressure on you to win,” said Donatoni, who is also the reigning two-time Super Senior Player of the Player. “It’s always in the back of my mind, but I try to block out what I’ve done in the past. I’ve been focusing on what’s next for me.

  Marucci, the No. 2 seed and home club hopeful, will face No. 7 seed Alan Van Horn of Commonwealth National Golf Club in Round 1 of match play.

  Thanks to sinking seven birdie putts on the day, including a 40-foot bomb on No. 4 (par 4, 334 yards) and a 30-foot thriller on No. 13 (par 4, 352 yards), Marucci, 65, got his first taste of GAP success since undergoing a half-knee replacement last November.

  “This injury has been taking a while to come back. I got down in the dumps because I wasn’t swinging like I used to, but today it was feeling great,” said Marucci, of Titusville, N.J. “I’ve kind of struggled in GAP events recently. I wanted to give this a try as a Super Senior, so this is pretty special. This is just a great tournament overall, and there are a few guys playing from our club this week, so we will all get on each other about our rounds here.”

  The Super-Senior’s cut line stopped at 77.

  The Brewer Cup is named in honor of O. Gordon Brewer, Jr., the former president of Pine Valley Golf Club. Brewer carded a 76 in today’s stroke play qualifying round, and will enter match play as the No. 5 seed. He is a two-time U.S. Senior Amateur Champion and veteran of 42 USGA Championships. He’s captured two Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur Championship titles (1967, 1976), a GAP Senior Amateur Championship crown (1997) and a Senior Player of the Year (1997) as well as countless invitational titles. Five years ago he was recognized for his contributions to the game with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award.

Golf Association of Philadelphia
  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 151 Member Clubs and 57,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. As Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information, the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Senior

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Drew Panebianco, Five Ponds Golf Club

70

James Muller, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

71

Thomas Bartolacci, Jr., Saucon Valley Country Club

71

Glenn Smeraglio, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

72

J. Kirk Luntey, Merion Golf Club

72

John Nottage, Commonwealth National Golf Club

73

Michael Quinn, Edgmont Country Club

74

Brian Corbett, Huntsville Golf Club

74

Thomas Hyland, Little Mill Country Club

74

Bert Kosup, The Ridge at Back Brook

74

Ed Chylinski, Chester Valley Golf Club

74

Chip Lutz, LedgeRock Golf Club

75

Duke Delcher, Sandy Run Country Club

75

Robert Gill, Fox Hill Country Club

75

Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club

75

*Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club

76

 

Failed to qualify

Alan Wagenschnur, Back Creek Golf Club

76

Buck Jones, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Dave Caldwell, Philadelphia Publinks GA

76

Michael Moran, Overbrook Golf Club

76

Scott Orr, Bellewood Country Club

76

Thomas Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club

76

David West, Whitford Country Club

77

Gordon Jamieson, Merion Golf Club

77

Joe Olin, Little Mill Country Club

77

Michael Vassil, Country Club of Scranton

77

Phil Remig, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

77

Roc Irey, Lookaway Golf Club

77

Tim Sindorf, Laurel Creek Country Club

77

Buddy Reed, Back Creek Golf Club

78

Gary Daniels, Applebrook Golf Club

78

Gary Smith, Pine Valley Golf Club

78

Jeff Poet, Country Club of York

78

Mark Quigley, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

78

Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club

79

Byron Whitman, Philadelphia Publinks GA

79

Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National

79

Christopher Clauson, Sandy Run Country Club

79

Edward Mesko, Country Club of Scranton

79

Hee Yoo, Skippack Golf Club at Evansburg State Park

79

Joe Viechnicki, Saucon Valley Country Club

79

Michael Brady, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Michael Domenick, Phoenixville Country Club

79

Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club

79

Richard Lownes, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

79

Steve Dionisio, Jericho National Golf Club

79

Tom Borsello, Hartefeld National

79

Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield

79

Bob Arthur, Tavistock Country Club

80

Bob Majczan, Lookaway Golf Club

80

Francis McFadden, Overbrook Golf Club

80

Harold Schweitzer, Jr, Broad Run Golfers Club

80

Michael Moser, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

80

Rich Colaguori, Cedarbrook Country Club

80

Robert Wagner, Merion Golf Club

80

Scott McIntosh, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

80

Wayne Bartolacci, Jericho National Golf Club

80

Anthony White, Jr., Indian Valley Country Club

81

Arthur Kania, Jr., Merion Golf Club

81

Bennett Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Dan Farragut, Philadelphia Cricket Club

81

James Prendergast, Bellewood Country Club

81

John Robinson, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Jon Lavin, Rolling Green Golf Club

81

Richard Young, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

81

Barry Westington, Country Club of Scranton

82

Francis Hamm, Country Club of Scranton

82

Gregory Buliga, Yardley Country Club

82

James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club

82

Robert Dwyer, Saucon Valley Country Club

82

Gary Yeager, Philadelphia Cricket Club

83

Keith Li, Heidelberg Country Club

83

Robert Dietrich, Loch Nairn Golf Club

83

Scott Latimer, Cedarbrook Country Club

83

Andrew Harmer, The Springhaven Club

84

Jim Macallister, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

84

Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club

84

Matthew Manfred, Commonwealth National Golf Club

85

Richard Atcavage, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

85

Steve Meyer, Rolling Green Golf Club

85

Bryan Marvin, Old York Road Country Club

86

Christopher Terebesi, Honeybrook Golf Club

86

Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club

86

Mike Tomasic, Woodstone Country Club

86

Mitchell Bergman, North Hills Country Club

86

Donald Chapman, Riverton Country Club

88

Scott Carney, Commonwealth National Golf Club

88

Dennis Durkin, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club

89

Jeff Ranck, Huntsville Golf Club

89

Michael Bohon, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

89

Drew Swenda, Jr, Whitford Country Club

90

Michael Berger, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

90

Frank Corrado, Jr., Jericho National Golf Club

91

C. Wyllys Cass, Overbrook Golf Club

92

Gary Shearman, Philadelphia Cricket Club

102

Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club

WD

Bill Boyle, Metedeconk National Golf Club

WD

Ron Weaver, Bent Creek Country Club

WD

 

Super Senior

Qualifiers

Name, club

Score

Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club

71

Joseph Marucci, Saucon Valley Country Club

71

Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club

75

Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club

76

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

76

Daniel Burton, Lancaster Country Club

76

*Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club

77

*James Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club

77

 

Failed to qualify

Craig Scott, Great Bear Golf Club

77

Alan Over, Bent Creek Country Club

78

Charles McClaskey, Back Creek Golf Club

78

Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club

78

Richard Speranza, Jericho National Golf Club

80

James Haynie, Commonwealth National Golf Club

81

Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club

81

Michael Rowland, Lehigh Country Club

81

Richard Smith, Philadelphia Country Club

81

Greg Gottshall, Bellewood Country Club

82

Hugh Kenworthy, III, Gulph Mills Golf Club

82

Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club

82

Terrence Sawyer, Mercer Oaks Golf Course

82

John Patton, Little Mill Country Club

83

Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club

83

Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club

83

Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club

83

Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

84

Ed Zebrowski, Sea Oaks Golf Club

85

Clay Hamlin, III, Merion Golf Club

86

Richard Franklin, Stonewall

86

Dale Moss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club

87

Fred Jones, Merion Golf Club

89

Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

90

William Kufta, Makefield Highlands Golf Club

91

Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

94

David Brookreson, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

WD

John Owens, M.D., Tavistock Country Club

WD

Peter Torras, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club

WD

 

*-failed to qualify

WD-withdrawal

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