Zahringer Marucci roll on in Senior Amateur
Also advancing at Shady Oaks Country Club, was local favorite John Grace, of Fort Worth, who won 4 and 3 in the second round over Bruce Meyer in the morning, and defeated Paul Murphy by the same margin in the afternoon.
The former Shady Oaks mens club champion estimated that he has played this course more than 500 times, and even teed it up with Ben Hogan, who served as the clubs head professional for many years.
Grace has also won the Shady Oaks stroke play title 17 times, including 11 consecutive years from 1985-95.
It would be crazy to say that my local knowledge hasnt helped me this week, said Grace, a member of the United States victorious 1975 Walker Cup Team. But Ive been looking forward to this championship for 2 1/2 years, and I had to qualify for it just like everybody else. So I feel great about what Ive done so far.
All eight quarterfinalists receive exemptions into next years USGA Senior Amateur Championship, to be played at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago.
Zahringer held off Tim Pope 4 and 2 and then beat the oldest remaining player in the field, 68-year-old Jerry Cundari, 2 and 1.
I hit the ball much better today, than I did during stroke play, Zahringer said. I like the fact that Im striking the ball well, and its going where I want it to.
Marucci escaped with a 1-up victory over John Long, and then prevailed 3 and 2 over Frank Travetto. Marucci, the captain of the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2007 and next year, is better known as one of the players Tiger Woods defeated in the finals to win his record three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles.
Match play is never easy, and you always have to play until the very end, Marucci said. The nerves arent quite as bad as playing in the Amateur, but this is a lot of fun. The guys are great and everybody here is trying to win.
Vinny Giles, the 1972 U.S. Amateur champion, earned victories over Tom McGraw (2 and 1) and Logan Jackson (1 up) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Randy Nichols, a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, took three of the final five holes of his third-round afternoon match to win 1 up over Dave Denezza. In the morning, he beat stroke-play medalist and reigning British Senior Open Amateur champion Paul Simson 2 and 1.
John Pallin, who is in the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame, eliminated defending champion Stan Lee in 19 holes on Monday, scored a 5 and 3 win over Howie Knodt on Tuesday morning, and beat Stephen Bell 4 and 3 in the third round.
Frank Ford III , a semifinalist at this championship in 2007, defeated Michael Shelton (4 and 3) and Bill Heldmar (2 and 1).
Three-time Massachusetts Mid-Amateur champion Joe Keller beat 1991 U.S. Amateur champion Mitch Voges 5 and 4 before ousting 2007 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up Sam Farlow 1 up.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.
With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.
Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.
The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.