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Captain Marucci realizes a dream

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ARDMORE, Pa. – Buddy Marucci Jr. has lived in the neighborhood surrounding Merion Golf Club for 50 years.

He’s been a club member for nearly 20 years.

Helping the Americans win the Walker Cup as captain Sunday relieved some pressure he felt wanting it so badly for the club.

“I’ve never had a problem sleeping in my life,” Marucci said. “And I have to tell you that I did not sleep last night. It meant a great deal to me for the club to be as successful as they were with the event.”

Marucci, 57, said the accomplishment ranked ahead of his lone U.S. Golf Association title, last year’s U.S. Senior Amateur.

“I’m not sure there’s anything quite like it for a person like myself,” Marucci said. “These guys will win major championships, but for me, this is kind of the whole deal.”

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