72nd Delaware Senior Amateur: Round Two - The Golf Association of Philadelphia

Aug 29, 2023

72nd Delaware Senior Amateur: Round Two

Home club’s Jamarowicz and former member Keeney grab titles

WILMINGTON, Del. – Two years ago, Ron Jamarowicz claimed the Delaware Senior Amateur for the first time. 

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A past Delaware Mid-Open champion (2016), Jamarowicz thought it was his time to take the senior scene by storm.

Then his world came crumbling down. Countless injuries and life-altering circumstances brought Jamarowicz to his proverbial knees.

“The past two years have been really tough on me,” Jamarowicz said. “I have had a couple of surgeries. For one of them I couldn’t eat for 11 months. I was living out of a blender. It was horrible. It has been a tough recovery for me. I am only about 75 percent of what I should be. Years ago, I got hit by a golf cart and I broke my neck as well as a lot of wear and tear over the years.”

But it would be Jamarowicz’s grit and fight that would get him back on the golf course. His back is fused from his C3 vertebrae to his C7 vertebrae. He also had to have another surgery recently to regain mobility in his arms.

Tuesday at his home club, DuPont Country Club, Jamarowicz used a seething back nine to grab his second Delaware Senior Amateur title after a final-round 69 on the DuPont Course (par 71, 6,220 yards).

His two day total of 1 under was good enough for a two-shot victory over Oscar Mestre of Overbrook Golf Club. Jamarowicz shot 1-over-par 72 Monday on DuPont’s Nemours Course.

“I was just trying to do my best to represent DuPont and everyone at this great club,” Jamarowicz said. “It was so cool out there. I even had a baby following me. The camaraderie we have here at DuPont is cool. For all of those guys to come out here and support me means a lot.”

The last four champions hail from DuPont. Jamarowicz (2021, 2023), Rufino Rosal (2022) and Tom Borsello (2020).

Jamarowicz jumped into contention with an eagle on No. 2 (par 5, 496 yards), when he jammed a gap wedge from 105 yards into the bottom of the cup.

“There’s a yardage that I never miss with and that is my gap wedge from between 103 to 106 yards,” Jamarowicz, 57, of Newark, Del., said. “When I get a shot in that yardage gap, I stack them tight. There was a guy watching and he pointed saying it was in.”

Through 11 holes he was even par and tied at the top of the leaderboard with Overbrook Golf Club’s Oscar Mestre and Round One leader Paul Dillon of Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club at 1 over.

But as any champion does, they have a stretch of holes to separate from the field and seize control.

Jamarowicz’s magical birdie trifecta came on Nos. 12 (par 4, 356 yards), 13 (par 4, 340 yards) and 14 (par 3, 150 yards). He stuffed a 56-degree wedge from 86 yards to 10 feet on No. 12 and a lob wedge from 74 yards to three feet on No. 13.

Jamarowicz’s walk-in birdie on No. 14

But Jamarowicz’s highlight came in the form of a walk-in 11-footer on No. 14. The ball wasn’t even half way home when he exclaimed, “Get in the middle.” It did.

“Oh, it was a great feeling,” Jamarowicz said. “I call a lot of putts early and I called that one six feet out. I just knew it was dead center. That was my tournament moment.”

A long wait on the last (par 5, 526 yards) caused Jamarowicz to cold top his tee shot short of the penalty area. But a good bogey took care of everything he needed to.

Now he will see his name on the trophy twice. All within three years. A lot of pain and a lot of joy in between.

“My game feels great right now,” Jamarowicz, who is a contractor, said. “I am swinging fluid right now and my new driver was a huge asset for me in this tournament. I am really happy to win this at home.”

Women’s Division

DuPont Country Club is a place that means a lot to Nicoll Keeney.

She was a member at the club for 11 years when she was finding her way in golf. It included a women’s club championship victory and a lot of growth in a new sport.

Tuesday on the DuPont Course, Keeney secured her second consecutive title in the Women’s Division of the Delaware Senior Amateur at DuPont (par 71, 5,460 yards).

“Winning this back-to-back is a huge accomplishment and I am excited about it,” Keeney said. “I am proud that I kept it together for the most part. I wish I would have played better on the final nine here but winning allows me to get into some bigger national events, which is cool.”


Keeney, of Wilmington Country Club, backed her round of 73 (1 over) yesterday on the Nemours Course with an 81 on the DuPont Course for a two-day total of 11 over and an 11-shot victory over Kim Metcalf of Hartefeld National.

“I was in a different zone yesterday,” Keeney, 52, of Wilmington, Del., said. “Today, I got tired. I had forgotten about the length of some of the holes on the DuPont Course.”

Keeney wasn’t satisfied with her driver performance Monday so she got an emergency lesson from her coach Michael Shank at Wilmington.

“I’ve had some goals for my golf game like lowering my handicap index,” Keeney said. “I focus a lot of work on my putting and course management. I have been struggling with my driver recently. The difference has been my ability to scramble well. My handicap index is the lowest it has ever been.”

Her two highlights of the day came in the form of red figures on Nos. 3 (par 4, 294 yards) and 7 (par 5, 448 yards). She stuffed a wedge on both for easy birdies.

Golf didn’t become a staple in Keeney’s life until after college. She is an Athletic Hall of Fame member of Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va.

“I was an All-American Division III lacrosse player at Bridgewater College,” Keeney, who manages properties, said. “Once I graduated college, I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. I needed to find a way to compete. So I just hit the pavement wanting to conquer golf. I took lessons and played a lot. The Women’s Golf Association of Baltimore had a whole outline of what you had to do to play and I accomplished all of that in about five or six years. I enjoy the grind it takes to play well. I continue to play competitively with the goal to keep getting better.”

The next goal for Keeney is the national level. She is first alternate for the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur after trying to qualify in Indiana.

“It has been inspiring to see women my age and older playing well in USGA events,” Keeney said. “The woman who won the U.S. Senior Women’s Open this past weekend shot lower than her age. That’s an amazing goal I will strive for. My mindset has shifted to focus more on accuracy than power because I am not hitting it as far as I used to. I am focused on trying to make USGA events and get to match play, which I haven’t done yet. It gets harder as you get older but I’m motivated to keep trying.”

Celebrating Amateur Golf since 1897, GAP, also known as the Golf Association of Philadelphia, is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. It serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. The organization’s 340 Member Clubs and 100,000 individual members are spread across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland. The GAP’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the game of golf.

Name, clubR1R2Total
Ron Jamarowicz, DuPont Country Club7269141
Oscar Mestre, Overbrook Golf Club7370143
Paul Dillon, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club6975144
Mike Walker, Hartefeld National7570145
Joe Roeder, Merion Golf Club7372145
Adam Armagost, Little Mill Country Club7572147
John Conway, Little Mill Country Club7572147
Mike Hall, Maple Dale Country Club7275147
Neil Gordon, Doylestown Country Club7176147
Michael Anderson, Philadelphia Cricket Club8068148
Andrew MacLean, Bayside Resort Golf Club7771148
Doug Fedoryshyn, Concord Country Club7672148
Ed Aikin, USGA/GAP GC7573148
Michael Boyle, DuPont Country Club7871149
David West, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association7772149
Tom Humphrey, Wilmington Country Club7475149
Rufino Rosal, DuPont Country Club7773150
Bill Davis, Merion Golf Club7674150
Tom Kearns, Hartefeld National7179150
Kevin Sartell, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club7873151
Mark Wachter, DuPont Country Club7774151
Chris Smedley, Hartefeld National7675151
Bryan Taylor, Ocean City Golf Club7675151
Stan Zabytko, Mulligan’s Pointe7576151
Bruce White, Wilmington Country Club7874152
Mike Fagan, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club7577152
Tom Hyland, Little Mill Country Club7478152
Tom Finn, DuPont Country Club7280152
Randy Mitchell, Wilmington Country Club8172153
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club7776153
Scott Kimmel, Mulligan’s Pointe7678154
Jeffrey Allen, Wild Quail Golf & Country Club7678154
Michael Polise, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club7579154
Kevin Smith, USGA/GAP GC7480154
William Choy, Flourtown Country Club7877155
Carlos Ochoa, Little Mill Country Club7778155
Andrew Gee, DuPont Country Club7778155
Tom Borsello, DuPont Country Club7679155
Michael Kandravi, Llanerch Country Club7679155
John Giori, Mercer Oaks Golf Course7878156
Don Uhrig, LedgeRock Golf Club7482156
Mike Straightiff, USGA/GAP GC7879157
Jim Grigsby, Bear Trap Dunes7681157
Walter Bell, Ed Oliver Golf Club8474158
John Olson, USGA/GAP GC8078158
Ed Kahn, Little Mill Country Club7979158
Brad Abel, DuPont Country Club7880158
Joe Hopkins, Deerfield Golf Club7782159
Greg Jackson, DuPont Country Club8377160
Joe Angle, Bayside Resort Golf Club8080160
Robert Dietrich, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association8080160
Joe Arrante, Newark Country Club7882160
Dave Berger, DuPont Country Club7783160
Andrew Sterge, Applebrook Golf Club8477161
Alan Wagenschnur, Newark Country Club7883161
Charlie McDowell, Wilmington Country Club7883161
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club7883161
Michael Decker, Old York CC at Chesterfield7784161
Donald Radacosky, Deerfield Golf Club8181162
William Larsen, DuPont Country Club7884162
Doug Stock, Aronimink Golf Club7686162
Brian Sexton, Seaview Country Club8182163
Matthew Smith, Regents’ Glen Country Club8182163
Bunky Cochran, USGA/GAP GC8183164
Jeffrey Amrhein, Briarwood Golf Club8183164
Max King, Deerfield Golf Club7985164
Keith Wilson, Ed Oliver Golf Club7688164
John Luca, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association8283165
Andy McCormick, Rolling Green Golf Club8779166
Joseph Russo, Odessa National Golf Club8581166
Paul Osborne, USGA/GAP GC8482166
Greg Smith, Bidermann Golf Club8383166
Brendan Lotty, USGA/GAP GC7987166
Steve Morgan, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club8285167
Michael Treml, Bayside Resort Golf Club8187168
Ken Beard, Ed Oliver Golf Club8782169
Edwin Diaz, Delcastle Golf Club8287169
Tom DiCinti, Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association8982171
Jeff Tetrick, Odessa National Golf Club8784171
Gerald Bertelsen, USGA/GAP GC8586171
John Robinson, Radley Run Country Club8685171
Thomas Brennan, Moselem Springs Golf Club8785172
Craig Clauser, Maple Dale Country Club8389172
Andrew Repetto, The Bucks Club8786173
Brian Distefano, Deerfield Golf Club8985174
Greg Mitchell, Fieldstone Golf Club8491175
Joe Dellose, Ed Oliver Golf Club8095175
Christopher Towers, Frog Hollow Golf Club7997176
James Hetherington, Back Creek Golf Course8990179
Phillip Yang, USGA/GAP GC9387180
Anthony Reed, Ed Oliver Golf Club8795182
Robert McNelis, AGS Tour9291183
Everett Jones, Delcastle Golf Club9390183
Palmer Hossler, Delcastle Golf Club83101184
Frank Vinci, Rock Manor Golf Club8699185
Mark Lefkof, Ed Oliver Golf Club9888186
Brian Kocher, Ed Oliver Golf Club8799186
Charles Weikle, Ed Oliver Golf Club8899187
Thomas Strusowski, Ed Oliver Golf Club9692188
Jeff Healy, USGA/GAP GC9395188
Bill Woodis, Ed Oliver Golf Club9497191
Michael Holefelder, USGA/GAP GC94100194
David Neder, Hidden Creek Golf Club94103197
Alan Phillips, USGA/GAP GC79WDWD
Mark Bonifacino, White Clay Creek Country Club89WDWD
Karl Baptiste, USGA/GAP GC89WDWD
Carey Dolan, Bayside Resort Golf Club84NSNS
Women’s Division
Name, clubR1R2Total
Nicoll Keeney, Wilmington Country Club7381154
Kim Metcalf, Hartefeld National7986165
Muffy McCabe, French Creek Golf Club8779166
LeeAnn Wortmann, Kings Creek Country Club7989168
Marsha Herb, RiverCrest GC & Preserve8784171
Lisa Powell, Kings Creek Country Club8787174
Alison Kellock, Flourtown Country Club8891179
Lisa Schofield, Kings Creek Country Club8696182
Deb Ward, Kings Creek Country Club9294186
Jaynee Costanzo Smedley, Hartefeld National9493187
Marjorie Adis, Kings Creek Country Club9597192
WD – withdraw
NS – no show

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