Sep 07, 2016

Donatoni takes advantage of home course advantage; cruises to Super-Senior title

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  MALVERN, Pa.–Don Donatoni played trumpet solo with his school band in the 1964 New York World’s Fair. He vividly remembers belting out notes with his top-of-the-line Bach Stradivarius.

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  When it comes to the Super-Senior golf sect, Donatoni doesn’t need to toot his own horn; he’s a maestro on the course.

  At his home track of White Manor Country Club Wednesday, Donatoni punctuated a second Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division victory in dominant fashion. Donatoni finished the two rounds in a 1-over-par 143 total, eclipsing the field and his nearest foe, Robin McCool of Saucon Valley Country Club, by a record eight strokes. Donatoni and McCool both posted closing 73s.

  “It’s thrilling. Anytime you win a GAP Major it’s a tremendous honor given the competition and the history of the event,” said Donatoni, 68, of Malvern, Pa., who holds 31 overall White Manor club championships, 19 men’s and 12 seniors. “To do it at my own club makes it extra special because you know the members are rooting for you. You don’t want to let them down. It’s very fulfilling in many ways.”

  The previous Super-Senior record for margin of victory in the Senior Amateur was five strokes. Donatoni (2013) and O. Gordon Brewer, Jr. (2008) of Pine Valley Golf Club each held the mark.

  Donatoni entered the final round with a commanding five-shot lead over Mike Rose of Talamore Country Club. Playing conservatively, using more 3-woods than drivers and emphasizing accuracy, he extended the advantage to seven shots thru 9 and even bogeyed No. 18 (par 4, 356 yards) to finish with the decisive eight-stroke margin.

  Donatoni record 16 pars and two bogeys.

  “I came in with the mentality of playing conservative. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of good iron shots again. The putter wasn’t cooperating as it did yesterday but I made a lot of really good two-putts and a couple of really good, five-, six-, eight-foot par putts,” said Donatoni, who hit 12 fairways and 14 greens in regulation.

  McCool did his best to keep stride, but an opening-round 78 dug too big a hole to recover.

  Still, second-place in his first Senior Amateur Championship Super-Senior Division has McCool ready for more.

  “I’m disappointed that I didn’t play very well yesterday. Even if I would have played well, I’m not sure it would have made any difference,” said McCool, 65, of Bethlehem, Pa. “You can’t take anything for granted [at this level] because the competition is very, very good, which I knew. The only thing you can do when you finish second is to work harder. That’s what I’m going to do for next year.”

  The Donatoni victory also secured a fourth-straight Super-Senior Silver Cross Award, earned by the player with the lowest aggregate score in the Warner Cup (Gross), Chapman (Gross) and Senior Amateur Championship.

  Donatoni defeated McCool by 12 strokes for that.

  “It’s a terrific accomplishment. To do it once is a great honor. To be able to back it up and do it several times in a row is very special,” said a humbled Donatoni. “It’s a hard award to win. It’s a testament to consistency.”

  Donatoni entered the Senior Amateur fresh off a victory in the Super-Senior Division of the 65th Senior Men’s North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort. A national event, Donatoni rallied from eight shots back in the third and final round to defeat Day 2 leader Logan Jackson of Winston Salem, N.C. by a stroke.

Name, clubR1-R2–Total
Don Donatoni, White Manor Country Club70-73–143
Robin McCool, Saucon Valley Country Club78-73–151
Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club80-74–154
Carl Everett, Merion Golf Club77-78–155
Dave Jacobson, Medford Village Country Club76-79–155
Richard Krauss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club77-78–155
Michael Rose, Talamore Country Club75-81–156
Tom DiCinti, Old York CC at Chesterfield81-75–156
Alan Van Horn, Commonwealth National Golf Club78-80–158
John Rowe, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club77-82–159
Frank Polizzi, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club83-77–160
Michael Howanski, The Springhaven Club79-81–160
Scott Shafer, Whitford Country Club83-77–160
Norman Linker, Old York CC at Chesterfield80-81–161
James Sullivan, Sr., Huntingdon Valley Country Club80-82–162
Michael Anton, Lookaway Golf Club85-77–162
Charles McClaskey, Loch Nairn Golf Club85-78–163
Charles Whipple, Huntingdon Valley Country Club83-80–163
Donald MacKelcan, Wilmington Country Club81-82–163
James Haynie, Commonwealth National Golf Club83-80–163
John Cech, Riverton Country Club79-84–163
John Turner, The Springhaven Club79-84–163
Michael Nilon, Philadelphia Country Club81-82–163
Howard Press, Little Mill Country Club82-82–164
Frank Treml, Philadelphia Publinks GA85-80–165
Raymond Pawulich, Little Mill Country Club84-81–165
Robert Lodovici, Little Mill Country Club83-82–165
Donald Ashley, Philadelphia Country Club86-80–166
Rory Loberg, Bent Creek Country Club82-84–166
Terry Law, Yardley Country Club88-78–166
Thomas Mallouk, Lookaway Golf Club82-84–166
Jon Mabry, Moorestown Field Club80-87–167
Larry Martin, Five Ponds Golf Club81-86–167
Theodore Beringer, Philadelphia Country Club82-85–167
Michael Doyle, Cedarbrook Country Club83-85–168
Thomas Mairone, Philadelphia Publinks GA83-85–168
Eugene Maginnis, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club80-89–169
Joseph McLean, Rolling Green Golf Club89-81–170
Dale Moss, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club83-88–171
Jay Ward, Cedarbrook Country Club86-85–171
Richard Keesling, Kennett Square Golf & Country Club88-85–173
Joel McFadden, Philadelphia Publinks GA83-91–174
Gordon Schafer, Woodcrest Country Club87-NS–NS
Michael Civitello, Chester Valley Golf Club84-WD–WD
 
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