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Merion Golf Club
University of Maryland
Merion member George "Buddy" Marucci Jr., the 2009 USA Walker Cup captain, partnered with Jay Sigel to win in 1985, and then partnered with David Brookreson to win in 1990.
In 1995, Marucci won the mid-amateur (25 and over) category of the Hugh Wilson Invitational. Last fall, Marucci won the USGA Senior Amateur for his first national championship. He was the runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur and competed on two USA Walker Cup teams. He served as the captain of the winning USA squad that beat Great Britain and Ireland 12½-11½ in 2007.
Newcastle, N. Ireland - As Jonathan Moore lined-up his 4-foot eagle putt on the 18th green, United States of America captain Buddy Marucci was just 10 feet away on his knees on the edge of the green.
His red USA hat was off, held with one hand while the other ran back and forth over his head, rubbing away the stress. He had been every step of the way with Moore on this final hole, knowing that a victory in this match would win the Walker Cup outright for the USA. The afternoon to that point had belonged to the Great Britain and Ireland team, who surged ahead with four-and-a-half points in the first five singles matches and cast serious doubt on the ability of Marucci's team to hold on and win the 41st Walker Cup Match. When Moore's putt fell, Marucci leapt to his feet, meeting Moore just as his USA teammates came rushing from the other side of the green. With 12 points the USA had the exact margin it needed to win. Marucci, a two-time Walker Cup member, and competitor at the highest levels of amateur golf, was asked where he places this moment is his career. "I've never been on a team that got along as well as this one," said Marucci "They had a sense of chemistry that, down the stretch, well, you saw how it important it was when they were able to hang in there at the end. It was an honor to be a part of this." Marucci was joined in the celebration on the green afterward by Moore, whose 4-iron shot from 252 yards trickled to within 5 feet of the 18th hole and was the epitome of never folding. "Buddy's calmness, all week, was so important for me and our team," said Moore. "He understood more than anybody what this week as all about. He told us that winning wasn't the most important thing, but that when we got on that golf course we'd better work our butts off." Being selected as the captain became a consuming passion for Marucci, who experienced both victory and defeat in his Walker Cup career as a player. "I can't describe how unbelievably hard Buddy worked for this," said Bill Iredale, chairman of the 2005 U.S. Amateur championship at Merion Golf Club, and a fellow member with Marucci. "I can't describe how unbelievably hard Buddy worked for this," said Bill Iredale, chairman of the 2005 U.S. Amateur championship at Merion Golf Club, and a fellow member with Marucci. Buddy gave his entire life to being captain." Moore's praise for his captain was echoed by others on the USA squad, and when Marucci was asked what specific things he did as a captain to encourage the camaraderie among the teammates he said: "I just observed these guys.
"Let me put it this way," said Merion member George "Buddy" Marucci, who was the captain of the winning U.S.
Walker Cup team on his home course in 2009. "I see no reason why the Open couldn't come back." The U.S. Open is not the only large event the USGA could hold at Merion. The course is eligible to hold boys' and girls' amateur tournaments, a U.S. Women's Amateur, or even another Walker Cup. According to Marucci, Merion was spectacular. Marucci, who lost in the final of the 1995 U.S. Amateur to Tiger Woods, also was happy. "I thought it went great," he said. The course might have been a little softer, but it was far from attackable, which did not surprise Marucci. "Soft is easier than firm, sure," Marucci said. Marucci thinks that the play of the course would have nothing to do with any decision to bring the Open back. That is not an issue," Marucci said.
2009 USA Walker Cup Team Announcement
And we also have on the line with us Buddy Marucci, who is the captain of the USA Walker Cup team for 2009.
The purpose of the call today is, Buddy will be helping us name the first eight members of what will be a 10-person team for the United States for the Walker Cup. The match itself is scheduled for September 12th and 13th on the East Course at Merion. I'm now going to turn it over to Buddy Marucci, who is our captain. Buddy captained our team to victory two years ago at Royal County Down. Buddy has played on two Walker Cup teams in 1995 and 1997. Of note, Buddy is our reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion. As so happens, he will not be able to defend his title at Beverly County Club in Chicago because it's a direct overlap with the Walker Cup. Buddy, if you will jump in and review the first eight guys for us. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Thanks, Jim. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: No. We're going to get together this week and try to start looking at that. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Well, you know, I'm going to say the same thing that I said the last time. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: I think for some it will be a little bit of a change. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Well, I have seen the announcement. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: You know, I guess maybe you could say that. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Sure. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: I think it's nice to get them away. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Well, of the first eight, you know, Brian and Rickie are the only two that have played before, so we're certainly going to be looking to them for experience, maybe a little bit of calm over the event, over the team. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: I'll answer the second part of that first. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: I only notified one of the players, and then I've called all the players today. They're all very excited. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: To that end, I would add that I did speak to Rickie this morning. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Yeah. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Well, I'm not sure that -- you know, that's a tough one. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: Not really. JIM HYLER: I'll tell you, Buddy has done a terrific job as captain. CAPTAIN MARUCCI: I don't know. As you outlined, Buddy has spent so much time and effort looking at these players, probably more than anyone else, in this particular case, did Buddy have more of a role than normally a captain would have? But in this case, Buddy has an awful lot of input into the decision. If you're looking for photographs of team players or Buddy, those photos are available for download and use with stories, websites, et cetera.
Marucci Places Emphasis On Walker Cup Chemistry
2009 CAPTAINS - The same two captains who served for their respective sides in 2007 return: Colin Dalgleish for Great Britain and Ireland and George "Buddy" Marucci Jr. for the USA.
MARUCCI AND THE WALKER CUP - Marucci is serving as the USA captain for the second consecutive Walker Cup, after leading his visiting side to a 12½-11½ victory at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland in 2007. Marucci played for the USA in the 1995 and 1997 Walker Cup Matches, compiling a record of 3-0 in foursomes (alternate shot) and 1-1-1 in singles. MARUCCI IN USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS - In addition to winning the 2008 USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Marucci was the runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. But that is just a small part of his USGA portfolio. He reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur again in 1996, where he lost to eventual runner-up Steve Scott, 1 down. He has played in more than 50 USGA championships, including 18 U.S. Amateurs. He also played in the 1996 Masters, which he gained entry to with his runner-up finish at the U.S. Amateur in 1995.