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June 3, 1993 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay Sigel, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion from Berwyn, will be named next week to a record ninth Walker Cup team by the United States Golf Association. The Walker Cup, a biennial competition between teams from the United States and Great Britain/Ireland, will be played Aug. 18 and 19 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn. Sigel, 49, will break the record for most appearances by an American. He shared the previous record of eight with Francis Ouimet and William C. Campbell.
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September 11, 2009 | by Daily News
Amateur team match between teams from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland At Merion Golf Club, Ardmore Par: 35-35-70, 6,846 yards SCHEDULE Today Practice rounds, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Opening ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Tomorrow 4 foursome matches, 7:30 a.m. 8 singles matches, 1 p.m. Sunday 4 foursome matches, 7:30 a.m. 10 singles matches, 1 p.m. Closing ceremony, 5:30 p.m. TV: Tomorrow...
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April 22, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For Buddy Marucci, captain of the 2009 U.S. Walker Cup team, there's nothing like a home game. And it's not just that the team will be competing in the United States. No, this is a true home game for Marucci, a member of Merion Golf Club, site of the 42d Walker Cup Match from Sept. 11 (opening ceremonies) through Sept. 13. "It's a unique challenge to do this at home," Marucci said yesterday at Merion. "I think it'll be a little more stressful. I'm very excited about it. I'm excited for the club.
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September 11, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nathan Smith thought his time for earning a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team had passed. It had been several years since his graduation from college. He was married and had a good job at a Pittsburgh financial firm, so he felt a need to focus on other things besides golf. Until . . . "I was sitting on the couch watching the 2007 team play overseas," Smith said yesterday at Merion Golf Club. "It really kind of choked me up, and I started to get teary-eyed. I had played so much golf with those guys.
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February 3, 2006 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Buddy Marucci, best known for finishing a close runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur, yesterday was named captain of the U.S. team for the 2007 Walker Cup. For Marucci, a 53-year-old Wayne resident, the captaincy is one of amateur golf's ultimate status symbols. The elite, 10-man U.S. team will compete against Great Britain and Ireland at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Ireland, on Sept. 8-9, 2007. "It's kind of humbling," said Marucci, a two-time member of the Walker Cup team (1995 and '97)
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May 20, 2004 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What has been rumored for more than a year became official last night: Merion Golf Club in Ardmore will host the 2009 Walker Cup. The most prestigious team event in amateur golf, the Walker Cup is a biennial competition between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland, a sort of amateur version of professional golf's Ryder Cup. There had been talk in certain golf circles that the Cup, named for George Herbert Walker, a former president...
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September 5, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
The United States, still stinging from its first-ever Walker Cup loss on American soil, will seek to regain the Cup when the 33d biennial matches begin today at Portmarnock Golf Club. The United States amateurs hold a 28-3-1 lead in the series, which dates to 1922. But two years ago, at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta, the Britain/ Ireland amateurs won, 12 1/2-11 1/2, for their first victory in the United States. The 10-man American team is anchored this year by San Diego's Phil Mickelson, 21, a senior at Arizona State.
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August 27, 1989 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facing certain defeat through 16 holes of his U.S. Amateur quarterfinal match with Danny Green, Jay Sigel decided to use "reverse Walker Cup psychology. " It almost worked. Sigel, who was 2-down after 16, kept his match alive against Green by winning the final two holes and forcing sudden death, but lost the 19th hole and the match yesterday, thwarting his chance at a third national amateur championship. Sigel, 45, of Berwyn, said the situation reminded him of his final singles match at the Walker Cup on Aug. 17, when he was 2-up on Scotland's Jim Milligan with three holes to go, but ended up even.
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June 2, 1991 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jay Sigel already is well-chronicled in the Walker Cup history book, with seven appearances and more victories than anyone else who has played in the international amateur competition. But there is one piece of unfinished business that gnaws at Sigel, which is why he would eagerly accept another invitation to compete on the U.S. Walker Cup team should one come this summer. Sigel's mission is to dismiss the bad taste left by his play in 1989, when the Berwyn native blew a 2-up lead with three holes to play and halved the final match of the competition against Jim Milligan of Scotland.
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June 20, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Drew Weaver has finished his education and golf career at Virginia Tech, but before he moves up to the pro ranks, he has one goal to achieve as an amateur - making the U.S. Walker Cup team. Weaver, 22, began his first U.S. Open yesterday with a 1-under-par 69, which was tied for the best score among the 78 players on the course Thursday when rain forced the suspension of play. Weaver made headlines when he won the 2007 British Amateur championship just two months after a gunman killed 32 people and wounded 25 at Virginia Tech.
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June 15, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Those who recalled Max Marston's magical summer must have been shocked when they read the Philadelphia investment banker's 1949 obituary: "Marston was not a sensational golfer," it noted. "He had no extra-strong department. He was merely a good all-around player who never gave up. " If meant to praise Marston's tenacity, the description notably underestimated the ability of a player who in 1923 had the single greatest year in Philadelphia golf history. A nearly forgotten figure, Marston's name surfaced this week when the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship began at Merion Golf Club, where he was both a member and club champion.
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July 24, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The top of the U.S. Amateur qualifying scoreboard Monday featured 18-year-old medalist Brandon Matthews, the red-hot Temple sophomore less than a week removed from winning the Philadelphia Open. The last of the five qualifying spots almost went to 61-year-old Buddy Marucci, the 1995 U.S. Amateur runner-up to Tiger Woods and former Walker Cup captain, who was seeking a berth in his 24th championship. Marucci, however, fell short, losing to North Carolina junior Brandon Dalinka on the first playoff hole.
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June 19, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO WHAT EXACTLY might the future hold for Merion Golf Club, as far as hosting more USGA events, maybe even at some point a sixth U.S. Open? The fifth - but first in 32 years - ended Sunday with Justin Rose holding the trophy, his first at any major. For the most part, everything went about as well as could be expected, despite the obvious logistical issues that holding it on such a small piece of property entails. But since nobody broke par, there can be no more questions about the East Course withstanding the test of time.
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June 17, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shawn Stefani provided both the drama and the theater at Merion Golf Club's long par-3 17th on Sunday, knocking in the first and only hole in one of the 113th U.S. Open. Stefani's 4-iron on the 229-yard hole hit off a bank to the left of the green, shot to the right, and then rolled for what seemed like an eternity before settling into the cup and whipping the crowd into a frenzy. After pulling the ball from the hole, Stefani went over to the area where the ball hit, got on his knees and kissed the ground, prompting another ovation.
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June 16, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rickie Fowler is no stranger to Merion, having gone undefeated and leading the United States team to victory on the famed Main Line course in the 2009 Walker Cup. That experience, Fowler said, paid dividends for him during his 3-under par 67 in Saturday's third round at the U.S. Open. "It helps a lot, just knowing that I've played well here before," he said, a day after shooting a 76 in Round 2. "I've made putts here. I've made good swings here, and the biggest thing this week has just been staying patient, sitting back, and letting things happen.
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June 15, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rickie Fowler played at Merion Golf Club during the 2009 Walker Cup, when he starred in a victory over Britain and Ireland. Of the top professionals at this week's U.S. Open, few have the experience on the course that Fowler possesses. So on a day when one of the shortest courses in recent Open history included scores higher than anticipated, Fowler was not especially surprised even though the course is listed at 6,996 yards. "There's some nasty rough out there," Fowler said.
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April 23, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion, June 13-16.     SO, 2010 U.S. OPEN champion Graeme McDowell, what did you know about Ardmore's Merion Golf Club before you played it last year? "[Ben] Hogan, 1 iron," he said, with a sheepish smile. "That's it. " He's likely not alone. The Open hasn't been back to Merion - which has hosted more USGA events (18) than any other venue, most recently the 2009 Walker Cup - in 32 years. That means there's an entire generation of players and fans who really don't know much about the course that was ranked sixth (up one spot)
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April 12, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Rickie Fowler is supposed to be one of golf's next big-time things. As an amateur, he was the star of the U.S. team that rolled over Great Britain and Ireland in the 2009 Walker Cup at Merion, which, of course, will host the U.S. Open in June. Last year he got his first PGA Tour victory. He also has won once in Asia. His lone top 10 in a major was a tie for fifth at the 2011 British Open. His best finish in two Masters was a tie for 27th last April. On Thursday at Augusta National, he opened with a double bogey.
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June 14, 2012 | By MIKE KERN and Daily News Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO — The folks who have the task of putting on next year's U.S. Open at Ardmore's storied Merion Golf Club understand the challenge. And the curiosity level, from a world where 7,000-yard courses, no matter how revered, simply don't host those kind of things anymore. But it's coming nonetheless, back to a venue that hasn't dealt with that kind of stage for more than 3 decades. On Tuesday, the reality finally hit Merion head professional Scott Nye, one of the contingent at the Olympic Club representing the next site.
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June 14, 2012 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - The folks who have the task of putting on next year's U.S. Open at Ardmore's storied Merion Golf Club understand the challenge - and the curiosity level from a world where 7,000-yard courses, no matter how revered, simply don't host those kind of events anymore. But the Open is coming nonetheless, back to a venue that hasn't been that kind of stage for more than three decades. On Tuesday, the reality finally hit Merion head professional Scott Nye, one of the contingent at the Olympic Club representing the next site.
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