FAR HILLS, N.J. – George “Buddy” Marucci, a 55-year-old career amateur who was runner-up to Tiger Woods in the 1995 U.S. Amateur, has been selected for a second time as captain of the USA Walker Cup squad in 2009.
Marucci was captain of the 2007 squad that secured an exciting one-point victory over a 10-man squad from Great Britain and Ireland in September at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The next Walker Cup Match will be played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., Marucci’s home club, from Sept. 12-13, 2009.
“Being the captain of the 2007 team was the most fulfilling experience in my golfing life,” said Marucci. “I am honored to have this opportunity again, especially at Merion.”
The co-owner of Pennmark Auto Group, a luxury automotive company in the Philadelphia area, Marucci has qualified for more than 45 USGA championships, including 23 U.S. Amateurs.
As runner-up in the 1995 Amateur, he earned an invitation to play in the 1996 Masters. He continued to be one of the country’s top amateur players, and reached the quarterfinals of the 1996 Amateur. As a result, he was selected to consecutive USA Walker Cup teams, in 1995 and 1997. He has a combined record of 3-0 in foursomes (alternate shot) and 1-1-1 in singles.
A 1974 graduate of the University of Maryland, Marucci resides in Villanova, Pa.