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Moravian graduate Jim Maru eagles the final hole to win the 2017 Allentown City Amateur Stroke Play Championship


March 26, 2018

Moravian graduate Jim Maru eagles the final hole to win the 2017 Allentown City Amateur Stroke Play Championship

ALLENTOWN– Jim Maru of Allentown made an eagle-3 on the final Sunday to wrap up winning the 64th annual Allentown City Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

Maru, a 24 year-old former Moravian College golfer, entered the final hole at Allentown Municipal Golf Course tied for the lead with former Parkland and Moravian College (2013) golfer John Dimler of Camp Hilll, PA; and held a one stroke edge over Lee Nonnemacher of Richlandtown, PA.
On the par-5 18th hole, Maru hit a 184-yard, 7-iron approach shot 25 feet from the cup, and sank the eagle putt. Nonnemacher, 29, made a birdie. Dimler — playing one group ahead of Maru —  parred the final hole.
Maru finished with a 36-hole score of 1-under-par 72-71–143. Nonnemacher (70-75–145) and Dimler (72-73–145) tied for second place.
During Sunday’s final round, the left-handed Maru hit 10 greens in regulation, used 28 putts, and scrambled for three pars.
Maru, a four-year starter for the Greyhounds golf team, won the 2016 Bethlehem Golf Club Amateur Stroke Play title.

In the senior amateur division, Dave Blichar of Upper Macungie Township two-putt for par from 40 feet on the first sudden-death playoff hole to win the title over Jeff Hudson of Upper Saucon Township. Hudson three-putt for a bogey from 35 feet on the playoff hole.

Blichar, 53, is a Lehigh Valley Golf Hall of Fame inductee.

2017 Allentown City Amateur Stroke Play Championship
Allentown Golf Course (par 72)
Final 36-hole scores:
Amateur: 1. Jim Maru 72-71-143 (1-under-par); 2-T. John Dimler 72-73-145, Lee Nonnemacher 70-75-145; 4. Tom Timby 73-73-146; 5-T. Connor Vanin 74-73-147, Steven Gonzales 71-76-147; 7-T. Michael Bernhard 74-75-149, Riley Hogan 72-77-149; 9. Andrew Frank 75-76-151; 10. Jordan Barker 76-76-152; 11. Grant Schumaker 73-81-154; 12. Matthew Scriff 77-78-155; 13-T. William Mirams 82-75-157, Eric Balcik 77-80-157; 15. Sam Martini 81-81-162; 16. Luke Frawley 87-80-167; 17. Scott Radio 83-87-170; 18. Stevie Castellani 89-86-175; 19. Joseph Barabas 84-92-176; 20. Mike Hughes 98-93-191; 21. Mathi Rajamohan 96-106-202.

Senior Amateur: 1. Dave Blichar 66-73-139 (5-under-par, won the title with a par on the first sudden-death playoff hole); 2. Jeff Hudson 70-69-139; 3. James Boburka 71-73-144; 4-T. Tom Egolf 76-71-147, Robin McCool 74-73-147; 6-T. Fred Lening 74-74-148, Andrew Lykon 74-74-148; 8. Lance Oberparleiter 71-78-149; 9. Robert Schubach 77-74-151; 10. Robert Schultz 80-76-156, Dominic Carr 77-79-156; 12. Mark Choi 75-82-157; 13. John Hart 81-77-158; 14. Mark Smith 80-81-161; 15. Ed Schulz 83-82-165; 16. Joseph Zelechoski 81-89-170; 17. Clovis Williams 105-111-216.



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