87th Alameda Commuters: 36 Hole Results
87th Alameda Commuters: 36 Hole Results
The leader board at this weekend's Alameda Commuters golf tournament. Photo courtesy of Mike Maurice.
Youth movement and low scores prevailed in Alameda Commuters golf action this past weekend.
The Commuters tournament teed off Saturday at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex with a field of 220 of the best amateur golfers in Northern California.
In Saturday’s action, the players had to battle winds blowing out of the West. This created a challenge for the players, all of whom were faced with treacherous pin placements on very firm and fast greens! Condition’s changed on Sunday when slight rain in the early AM was followed by the wind blowing from the south; making both courses challenging to the players.
From the field of 220, the cut line for the low 50 and ties came in at 148, six over par.
Thirty-six hole medalist honors went to Jonathan De Los Reyes of Antioch, who fired rounds of 68-67 for a seven under total 135 at the halfway point of this 72-hole event. De Los Reyes, a standout star at De La Salle High School who's now a freshman at St. Mary’s College, is seeking his second win of 2014 after winning the AGC Wine Cup earlier this year.
Thirteen players came through the qualifying rounds this weekend with scores of 142 or better, which is a true testament to the quality of golf and exceptional course conditions. But the tricky winds played their part throughout the weekend in elevating the scores. Fifty-one players survived the 36-hole cut; only 13 strokes separate the field set for this weekends play.
Right behind De Los Reyes was a solid group of young challengers who fired par or better after 36 holes, including:
Adam Stone, Hayward, 68-71—139
Matt Williams, San Jose, 68-71—139
Shintaro Ban, San Jose, 71-68—139
Brandon McNally, San Francisco, 69-72—141
Cameron Shaw, Berkeley, 71-70—141
David Na, Alameda, 67-74—141
Austin Roberts, Carmichael, 70-72—142
Brian Swenson, Dublin, 68-74—142
Conner Blick, Danville, 71-71—142
Dash Lindsell, San Mateo, 73-69—142
Matthew Ashley, San Jose, 72-70—142
Nick Moore, Seaside, 74-68—142
Last year's champion, Pace Johnson, was a late entry this year. Johnson, a member of the University at California, Berkeley golf team, was set to play in the Pac-12 championships. When his scheduled changed he contacted the Commuters Committee.
“We are excited to have our defending champ in the field for this year, ” 2014 Commuters Chairman Steve Taddei said.
Alameda’s David Na, shot a 67 on the Earl Fry North Course to take the first round lead Saturday, shooting a 74 on the tougher Jack Clark South Course. The Alameda High School senior is in position to become one of the Commuters' youngest champions. The youngest winner of the the Commuters is Alameda’s Doug Poole, who won the title in 1975 at age 17. In 1996, Alameda’s Dong Yi took the title while a student at Alameda High School.
With a high volume of entries for 2014, the committee expanded the field from 208 to 220 players. The Commuters continues to draw one of the largest amateur fields each year. Each year the field gets younger, with more than 80 percent of the players aged 25 or younger. Brendan Hy of San Ramon fired rounds of 73-75—148 to make the cut; at 13, he's the youngest player to ever make the cut in the Alameda Commuters golf action.
This weekend's action includes the championship division and the 27th Alameda Commuters Senior Golf Championship. Fifty-two of the Northern California Golf Association’s best seniors 55 and over will tee it up to see who will become the senior division champion. The field includes defending champion Gary Vanier, Jim Knoll, and past champions Jay Guerin and Mark Miller. Others in the field include Alameda High School standout and Northern California Golf Association stalwart Mark Merrigan; John Enright; Jeff Burda; and 1982 NCGA player of the year, Bruce Zulaica.
Spectators are welcome to attend this weekend's play and admission is free. For real-time scoring updates as scores come in, log onto http://www.alamedacommuters.org.