Delgado takes Alameda Commuters crown

Delgado takes Alameda Commuters crown

Mike Maurice

Photos courtesy of the Alameda Commuters Committee.

Novato high school senior Miguel Delgado broke away from a four-way tie atop the leader board entering Sunday's final round to win the Alameda Commuters Tournament by three strokes. Delgado, who has committed to play for Notre Dame next fall, shot an 11 under 273, including a final-round 68, to win the event's 88th annual running.

“This is my first big amateur win,” Delgado told the Alameda Commuters Committee. “Hopefully, it jump-starts my collegiate career.”

Steven Chung of Sacramento, who stumbled on Saturday shooting 75, came roaring back on Sunday and fired a 5 under par 66 to jump up the leader board for the runner-up trophy. Chung was low amateur at the 2014 Northern California Open, placing eighth at Almaden Country Club last September.

After 54 holes of golf action on Saturday, it looked liked anyone’s tournament to win when fourth round action began Sunday morning. With inclement weather lingering in the early morning, the Earl Fry course on Saturday saw only 11 players shoot sub par rounds led by Jason Anthony of Novato, who fired the low round of the day, 5 under par 66. All in all there were 25 players on the leader board at par or better heading into Sunday's final round.

As the fourth round action began, 36-hole medalist Carlos Briones of San Lorenzo, who fired a third round even par 71, was still atop the leader board at 8 under par 205. But he was soon joined by Delgado, who fired a stellar 4 under par 67; Redwood City's Finigan Tilly, who fired a 3 under par 69; and Jonathan Keane of San Mateo, who posted a 4 under par 67.

Both Briones and Anthony finished at 6 under par for a total of 278. Anthony, the 2014 Northern California Golf Association Player of the Year runner-up from Fairfield, started the tournament slowly with two rounds of 72 on the first weekend before carding a 66 and 68 in the third and fourth rounds to jump into the top three. Keane, a former Santa Clara golfer originally from Oregon, tied for fifth along with defending champion Jonathan De Los Reyes.

Defending 2014 champion Jonathan De Los Reyes, who attends St. Mary's College, rebounded nicely from an opening-round 75 with three straight rounds in the 60s, including a 66 in Saturday's third round. The junior from Antioch was one of eight Gaels, as well as the team's coach Scott Hardy, to make the cut at this year's Commuters.

Five-time Commuters champion Rick Reinsberg of Lafayette, who was seeking his sixth Commuters title, finished in the top 20 with rounds of 71-70-73-69—283. Meanwhile, Alameda’s Matt Bairadi fired rounds of 66-75-70-70—281 to finish T-13, while David Na, who scored rounds of 72-72-74-71—289, finished 33rd.

The 28th annual Alameda Commuters senior tournament is a 36-hole event that was also played this past weekend. Jim Knoll, of Sunnyvale, fired 71-67—138 to win his fourth Commuters title over Gary Vanier, a three-time Commuters champ. Vanier is one of amateur golf's great champions and probably the hottest amateur at the moment; early this year, he captured the 2015 San Francisco city senior championship.

Alameda’s Mark Merrigan fired 79-76–155 to finish 31st.

The Alameda Commuters concluded with a very special award ceremony that included the Northern California Golf Association's Tom Carter and Mayor Trish Spencer.

A complete rundown of scores, photos, video and more are available on the Alameda Commuters website or via the tournament's Facebook page. Additional information is attached at the bottom of this story.