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WGC Bridgestone Invitational Contest Winners Announced

published 02 Aug 2007

see also: Al Richardson's profile

Al Richardson
Newark, CA
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CARLSBAD, Calif. (August 1, 2007) -- amateurgolf.com today announced the winners of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational contest, sponsored by Bridgestone Golf and supported by UST Golf Shaft and Lamkin Grip. The contest was inspired by the combination of Bridgestone Golf being amateurgolf.com's top sponsor, along with the playing of the World Golf Championship event that Bridgestone Corporation is now the title sponsor of.

The defending champion is Tiger Woods, who was a heck of an amateur once upon a time.

But let's put professional golf aside for a moment. Who was the big winner? That would be none other than Al Richardson of Santa Clara, an IT Operations Manager for Applied Materials Corporation Monday-Friday and an amateurgolf.com tournament player on the weekends.

A look at Richardson's profile (see link at top of page) would make you think that the contest was fixed -- he has played in 34 of our tournaments since 2004 and joined us at our premier event, The Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes, twice. But our panels of independent auditors assured me that the selection was totally at random, based on players who logged into the site in July and said "yes" to being in the contest, before updating some portion of their profile as provided for in the contest rules.

Richardson wins a set (3-PW) of Bridgestone GC-Mid irons shafted with UST Proforce 95 graphite shafts and gripped with Lamkin Crossline grips, plus a Bridgestone GC Hybrid Utility club and dozen B330-S balls and Bridgestone bag.

"I've never won anything in my life, except for the one time I won $275 in a Super Bowl pool," said Richardson.

His clubs and accessories will be delivered when he makes his 35th amateurgolf.com appearance at the Bay Regional Championship in Berkeley on August 3-5.

This year, the 11-handicap Richardson took third in the amateurgolf.com Capitol City Amateur. In 2005, he and partner Jim Thurman won the amateurgolf.com Monterey Peninsula Four Ball, where he scored his second career ace in the final round.

"The ace was the difference in us winning a card-off, so it was even sweeter," said Richardson.

A complete list of contest prizes follows with the final winners listed below. Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to everyone who took part and especially to Bridgestone Golf, UST Golf Shaft, and Lamkin Grips for providing the great prizes. As the Presenting Sponsor of the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series and Foundation Sponsor of the amateurgolf.com website, Bridgestone Golf has really stepped up in 2007 and whether you won something or not we hope you will give their products a try.


(1) GRAND PRIZE
A set of Bridestone Gravity Chamber irons, 3-PW, plus a 19 degree GC Hybrid

GC-Mid irons view>, 3-PW with UST Proforce V2 95 shafts (stiff) and Lamkin grips
(1) 19 degree GC Mid Hybrid with UST Proforce V2 Hybrid Shaft (stiff)
(1) dozen Bridgestone B330-TOUR balls plus Tour cap

(16) SECOND PRIZES
Bridgestone GC Hybrid, 19 degree loft view> with UST Proforce V2 Hybrid shaft (stiff) and Lamkin Crossline grip. Note: No substitutions, but your clubfitter can help if a different flex is required.

(100) THIRD PRIZES
(1) Dozen Bridgestone B330 TOUR golf balls, view> split evenly between the B330 and B330-S TOUR models so you can determine which ball is right for you. Fred Couples plays the B330, while Stuart Appleby recorded the longest drive of the 2006 PGA Tour season (well over 400 yards) using the B330-S.

All prizes are being shipped on August 2, 2007 via UPS. Enjoy the WGC Bridgestone Invitational this week!

GRAND PRIZE      
First name Last Name City St
Al Richardson Santa Clara CA
       
SECOND PRIZE      
First name Last Name City St
Robert Ball Aliso Viejo CA
Chris Bright Union City CA
Jeff Burkhead Folsom CA
Andy Chao San Diego CA
Gregg Davidson Rocklin CA
Gary Farr Sherman Oaks CA
Charles Gow Kentfield CA
Eric Irmscher Slidell LA
Gary Maniery Sacramento CA
David Marks Gold River CA
David Min Cerritos CA
Ross O'Brien Carmichael CA
Daniel Okon Renton WA
Briggs Porter Costa Mesa CA
Edward Turner Garland TX
Keith Ward Moreno Valley CA
       
THIRD PRIZE      
First name Last Name City St
George Adams Houston TX
Rick Anderson Clearwater FL
Jim Ansite Signal Hill CA
Bruce Aschenbrenner Modesto CA
Lance Baral Las Vegas NV
Lance Bishop Wilton CA
Dennis Bledsoe Wichita KS
Joel Brady berkeley CA
Bradley Bressler Findlay OH
Tony Caiazzo Henderson NV
Mike Cawley Lynnfield MA
Chris Chrisenberry Holly Hill FL
Ryan Chun South San Francisco CA
Steve Clarke San Francisco CA
chase clayton bakersfield CA
William Clingempeel San Marcos CA
Chadd Cocco Bend OR
Martin Connolly San Francisco CA
Lynne Cowan Davis CA
Peter Dahlberg Fort Worth TX
Preston Davis San Juan Capistrano CA
Gregg Dennington Sterling CO
Troy Denomme riverside CA
Dr. Chuck Diakon Napa CA
Neil Duffy Santa Cruz CA
Doug Dvorak Windermere FL
William Easley Hesperia CA
Todd Eaton Livermore CA
Scott Enoch Riverside CA
George Erbez Clayton CA
Michael Febres Klamath River CA
Andre Fitzpatrick La Mesa CA
John Fox Cookeville TN
Jim Fuoti Orangevale CA
Jacqueline Gagne Rancho Mirage CA
David Garcia San Francisco CA
Michael Gehrke San Francisco CA
Ron Gordon Oakland CA
James Grensted Belmont CA
Michael Harrop Lincoln CA
Jeff Heathers Mount Hermon CA
Glenn Hessler Pacific Grove CA
Matthew Hettich Alameda CA
BJ Hill Charleston SC
Thomas Hitchcock San Mateo CA
Terence Hsu Irvine CA
Christian Ingenito Berkeley CA
Kyle Jensen Maple Grove MN
Windell Jones, Jr. Huntington Beach CA
Kenny Kasmir Columbia MD
James Kersey Ashland KY
Todd Knapp Salinas CA
Chris Larsen Houston TX
Edwin Lee Orinda CA
Jon Leland San Rafael CA
Penn Little San Rafael CA
nate maclean livermore CA
Jef Mallari Dublin CA
Roger Marcincuk Fort Worth TX
Andrew Markus Vancouver BC
Greg Mauldin Austin TX
Bruce McDaniel Algonquin IL
Greg McMaster Temecula CA
Tim McNamara Walnut Creek CA
Carlo Mejia Pasadena CA
Mike Murphy Irvine CA
David Murray Grapevine TX
Steven Neer Fresno CA
Sharon Niederschmidt Rush NY
Conrad Nilmeier Fresno CA
Rick Nolan Trabuco Canyon CA
John O'Malley Danville CA
John Parker Pleasant Hill CA
Dave Patty Newport Coast CA
Jon Pavao Romoland CA
Michael Pitt, Jr Rancho Santa Fe CA
Greg Raklovits Saint Joseph MI
Martin Renaud Hayward CA
Joseph Ricco Bluffton SC
Bill Roberts Edmond OK
Lou Roberts Fairfield CA
Ian Ross Jacksonville Beach FL
Mark Roth Salinas CA
Adam Russ Charlotte NC
Darrell Santos Danville CA
Daniel Shaw Aliso Viejo CA
Hideo Simon Berkeley CA
Roger Soell Salinas CA
Earl Stewart Fairfax CA
Tak Taoyama San Jose CA
Bret Taylor Foothill Ranch CA
Scott Terry Pleasanton CA
Wes Tom Sacramento CA
Warren Vail Del Mar CA
Rex Vanderpool San Marcos CA
Travis Wadkins Dallas TX
Jay Weiss Santa Clara CA
James Wisda Palos Verdes Estates CA
Alan Woodson Mission Viejo CA
Joe Zanassi Fairfield CA

 

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