The name Alameda Commuters' was
group of Alameda residents who loved the
golf, and worked in San Francisco. At 7:30am
week day the ferry boat "SS Santa Clara" left
Island City for San Francisco.
Commuters' was played on July 15, 1928, with
entrants. The format was medal play with
Handicaps were assigned by arbitration. Those
could yell the loudest were rewarded with the
handicaps. Oh, what progress we've made!
The next order
business was prizes. Every contestant was
to donate a "white elephant" prize. The
was a keg of nails, and last place was a sack
manure. Everyone won a prize, thus the motto
win if you lose" at the Commuters'. Bill
of the famous candy company, donated
to the losers, a tradition that will never melt.
The popularity of
Commuters' brought changes in the
format. From one initial flight of 19, the
grew in 1936 to a field of 21 handicap flights
contestants each and the Championship of 16
contestants. With 352 entries it was dawn to
work for the committee.
By 1937, it was
necessary to hold qualifying for the
flight to determine the low 32, who advanced
match play. That format lasted for 22 years,
1959 the Championship became a 72-hole,
affair, as it remains today.
While the above
you up to date with the Commuters'
major changes, it fails to emphasize the
power of such a golf tournament to survive
part of a
depression, prohibition, World War II, etc.
was responsible. Credit must be laid at the
our many sponsors. Their continued support
provided genuine longevity and prestige to
longevity and prestige are the entrants, and
Northern California Golf Association. Year
top amateurs in Northern California enter this
in quest of the Commuters' title, or even a
type finish position, knowing the tournament
conducted in the highest spirit of true amateur
While many of
contenders over the years have gone forward
the professional ranks, some as tour players,
as teaching or club professionals, many also
as sponsors. Still others return in search of
Simon pure amateur title. The NCGA has
player points second to none for a locally
medal play tournament. In appreciation of this
pledge to continue our efforts on behalf of
golf, maintaining the high standard worthy of
to make each successive Alameda Commuters'
tournament a pleasant memory for all.
Then and Now
Back in 1928 the
gang started something for fun and
with time, everything changes. The present
Committee member is expected to receive all
original intent by the giving method; his time,
effort and his sacrifices. However strange this
it's an ingrained part of the Committee
and has been protected by Committee
new members who in turn require unanimous
approval, thereby safeguarding Committee
structuring effort for the present, and the
The task of
Chairmanship is given to a new leader each