Alameda Commuters: 2006 Event Shortened to Two Rounds

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA (April 18, 2006) -- After reviewing the course conditions and our options with NCGA, with several members of the Commuters Committee, and with the administration of the Chuck Corica golf course, General Chairman Doug Poole has issued an update about the situation to the Tournament Committee, as follows:

First, the course will not be in condition to play a tournament this weekend. The reserved tee times have been released back to the course. The tournament will be played on one weekend, April 29 and 30, as follows:

The entire field will play on Saturday, one half on the Clark course, and one half on the Fry course, as previously scheduled for April 22. At the conclusion of play on Saturday, the field will be cut to the top 40 plus ties from each course. On Sunday, those making the cut who played the Clark course on Saturday will play the Fry course, and those making the cut who played the Fry course on Saturday will play the Clark course. All players in the regular division will play from the first tee on each course on Sunday. The tournament will be a two round tournament.

The Senior Division will play a one round tournament on Sunday beginning on the tenth hole of the Fry course.

The full Committee meets tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 19, to discuss this in detail and to make any revisions it may deem necessary. For now, it's a 2-round tournament, second weekend only, with initial tee time assignments the same as for the Saturday, April 22 round, but to be played on Saturday, April 29, 2006 instead.

ABOUT THE Alameda Commuters

What's in a name? In the case of the Alameda Commuters Championship, the logo of the almost 90 year old tournament would be a dead giveaway. It's a steam ferry, which was the only way to "commute" to San Francisco from the East Bay before the Bay Bridge was built. Started as an informal event -- the original first prize was a bag of nails -- the tournament has grown into one of the top independent events in California.

A dedicated tournament committee prides itself on running the two weekend, 72-hole competition as if it were a PGA Tour event. Two of the best public courses at the city-owned Chuck Corica Golf Complex are prepared with care. Slick greens, Sunday pins, and even that rarity in amateur golf – spectators are all part of the fun. The roped-off scoreboard is a particular area of pride for the "green jackets" who were wearing dark green blazers before they were made popular by another tournament you might be aware of in Augusta Georgia. The 250 player championship division is cut to 50 and ties for the second weekend, at which time the 36-hole senior division tees off to join them. A notable recent past champion, and scoring record holder, is PGA Tour player Matt Bettencourt.

Note: The Senior Division is 36 holes, played on second weekend. Online registration is only available for Championship Division. Seniors should email Bob bg olf@comcast.net for an entry form.

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