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Alameda Commuters - Sunday 4/24 Results

Story by Elizabeth Kricfalusi, for amateurgolf.com

Birdies were flying everywhere at the Alameda Commuters golf tournament today as first-round leader Michael Mulhearn remained at the top of the leaderboard, tied with Carlos Corona at 9-under (133).

The opening rounds were played on the Earl Fry and Jack Clark courses at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda, with the field of 224 alternating courses and starting tees from Saturday to Sunday. Fifty-seven players made the cut at 145.

The 18-year-old Mulhearn, who sank a 35-footer on the final hole to hold onto the lead, said his putting was the key to his success all weekend, as well as his play on the par-5s. “I think I played the par-5s at 8-under for 6 par-5s,” said Mulhearn, a freshman at Chabot Junior College in Hayward. His shot of the day came on the par-5 2nd on the Earl Fry course when he hit a 3-iron within 8 feet of the pin and made his putt to eagle the hole. “That’s probably what got me going on the back nine.”

Corona, who tied with Chris Ancheta for the low round of the day at 64, also credited his putting for his low score. “Overall it was just good ball striking, just smart play. I didn’t do anything stupid, just put myself on the green…I was just making a bunch of putts. Nothing too spectacular, but it was just solid. You can really light it up out here if you get your putter going.” The 28-year-old business management student at Holy Names University hopes to turn pro in early 2006.

Ancheta, a senior at UC Berkeley who won a national championship ring in 2004, took 7 strokes off his Saturday score to finish with a weekend total of 135. “All the putts I missed yesterday, I made them all today,” he laughed.

Two-time consecutive defending champion Rick Reinsberg also improved his play over the weekend, going from a 2-over 73 on Saturday to a 5-under 66 on Sunday. “I think it was my lack of sleep last night, because I was up with my 8-month-old kid all night, from 1:30 on,” joked the 33-year-old who plays out of Moraga and Orinda Country Clubs. He added, “I always play better on the Earl Fry course. I’ve never had much success on the Jack Clark.”

The players were unanimous in praising the quality of the greens on both courses. “For a muni and as much play as these two courses get, (Superintendent) Doug Poole does a wonderful job,” said 49-year-old Ken Webb, who won the Commuters in 1987 and 1991 and who currently stands alone in second place with a weekend total of 134.

Tournament Director Al Wagner agreed. “The greens were in great shape. Actually for the amount of rain we had this winter, the fairways were in good shape. There’s a lot of bare spots out there and stuff like that, but really overall, the greenskeepers and all the people here that worked did a really good job of getting the greens and the fairways in shape.”

Other Sunday highlights:

- Ron Williams, who hit 17 greens in regulation on Saturday to tie for third place going into today’s round, was nursing a broken rib so didn’t sleep well and ended up posting a 76 on Sunday. “I’m old and I’m tired,” exclaimed the 55-year-old Commuters veteran with a laugh.

- One of the runners-up in last year’s tournament, Scott Hardy was again tied for second place after Saturday’s round of 66, but he wasn’t happy with his play today, posting a 70. “I hit 9 greens and shot 1-under,” said the 29-year-old. “I chipped and putted really well, but it was a struggle.”

- Ryan Thomas, a junior at De La Salle High School in Concord, is tied for third place with Ancheta and Michael McRae at 7-under. Thomas played in the tournament two years ago but missed the cut. “I grew 8 inches over 2 years. That kind of helped.”

- 32-year-old tournament newcomer Da Chuang, who recently completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford, is currently in a 3-way tie for fifth place with Jamie Looper and Garett Wagner at 5-under. He described his shot of the day. “I hit a lob wedge in on 16 and stuck it in close and made my birdie. I went wayward on my drive but was able to recover and make my birdie.”

- Wagner, who played professionally for three years but regained his amateur status last November, is amateur.com’s current points leader, after winning the tour’s inaugural Silicon Valley tournament and coming in second at Diablo Valley. He was also the qualifying medalist last week at Turlock for the CGA State Amateur championship, which will be held June 20-25 at Pebble Beach and Poppy Hills.

The Senior Division will be held next weekend as well.

For more tournament information, including next Saturday’s pairings, visit the Alameda Commuters Web site.

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Round 2 results, April 30, from the Alameda Commuters, played at the Jack Clark South and Earl Fry North Golf Courses:

Player Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Carlos Corona 69 64 133
Michael Mulhearn 65 68 133
Ken Webb 66 68 134
Christoper Ancheta 71 64 135
Ryan Thomas 68 67 135
Michael McRae 67 68 135
Scott Hardy 66 70 136
Jamie Looper 70 67 137
Da Chuang 68 69 137
Garett Wagner 68 69 137
Justin Long 68 70 138
Kyle Prolo 69 69 138
Will Johnson 68 70 138
Daniel Cone 72 67 139
Dayne Hale 69 70 139
Jake Yount 70 69 139
Jeff Murphy 70 69 139
Rick Reinsberg 73 66 139
Brett Borchers 68 71 139
Michael Donnelly 67 72 139
Timothy Nelson 69 71 140
Trent Tessler 68 72 140
Chadd Cocco 72 68 140
Ray Suhandynata 74 66 140
Joseph Bramlett 73 68 141
Mark Miller 71 70 141
Danny Buell 71 70 141
Jason Stone 70 71 141
Robert Mangan, Jr. 71 70 141
Rob Frye 69 72 141
Gary Brown 71 71 142
Jon Burkard 71 71 142
Siegfred Wroebel 73 69 142
Domingo Jojola 71 71 142
Kent Yamane 72 70 142
Steve Hoyt 69 74 143
Terry Foreman 74 69 143
Derek Dobashi 71 72 143
Ron Williams 67 76 143
Anthony Vaccaro 68 75 143
Patrick Pernice 75 68 143
Bob Blomberg 72 72 144
Victor Simionas 75 69 144
Jeff Rangel 70 74 144
John Bain 74 70 144
David Rebman 71 73 144
Dean Prince 74 70 144
Adam Deadrich 73 71 144
Craig King 72 73 145
Mark Hill 71 74 145
Tim Breland 76 69 145
John Enright 72 73 145
Ryan Collins 74 71 145
Sean Demeter 71 74 145
Roland Maples, Jr 74 71 145
Jeff Nelson 76 69 145
Gordon Kashiwagi 73 72 145
       
failed to survive 36-hole cut
Mike Maurice 74 72 146
James Hay 72 74 146
Gary Vanier 75 71 146
T.K Miyazono 70 76 146
Anthony Souza 75 71 146
Orion Galioni 71 75 146
Mark Garcia 74 73 147
Jason McHargue 74 73 147
Michael Vera 74 73 147
Craig Wolfman 75 72 147
Iose Iulio 73 74 147
Adam Barkow 75 72 147
David Capel 74 73 147
Roger Demonte 73 74 147
Richard Schacht 74 73 147
Brian Razzari 72 75 147
Mike Powers 73 74 147
Joe Zanassi 71 76 147
Ernesto Marcelo 75 72 147
Josh Bleyle 76 71 147
Brett Mormann 73 74 147
Norman Hamill 76 72 148
Shawn Shelby 76 72 148
Bob Fulton 71 77 148
Chip Doyle 73 75 148
Andrew Wood 73 75 148
Blake Yu 73 75 148
Jay Guittard 76 72 148
Scott Terry 73 75 148
Gregory Isom 71 77 148
Nate Weidner 72 76 148
Sean Healy 77 71 148
David Sager 78 70 148
Dave Stone 71 77 148
Michael MacDonald 73 75 148
John Diego 74 74 148
Mike Murphy 78 71 149
Trent Isgrig 74 75 149
Jay Scheller 75 74 149
Taylor Hobin 74 75 149
Victor Chew 74 75 149
Rod Souza, Jr 76 73 149
Stephen Kilman 75 74 149
Andy Nevin 74 75 149
Akihiro Okada 78 71 149
Michael Palomino 71 78 149
Mark Scofield 73 76 149
Gary Tewell 76 73 149
Cary Chiappone 74 76 150
Greg Hutton 76 74 150
Ryan Wilson 72 78 150
Daniel O'Connor 78 72 150
Charlie Todaro 73 77 150
Anthony Yean 79 71 150
Guillermo Barton 71 79 150
Erik Kastmiler 74 76 150
Will Haydon 75 75 150
Michael Tobin 76 74 150
Josh Twist 76 74 150
George Kong 74 76 150
Scott Morris 76 74 150
William T Farynaz 76 75 151
Jeffrey Wong 78 73 151
Ki-Shui Liao 75 76 151
Dan Whitehurst 76 75 151
Todd Gormand 79 72 151
Chris Scott 73 78 151
Russell Yu 75 76 151
Phillip Gill 77 74 151
Rick Shumate 77 74 151
Aris Pope 76 75 151
Sean House 77 74 151
Bruce MacLean 80 72 152
Jim Dwulet 76 76 152
Richard Castanon 74 78 152
Tommy Bergeron 76 76 152
Steve Pence 77 75 152
Luke Allard 74 78 152
Bret Becker 74 78 152
Marco Dusi 76 76 152
Dan Hansen 76 76 152
Richard Sepp 75 77 152
Mark Loomis 72 80 152
Ryan Cullimore 74 78 152
Chris Manfrin 77 75 152
Grahame Skytte 77 75 152
Dana Wade 78 74 152
Yosuke Ariga 77 75 152
Jeff Wilson 78 75 153
Tim Caesare 75 78 153
Dino Muzio 78 75 153
Martin Renaud 77 76 153
Brien Donaldson 76 77 153
Anthony DiLaura 74 79 153
Thomas Uniacke 76 77 153
Stefan Von Seeger 79 74 153
Mick Baker 77 76 153
Dominic DeBellis 77 76 153
Steve Schoenfeld 79 75 154
Gary Conklin 79 75 154
Erik Hallgrimson 77 77 154
Robert Gundermann 77 77 154
Robert Goodwin 73 81 154
Michael Leong 77 77 154
Nick Kaufman 77 78 155
Jake Saito 77 78 155
Daniel Nelson 75 80 155
Michael Johnson 74 81 155
Peter Boese 78 77 155
Tsering Dorjee 78 78 156
Jeff Cheng 80 76 156
David Deem 79 77 156
Mark Merrigan 77 79 156
Brian Brake 78 78 156
Mike Granelli 81 76 157
Dae Jin 84 73 157
Derek Miller 78 79 157
Ralph Costanzo 76 81 157
Brendan Noonan 78 79 157
Taylor Neal 81 76 157
John Blankfort 83 74 157
Steve Bong 80 77 157
Nick Webb 77 81 158
David Fein 84 74 158
George Serra 79 79 158
Jeff Dwyer 79 80 159
Aaron Woolway 83 76 159
Shane Kim 80 80 160
Kimberly Conocono 82 78 160
Richard Hunz 81 79 160
Eoghan Canniffe 81 80 161
Patrick McKern 76 85 161
Carl Boxill 83 78 161
Michael Burch 83 78 161
Paul Ashbrook 83 79 162
Chris Goin 87 76 163
Mathew Park 84 79 163
Diane Kwon 87 76 163
Scott Stevens 83 81 164
Brian McShane 86 78 164
Craig Cole 79 85 164
Jonathan Suk 85 80 165
Daniel Greenhalgh 80 87 167
Amante Bartolome 88 79 167
Rick Kehr 84 85 169
Juan Salcido 86 83 169
Nick Hatzopoulos 86 83 169
Kenji Ohkawa 89 81 170
Jeff Myers 85 85 170
Cary Tokunaga 91 81 172
Richard Heaps 90 84 174
Geoffrey Johnson 92 83 175
Michael McCall 89 86 175
Jim Coyne 94 90 184
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