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MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA (May 28, 2006) -- Things got confusing at the end of the Monterey Bay Championship on Sunday. Terry Foreman of Antioch and Andrew Bowdish of San Jose, the round one co-leaders at 1-over-par, thought that Foreman had a one stroke advantage on the last hole of the tournament. The long hitting Bowdish bombed a drive and followed it with a second shot to 20 feet, giving himself an excellent chance for eagle. Foreman, whose drive had found the trees well left of the fairway, threaded an iron through a tiny opening, then hit a 7 iron to 40 feet short of the hole.

Thinking a two putt would force Bowdish to make his eagle putt to tie, Foreman watched in brief horror as his putt raced down the wind-slickened slope towards the hole. The horror turned to relief as Foreman, and the small gallery around the 18th green realized that while he might have miscalculated the speed part of the putt, he had dialed in the direction to the exact center of the back of the hole. In Arnold Palmer-style, the ball lifted several inches before falling squarely into the bottom.

Bowdish pushed his putt wide right (but nailed the distance part, perhaps scared by the speed of Foreman's putt) and the two shook hands thinking the victory was Foreman's. In the clubhouse, the cards were added and it became apparent that the on-course calculations where a stroke off, and the two had tied at 3-over-par for the tournament.

Anyone in the field can attest to the quality of these scores, given the tour-tested Bayonet Black Horse courses' ratings of over 75 each. As competitor Darryl Donovan put it, "there are no water hazards, or out-of-bounds, but these courses are all the golf you would want." With yardages over 7000 and the kind of trees that don't just block the way, but occasionally grab a ball to keep for themselves, the former State Amateur champion couldn't have said it better.

The ensuing playoff, starting at the par-5 first hole, had Bowdish licking his chops as he reached for his 300-plus yard club, his driver.

"Have you seen him hit it?" asked Foreman, after launching his own drive 300 yards down the right-center of the fairway, giving him a tough angle at the tree-guarded green.

Bowdish made solid contact, clearing the bunker on the left that sits 280 yards out. If not for one of the aforementioned "smart trees" he would have had a perfect angle at the green.

Foreman nailed a left to right utility club to the front fringe, then Bowdish tried to hit a big hook around the tree that stood just feet in front of his ball. He made solid contact, but the ball found the right trees and all fifteen gallery members couldn't locate it. Possibly another victim of the same trees that swallowed a ball in a sudden death playoff in the first playing of this event six years ago.

After Bowdish put another ball in play (hitting a better shot but failing to hit the green) Foreman clipped a perfect pitch to four feet, giving him the luxury of three putts for a win but requiring only one. The 1977 NCGA Amateur Champion added another title to his solid amateur career.

SENIOR DIVISION

Another player with a long history in NCGA play, but a short one on the Senior side of things, won the 100 NCGA point Senior title - John Enright.

Enright, a member of Olympic Club who is back in California after several years in Texas, followed his first round of 72 with a solid 74 on Sunday for a 5 stroke victory over Joe Zanassi of Martinez, Clem Richardson of Salinas, and Michael Harding of Antioch.

Enright entered the tournament with a good feeling about the venue, having gone all the way to the semi-finals in the 2000 California State Amateur at Bayonet. He was fifty years old then, playing against a much younger field. His 55th birthday came just a day before the start of the tournament, making him eligible for the first NCGA Senior Points of his career.

NET DIVISION
Fred Luper of Suisun has been coming to the Monterey Peninsula for years to compete in the Christmas Classic at Del Monte, an event founded by Casey Boyns and now run by amateurgolf.com. He came close to winning that one, losing once in a playoff. This weekend, Luper found the magic and recorded his first career victory with an even par net total that edged regular amateurgolf.com competitors Dave Joenk of San Francisco and Andrew Loftus of Salinas by one. Luper encountered some difficulty on the ninth, taking a double-bogey after his ball was grabbed (those trees again) and not returned to him.

"I thought I might have given away a great round," said Luper. "But I brought it in with three solid pars, giving myself a chance."

CLOSING NOTES
Special thanks to Director of Golf Joe Priddy, Head Professional Evan Boone, Tournament Coordinator Julio Rodriguez, and the entire staff at Bayonet Black Horse for hosting us for the sixth straight year. This was the original event in the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series, and while we all leave the courses a little beat up we know our games are better off for it. The facility will be undergoing some changes including the re-routing of several holes and the construction of a hotel and additional homes. We have been assured that while there will not be 36 holes available for play next year, we will hold the tournament Memorial Day Weekend. Great news.

Our next event is the Monterey Peninsula Four Ball at the fantastic Fred Couples-design, San Juan Oaks in Hollister. The tournament is July 1-2 and open the scratch, senior, and net players. Information and registration can be found at: http://www.amateurgolf.com/tour/schedule.asp. Please join us Fourth of July weekend!

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Final round results from the amateurgolf.com Monterey Bay Championship are shown below.

Round 1: Black Horse Golf Course - Par 72, 7009 yards, 75.2/134 (Championship flight only)
Round 2: Bayonet Golf Course - Par 72, 7116 yards, 75.6/136 (Championship flight only)

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION              
First Last City ST Rd1 Rd2 Tot Prize
Terry Foreman Antioch CA 73 74 147 * $500
Andrew Bowdish San Jose CA 73 74 147 $350
Randy Haag Burlingame CA 77 74 151 $200
Tyler Crawford Rancho Mirage CA 76 76 152 $100
Andrew Biggadike Palo Alto CA 75 79 154 $100
Darryl Donovan Morgan Hill CA 80 74 154 $100
Charles Van Sicklen Stockton CA 77 78 155 $100
Matt Jacobsen Portland OR 75 81 156 $75
Adam Beckman Lodi CA 82 74 156 $75
Amit Odaiyar Lodi CA 77 80 157 $75
Steve Wilson Discovery Bay CA 76 81 157 $50
Chris Marin Marina CA 82 76 158 $50
Martin Renaud Hayward CA 82 77 159 $50
Timothy Tipton Del Rey Oaks CA 82 77 159 $50
Jeff Dare Pleasanton CA 83 77 160 $25
Dean Meagher Sydney NSW 83 77 160 $25
Joe Drago Tracy CA 78 83 161  
Robert Goodwin Atherton CA 80 81 161  
Tim Cushing Carmel CA 83 78 161  
Adam Sides Camarillo CA 80 82 162  
Matthew Herrick Ann Arbor MI 81 81 162  
Robert Matias Discovery Bay CA 81 81 162  
Jeff Campbell Bakersfield CA 79 84 163  
Jason Melvin Carmel CA 80 83 163  
Mickey Carson Sacramento CA 79 85 164  
Pete Wlodkowski Carlsbad CA 80 84 164  
Freddy Wolfe Piedmont CA 82 82 164  
Donald Gerber Menlo Park CA 84 81 165  
Mike MacDonald Palo Alto CA 84 81 165  
Steve Donnelly Salinas CA 86 80 166  
Steve Batte Las Vegas NV 89 79 168
John Allison Santa Maria CA 85 84 169
Tom Gottwald San Jose CA 85 86 171
Phillip Hall Atherton CA 86 85 171
Christopher Linkey Tahoe City CA 96 78 174
Donald Cox Mountain View CA 85 90 175
Cary Chiappone Moraga CA 85 91 176
Mark Pitchford Atherton CA 87 89 176
Harald Vaernes Honolulu HI 88 88 176
John Estes Fort Worth TX 90 86 176
Corey Donnelly Salinas CA 85 93 178
Adam Barkow Albany CA 94 84 178
Edward Medak San Jose CA 91 88 179
Ron Siskey Grover Beach CA 96 87 183
Logan Woodruff Oakland CA 93 95 188
Steve Sovik Lafayette CA 98 91 189
Ryan Lester San Jose CA 79   wd  
Thomas Baur Newport Beach CA 89 wd wd  
 
SENIOR DIVISION              
First Last City ST Rd1 Rd2 Tot Prize
John Enright Montara CA 72 74 146 $250
Clem Richardson Salinas CA 76 75 151 $150
Michael Harding Antioch CA 76 75 151 $150
Joe Zanassi Martinez CA 77 74 151 $100
Rob Thompson Merced CA 75 80 155 $75
Ben Whipple El Dorado Hills CA 76 79 155 $75
Howie Knodt Chula Vista CA 79 77 156 $75
David Gill King City CA 80 76 156  
John R Jones La Quinta CA 79 77 156  
Terry Ackerman Monterey CA 81 76 157  
Mark Miller Antioch CA 77 81 158  
Tom O'Grady Los Altos CA 81 78 159  
Bob Cayton Aptos CA 79 81 160  
Greg Saiki Sanger CA 85 80 165  
Bill Foley San Ramon CA 85 82 167  
John Anderson Fresno CA 81 86 167  
Frank Ontiveros Exeter CA 78 91 169  
Leith Anderson Palo Alto CA 89 82 171  
Gary Petersmeyer Los Altos CA 84 88 172  
Eugene Medlock Westlake Village CA 90 85 175  
Dave Patty Newport Coast CA 92 89 181  
Thomas Moore Carmel CA 90   wd  
 
 
NET DIVISION              
First Last City ST Rd1 Rd2 Tot Prize
Fred Luper Suisun CA 71 73 144 $400
Dave Joenk San Francisco CA 68 77 145 $300
Andrew Loftus Salinas CA 70 75 145 $200
Mark Kavanaugh Pacific Grove CA 72 75 147 $100
Lee Paulos Suisun CA 69 79 148 $100
Todd Spafford Elk Grove CA 68 81 149 $100
Tim Yager San Jose CA 77 72 149 $100
Daniel Kuper Sunnyvale CA 79 70 149 $75
Meredith Glacken Salinas CA 74 76 150 $75
Alan Parker San Francisco CA 76 74 150 $75
H. Curtis Abbey Portola Valley CA 74 77 151 $50
Noel Rush Pacifica CA 76 75 151 $50
Charles Balisha Turlock CA 78 73 151 $50
Bill McKinley Stockton CA 76 75 151 $50
Ron Morris Aptos CA 74 78 152  
Kaz Maruyama Napa CA 75 77 152  
Jim Robertson Moraga CA 75 77 152  
Dan Gray Patterson CA 75 77 152
Harvey Hunter Elk Grove CA 77 75 152
James Priscaro Santa Clara CA 81 71 152
Richard Mathers Palo Alto CA 76 77 153
Gene Booth Pleasanton CA 76 78 154
Geoff Rill Santa Cruz CA 75 79 154
Jeff Hollstien Grass Valley CA 81 73 154
Michael Murphy Carmel CA 77 78 155
Jim Fuoti Orangevale CA 82 74 156
Dave Page Lafayette CA 79 78 157
Al Richardson Santa Clara CA 78 79 157
Bill Strahan Burlingame CA 78 79 157
Peter Funt Monterey CA 83 75 158
Frank Angelo Moraga CA 75 85 160
Korsen Yu Sunnyvale CA 78 82 160
Mark Roth Salinas CA 81 80 161
Valerie Robertson Moraga CA 76 86 162
Roger Soell salinas CA 85 77 162
Tim Burke Claremont CA 85 79 164
Dave Nikitin Vacaville CA 82 82 164
Alan Hirschbein San Francisco CA 82 84 166
John Picone Hollister CA 86 88 174
Bll Penney Benicia CA     0
Dick Jones Sacramento CA     0
Jeff Traweek Auburn CA 77   wd

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