Jonathan De Los Reyes
ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Alameda Commuters Committee and Greenway Golf have been hard at work preparing the Earl Fry North course for championship form in preparation for the 88th annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament.
The “Commuters” as it is fondly called is played every April on the Bay Farm links, in Alameda, since its inception in 1928.
With 250 NCGA points in play, once again, starting Saturday April 18th, 208 of the best amateur golfers in Northern California will come to Alameda to see who will be the “Commuters” champion for 2015.
The very best local and regional golfers, along with many collegiate golfers, will be contested in this 72-hole stroke play with the cut being low 50 and ties after the first weekend. All the pairings have been made and can be viewed in the golf shop and online at alamedacommuters.org.
Included in the field this year: Defending Champion Jonathan De Los Reyes, 5-time “Commuters” champion Rick Reinsberg, Santa Clara University junior and Alameda Jr. Club member, Carlos Briones, Brett Vibock, Austin Roberts and Patrick Burda. Also playing will be four women amateur golfers: Sara Banke: fresh off her SF City Women’s championship and Alameda’s Sam Esquerra Chen.
Many of Alameda’s best players will participate this year including Mike Maurice and Chico State star David Na. Also scheduled are 55 collegiate players from UC Berkeley, St Mary’s, CSUEB, SJSU, Holly Names, as well as, from other west coast colleges. Andrew Bagabas, of San Ramon will be playing in his first Commuters at age 13.
Players will be met with a unique challenge this year. With the Clark South course being closed and under complete renovation, The Commuters will be played on only one course this year.
“Not since 1955 has the Commuters been contested on one course”, states PGA professional Jack Cummings.
Players will be sent out the first weekend in a “wave” format. 104 players or half the field will be sent off in the morning with the other 104 teeing off in the afternoon. Being said, those who go early Saturday will go in the afternoon wave on Sunday.
On April 25-26th, the Alameda Commuters 28th annual Senior Championship with be contested with 52 of the best senior amateurs from Northern and Southern California competing over 36 holes for the coveted Commuters title. Included in this year’s field is 2013 champion Gary Vanier and fresh off a 2015 SF City win, 3-time winner and NCGA player of the year, Jim Knoll, and Ken Webb. Local Alameda favorites include, Mark Merrigan, Dave Nauman and Jay Guerin.