By John Reger, for amateurgolf.com
California (October 14, 2006) --When
Bob Niger walked off the green after his
third round, Saturday at The Preserve Golf
Club, he had a five-stroke lead over the
field going into Sunday’s final round
of the Stocker Cup Championship.
lead looked like it would hold up, but
four groups later, a rival had overtaken
Peterson shot a 6-under 66 and finished
11-under par 205. Niger, who began the
third round two shots ahead of Peterson,
shot a 69 and is at 10-under 206. The next
closest competitor is Michael Goodes of North Carolina at 7-under.
was hoping for anything in the 60s,” Peterson
said. “This golf course suits my
eye really well.”
is familiar with Niger , the two battled
to a tie at the California State Fair Amateur
Championship in September and Niger bested
the 25-year-old Peterson with a birdie
on the first playoff hole.
owe him one,” Peterson said.
on the driving range in the morning, Niger
wasn’t even sure his game was going
to hold up in the third round.
wasn’t hitting it well on the range,” the
46-year-old Niger said. “I tried
to put it out of my mind.”
was made easier when he made birdie on
the first hole. He also had two impressive
par saves, including No. 18 when he pulled
his approach shot into heavy rough then
flopped his chip to 12 feet and made the
didn’t have as many harrowing moments,
but did have a thrilling finish. From the
14th hole in he made birdie, par, birdie,
eagle, birdie to shoot 31.
was a nice run coming in,” Peterson
said. “You are going to make mistakes,
I just want to avoid big numbers. That’s
54-Hole Team Competition Concludes
- Doell and Myers survive a serious challenge
by Ebner and Zacks
finale of the team competition was just
as exciting. Phil Ebner and Andrew Zacks
shot a final round 10-under par to finish
25 under 191, losing by a stroke to Craig
Doell and Jack Myers.
and Myers had a four-stroke lead going
into the final round and shot 6-under 66,
largely on the effort of 2004 Stocker Cup
Champ Doell, who also shot 66.
played inspired golf today,” said
Myers. “From tee to green he never
said it was a team effort.
ham and egged it really well,” Doell
said. “He carried me the day before.
We were really a good pair.”
Shot of the day - goes
to John Finster. Finster’s partner,
Roger Huddlestone was on the green, while
Finster was trying to get on the green after
hitting over the green. Finster’s chip
ball and it ricocheted into the hole.
said Huddlestone exclaimed, “I finally
helped out the team.”
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