By Peter Conroy
PLEASANTON, California (January 7, 2007)-- Tough greens were the order of the day Sunday in the second and final round of the amateurgolf.com Livermore Valley Championship, with most players seeing their scores balloon up compared to their first attempt.
Palo Alto’s Colin Peck was a quite-notable exception.
The Cal Poly sophomore shot a blistering 67 at the new Callippe Preserve Golf Club, setting a course record and sealing up the victory in the championship flight with a 70-67—137.
"Right after the round the head pro came up and told me I set the record, it was pretty cool because I've never played there before," said Peck. "My putting was really, realy good today, I probably made three putts over 25 feet. That's kind of random, it's usually my ball striking that saves me."
His nearest competitor, Andrew Biggadike, also improved in the second day, finishing with a 2-under-par 70 and a two-day total of 147.
Peck was 5-under-par in the back nine alone, including an eagle on the par-4 12th hole in which he drove to within eight feet of the pin.
"I was 1-over through seven, then I birdied eight and hit a good putt to save par on nine, that saved my round," said Peck. "That is what got me rolling."
By the 18th hole the win was not in doubt, but the course record was when Peck’s second shot on the par-5, a lay up, rolled to within five feet of a hazard. He shook of the near setback to par the hole.
In the senior division, Saratoga’s Jim Ono came in with a share of the lead and took care of business in Day 2, carding a 76 for a total of 150, three strokes better than the second place finisher, Shelton Washburn.
In the net division, Tom Silva of Turlock slipped a bit in the second day, shooting a 79, but his 10-stroke cushion after notching a 65 on the first day was enough to give him the three-stroke victory.