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Monterey Bay Championship ends in Sudden Death

By Adam Brady, for amateurgolf.com

MONTEREY, CA (May 29, 2005) – It was fitting that Phillip Hall won the amateurgolf.com Monterey Bay Championship by getting up and down on the last playoff hole. After all, that’s what he did time and time again during the weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse GCs.

On the heels of an extraordinary 2-under-par 71, Hall, of Atherton knocked off Haeyoung Lee of Scotts Valley on the third hole of sudden death. Hall’s gutsy 12-foot par putt followed a deft pitch from 40 yards short of the green. Lee then left short a 10-footer to force yet another hole.

Hall, who describes his lifestyle simply as “playing golf every day,” made three birdies on the round, starting at the 626-yard par-5 fourth. He also birdied the par-5 10th and par-4 12th to come back from a five-stroke deficit to begin the final round. His 77 on the first day came as a result of hitting only five greens, and he got up and down several more times to save pars in the final round.

Lee, meanwhile, made five birdies during a final-round 74 on a course he is quite familiar with. The 23-year-old senior-to-be at New Mexico State is currently serving an internship at Bayonet and Black Horse as part of the Professional Golf Management program through his school. In fact, minutes after the playoff ended, he was back behind the counter in the pro shop. “I have to go to work,” he said simply.

Lee said he worked hard on his short game prior to the tournament, “and it paid off. I made a lot of birdies, but I also made a lot of bogeys.”

Among those bogeys was one on the second hole of the playoff, in which both he and Hall were in the trees off the tee. But while he escaped with that one (as Hall bogeyed as well) he couldn’t get away with the one on the final playoff hole. Both he and Hall were in the fairway bunker off the tee, and while Hall came up well short with his approach, Lee missed long left and couldn’t get up and down from the rough.

“I thought I hit a pretty good putt, but it came up short,” Lee said. “And he made a great putt of his own. This course is tough and you’ve got to stay focused. I think I did that pretty well.”

First-round leader Adam Deadrich tied for third after following his even-par 72 with a 77 in the final round. His 149 total was matched by Erik Hallgrimson, who shot 73-76.
Earlier in the afternoon, Robert Rowland shot a stellar even-par 72 to capture the Senior Division title by three shots. Rowland came into the final round having shot 73 the day before at Black Horse and trailed the venerable Earl Stewart by a shot. He was still one back after both players shot 37 on their opening nine in the final round (Black Horse’s back nine).

Stewart increased the lead to two with a birdie on the par-5 first, but stumbled the rest of the way with bogeys on six of the next seven holes. Meanwhile, Rowland tied it up with a par on the tough second hole (his 11th), the only player in the final group to par the hole. “That helped a lot,” Rowland said later. “No doubt about it."

A birdie from 20 feet on the short par-4 seventh gave him the lead for good and led to a rare win for the 61-year-old retired airline pilot. “I’m a good top-10 finisher, but I don’t win a lot,” Rowland said. Indeed, he had earned three runner-up finishes this season – at the Livermore City, amateurgolf.com Metropolitan Amateur and Manteca City Four-Ball with partner Bob Reed – but hadn’t won since the Santa Clara County two years ago.

And this win was extra meaningful considering he defeated a player of Stewart’s caliber and was consistently the shortest hitter of a final group that also included Bob Cayton (runner-up at 73-75 -- 148) and Mark Miller (third at 73-76 --149). “I’m not long but I stay out of trouble,” Rowland said. “And that’s what you have to do out here.”

James Kline captured the Net Division title with a final-round 72 that was good enough to win by two shots. It paled in comparison to his first-round 66, but clutch pars on his 16th and 17th holes keyed the victory.

Kline, a network engineer with Cisco Systems who also races motorcycles, is soon moving to North Carolina. However, he hopes to find a way to defend his title.

“Next year,” Kline said with a wink, “I may have to plan a business trip this time of year.”

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com Monterey Bay Championship, played at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course:

  CHAMPIONSHIP         SENIOR         NET      
Pos Player Name Rd1 Rd2 Tot Pos Player Name Rd1 Rd2 Tot Pos Player Name Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Phillip Hall * 77 71 148 1 Robert Rowland 73 72 145 1 James Kline 66 72 138
2 Haeyoung Lee 74 74 148 2 Bob Cayton 73 75 148 2 D L Jones 70 70 140
T3 Adam Deadrich 72 77 149 3 Mark Miller 73 76 149 3 Randall Swanson 71 70 141
T3 Erik Hallgrimson 73 76 149 4 Earl Stewart 72 78 150 4 Al Richardson 72 70 142
5 Randy Haag 73 77 150 5 Doug Baker 77 76 153 T5 Jeff Hollstien 72 71 143
T6 Greg Ford 74 77 151 6 Michael Harding 75 79 154 T5 Jim Robertson 74 69 143
T6 Jason Melvin 74 77 151 T7 Doug Dusenbury 79 76 155 T5 Tim Burke 69 74 143
T8 Darryl Donovan 75 77 152 T7 Gary Petersmeyer 75 80 155 T8 Korsen Yu 71 73 144
T8 Terry Foreman 74 78 152 T7 Neil Duffy 76 79 155 T8 Micky Carson 73 71 144
10 Michael Nicoletti 73 80 153 T10 Joe Zanassi 77 79 156 T10 John Kornitsky 74 73 147
T11 Bret Wagar 75 79 154 T10 Tom Pera 79 77 156 T10 Mark Roth 77 70 147
T11 Martin Renaud 78 76 154 12 Terry Ackerman 82 75 157 T12 Alan Parker 72 76 148
T13 Adam Sides 79 76 155 13 Stanley Lent 81 78 159 T12 Jim Thurman 77 71 148
T13 Chris Rulfs 79 76 155 14 David Hemrick 76 84 160 T12 John O'Malley 75 73 148
T15 Bob Sayous 77 79 156 T15 Bob Bouchier 78 84 162 T12 Tony Caviglia 76 72 148
T15 Cary Chiappone 73 83 156 T15 Frank Pokigo Jr. 80 82 162 16 Valerie Robertson 74 75 149
T15 Greg Wardle 81 75 156 T15 Wayne Mosher 83 79 162 T17 Cameron Farah 79 71 150
T18 Digger Cokley 82 75 157 T18 Dave Ware 83 80 163 T17 Justin Moroyan 73 77 150
T18 Eben Warde 76 81 157 T18 Dennis Fox 80 83 163 T19 Del Hocker 77 74 151
T18 Josh Bleyle 78 79 157 T18 Leith Anderson 80 83 163 T19 Gary Donaldson 76 75 151
T18 Patrick Pernice 79 78 157 21 Rick Anderson 82 83 165 T19 Jeff Kier 72 79 151
22 Matt Jacobsen 77 81 158 22 Chuck Weil 83 84 167 T19 Jeffrey True 77 74 151
T23 Robert Matias 79 80 159 23 Daniel Kuper 84 84 168 T23 Craig Cowan 74 79 153
T23 Tom Gottwald 80 79 159 24 Bob Twaddell 85 84 169 T23 Meredith Glacken 82 71 153
T25 Michael Vera 83 77 160 T25 Art Knapp 80 91 171 T23 Noel Rush 77 76 153
T25 Peter Israel 82 78 160 T25 Joe Rhodes 84 87 171 T26 Jeff Traweek 75 79 154
T25 Thomas Duensing 81 79 160 27 James Brickey Jr. 88 86 174 T26 Jim Waggoner 79 75 154
T28 Andrew Overton 79 82 161 28 Charles Kozak 88 92 180 T28 Dave Davis 77 78 155
T28 Dan Koehn 79 82 161           T28 Peter Funt 76 79 155
T28 Mark Nicoletti 75 86 161           T30 Dave Joenk 78 78 156
T28 Robert Goodwin 76 85 161           T30 Mason Gunn 74 82 156
T28 Sean Dyer 80 81 161           T30 Mike Murphy 80 76 156
33 Mark Swenson 79 83 162           33 Mark Kavanaugh 76 81 157
34 Kevin Kobalter 84 80 164           T34 Frank Angelo 81 77 158
35 Aaron Dean 87 78 165           T34 Todd Knapp 77 81 158
T36 Curtis Abbey 80 88 168           36 John Pappas 76 83 159
T36 Haksong Lee 87 81 168           T37 Bill McKinley 81 85 166
38 Ryan Kahl 85 90 175           T37 Greg Munroe 80 86 166
39 Andrew Loftus 91 89 180           39 Chuck Byers 85 82 167
40 Thomas Baur 96 87 183           40 John Picone 83 91 174
T41 Bill Foley 89 NC NC           41 Anil Sehgal 90 93 183
T41 Logan Woodruff 88 WD WD           42 Rick MacDonald 76 WD WD
 
* won in playoff
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