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amateurgolf.com California Mid-Am: Pridmore takes title

by Pete Wlodkowski, amateurgolf.com

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STEVINSON, California (April 1, 2007) -- Jason Pridmore has played in just two amateurgolf.com events since discovering us in 2005 when we launched the Orange County Amateur, which he won. After winning the California Mid-Amateur on Sunday, the former world champion motorcycle racer kept his perfect record. Two events entered, two victories.

"I should really play in more of your events," deadpanned Pridmore, 37.

Pridmore entered Sunday's final round six strokes behind first round leader Steve Nichols of Lansing, Michigan, who flew to California on business, squeezed this event into his schedule, and de-thawed his game fast enough to fashion a nearly flawless round of 5-under-par 67. Playing among a logjam of players who also shot 73 in the first round, Pridmore continued his excellent ball striking, hitting 16 greens in regulation as he did in round one. Better putting resulted in shaving four strokes off his score, and when players in the final foursome struggling on Stevinson's difficult stretch of closing holes, Pridmore's 2-under tournament total of 142 started looking very good.

Michigan's Nichols "found my winter game today" and took himself out of contention fairly early (but still posted a very respectable 67-80=147) while Randy Haag (first round of 68), Casey Boyns (69) and Jerry Ledzinski (70) kept things close. Haag, from San Francisco's Olympic Club, has already won two amateurgolf.com events this year. Coming into the water-guarded par three 16th, he had emerged as leader of his group and looked to do it again.

But his tee shot on that hole found the water, Haag had trouble righting the ship and went through a full sleeve of balls in three holes when he hit into the hazards left of both seventeen and eighteen. Indeed, watching the final three or four groups play in afternoon winds was a perfect example of how being in the final foursome and teeing off last on Sunday isn't all it's cracked up to be. Haag, Boyns, and Ledzinski wound up tied for second place in the overall competition, while Haag and Boyns tied for first place in the Masters competition, for players aged 40-54. Pridmore won both the overall and the Mid-Am (ages 25-39) titles.

Senior Division: "Mr. Fresno" wins his first official senior event
Doug Johnson of Fresno turned 55 in January, making him eligible for official NCGA and USGA Senior events. In March, he came very close to capturing his first title at the San Francisco City Senior at Harding Park, losing to Carl Selkirk in the finals. On Sunday, he got his first taste of victory as a senior, certainly something that the multiple winner of the Fresno City Championship is no stranger to.

"This is my first senior victory, so amateurgolf.com will always have a special place in my heart," said Johnson, a supporter of the website for many years.

Johnson shot 2-under-par 70 in the first round, and was tied for the lead with Fresno's Rob Adolph. Playing in the final group with Adolph, Johnson not only outscored his group on Sunday, he finished birdie-birdie on his last two holes to make sure nobody else would catch him. John Enright of Montara, who was in the clubhouse at even par 144, took second place while Adolph and Charles Richesin of Lodi tied for third at 146.

Net Division: Steele wins another
Vince Steele of Concord is on somewhat of a roll -- he has won the net portion of the past two amateurgolf.com events. At the Diablo Valley Amateur at Brentwood Country Club, Steele won by four strokes. Here, the margin of victory was five. But Steele thought it was much closer than that playing his closing holes on the front nine, after teeing off on No. 10.

"I was hanging on to the lead by my fingernails, then I birdied No. 7 [a tricky par-3 where there were several "others"] and that did the trick," said Steele, who shot 2-under 142.

Noel Rush finished third at 147 and Harvey Hunter shot 148 to grab third place.

Special Thanks:
Thanks to George Kelley and the entire staff at Stevinson Ranch for once again hosting this event, which has grown into one of the strongest independently run tournaments in California. The course was in wonderful shape and the food and hospitality were, as always, fantastic. If you are reading this story and you haven't visited Stevinson Ranch, visit their website at www.stevinsonranchgolf.com and grab a stay-and-play package as soon as you can!

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Final results from the California Mid-Amateur, played at the par 72 Stevinson Ranch Golf Club:

- Mid-Amateur and Masters Divisions (combined for points) -- par 72, 7060 yards
- Senior and Net Divisions -- par 72, 6646 yards

Note: Masters and Mid-Amateur divisions are combined for NCGA points. The combined tournament results are listed first followed by the age division breakdown. All $ paid in proshop credit at Stevinson Ranch G.C.

Pos OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP Rd1 Rd2 Tot Div  
1 Jason Pridmore 73 69 142 mid.am  
T2 Jerry Ledzinski 70 75 145 mid.am  
T2 Casey Boyns 69 76 145 masters  
T2 Randy Haag 68 77 145 masters  
T5 Steve Nichols 67 80 147 mid.am  
T5 Andrew Biggadike 72 75 147 mid.am  
T5 Steve Wilson 71 76 147 masters  
T5 Jamie Looper 73 74 147 masters  
9 Brian Swenson 74 74 148 mid.am  
T10 Dave Capel 74 75 149 masters  
T10 Darryl Donovan 76 73 149 masters  
12 Conrad Nilmeier 74 76 150 masters  
T13 Michael Vera 72 79 151 mid.am  
T13 Dave Rathjen 73 78 151 masters  
T13 Tony McBroom 74 77 151 masters  
T16 Martin Renaud 73 79 152 mid.am  
T16 Zack Taylor 73 79 152 masters  
T16 Bill Bates 76 76 152 masters  
T19 Ty Murphy 75 78 153 mid.am  
T19 Paul Rice 77 76 153 masters  
  Craig King 73 81 154 mid.am  
  Ben Whipple 79 75 154 masters  
  Randal Cross 75 80 155 masters  
  John Turnacliff 79 76 155 masters  
  Andrew Overton 76 80 156 masters  
  Garth Watrous 80 77 157 mid.am  
  John Carrido 76 81 157 masters  
  Michael Donnelly 80 77 157 masters  
  David Ober 82 76 158 mid.am  
  Eric Smith 79 79 158 masters  
  Eugene Medlock 79 79 158 masters  
  Dominic De Bellis 81 78 159 mid.am
  Gregory Sgarlato 79 81 160 masters
  Steve Pacheco 79 81 160 masters
  Jud Spencer 81 80 161 mid.am
  Wayne Bass 80 81 161 masters
  Joe Zanassi 83 78 161 masters
  Mike Amarant 81 81 162 mid.am
  Mike Granelli 80 82 162 masters
  Patrick Burda 82 81 163 mid.am
  George Erbez 79 84 163 masters
  David Thielke 82 82 164 masters
  Keith Schwartz 82 82 164 masters
  Dirk Godsey 85 80 165 masters
  Michael Olivas 82 84 166 masters
  Roger Brandao 91 75 166 masters
  Lincoln James 83 84 167 mid.am
  Gary Maniery 86 82 168 masters  
  Sean Fredkin 85 84 169 mid.am  
  Anthony Hollis 87 86 173 mid.am  
  Vince Ambrosia 89 85 174 masters  
  Troy Laughlin 87 88 175 mid.am  
  Joseph Woo 89 90 179 mid.am  
             
Pos MID-AM DIVISION (ages 25-39) Rd1 Rd2 Tot div $
1 Jason Pridmore 73 69 142 mid.am 250
2 Jerry Ledzinski 70 75 145 mid.am 170
T3 Steve Nichols 67 80 147 mid.am 150
T3 Andrew Biggadike 72 75 147 mid.am 100
5 Brian Swenson 74 74 148 mid.am 70
6 Michael Vera 72 79 151 mid.am 50
7 Martin Renaud 73 79 152 mid.am 50
8 Ty Murphy 75 78 153 mid.am  
9 Craig King 73 81 154 mid.am  
10 Garth Watrous 80 77 157 mid.am  
11 David Ober 82 76 158 mid.am  
12 Dominic De Bellis 81 78 159 mid.am  
13 Jud Spencer 81 80 161 mid.am  
14 Mike Amarant 81 81 162 mid.am  
15 Patrick Burda 82 81 163 mid.am  
16 Lincoln James 83 84 167 mid.am  
17 Sean Fredkin 85 84 169 mid.am  
18 Anthony Hollis 87 86 173 mid.am  
19 Troy Laughlin 87 88 175 mid.am  
20 Joseph Woo 89 90 179 mid.am  
             
Pos MASTERS DIVISION (ages 40-54) Rd1 Rd2 Tot div $
T1 Casey Boyns 69 76 145 masters 350
T1 Randy Haag 68 77 145 masters 270
T3 Steve Wilson 71 76 147 masters 200
T3 Jamie Looper 73 74 147 masters 150
T5 Dave Capel 74 75 149 masters 100
T5 Darryl Donovan 76 73 149 masters 100
7 Conrad Nilmeier 74 76 150 masters 75
T8 Dave Rathjen 73 78 151 masters 75
T8 Tony McBroom 74 77 151 masters 60
T10 Zack Taylor 73 79 152 masters 60
T10 Bill Bates 76 76 152 masters  
12 Paul Rice 77 76 153 masters  
13 Ben Whipple 79 75 154 masters  
T14 Randal Cross 75 80 155 masters  
T14 John Turnacliff 79 76 155 masters  
16 Andrew Overton 76 80 156 masters  
T17 John Carrido 76 81 157 masters  
T17 Michael Donnelly 80 77 157 masters  
T19 Eric Smith 79 79 158 masters
T19 Eugene Medlock 79 79 158 masters
T21 Gregory Sgarlato 79 81 160 masters
T21 Steve Pacheco 79 81 160 masters
T23 Wayne Bass 80 81 161 masters
T23 Joe Zanassi 83 78 161 masters
25 Mike Granelli 80 82 162 masters
26 George Erbez 79 84 163 masters
T27 David Thielke 82 82 164 masters
T27 Keith Schwartz 82 82 164 masters
29 Dirk Godsey 85 80 165 masters
T30 Michael Olivas 82 84 166 masters
T30 Roger Brandao 91 75 166 masters
32 Gary Maniery 86 82 168 masters
33 Vince Ambrosia 89 85 174 masters
 
Pos SENIOR DIVISION (age 55+) Rd1 Rd2 Tot   $
1 Doug Johnson 70 70 140   350
2 John Enright 71 73 144   280
T3 Charles Richesin 72 74 146   220
T3 Rob Adolph 70 76 146   150
5 Shelton Washburn 71 76 147   100
T6 Dave Carroll 71 77 148   100
T6 George Kelley 72 76 148   70
T8 Frank Abbott 72 78 150   70
T8 Doug Dusenbury 77 73 150   70
T8 Carl Selkirk 76 74 150   50
T8 Sandy McCall 73 77 150   50
T12 Tom Lyons 76 75 151   50
T12 Mike Flood 77 74 151    
T12 Mark Miller 77 74 151    
T12 Bob Olds 73 78 151    
T12 Marshall Raymer 78 73 151
17 Raul Perez 73 81 154
18 Jim Welsh 77 78 155
T19 Sherman Haggerty 74 82 156
T19 Jeff Early 78 78 156
T21 Earl Stewart 77 81 158
T21 Bob Fries 80 78 158
T21 Rob Thompson 80 78 158
24 John Anderson 81 78 159
25 Greg Futch 80 80 160
26 Neil Duffy 82 79 161
27 Patrick Rauber 82 80 162
28 Charles Balisha 81 82 163
29 Tony Wilmer 82 81 163
T30 Vic Shellenberg 84 81 165
T30 Terry Gilmore 85 80 165
T30 Jim Sands 88 77 165    
33 Jeffrey True 81 86 167    
34 Dave Patty 88 87 175    
  Walt Edgerley 76   WD    
  Terry Ackerman 79   WD    
  Greg Saiki 84   WD    
  Ron Johnson 85   WD    
  Thomas Hitchcock 96   WD    
 
Pos NET DIVISION Rd1 Rd2 Tot   $
1 Vincent Steele 69 73 142   200
2 Noel Rush 75 72 147   150
3 Harvey Hunter 71 77 148   100
4 James Grensted 71 82 153   70
5 Gary Koshaba 78 77 155    
6 Tim Yager 73 83 156    
7 Ron Staley 83 80 163
8 Scott Carelli 84 82 166
9 Korsen Yu 85 84 169
10 Bill Strahan 86 87 173
11 Roger Soell 93 81 174
12 Al Richardson 90 89 179
13 Bruce McGraw 93   WD

 

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