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Alameda Commuters: St. Marys Stealing Show

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 22, 2007) -- The guys from St. Mary’s College have made the 80th Alameda Commuters Championship their personal playground through the first two rounds.

Freshman Robert McRae of the Gaels tied for the lead in the first round, with Martin Trainer, with a 66 on the Earl Fry Course. Robert stumbled with a 76 in the second round on the tougher Jack Clark Course, but his older brother took command.

Mike McRae grabbed a two-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Commuters shooting 68-66 for an 8-under-par 134 total. In his rear-view mirror, in fourth place, is a name quite familiar to the older McRae – his coach, Scott Hardy, who shot 72-66.

“We know coach can play,” Mike McRae said. “And we also know he wants to beat us.”

Chris Marin (68-68) is in solo second at 6 under par. Billy Moon (69-68) is solo third at 137. Sam Smith (71-67) and Jojola Domingo (68-70) are tied with Hardy for fourth at 138.
Mike McRae was recently named to the All-WCC team for 2007. The 20-year-old junior won his first intercollegiate title this year, the USF Intercollegiate at Pauma Valley. He also won the Utah State Amateur Championship in 2005.

“The Commuters kind of reminds me of home,” McRae said. “It is very well organized, a pleasure to play in.”

The over-the-hill gang (St. Mary’s College is in Moraga, just over the hill from Alameda) has taken the limelight away from Rick Reinsberg, who won three of the past four Commuters titles (his only failure a runnerup finish).

Reinsberg, who then lived in Moraga, claimed at the awards ceremony last year that the 2006 title would probably be his last since he was moving to Santa Barbara.

But like most every golfer who plays the Commuters, he came back.

“It’s always good to see your old buddies,” Reinsberg said, packing his clubs into his car for the 5-hour trip home. “And they’re always here at the Commuters.”

Reinsberg shot even-par 71-71, but does not like his chances.

“I haven’t played a lot since I’ve been down there,” he said. “We had our second child, that’s kept me busy.”

Before the Reinsberg era, the Commuters was known as “The Bob Blomberg Invitational” to regulars. The Alameda native has won six times, and always seems to be in the hunt.

But not this year. For the first time in anyone’s memory, Blomberg missed the cut, by but one stroke, shooting 74-72. Maybe he’ll play in the Senior Championship next weekend.

Alamedan Mark Merrigan gets the nod for comeback player of the weekend. After a 79 on the Clark Course, Merrigan rallied for a 67 on the Fry. Unfortunately he came up one shot shy of the cut, joining Blomberg at 146.

The Commuters has one of the toughest cuts in stroke play, to the low 50 of some 225 golfers.

Michelle Wie has nothing on the Commuters. This championship has quietly allowed girls to play for the title for decades. They just have to play from the same tees as the guys.

This year Emily Childs proved the best of the bunch, shooting 76-77. The Hirano sisters, Jennifer and Christina, famous for their nationally-televised play in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, also played, Jennifer shooting 77-78, Christina 81-76. Mia Kabasakalis shot 76-80. All are junior golfers, members of the Alameda Junior Golf Club.

But St. Mary’s golf coach Scott Hardy will not be scouting junior golfers next weekend. He’ll be out to beat his team.

Ron Salsig won two national golf writing awards this year. He can be reached at rsalsig@pacbell.net.

36-hole results follow:

80th - Alameda Commuters' Golf Tournament 2007
CUT LIST (low 50 plus ties)
(Cut is at 145, 53 Players made the cut)
  Place Player Rd 1 Rd 2 2-Rd Total  
  1 McRae, Mike 68 66 134  
  2 Marin, Chris 68 68 136  
  3 Moon, Billy 69 68 137  
  4 Hardy, Scott 72 66 138  
  5 Smith, Sam 71 67 138  
  6 Jojola, Domingo 68 70 138  
  7 Wagner, Garett 68 71 139  
  8 Marin, Nicolas 67 72 139  
  9 Sparolini,Stephen 67 72 139  
  10 Galletti, Roberto 71 69 140  
  11 Wyllie, Mark 71 69 140  
  12 Chiappone, Cary 70 70 140  
  13 Cocco, Chadd 69 71 140
  14 Mina, Eric 74 67 141
  15 Hamm, Jeffrey 72 69 141
  16 Parker, Todd 71 70 141
  17 Breland, Tim 70 71 141
  18 Pienkos, Shawn 70 71 141
  19 Tessler, Trent 70 71 141
  20 Travis, Taylor 70 71 141
  21 Voip, Arvo 70 71 141
  22 Ichikawa, Adam 68 73 141
  23 Trainer, Martin 66 75 141
  24 Reinsberg, Rick 71 71 142
  25 Enright, John 70 72 142
  26 Murphy, Jeff 70 72 142
  27 McRae, Robert 66 76 142
  28 Synnestvedt, Cory 73 70 143
  29 Zulaica, Bruce 73 70 143
  30 Mormann, Brett 72 71 143
  31 Looper, Jamie 71 72 143
  32 Mulhearn, Michael 71 72 143
  33 Rechedy, Nick 71 72 143
  34 Viboch, Brett 70 73 143
  35 Burda, Jeff 75 69 144
  36 Brown, Tyler 72 72 144
  37 Chung, Steven 72 72 144
  38 Wood, Andrew 72 72 144
  39 Conlin, Richard 70 74 144
  40 Hay, James 70 74 144
  41 Myers, Jay 77 68 145
  42 Healy, Sean 75 70 145
  43 Barkow, Adam 73 72 145
  44 Biggadike, Andrew 73 72 145
  45 Damron, Andrew 73 72 145
  46 McHargue, Jason 73 72 145
  47 Buell, Danny 72 73 145
  48 Harkins, Timothy 72 73 145
  49 Nelson, Jeff 72 73 145
  50 Webb, Ken 72 73 145
  51 Bowdish, Andrew 70 75 145
  52 Oliver, Howard 70 75 145
  53 Swenson, Brian 69 76 145
  54 Merrigan, Mark 79 67 146
  55 Salk, Larry 75 71 146
  56 Blomberg, Robert 74 72 146
  57 Ichikawa, Tyler 73 73 146
  58 Pickersgill, Clayton 72 74 146
  59 Haggen, Andrew 71 75 146
  60 Meeker, Eric 76 71 147
  61 Brown, Gary 75 72 147
  62 DeMeter, Sean 75 72 147
  63 Baxter, Kris 74 73 147
  64 Cone, Dan 74 73 147
  65 Prescott, Michael 74 73 147
  66 Collins, Ryan 73 74 147
  67 Keane, Jonathan 73 74 147
  68 Shimabukuro, Takashi 72 75 147
  69 Ledzinski, Jerry 71 76 147
  70 Morris, Scott 71 76 147
  71 Stone, Jason 76 72 148
  72 Beesley, Andrew 75 73 148
  73 Machi, Anthony 75 73 148
  74 Maurice, Mike 75 73 148
  75 Ayres, William 74 74 148
  76 Warren, Bobby 74 74 148
  77 Hasse, John 73 75 148
  78 Kim, Shane 73 75 148
  79 Knoll, Jim 73 75 148
  80 Nevin, Andy 73 75 148
  81 Whalen, Chris 73 75 148
  82 Hutton, Greg 78 71 149
  83 Robinson, Cody 76 73 149
  84 Chang, Derek 75 74 149
  85 Davis, Mark 75 74 149
  86 Delecce, Giuliano 74 75 149
  87 Mizusawa, Jarrod 74 75 149
  88 Burda, Patrick 73 76 149
  89 Goin, Chris 73 76 149
  90 Hanavan, Bruce 73 76 149
  91 Noonan, Ken 73 76 149
  92 Souza Jr., Rod 73 76 149
  93 Nadir, Sean 72 77 149
  94 Berber, Alex 78 72 150
  95 Goodwin, Robert 77 73 150
  96 Woo, Joseph 77 73 150
  97 Colbrese, Rhett 76 74 150
  98 Granelli, Mike 76 74 150
  99 Kilcoyne, Craig 76 74 150
  100 Vivolo, Chad 75 75 150
  101 Smith, Kevin 74 76 150
  102 Terry, Scott 74 76 150
  103 Warran, A.J. 72 78 150
  104 McClain, Kevin 71 79 150
  105 Reinders, Mathew 78 73 151
  106 Canniffe, Eoghan 77 74 151
  107 Hemenez, Mark 77 74 151
  108 Tsuchiyama, Ted 77 74 151
  109 Gill, Jasper 76 75 151
  110 Fogel, Garrett 75 76 151
  111 Zanassi, Joe 75 76 151
  112 Marcelo, E.J. 75 76 151
  113 Biancamano, Joseph 73 78 151
  114 Tambunting, Justin 79 73 152
  115 Burkard, Jon 77 75 152
  116 Gundermann, Robert 77 75 152
  117 Olson, Hans 77 75 152
  118 Conceicao, Albert 76 76 152
  119 Pence, Steve 76 76 152
  120 Owen, Gavin 75 77 152
  121 Paton, Jack 75 77 152
  122 Pernice, Patrick 75 77 152
  123 Bain, John 74 78 152
  124 DeVries, Cameron 74 78 152
  125 Iulio, Iose 73 79 152
  126 Morrison, Stan 73 79 152
  127 Wise, Jared 80 73 153
  128 Pope, Aris 79 74 153
  129 DeGuzman, Andrew 78 75 153
  130 Koika, Aleksei 77 76 153
  131 Skytte, Grahame 77 76 153
  132 Childs, Emily 76 77 153
  133 Noonan, Brendan 75 78 153
  134 O'Regan, Brian 75 78 153
  135 Keehan, Garth 75 78 153
  136 Farynaz, William 79 75 154
  137 Thompson, Simon 79 75 154
  138 Gabbert, Justin 77 77 154
  139 Bauer, Mike 76 78 154
  140 Miller, Mathew 76 78 154
  141 Armanini, Christopher 75 79 154
  142 Kim, Eric 75 79 154
  143 McCall, Mike 75 79 154
  144 Schiebold, Joseph 75 79 154
  145 Nagata, Brian 74 80 154
  146 Prince, Dean 73 81 154
  147 Pruitt, Craig 82 73 155
  148 Hirano, Jennifer 77 78 155
  149 Pence, Craig 77 78 155
  150 Arneson, Mark 76 79 155
  151 Sager, David 76 79 155
  152 Walters, Andrew 75 80 155
  153 Taylor, Derrick 81 75 156
  154 Benson, Richard 80 76 156
  155 Jin, Brendan 79 77 156
  156 DeBellis, Dominic 77 79 156
  157 Kabasakalis, Mia 76 80 156
  158 Schoenfeld, Steve 76 80 156
  159 Williams, Scotty 76 80 156
  160 White, Robert 74 82 156
  161 Hirano, Christina 81 76 157
  162 Killman, Steve 81 76 157
  163 Loui, Paul 81 76 157
  164 Miyazono, T.K. 81 76 157
  165 Woo, Min 80 77 157
  166 Peterson, Jack 75 82 157
  167 Perez, Kenneth 79 79 158
  168 Ouneklap, Ben 77 81 158
  169 Wilson, Russell 77 81 158
  170 Meranda, Sammy 75 83 158
  171 Johnson, Jeffrey 85 74 159
  172 Hamill, Norman 82 77 159
  173 VonSeeger, Stefan 81 78 159
  174 Kastmiler, Erik 80 79 159
  175 Ariga, Zack 78 81 159
  176 Dusi, Marco 78 81 159
  177 Manfrin, Chris 78 81 159
  178 Euan, Miguel 77 82 159
  179 Zywicke, Gregg 82 78 160
  180 Iyer, Wayne 82 79 161
  181 Renaud, Martin 80 81 161
  182 Cannon, Jerry 79 82 161
  183 Kitapan, Somboon 78 83 161
  184 Johnson, Geoffrey 83 79 162
  185 Webb, Nick 81 81 162
  186 DeMonte, Roger 80 82 162
  187 Fischer, Eric 79 83 162
  188 Shumate, Rick 79 83 162
  189 McClung, Mac 88 75 163
  190 Costanzo, Ralph 83 80 163
  191 Blankfort, John 82 82 164
  192 Gill, Phillip 81 83 164
  193 Samuli, Jayson 80 84 164
  194 Serra, George 74 90 164
  195 Donaldson, Brien 85 80 165
  196 Crownover, Chris 86 81 167
  197 Schultz, George 84 83 167
  198 Cheng, Eric 86 82 168
  199 Calonico, Kyle 85 86 171
  200 Ho, Jody 85 86 171
  201 Minatoya, Takao 84 87 171
  202 Shelby, Shawn 87 87 174
  203 Ohkawa, Kenji 85 89 174
  204 Huey, Kyle 83 91 174


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