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amateurgolf.com North Orange County Am: Final Results

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (August 12, 2007) -- David Staszko won the North Orange County Amateur today by three strokes, thanks to a tournament-low final round of 2-under 70.

Up against a solid field that included six members of the Philippine National Golf Team and several college and high school standouts, Staszko won his first tournament by shaking off a tough start and grinding out the chips and putts that are so crucial to scoring well on Black Gold's tricky green-surrounds.

Staszko, 20, saved bogey on the first hole after his second shot bounded off the left fringe and into the hazard behind the green. He took a drop, got up-and-down, and immediately came back with a two-putt birdie on the driveable par four second hole.

Making the turn in 1-over 37, Staskzo caught a bit of fire with birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, the latter when his father and caddie Greg convinced him to go for the green in two with a hybrid club from 210 yards.

"Good advice," he later admitted.

The father and son pair have traveled together to more than 20 amateurgolf.com events over the past three years, picking up several top 10's and low individual rounds. Last week at the Bay Regional in Berkeley (a major NCGA event) Staszko finished seventh.

While amateurgolf.com events do not have standard-bearers or leaderboards, word of Staszko's lead worked it's way to him via two members of the Philippine National Team, who were frequently giving each other status reports.

"I got a little nervous when I thought I might be tied for the lead when Eugene (Bunyi) got an update on sixteen," said Staszko. "Then, when I birdied seventeen, I got really excited."

Staszko gave himself a bit more reason to be nervous on No. 18, the water-guarded par 5 with the clubhouse and gallery behind the green. He pushed his 5-iron second shot into the right rough, then hit a controlled wedge to 10 feet and safely two-putted for par.

Dave Baydala played very solid golf in winning the Senior Division at 5-over 149, while Randy Eck defended his net title with a final round 66 for 6-under 138. "I was leaking oil towards the end, but I got the job done," said Eck, a 14-handicapper who fired an 80 to record a Tiger-like victory.

* * * Final results from the 2nd Annual amateurgolf.com North Orange County Amateur, played at the 6430 yard, Par 72 Black Gold Golf Club:

CHAMPIONSHIP
Pos First Last City State Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 David Staszko San Jose CA 71 70 141
2 Ferdinand Aunzo Philippines 73 71 144
T3 Eugene Bunyi Philippines 72 73 145
T3 David Min Cerritos CA 74 71 145
5 Mike Leibfried Rolling Hills CA 72 74 146
T6 Michael Alejandro Philippines 73 75 148
T6 Gene Bondoc Phillipines Philippines 74 74 148
T6 Scott Clayton San Bernardino CA 74 74 148
T6 Anthony Fernando Manila Philippines 76 72 148
10 Justin Lee Tarzana CA 73 76 149
Bo DeHuff Coto De Caza CA 74 76 150
Raymond Ho Cerritos CA 76 74 150
Adam Sides Camarillo CA 76 74 150
Jon Tringale Laguna Niguel CA 76 74 150
Robert DeHuff Coto de Caza CA 72 79 151
Daniel Shin Artesia CA 77 76 153
Ryan Bailey San Diego CA 77 77 154
Kris Butkys Thousand Oaks CA 80 75 155
Matthew Hettich Alameda CA 77 79 156
Chris Kirk Redondo Beach CA 82 74 156
Dante Becierra Philippines 80 77 157
Matthew Ouimet Coto De Caza CA 84 75 159
Rick Shlemmer Los Alamitos CA 85 74 159
Germund Sua carson CA 81 81 162
Jason Cassidy Costa Mesa CA 85 77 162
Joe Drago Tracy CA 79 84 163
Peter Israel venice CA 80 83 163
Ross O'Brien Carmichael CA 80 83 163
Peter Senior Sherman Oaks CA 82 81 163
Pete Wlodkowski Carlsbad CA 85 79 164
Ray Le Yang Rowland Heights CA 79 dns dns
Scott Schachter Rolling Hills Estates CA 82 dns dns
Brandon Fox Aliso Viejo CA 94 dns dns
Mike Reese Apple Valley CA dns dns dns
Erick Thorson Westlake Village CA dns dns dns
Brad Wyatt La Verne CA dns dns dns
NET
Pos First Last City State Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Randy Eck San Juan Capistrano CA 72 66 138
T2 James Griffin Long Beach CA 77 74 151
T2 Steve Erlinger Corona Del Mar CA 78 73 151
Aaron Hamby WHITTIER CA 80 74 154
David Igata Corona del Mar CA 80 74 154
William Easley Hesperia CA 80 75 155
Scott Henrikson Carlsbad CA 75 85 160
Terence Hsu Irvine CA 82 79 161
Daniel Shaw Aliso Viejo CA 79 84 163
Matt Michaels Hidden Hills CA nc dns dns
SENIOR
Pos First Last City State Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Dave Patty Newport Coast CA 75 74 149
Dave Baydala Murrieta CA 85 90 175

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