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Stocker Cup: Doell tops Tallent in playoff
15 Oct 2007
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Stocker Cup 2015 Invitational, The Preserve Golf Club, Craig Doell Profile

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CARMEL, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2007)— The final round of the 17th annual Stocker Cup Invitational Golf Tournament was back-and- forth affair between Virginian Pat Tallent and Canada’s Craig Doell in which the two competitors didn’t tie a hole until the 18th.

With Tallent bringing a one-stroke lead into the final day, and the rest of the competition well out of range, the regulation 18 holes wasn’t enough to decide the contest, so the pair headed back up to the 18th tee for a sudden-death playoff.

Doell split the fairway with his tee shot, but Tallent’s found the bunker. He arrived at his ball to find it in a rotten lie, and could do no more than punch it out of the sand ten yards into the rough.

From there it was a matter of Doell completing his two-putt par to win his second Stocker Cup with a final tally of 3-over-par 289. His first Cup came in 2004.

“It was kind of a pillow fight out there, we didn’t tie a hole until we both pared 18,” said Doell.

Leading by a stroke, Tallent left the door open on the 17th hole, a par-five that has yielded several birdies throughout the tourney. The reigning Virginia state champion couldn’t get over a tree with his approach shot, then had to punch under the same tree, eventually ending up with bogey.

“That really surprised me, when he didn’t get his third shot on the green,” said Doell. “But I didn’t capitalize as much as I would’ve liked, and he made a nice up-and-down for bogey.”

Both players two-putted the final hole, from similar positions as the playoff, to force extra holes.

Taking third at 293 was Cincinnati’s Billy Williamson, who had the day’s low round at 3- under 69. Rounding out the top five was two- time champ Randy Haag and Jeff Wilson of Fairfield, Calif.

Tallent was also awarded the Tatum Cup, given to the tournaments low senior.

See below for full results.

ELLIOT CUP RESULTS
Tallent and his partner Alan Hyman won the 54-hole best-ball team competition, which pits one of the scratch A-Players with a B-Player competing at their assigned handicap from the gold tees, by a stroke after a birdie try by team of Billy Williamson and Tom Graunke on the 18th hole slid just by the hole.

The day started with ten teams within three strokes of the lead, and ended with six within five strokes.
The award is named for former co-chairman Jack Elliot, who passed away in 2007.

Note: Top teams are shown below the individual scores. For complete team results, click here.

Final result from the Stocker Cup Invitational follow:

Individual Championship
Pos Player Club Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Tot
T1 Craig Doell Victoria Golf Club 76 68 70 75 *289
T1 Pat Tallent Congressional Golf Club 72 72 69 76 289
3 Billy Williamson Coldstream Country Club 73 77 74 69 293
4 Randy Haag The Olympic Club 76 74 71 73 294
5 Jeff Wilson Green Valley Country Club 80 72 71 72 295
6 Nick Ushijima The Olympic Club 77 72 76 71 296
T7 Joe Sanders Montreux Golf and Country Club 78 72 73 75 298
T7 Garrett Larson UC Golf Club 73 78 73 74 298
9 Billy Mitchell River Pines Golf Club 75 74 76 75 300
T10 Brady Exber TPC Summerlin 79 77 72 73 301
T10 John Pate The Valley Club 76 78 74 73 301
T12 Alex Stamey III Everett Golf and Country Club 78 77 72 75 302
T12 Dalton Melnyk Bobby Jones Golf Club 74 80 74 74 302
T14 Kenny Weixel New Albany Country Club 75 77 76 75 303
T14 Jack Kelly Aldarra Golf Club 73 76 78 76 303
T16 Mark Mance Preserve Golf Club 76 74 77 77 304
T16 Mike Rowley San Luis Obispo Country Club 75 78 72 79 304
18 Robert Funk Bear Creek Golf Club 75 73 81 77 306
T19 Michael Wharton-Palmer Texarkana Country Club 75 77 77 78 307
T19 Casey Boyns Monterey Bay Golf Club 75 74 78 80 307
T19 Keith Kinsel Los Angeles Country Club 77 77 71 82 307
22 Jerry Ledzinski Tehama Golf Club 76 79 74 81 310
* sudden death, 1st hole
missed 54-hole cut
Burton, Bob 77 75 78 230
McClure, John 75 78 77 230
Gabelman, Andy 79 76 75 230
Sullivan, Dan 79 77 74 230
Swenson, Brian 77 71 83 231
Nelson, Dave 78 76 77 231
Kane, Tim 76 75 80 231
Atkinson, Bert 78 77 76 231
Brudzinski, TJ 73 84 74 231
Crosby, Nathaniel 75 79 78 232
Harper, Sandy 79 76 77 232
Pridmore, Jason 76 76 80 232
James, Chris 81 80 72 233
Huff, IV, Phil 79 82 74 235
Nichols, Steve 77 81 77 235
Wilder, Brad 79 76 81 236
Barsotti, Todd 78 79 79 236
Fairey III, Joe 79 77 81 237
Chuhlantseff, Harold 78 84 75 237
Houvener, Paul 81 78 78 237
Rathjen, Dave 83 80 76 239
Traub, Cass 81 82 76 239
Carlson, Chris 83 82 75 240
John, Steve 81 82 79 242
Truett, Sammy 87 83 77 247
Roat, George 84 84 80 248
Hillman, Joe 81 84 85 250
Rouillard, Tim 83 86 82 251
Gardner, Mark 80 87 85 252
Butler, Mike 85 89 82 256
54 Hole Team Competition
Pos Team Club Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Tallent / Hyman 68 69 64 201
Tallent, Pat Congressional Golf Club
Hyman, Alan Castlewood Country Club
T2 Williamson / Graunke 68 67 67 202
Williamson, Billy Coldstream Country Club
Graunke, Tom Whisper Rock Golf Club
T2 Mitchell / McWhorter 68 67 67 202
Mitchell, Billy River Pines Golf Club
McWhorter, Scott The Preserve Golf Club
T4 Doell / Dunwoody 72 66 66 204
Doell, Craig Victoria Golf Club
Dunwoody, Mac The Preserve Golf Club
T4 John / Connolly 68 67 69 204
John, Steve Tehama Golf Club
Connolly, Martin Harding Park Golf Club
T6 Gabelman / Giddings, Jr. 70 67 69 206
Gabelman, Andy Barrington Hills Country Club
Giddings, Jr., Mike Bear Creek Golf Club
T6 Pridmore / Stocker 66 70 70 206
Pridmore, Jason Spanish Hills Country Club
Stocker, Erik Blue Canyon Country Club
T8 Haag / Johnson 69 70 68 207
Haag, Randy The Olympic Club
Johnson, Phil Tehama Golf Club
T8 Houvener / Flynn 71 67 69 207
Houvener, Paul Mill Creek Country Club
Flynn, Mark The Preserve Golf Club
T8 Atkinson / Pitchford 67 69 71 207
Atkinson, Bert Country Club of Charleston
Pitchford, Mark Menlo Country Club
T8 Sullivan / Crow 65 70 72 207
Sullivan, Dan Brookside Country Club
Crow, Denny The Olympic Club

ABOUT THE STOCKER CUP:
The Stocker Cup, played in memory of Peter Stocker, is held each October at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel. The field is comprised of 52 world-class mid-amateur invitees, who meet stringent eligibility requirements, and pay a minimal fee for their participation. Offering both NCGA and national Golfweek and amateurgolf.com Bridgestone Player Rankings points, the Stocker Cup also holds a one-day qualifying tournament for regional players who were not among the original invites. On September 28, eighteen competitors with a handicap index of 2.4 or lower vied for the final two A- list spots in the main tournament. (Brian Swenson and Harold Chuhlantseff both qualified at 76 at Stevinson Ranch.)

Those final A-list golfers are complimented by a matching number of qualified B-list competitors, with invitations extended to friends, relatives and associates of the late Peter Stocker, as well as to various sponsors and other supporters of the event. Every A-player is teamed with a B-player in a handicapped best-ball competition held simultaneously with the individual stroke-championship.

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