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NCGA Publinx at Spyglass

PEBBLE BEACH (June 28, 2005) --Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery.

Michael Ostrich came to Spyglass Hill with little confidence after a final-round meltdown at the Sacramento City Championship Sunday. He leaves not only as the Public Links Champion, but as a player with a renewed assurance of his game.

"This feels great," said Ostrich. "It is wonderful to win at Spyglass. This is huge for me, I want to build on this victory."

Ostrich entered the final round tied with Trent Tessler one stroke behind leader Jim Knoll. Birdies on Nos. 1, 4 and 7 helped distance the Sacramento resident from the pack. After the round, Ostrich acknowledged the significance of his first nine holes, "It was very important to get off to a good start. The last five holes don't fit my eye at all so I needed to play well on the front side."

The 20-year-old put together a 1-under-par 71 that looked much lower on a day when the field averaged more than 77 strokes for the round. First-round leader Knoll slipped into a tie for second place at 145 with Defending champion Gary Young. In the playoff, both players made par on Nos. 1 and 2 before Knoll drained a 20-foot birdie putt to take second place alone.

In the President's Flight (handicap indexes 4.5 to 12) Steve Wilcsinszky came from behind to capture first place honors with a 72-66--138 total. Justin Portz of Lemore (68-74--142) and John Lavaroni of La Contenta (74-69--143) came in second and third respectively. Thanh Tran of Pin High rolled in the Director's Flight (handicap indexes 11.7 to 40.4) with a 68-72--140 showing. Mike Shepard of Whitney Oaks was second at 74-68--142 and Sandy Boyd, EWGA-SMN Handicap was third at 78-67--145. Following are complete results:

Flight: Championship Michael Ostrich, Sacramento GC, 71-70--141 Gary Young, Scratch Players GC, 76-69--145 Jim Knoll, Rooster Run GC, 70-75--145 Terry Foreman, Antioch GC, 78-70--148 Trent Tessler, Scratch Players GC, 71-77--148 Scott Hardy, Scratch Players GC, 74-78--152 Joseph Dolby, Scratch Players GC, 76-76--152 Kent Yamane, Silicon Valley Capital Club, 74-78--152 Kevin McCarl, Ancil Hoffman GC, 77-76--153 Garrett Larson, University of California GC, 78-76--154 James Hay, Diablo Grande GC, 79-77--156 Martin Renaud, The Ranch at Silver Creek, 75-82--157 Andrew Rodriguez, Salinas Fairways GC, 82-76--158 Tim Kellund, Walnut Creek GC, 83-75--158 Andy Nevin, Roddy Ranch GC, 79-79--158 George Mckean, Riverbend GC, 81-77--158 Charles McDonald, Shoreline GC, 77-83--160 Patrick Pernice, Amateurgolf.com, 78-82--160 Mike Stieler, Riverbend GC, 85-77--162 Chase Flanigan, Granite Bay GC, 86-77--163 Kyle Prolo, Benicia GA, 87-78--165 Ryan Bohning, NPS GC, 85-81--166 Rick Hicklin, Teal Bend GC, 86-81--167 Steve Duffy, Los Lagos GC, 84-84--168 Craig Medley, Teal Bend GC, 86-82--168 Aaron Woolway, Bayside Golfers, 84-87--171 Jayson Samuli, Las Positas GC, 83-91--174 Steven Schoenfeld, Charles Schwab & Co GC, 92-82--174 Naoto De Silva, Lincoln Park GC, 91-88--179 Kevin Conover, Scratch Players GC, 100-80--180 Orion Galioni, Presidio Players, 94-87--181 Daniel Murray, Sharp Park GC, 90-92--182 Rod Stewart, Rooster Run GC, 92-91--183 Flight: President Steve Wilcsinszky, Bennett Valley GC, 72-66--138 Justin Portz, Lemoore GC, 68-74--142 John Lavaroni, La Contenta GC, 74-69--143 David Fletcher, The Reserve at Spanos Park GC, 75-70--145 Keith Kershner, G.O.F.F. Club, 71-74--145 David Kelso, Peninsula GA, 73-73--146 Scott Robertson, Deep Drivers GC, 73-74--147 Gordon Maki, Summitpointe CC, 71-77--148 Peter Garza, San Jose MAGA, 74-75--149 Martin Miyamoto, De Laveaga GC, 70-79--149 Rick Kehr, San Mateo County Firefighters, 75-75--150 John Taylor, Foxtail Men's GC, 75-75--150 Joseph Silverthorn, Katz GC, 74-76--150 Jerry Murray, Sharp Park GC, 74-78--152 David Newman, Indian Creek Men's GC, 80-72--152 Vince Costello, MAGA-San Benito Chapter, 76-77--153 Brian Scott, Harding Park GC, 79-75--154 Jim Wilson, Riverbend GC, 77-78--155 Geoff Yeager, Coyote Creek Mens GA, 79-76--155 Chris Snyder, Rasta Cruz GC, 80-75--155 Matthew Webb, Tahoe City G&CC, 80-77--157 Ted Wong, Sacramento Vagabonds GC, 78-80--158 Craig Allen, Palo Alto GC, 78-80--158 Raymond Wong, East Bay Hackers, 78-80--158 John Osness, Palo Alto GC, 78-80--158 Fernando Delmendo, Rancho Solano GC, 78-81--159 Ken Rhodes, Windsor GC, 81-78--159 Frank McClung, Spring Valley GC, 76-84--160 Jim Schnabel, Sonoma Valley GC, 79-83--162 Kelly Mcahren, Rancho Solano GC, 84-78--162 Darren Gomez, Spring Valley GC, 84-78--162 Mark Camin, Summitpointe CC, 80-84--164 Mike Connerley, Silverado CC, 85-79--164 Don Pulliam, Blackberry Farm GC, 82-83--165 Diana Tan, Gleneagles Intl GC, 86-82--168 Sahaj Grewall, Pasatiempo GC, 88-82--170 Raymond Deloe, Table Mountain GC, 87-86--173 Ian Novak, Willow Park GC, 92-86--178 Bill Nall, Half Moon Bay GC, 97-85--182 Flight: Director Thanh Tran, Pin High GC, 68-72--140 Mike Shepard, Whitney Oaks GC, 74-68--142 Sandy Boyd, EWGA-SMN Handicap, 78-67--145 Troy Thiele, Cee Zee GC, 75-71--146 Albert Zavattero, Walnut Creek GC, 73-73--146 Larry Fillmore, Shadow Lakes GC, 73-77--150 Tom Giusto, Sharp Park GC, 74-77--151 Bob Burt, Riverbend GC, 76-76--152 Dan Ventanilla, ADP GC, 75-77--152 Thaddeus Laffitte, Gleneagles Intl GC, 79-73--152 Ron Gilbreth, Las Positas Senior GC, 73-79--152 Shad Winter, Creekside GC, 79-74--153 Stanley Robbins, Agilent Technologies GC, 80-73--153 Rick Gracia, Lemoore GC, 73-80--153 Hongping Zhang, Cisco CC, 73-80--153 Duane Hopkins, Santa Teresa GC, 76-78--154 Virgil Hendrix, Benbow GC, 78-76--154 Charles Lee, University of California GC, 79-75--154 Jack Russell, Table Mountain GC, 78-77--155 Gary Rojas, Gilroy G&CC, 81-74--155 Maureen Earley, Rolmex GC, 74-83--157 Larry Rutledge, PGG Laguna Seca GC, 73-84--157 Bob Stevenson, Manteca GC, 82-76--158 Paul Luce, Pleasanton GC, 81-78--159 Stan Hirayama, San Jose Strokers GC, 85-74--159 Steve Mahrt, Paradise Valley GC, 81-81--162 Timothy Hill, Tahoe City G&CC, 84-78--162 Frank Wang, Cisco CC, 88-74--162 Tom Mojzes, Ibew 595 & Friends, 82-81--163 Long Nguyen, GC at Fremont Park, 79-85--164 Norman Krebill, De Laveaga GC, 92-74--166 Richard Gordon, Castle Oaks GC, 88-81--169 Lloyd Tande, Cordova GC, 82-97--179 Jeff Owen, Agilent Technologies GC, 88-97--185

ABOUT THE Northern California Pub-Links

Qualifying at multiple sites. Players must have a numeric index of 5.4 or less for the championship flight. Players entering the handicap flights must have a numeric index of 5.5 to 36.4 (40.4 for women) inclusive. Handicap entries will be divided equally into two flights (President and Director).

PLAYERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE INELIGIBLE FOR THE HANDICAP FLIGHT. The NCGA adheres to the USGA membership restrictions for entry into the Public Links Championship. Contestants must be bonafide public course players who do not hold playing privileges with any course from which the general public is excluded or privileges with any private club maintaining its own course. Exceptions: A bonafide public course member may hold incidental privileges with a course not open to the public when such privileges are provided by : (1) An educational institution of which he is a student; or (2) Federal Armed Service of which he is a member; or (3) An industry by which he is employed.

Format: 18 holes qualifying for all flights (index used for handicap flights). In the championship flight, 36 players (including exempts) will advance to the championship proper. In the handicap competition, 36 players from the President’s Flight and 36 from the Director’s Flight will advance to the championship proper for 36 holes (18 holes per day) of play at 100% of course handicap.

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