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AGC Bay Regional: Asistio takes title


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BERKELEY, Calif. (Aug. 3, 2008)--In one of the most dramatic finishes in recent amateurgolf.com Tournament Series memory, Philippine National Team member Antonio Asistio holed out a 60-yard wedge shot for birdie on the par-4 18th hole to force a playoff with St. Mary's College golf coach Scott Hardy at the Tilden Park Golf Course, site of the 70th annual amateurgolf.com Bay Regional.

Both golfers had identical cards of 69-66--135, five strokes under par.

Asistio sealed the victory on the second playoff hole when he two-putted for par after knocking his approach shot to within 15 feet of the tricky back pin placement. Hardy's approach shot found the front of the green, where he couldn't convert the two-putt from 40 feet to force another playoff hole.

"This is a breakthrough win for me," said Asistio. "My teammates (on the national team) are always giving me a hard time because I haven't won anything in two years."

Hardy, a Pleasant Hill resident, seemed poised at several times to seize the victory, particularly when he ripped off a run of five straight birdies on holes 12-15, then seemed to have Asistio on the ropes with a one-stroke lead heading into the final hole.

On the first playoff hole Asistio pulled off another scrambling feat to stay alive after a wayward drive. After punching back into the fairway, the Manila native chipped to within seven feet and made the putt to save par. Moments earlier Hardy sunk a 10-foot par putt to put the pressure on.

Despite the tough-luck runner-up finish, Hardy still can be happy in what could be considered a solid tune-up for his run at the Pacific Coast Amateur, which starts Tuesday in Victoria, British Columbia. Hardy will represent the NCGA.

Senior Flight

Jim Williams of Orinda simply won't allow anyone to take the title that he has owned since amateurgolf.com added a senior division to the tournament three years ago. This year's threepeat was a close finish, but his second-round 79 held up thanks to an impressive 73 on Day 1. Jim Miller of Berkeley was the runner-up at 153.

Net Flight

Korsen Yu, a 14 handicap from Sunyvale, carded a second-round net 66 to top current amateurgolf.com - Bridgestone Golf net points leader James Grensted in a card off. Both golfers finished at 136. It was Yu's first victory in an amateurgolf.com event.

Tournament notes

Going into the final round, the two co-leaders in the race for the amateurgolf.com - Bridgestone Golf Player of the Year title, Chris Marin and Randy Haag where together in the final group after firing first-day scores of 69 and 67, respectively. At tournament's end, neither golfer could gain the upper hand as they tied for third at 3-under 137.

Fred Luper of Suisun had the shot of the tourney when he nearly drove the green on the par-4 third hole, then chipped in for eagle (white tees aren't all that bad!).

Eighty-five-year-old Leonard Pytel, the tournament director for the Bay Regional from 1966 to the late 70's (when the tournament was run by the Tilden Park Men's Club) was on the course checking out the action on Sunday.

A special thanks goes out to the entire Tilden Park staff for their help in keeping the tourney running smoothly, as well as the ambassadors out on the course volunteering as spotters.

Full results from the 6,294-yard, par-70 Tilden Park Golf Course follow:

Championship
First Last Hometown State Rd1 Rd2 Total
1 Antonio Asistio Manila Philippines 69 66 135
2 Scott Hardy Pleasant Hill CA 69 66 135
T3 Randy Haag Burlingame CA 67 70 137
T3 Chris Marin Monterey CA 69 68 137
T3 Kyle Prolo Benicia CA 70 67 137
T6 Anthony Fernando Zamboanga City Philippines 65 73 138
T6 Nicholas Brown Rocklin CA 68 70 138
8 Ferdinand Aunzo Davao City Philippines 70 70 140
9 Chris Moreno-Hunt Berkeley CA 67 74 141
10 Brent Booth Los Altos CA 66 76 142
11 David Staszko San Jose CA 71 73 144
12 Michael Alejandro Manila Philippines 72 73 145
T13 Dante Becierra Davao City Philippines 71 75 146
T13 Jobim Carlos Bulacan Philippines 71 75 146
T13 Patrick Pernice Oakland CA 75 71 146
Clayton Pickersgill Pleasant Hill CA 71 76 147
James Albert San Bernardino CA 76 72 148
Josh Boro San Jose CA 74 74 148
JD Padgett stockton CA 70 78 148
zach stingley san francisco CA 78 70 148
Scotty Williams Orinda CA 75 73 148
Bryant Williams Orinda CA 75 73 148
Kevin McClain Dublin CA 76 73 149
Jered Stone Tarzana CA 73 77 150
Thomas Duensing Rohnert Park CA 73 78 151
Ken Harrington San Francisco CA 77 74 151
Chad Kiesz Clovis CA 78 73 151
Alex Kranenburg San Rafael CA 76 75 151
Gary Tewell Fremont CA 74 77 151
Ryan Klemm Benicia CA 77 75 152
Ryan Corbett Alamo CA 72 81 153
Matt Williams San Jose CA 77 78 155
Alex Calleja Danville CA 77 79 156
Steven Cooney San Rafael CA 76 80 156
Michael Fajardo Berkeley CA 82 74 156
Gustav Lindell Oakland CA 82 75 157
Matthew Wallach Los Altos CA 78 79 157
James Donaldson Berkeley CA 79 80 159
Cameron Hyland Novato CA 78 81 159
Mike Dougherty San Carlos CA 80 80 160
Jake Stewart Berkley CA 84 76 160
Chris Billingsley San Jose CA 72 91 163
James Matthew CA 83 80 163
TJ Kinion Watsonville CA 77 89 166
Ian Attard Danville CA 85 86 171
Senior
First Last Hometown State Rd1 Rd2 Total
1st Jim Williams Orinda CA 73 79 152
2nd Jim Miller Berkeley CA 76 77 153
3rd Tom Kintigh Martinez CA 79 75 154
Robert Myers san rafael CA 76 83 159
Tom Craig Lafayette CA 77 79 156
Dave Ware Martinez CA 88 82 170
John Enright Montara CA 70 wd
Net
First Last Hometown State Rd1 Rd2 Total
1 Korsen Yu Sunnyvale CA 70 66 136
2 James Grensted Belmont CA 71 65 136
3 Patrick McKenna El Dorado Hills CA 67 71 138
T4 Jon McCurdy Rancho Murieta CA 65 74 139
T4 James Murphy San Francisco CA 67 72 139
T6 Roger Douglas Walnut Creek CA 67 73 140
T6 Noel Rush Pacifica CA 72 68 140
T6 Al Richardson Santa Clara CA 65 75 140
9 Fred Luper Suisun CA 72 69 141
T10 Nigel Harold Alameda CA 70 72 142
T10 Paul Alan Davis San Francisco CA 72 70 142
Christopher Biorn Hercules CA 74 70 144
Harvey Hunter Elk Grove CA 69 75 144
Andrew Markus Vancouver BC 73 71 144
Cary Lapidus Berkeley CA 65 79 144
Dave Nikitin Vacaville CA 72 74 146
Scott Carelli San Francisco CA 75 72 147
Jim Cotton Davis CA 77 71 148
Kevin Smith Martinez CA 74 75 149
Tim Yager San Jose CA 74 75 149
Michael Carr San Francisco CA 75 76 151
Lyle Covino san francisco CA 73 81 154
Chris Parker Danville CA 74 83 157
Bob Gorman San Ramon CA 83 77 160
Andrew Hickson Vacaville CA 79 81 160
Bill Strahan Burlingame CA 84 78 162
Jeff Wang Burlingame CA wd
Frank Coon Orinda CA 71 wd

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