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AGC Metropolitan Am: Haag in playoff

OAKLAND, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2008)--Randy Haag showed why he is the top-ranked player in the amateurgolf.com - Bridgestone Golf Tournament Series Player of the Year race by winning his second AGC event of the year, the Metropolitan Amateur, with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Haag topped Cal's Kent Yamane when he rolled home a 12-foot birdie putt after Yamane nearly dropped a bomb from 40 feet out.

"I hit a pretty good drive down the right side, I was only about 110 yards out but the pin was tucked in the back left," said Haag. "I hit a pitching wedge under the breeze and the distance was perfect, about 12 feet left of the hole."

Haag originally thought that he might have a chance to two-putt for victory, but after Yamane nearly sunk his 40-footer, rolling a foot past the hole for a sure par, he knew his birdie putt would have to fall.

"My putter was working for me on the back nine, I was 1-over on the front and shot a 31 on the back with eight one-putts," said Haag, who birdied six of the last ten holes. "Hit the putt dead solid, left edge, and it took a last second turn into the hole."

It was the second time Haag got the better of Yamane this year, the first coming in the semifinals of the San Francisco City Championship, which was eventually won by Martin Trainer.

Both golfers finished two days of play at the Metropolitan Golf Links at 9-under-par 135, eclipsing Matthew Garcia's tournament-record 136 posted in 2007.

First-round leader Anthony Machi, another Cal golf team member, took third at 136 carding a 1-under final round after a sterling 65 on Day 1. He was nearly a playoff participant, but missed a five-foot par putt on 18 to make it a threesome.

He still impressed the eventual champ by trading birdies with Haag down the stretch.

"I like playing with the younger kids, seeing what kind of shots they are trying, and I was really impressed with Anthony, he rolls the ball really well" said Haag. "I know he was upset with that last putt, but he'll be making plenty of those."

Andrew Biggadike was fourth at 137.

In the senior flight, Jim Williams pulled away from Tom Pera with a final-round 66, the best gross score of the day, and finished at 5-under 139. Pera and Robert Goodwin were the runners-up at 144.

Vincent Steele, the 2007 Net Player of the Year, won his second event of 2008 when he turned in a final-round net score of 65 for a total of 135. First-round leader Scott Carelli couldn't follow up his impressive first-round, where he carded a 63, carding a second-round 77 and finishing in second, five strokes back.

Full results from the 6,959-yard, par-72 Metropolitan Golf Links follow:

Pos Name/Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
Championship Flight
1 Randy Haag, Burlingame, CA* 67 68 135
2 Kent Yamane, San Jose, CA 69 66 135
3 Anthony Machi, Pleasanton, CA 65 71 136
4 Andrew Biggadike, Palo Alto, CA 70 67 137
T5 Rhett Colbrese, la quinta, CA 69 69 138
T5 Chris Jensen, Los Altos, CA 70 68 138
7 Jonny Baxter, Pleasanton, CA 71 68 139
8 Patrick Pernice, Oakland, CA 72 71 143
T9 Jeffrey Hamm, Danville, CA 71 74 145
T9 Simon Kwon, Alamo, CA 76 69 145
T9 Jami Corei, San Francisco, CA 76 69 145
T9 Chris Hyland, San Francisco, CA 73 72 145
13 Timothy Harkins, Alameda, CA 72 74 146
T14 Will Leivenberg, Berkeley, CA 72 75 147
T14 Ian Dahl, Berkeley, CA 75 72 147
Erick Thorson, Westlake Village, CA 68 80 148
A.J. Warren, Castro Valley, CA 76 72 148
Akshay Maliwal, Berkeley, CA 76 73 149
Greg Hylton, Fremont, CA 73 76 149
Alex Calleja, Danville, CA 76 74 150
John Mahler, Edgewood, WA 76 74 150
Justin Gabbert, Pleasaton, CA 76 75 151
Steven Cooney, San Rafael, CA 76 75 151
Travis Bregman, Newhall, CA 75 76 151
Stan Morrison, San Francisco, CA 74 77 151
Justin Tambunting, Elk Grove, CA 77 75 152
Devin Hexner, San Francisco, CA 77 75 152
Alexander Schmitt, Tiburon, CA 76 77 153
Neil Summers, Livermore, CA 77 78 155
Justin Linkey, Tahoe City, CA 83 73 156
Jerry McGarvey, Morgan Hill, CA 81 76 157
Adam Cioth, San Francisco, CA 82 79 161
Logan Woodruff, Pacific Grove, CA 78 84 162
Josh Boro, SAN JOSE, CA 81 81 162
Matt Williams, San Jose, CA 77 85 162
Sandy Nash, Campbell, CA 84 84 168
Ian Attard, Danville, CA 86 83 169
Senior Flight Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Tot.
1 Jim Williams, Orinda, CA 73 66 139
T2 Tom Pera, Scotts Valley, CA 73 71 144
T2 Robert Goodwin, Atherton, CA 74 70 144
4 Kevin Gaughan, Danville, CA 71 77 148
5 Rocky Wolf, Palo Alto, CA 77 76 153
Net Flight Rd.1 Rd.2 Tot.
1 Vincent Steele, Concord, CA 70 65 135
2 Scott Carelli, San Francisco, CA 63 77 140
T3 Fred Luper, Suisun, CA 75 66 141
T3 Gary Koshaba, San Francisco, CA 74 67 141
5 Ryan Kim, Palo Alto, CA 71 72 143
T6 Christopher Biorn, Hercules, CA 66 78 144
T6 Patrick McKenna, El Dorado Hills, CA 71 73 144
T6 Lyle Covino, San Francisco, CA 74 70 144
T9 Paul Alan Davis, San Francisco, CA 73 72 145
T9 Jason Paich, San Francisco, CA 74 71 145
T11 Nigel Harold, Alameda, CA 75 71 146
T11 James Grensted, Belmont, CA 69 77 146
13 Michael Henninger, San Francisco, CA 74 73 147
T14 Jeff Kier, Sacramento, CA 70 78 148
T14 Al Richardson, Santa Clara, CA 72 76 148
Bill Strahan, Burlingame, CA 77 73 150
Bart Goldie, Oakland, CA 75 78 153
Dan Redmond, San Francisco, CA 80 73 153
Andrew Hickson, Vacaville, CA 76 79 155
Jim Cotton, Davis, CA 75 80 155
Dave Nikitin, Vacaville, CA 80 78 158
Robert Jackson, Santa Clara, CA 83 76 159

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