Stocker Cup Open Qualifier Results

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2008) - Third time was a charm for Hank McCusker, as the Mendocino local fired a 4-under-par 68 at Harding Park in San Francisco to qualify for the Stocker Cup Invitational Golf Tournament in amateurgolf.com's Open Qualifier. It was his first successful attempt in three tries to be a part of the field that will compete Oct. 16-19 at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel.

He will be joined by Stephen Molinelli of Burlingame, who has been an invited member of the Stocker Cup in the early years of the tourney. He carded a 1-under 71.

"I just had a smooth, solid round, one bogey and the rest was smooth sailing," said McCusker. "The greens were good, the putts did what they were supposed to do. I've played this event enough times to know that you don't have to overpower the course, it's enough to just keep it in play, and that's what I did today."

On a temporary green on No. 7, McCusker drove his ball to within seven feet and nearly missed eagle.

Molinelli, a longtime Olympic Club member and supporter of the First Tee Program at Harding Park, missed a tap-in par on the 18th hole, but fortunately it made no difference as he finished two strokes clear of the field.

In the race for the first alternate spot, Garth Watrous had reason to be leery of the 18th hole (site of a 3-for-1 playoff). After all, he was just minutes removed from double bogeying the hole

He played it safe on the dangerous, force-carry dogleg left drive by putting his 4-wood tee shot in the middle of the fairway. From there he knocked the approach on the green and two-putted for a par that gave him the nod over Milas Russell and Jose Sanchez.

Full results from the 6,845-yard, par-72 Harding Park Golf Course follow:

Pos. Name Hometown Score
Medalist Hank McCusker Mendocino, CA 68
2nd Qualifier Stephen Molinelli Burlingame, CA 71
1st Alternate Garth Watrous Watsonville 73
  Did not qualify    
  Milas Russell San Diego, CA 73
  Jose Sanchez Pacific Grove, CA 73
  Harold Chuhlantseff Fresno, CA 75
  Bruce Hanavan San Francisco, CA 75
  Kitt Flood San Francisco, CA 77
  Chris Hyland San Francisco, CA 77
  Mark Flynn Menlo Park, CA 78
  Robert Goodwin Atherton, CA 78
  Jeff R Johnson Rancho Cordova, CA 78
  Kevin Alexander Napa, CA 79
  Neil Summers Livermore, CA 79
  Mark Baxter Monterey, CA 80
  Dean Clapp Aurora, CO 80
  Paul Rice Redlands, CA 80
  Andrew Overton Livermore, CA 82
  Samuel Petke San Francisco, CA 82
  Steve Argo Los Gatos, CA 83
  Logan Woodruff Oakland, CA 85
  Jim Bray San Ramon, CA 93
  Buck Branson San Francisco, CA WD
  Bob Burnett Piedmont, CA WD
  Keith Fletcher Merced, CA WD
  Stan Morrison San Francisco, CA WD
  Mike Murphy Oakland, CA WD
  Michael Pitt, Jr Rancho Santa Fe, CA WD
  Jim Schorr San Francisco, CA WD
  David  Scott Redwood City, CA WD


ABOUT THE Stocker Cup 2008 Open Qualifier

Qualifying event for the Stocker Cup Invitational, the premier amateur tournament on the West Coast. The 2008 event will be held October 15-19 at the Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, California (see the website at www.stockercup.com for all tournament details). Actual number of players who get into the event depends on qualifier field - the intention is for 5 spots to get in if we have 72 or more players. In 2005 9 players made it into the field via the qualifier, (5 players plus 4 alternates). The Stocker Cup is a Golfweek National Points event for Mid-Amateur golfers. Players must be at least 25 years of age as of the qualifying date and have a USGA or equivalent handicap index of 2.4 or lower. Players advancing to the tournament proper will pay the "A" player entry fee of $500.00 which covers practice round and at least 54 holes of tournament golf, plus tournament dinner for player and spouse, and many extras.

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