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Stocker Cup: White moves into lead at 4-under

CARMEL, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2008) – Steve White carded his third solid round in a row at the Stocker Cup Invitational Golf Tournament, notching a 2-under 70 at The Preserve Golf Club to grab the 54-hole lead.

The Jackson, Wyoming, native entered the day trailing two-time U.S. Mid-Am champ Tim Jackson by two strokes, but moved into the lead when Jackson put up a 5-over 77 and fell into fifth place.

“I got off to a really good start, I made six birdies on the first eight holes,” said White, who is in the synthetic grass industry. “From there I made a couple of bad swings, and got a bad break on No. 9 when I caught a hanging lie in the bunker and took two to get out.”

After a few three-putt bogeys brought White back closer to par, he responded by birdieing the 16th and 17th holes for the second straight day. He sits at 4-under 212 (73-69-70).

White, who played his collegiate golf at Clemson, also got his round off to a hot start on Friday, acing the 189-yard second hole with a 7-iron. It was his fourth career hole-in-one.

White is trailed by Kentucky’s Brad Wilder, who also fired a 2-under third round and finds himself two strokes back at 2-under 214.

Wilder is a Stocker Cup veteran who has won the Cincinatti Open twice (2003, ’05).

Chris Marin, the 2008 amateurgolf.com California Mid-Am champ, and 2007 Trans-Miss Four Ball winner Joe Sanders are tied for third at even-par 216.

The chase for the Elliott Cup, a 54-hole best-ball team competition that pits one of the scratch A-Players with a B-Player competing at their assigned handicap from the gold tees, began with a logjam atop the leaderboard, but in the end, it was the team of Brady Exber and John Rodenburg taking a one-stroke victory.

Rodenburg noted that he made “a mile of putts” while Exber didn’t miss a single fairway all day as the pair finished at 22-under 194 (68-63-63).

Exber, a Nevada amateur stalwart, was comparing his B-Player partner to Ben Crenshaw by the end of the day because of his skill with the flatstick.

First-round leader Billy Mitchell and partner Scott McWhorter took second at 195.

In all, 20 A-Players made the cut, which was set at 10-over 226.

Be sure to check back tomorrow as amateurgolf.com will have a full wrap-up of the tournament, with video coverage of the final round to be posted Monday afternoon.

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 October 2, eighteen competitors with a handicap index of 2.4 or lower vied for the final two A-list spots in the main tournament. Hank McCusker and Stephen Molinelli joined the field after carding 68 and 71, respectively, at Harding Park in San Francisco.

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.



54-hole results from the Stocker Cup Invitational Golf Tournament, held at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, CA (6,974 yards, par 72). The final round (top 20 A players only) will be played on Sunday, October 19th.

Pos Name Club Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3   Tot. Par
1 Steve White Teton Pines Country Club 73 69 70   212 -4
2 Brad Wilder Triple Crown Country Club 73 71 70   214 -2
T3 Chris Marin Del Monte Golf Club 74 70 72   216 E
T3 Joe Sanders Montreux Country Club 74 70 72   216 E
5 Tim Jackson Ridgeway Country Club 71 69 77   217 +1
6 Jon Mathias La Cantera Golf Club 76 72 70   218 +2
T7 Jon Lindstrom Legacy Ridge Golf Club 77 72 71   220 +4
T7 Robert Funk Canyon Lake Country Club 78 70 72   220 +4
T7 Billy Mitchell River Pines Golf Club 70 74 76   220 +4
T10 Ryan Mitchell Montreux Golf & Country Club 79 66 76   221 +5
T10 Brady Exber TPC Summerlin 75 72 74   221 +5
12 Ron Ewing Merced Country Club 74 75 73   222 +6
13 Chris Carlson Highlands Ranch Golf Club 76 72 75   223 +7
T14 Billy Williamson Coldstream Country Club 76 75 73   224 +8
T14 TJ Brudzinski Worthington Hills Country Club 73 74 77   224 +8
T14 John Pate The Valley Club 76 72 76   224 +8
T17 Randy Haag Olympic Club 80 72 73   225 +9
T17 Mark Mance The Preserve Golf Club 74 75 76   225 +9
T17 Jason Pridmore Spanish Hills Country Club 81 72 72   225 +9
T17 Garrett Larson UC Golf Club 77 72 76   225 +9
T21 Jim Lehman Windsong Farm Golf Club 71 77 78   226 +10
T21 Dan Sullivan Brookside Golf Club 80 69 77   226 +10
T23 Ed Cuff, Jr. The Farms Golf Club 78 78 71   227 +11
T23 Bob Burton Estancia Club 73 77 77   227 +11
T23 Stephen Nichols Walnut Hills Country Club 75 82 70   227 +11
T26 Alex Stamey III Everett Golf and Country Club 77 71 80   228 +12
T26 Tom Brandes Rainier Country Club 79 74 75   228 +12
T26 Mike Kelley New Albany Country Club 73 79 76   228 +12
29 Jerry Ledzinski Tehama Golf Club 79 77 73   229 +13
T30 Chip Lutz Ledgerock Golf Club 78 74 78   230 +14
T30 Michael Karlberg Old Greenwood Golf Club 76 75 79   230 +14
32 Kent Wiese Brookside Golf Club 78 80 73   231 +15
T33 David Nelson Montreux Golf and Country Club 75 81 76   232 +16
T33 Mike Rowley San Luis Obispo Country Club 75 75 82   232 +16
35 Keith Kinsel Los Angeles Country Club 78 78 77   233 +17
T36 Andrew Gabelman Barrington Hills Country Club 82 71 83   236 +20
T36 Tripp Davis Belmar Golf Club 77 79 80   236 +20
T36 Brad Penfold Valley Hi Country Club 78 80 78   236 +20
T36 Stephen Molinelli The Olympic Club 81 78 77   236 +20
T40 Hank McCusker Little River Inn Golf Club 78 78 81   237 +21
T40 Brock Palmer Trump National Golf Club 86 78 73   237 +21
42 Todd Barsotti San Joaquin Country Club 79 77 83   239 +23
43 Kevin Kobalter Meadow Club 79 81 80   240 +24
44 Phillip Huff, IV The Olympic Club 78 82 81   241 +25
45 Joe Hillman Wolf Run Golf Club 73 86 84   243 +27
46 Garth Watrous Seascape Golf Club 85 86 77   248 +32

***** Team Results *****

Pos. Team Clubs   Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3   Tot. Par
1 Exber / Rodenburg     68 63 63   194 -22
  Brady Exber TPC Summerlin   75 72 74      
  John Rodenburg Rumson Country Club   75 75 70      
2 Mitchell / McWhorter     67 63 65   195 -21
  Billy Mitchell River Pines Golf Club   70 74 76      
  Scott McWhorter The Preserve Golf Club   74 71 73      
3 Mathias / Archer     65 67 64   196 -20
  Jon Mathias La Cantera Golf Club   76 72 70      
  Dan Archer Tehama Golf Club   69 77 72      
T4 White / Dunwoody     69 64 64   197 -19
  Steve White Teton Pines Country Club   73 69 70      
  Mac Dunwoody The Preserve Golf Club   78 79 74      
T4 Pate / Ames     68 62 67   197 -19
  John Pate The Valley Club   76 72 76      
  Gregg Ames Claremont Country Club   76 68 73      
T6 Cuff, Jr. / House     67 69 62   198 -18
  Ed Cuff, Jr. The Farms Golf Club   78 78 71      
  Mark House The Preserve Golf Club   70 72 69      
T6 Pridmore / Machette     71 63 64   198 -18
  Jason Pridmore Spanish Hills Country Club   81 72 72      
  Mike Machette Claremont Country Club   76 69 75      
T6 Jackson / Myers     68 62 68   198 -18
  Tim Jackson Ridgeway Country Club   71 69 77      
  Jack Myers Claremont Country Club   73 69 76      
T6 Larson / Connolly     62 68 68   198 -18
  Garrett Larson UC Golf Club   77 72 76      
  Martin Connolly Harding Park Golf Club   69 75 76      
T10 Ledzinski / Haney     68 66 65   199 -17
  Jerry Ledzinski Tehama Golf Club   79 77 73      
  Mike Haney Oakmont Country Club   73 69 76      
T10 Wilder / Britton     69 65 65   199 -17
  Brad Wilder Triple Crown Country Club   73 71 70      
  Jeff Britton Tehama Golf Club   80 73 72      
T12 Mance / Hazlett     66 70 66   202 -14
  Mark Mance The Preserve Golf Club   74 75 76      
  Butch Hazlett Stanford Country Club   73 75 70      
T12 Sanders / Bero     67 67 68   202 -14
  Joe Sanders Montreux Country Club   74 70 72      
  Ed Bero Saticoy Country Club   81 79 81      
T14 Penfold / Flood     68 67 69   204 -12
  Brad Penfold Valley Hi Country Club   78 80 78      
  Kitt Flood Harding Park Golf Club   77 74 79      
T14 Brudzinski / Garbutt     66 68 70   204 -12
  TJ Brudzinski Worthington Hills Country Club   73 74 77      
  Lew Garbutt Gold Hills Country Club   73 75 75      
16 Carlson / Jones     68 66 71   205 -11
  Chris Carlson Highlands Ranch Golf Club   76 72 75      
  Randy Jones Claremont Country Club   75 79 84      
T17 McCusker / Carl     69 70 67   206 -10
  Hank McCusker Little River Inn Golf Club   78 78 81      
  Bradford Carl Pasadena Country Club   74 78 68      
T17 Lindstrom / Robinson     69 69 68   206 -10
  Jon Lindstrom Legacy Ridge Golf Club   77 72 71      
  James Robinson Hiwan Golf Club   80 81 74      
T17 Funk / Peat     71 65 70   206 -10
  Robert Funk Canyon Lake Country Club   78 70 72      
  Jack Peat The Preserve Golf Club   82 80 79      
T17 Burton / Dormer     67 68 71   206 -10
  Bob Burton Estancia Club   73 77 77      
  Don Dormer Pasadera Country Club   75 76 78      
T17 Davis / Johnson     67 67 72   206 -10
  Tripp Davis Belmar Golf Club   77 79 80      
  Phil Johnson Tehama Golf Club   74 72 80      
T17 Mitchell / Rheim     71 63 72   206 -10
  Ryan Mitchell Montreux Golf & Country Club   79 66 76      
  Jim Rheim Monterey Peninsula Country Club   79 76 80      
23 Ewing / London     69 70 68   207 -9
  Ron Ewing Merced Country Club   74 75 73      
  Stuart London Lake Merced Golf Club   80 81 74      
T24 Hillman / Breitfuss     71 68 69   208 -8
  Joe Hillman Wolf Run Golf Club   73 86 84      
  Curt Breitfuss Pasadena Country Club   76 71 74      
T24 Stamey III / Callinan     71 65 72   208 -8
  Alex Stamey III Everett Golf and Country Club   77 71 80      
  Tom Callinan Nanea Golf Club   80 78 77      
T24 Marin / Flynn     73 67 68   208 -8
  Chris Marin Del Monte Golf Club   74 70 72      
  Mark Flynn The Preserve Golf Club   78 75 70      
27 Kobalter / Kreer, Jr.     67 68 74   209 -7
  Kevin Kobalter Meadow Club   79 81 80      
  Dan Kreer, Jr. Corral de Tierra Country Club   73 72 79      
T28 Haag / Graunke     71 68 71   210 -6
  Randy Haag Olympic Club   80 72 73      
  Tom Graunke Whisper Rock Golf Club   75 76 78      
T28 Lehman / Griffith     68 69 73   210 -6
  Jim Lehman Windsong Farm Golf Club   71 77 78      
  Rich Griffith The Preserve Golf Club   84 77 79      
T28 Lutz / Reese     69 71 70   210 -6
  Chip Lutz Ledgerock Golf Club   78 74 78      
  David Reese The Preserve Golf Club   77 82 75      
T31 Sullivan / Medlock     73 66 72   211 -5
  Dan Sullivan Brookside Golf Club   80 69 77      
  Scott Medlock Tierra Rajada Golf Club   81 78 80      
T31 Nelson / Smith     71 70 70   211 -5
  David Nelson Montreux Golf and Country Club   75 81 76      
  Derek Smith Sequoyah Country Club   78 74 77      
T31 Nichols / Fletcher     69 73 69   211 -5
  Stephen Nichols Walnut Hills Country Club   75 82 70      
  Keith Fletcher Merced Country Club   75 74 76      
T31 Rowley / Huddlestone     68 74 69   211 -5
  Mike Rowley San Luis Obispo Country Club   75 75 82      
  Roger Huddlestone Claremont Country Club   75 84 76      
T31 Wiese / Goodman     71 71 69   211 -5
  Kent Wiese Brookside Golf Club   78 80 73      
  Andy Goodman The Preserve Golf Club   82 79 80      
T31 Kinsel / Roark     73 73 65   211 -5
  Keith Kinsel Los Angeles Country Club   78 78 77      
  Mike Roark Silverado Country Club   81 78 70      
T37 Karlberg / Schwartz     72 69 71   212 -4
  Michael Karlberg Old Greenwood Golf Club   76 75 79      
  Eric Schwartz Mayacama Golf Club   79 79 77      
T37 Brandes / Stocker     72 70 70   212 -4
  Tom Brandes Rainier Country Club   79 74 75      
  Erik Stocker Blue Canyon Country Club   79 72 81      
T37 Watrous / Sitzmann     72 72 68   212 -4
  Garth Watrous Seascape Golf Club   85 86 77      
  Gary Sitzmann Claremont Country Club   74 78 78      
T40 Williamson / Goodsel     72 72 70   214 -2
  Billy Williamson Coldstream Country Club   76 75 73      
  Kerry Goodsel Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Club   86 81 84      
T40 Molinelli / McAuley     72 73 69   214 -2
  Stephen Molinelli The Olympic Club   81 78 77      
  Allyn McAuley Claremont Country Club   80 81 82      
42 Gabelman / Hoffmann     73 68 75   216 Even
  Andrew Gabelman Barrington Hills Country Club   82 71 83      
  Steve Hoffmann The Preserve Golf Club   79 76 81      
T43 Huff, IV / McNamara     72 73 72   217 1
  Phillip Huff, IV The Olympic Club   78 82 81      
  Dan McNamara The Olympic Club   78 84 80      
T43 Kelley / Peterson     70 76 71   217 1
  Mike Kelley New Albany Country Club   73 79 76      
  Bill Peterson Claremont Country Club   83 78 79      
45 Barsotti / Seils     72 72 74   218 2
  Todd Barsotti San Joaquin Country Club   79 77 83      
  Rich Seils Kinsale Golf Club   81 79 81      
46 Palmer / Rawson     84 71 65   220 4
  Brock Palmer Trump National Golf Club   86 78 73      
  David Rawson The Olympic Club   94 80 75      

 

ABOUT THE Stocker Cup

This event is dedicated to the memory of Peter C. Stocker, a prominent west coast real estate developer and avid amateur golfer who died in a tragic helicopter accident in 1990. The premier mid-amateur tournament on the West Coast, this is a 72 hole stroke play Invitational with an open qualifier for players aged 25 and over with a 3.5 index or lower (number of qualifiers based on player count). A 54 hole team competition, including friends of Peter Stocker, runs concurrently.

-- Players with National golf resumes may request an invitation at: www.stockercup.com.
-- To register for the 5-spot qualifier, visit www.amateurgolf.com/tour.

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