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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      

 

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