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AGC Silicon Valley Amateur: Tie at the Top

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2008) -- John Murphy approached the 18th hole with the rest of the final group at the amateurgolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur thinking the battle for the title would be between leader Gregor Main and Cameron Rappleye, who trailed by a stroke.

Three strokes off the pace, the Cal Berkeley golfer knew he'd have to do something spectacular to have a shot at forcing a playoff.

But spectacular is exactly the word for what he pulled off.

"We all hit the fairway off the tee, and I just looked at it and said 'I need to go for the pin, I need to dunk it,'" said Murphy, who lined up his 8-iron from 160 yards. "I'm always in it to win it, and it looked great in the air. It just landed perfect, three feet in front of the pin, two bounces and in."

A sizable crowd had gathered by that point to watch the final group come in, and cheered the clutch shot. It was Murphy's second hole-out of the day, the first coming on 11, good for another eagle.

Main, who plays for UCLA, found himself above the hole with his approach shot, and ended up three-putting for bogey, tying the pair at 6-under 138.

Rappleye also bogeyed, and finished in third at 139.

Main and Murphy gamely replayed the 18th three more times, parring each time, before daylight gave way and the two settled on a hard-fought tie.

In the senior flight, Rich Morrison was the victor at 1-under 143.

Tony Wilmer had the shot of the tourney in that flight, burying a 150-yard eagle shot on the 17th hole of the Valley Course, which was the site of play on Saturday.

In the net flight, Noel Rush was tops with a final score of 2-over 146.

Full results follow:

  Championship        
Pos Player Hometown Rd1 Rd2 Tot
T1 Gregor Main Danville 67 71 138
T1 John Murphy Wilton 68 70 138
3 Cameron Rappleye Elk Grove 68 71 139
4 Daniel Cone Moraga 69 72 141
5 Eric Mina Fremont 70 73 143
T6 Darryl Donovan Morgan Hill 73 71 144
T6 George Gandranata Emeryville 72 72 144
T6 Michael Weaver Fresno 72 72 144
T9 Brandon McNally Burlingame 69 76 145
T9 Jeffrey Hamm Danville 73 72 145
T9 Mat Miller Pleasanton 76 69 145
T12 Brett Mormann Santa Barbara 71 75 146
T12 Ian Dahl Berkeley 71 75 146
T12 Kent Yamane San Jose 73 73 146
T12 Shaun Pienkos Saratoga 72 74 146
T16 Andrew Moren Turlock 72 75 147
T16 Brent Booth Los Altos 72 75 147
T16 Devin Hexner San Francisco 73 74 147
T16 Grant Norton Rancho Murieta 73 74 147
T16 Stephen Hale Berkeley 70 77 147
21 Jamie Core Berkeley 76 72 148
T22 Erick Thorson Westlake Village 71 78 149
T22 Kyle Candlish Rancho Murieta 75 74 149
T22 Mark Wyllie San Jose 74 75 149
T22 Robert McRae Moraga 68 81 149
T26 Brandon Van Goethen Huntington Beach 74 76 150
T26 Henrik Holm Moraga 75 75 150
T26 Spencer Fletcher Los Altos 74 76 150
T29 Alexander Schmitt Tiburon 73 78 151
T29 Andrey Mindirgasov Pacific Grove 77 74 151
T31 Adam Loran San Jose 73 79 152
T31 Chris Marin Monterey 78 74 152
T31 Grant Rappleye Elk Grove 75 77 152
T34 Andrew Nottenkamper Pacific Grove 76 77 153
T34 Brian Swenson Dublin 71 82 153
T34 Colt Knedler Beverly Hills 79 74 153
T34 Dennis Carson Burlingame 73 80 153
T38 Anthony Machi Pleasanton 78 76 154
T38 David Staszko San Jose 78 76 154
T38 Jake Johnson Cameron Park 72 82 154
T38 Phillip Huffman Villa Park 71 83 154
T38 Ray Le Yang Rowland Heights 70 84 154
T38 Scott Lacrosse San Jose 77 77 154
T44 Jonny Baxter Pleasanton 80 75 155
T44 Kevin Smith San Jose 76 79 155
46 Jay Weiss Santa Clara 78 78 156
T47 Matt Montez Sacramento 77 80 157
T47 Stephen Jahncke San Jose 77 80 157
T49 Albert Conceicao San Jose 82 76 158
T49 Dan Potter Irvine 75 83 158
T49 Jeff Petroff Tualatin 76 82 158
T49 Robert Goodwin Atherton 74 84 158
T53 Brian O'Regan Walnut Creek 76 83 159
T53 Kyle Souza Livermore 75 84 159
T53 Marcus Briscoe Valencia 76 83 159
T53 Richard Conlin Vancouver, BC 82 77 159
T57 Ahron Valverde Whittier 82 78 160
T57 Keith Schwartz San Mateo 82 78 160
T57 Robbie Garcia Pleasanton 75 85 160
T57 Steve Wilson Martinez 77 83 160
T57 Teddy Schrier Atwater 76 84 160
T57 Travis Bregman Newhall 80 80 160
63 Mike Granelli Clayton 86 75 161
64 Tim Honeycutt Placerville 81 81 162
65 Matt Williams San Jose 80 84 164
66 John Allison Pismo Beach 80 87 167
67 Lance Bishop Wilton 84 86 170
68 Mike Connealy Danville 87 91 178
69 Tim Yager San Jose 85 95 180
T70 Gary Young Mississauga, ON 75 NC NC
T70 John Giffin San Rafael NC NC NC
T70 Justin Cecil Sunnyvale NC NC NC
T70 Mike Murphy Oakland NC NC NC
T70 Pete Fukuhara Palo Alto NC NC NC
T70 Phillip Herrera Stockton NC NC NC
T70 Samuel Petke San Francisco NC NC NC
T70 Sean Nadir Los Altos 86 WD WD
           
  Senior Division        
Pos Player Hometown Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Rich Morrison Los Gatos 69 74 143
2 Mark Miller Antioch 73 79 152
3 Michael Donnelly Clayton 70 83 153
T4 Clem Richardson Salinas 77 78 155
T4 Tony Wilmer San Mateo 72 83 155
6 Tom O'Grady Los Altos 75 81 156
7 Bob Reed Fremont 73 84 157
T8 Harlan Karnofsky Sacramento 74 85 159
T8 Neil Duffy Santa Cruz 74 85 159
10 Rob Thompson Merced 79 84 163
11 Tom Lyons Pleasanton 78 86 164
12 Bob Schoenherr San Jose 82 88 170
13 Norm Hall Atherton 86 85 171
14 Thomas Hitchcock San Mateo 90 87 177
15 Al Richardson Santa Clara 93 94 187
           
  Net Division        
Pos Player Hometown Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Noel Rush Pacifica 73 73 146
2 Bill Strahan Burlingame 74 78 152
3 Lyle Covino san francisco 75 78 153
T4 James Grensted Belmont 74 80 154
T4 Mike Sly Mountain View 76 78 154
6 Del Hocker San Jose 70 85 155
7 Sunil Bhalla Fremont 76 82 158
8 John Gomez San Jose 75 85 160
9 Bart Goldie Oakland 79 84 163
10 Scott Carelli San Francisco 82 82 167
11 Chris Parker Danville 75 92 167
  Scott Rhine San Jose 85 WD WD

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