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Alameda Commuters: Travis in Sudden Death

ALAMEDA, California (April 27, 2009) -- After surviving one of the lowest 36 hole cuts in “Commuters” history, 50 golfers teed off over the final weekend to determine who will be champion of the 82nd Annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament.

After hot weather and winds dried out the Earl Fry course throughout the week, the final 36 holes were played in breezy, but ideal course condition with tough pins and longer than normal rough.

All 50 players started the day within 8 shots of co-medalists Reid Scarff (69-70) and Chris Ellis (68-68).

After 72 holes, Taylor Travis, Chris Ellis and Garret True were tied at 7 under par – 277. All three players swapped the lead on the back nine. And after Taylor’s 67, True’s 70, and Ellis’ 65, all three were tied.   Ellis’ round of 65, it should be noted, ended with a three putt bogey from 18 feet on the last hole.

All three players took the first tee for a 3 way play-off in front of 200 people in the gallery.  After a bogey 5 on the first hole dropped Ellis, Travis and True went to the 480 yard par 5 second. After Travis’s 290 yard fairway shot landed pin high, True, from a tough lie, hit his second shot in the water. After a drop, True’s 93 yard 4th shot landed in the cup only to spin out and hang on the lip. Travis two-putted for a birdie and the win!

Nicolo Galleti, finished at 280, along with 4-time Commuter champion, Rick Reinsberg, Min Woo, Stephen Chung,  and Reid Scarff. Scott Travers finished at 281.

Jim Knoll wins Alameda Commuters
Senior Champion Jim Knoll

In the Senior Division, Alameda favorite and 6-time Commuters champion, Bob Blomberg fired a rounds of 76-76 = 152. With the Alameda Commuters Senior Division Championship presenting one of the strongest fields in Northern California. It was Jim Knoll who became the winner of the 22nd Annual Alameda Commuter Seniors.

Knoll fired rounds of 72-69 = 141 to beat out Paul Ballati of Santa Rosa 71-71 = 142 by one stroke. Herb Jensen finished 3rd with rounds of 71-72 = 143.
John Enright of Montara finished 4th along with Doug Johnson.

TOURNAMENT NOTES:

* All 40 members of the Alameda Commuters Committee were on hand to assist the players in all facets of play - from player check-in to on course marshals. Jack Cummings, whose decades of committee membership should not go unrecognized, set the course up for a solid, but  fair test of golf.

* An extra special note of thanks goes to John Vest and Kemper Sports for their hard work and dedication and for taking care of all of the important details in getting the Earl Fry Course in championship conditions.

Complete Results follow:

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
Player
72-Hole Score
Travis, Taylor
277*
Ellis, Christopher
277
True, Garrett
277
Galletti, Nicolo'
280
Reinsberg, Rick
280
Woo, Min
280
Chung, Steven
280
Scarff, Reid
280
Travers, Scott
281
Hardy, Scott
282
Briones, Carlos
282
DeMeter, Sean
282
Jojola, Domingo
282
Marin, Nicolas
282
Jensen, Chris
283
Miller, Mathew
283
Kallerud, Bjorn
283
Carson, Dennis
284
Machi, Anthony
284
Cone, Daniel
286
Haggen, Andrew
286
Hess, Scott
286
Kitayama, Kurt
286
Core, Jamie
286
Mindirgasov, Andrey
286
Swenson, Brian
287
Barrera, Anthony
287
Summers, Neil
287
Schuyler, Josiah
288
Neary, Bobby
288
Sako, Nick
289
Nevin, Andy
289
Wentworth, Kevin
289
Biggadike, Andrew
290
Park, Bobby
290
Hanavan, Bruce
291
Hexner, Devin
291
Marin, Chris
291
Ichikawa, Adam
292
Sheikh, Noah
292
Pineo, Jake
293
Galletti, Roberto
293
Smoot, Stephen
294
Pitts, Robbie
295
Lasher, Prabhjot
297
Baxter, Jonny
297
Maliwal, Akshay
297
 
* Won on 2nd Playoff Hole
 
SENIOR DIVISION
Player
36-Hole Total
Knoll, Jim
141
Balatti, Paul
142
Jensen, Herb
143
Johnson, Doug
145
Enright, John
145
Abbott, Frank
146
Vanier, Gary
146
Burda, Jeff
147
Rowland, Bob
147
Miller, Mark
147
Bieber, Dan
148
Pellegrini, Ray
148
Olds, Bob
148
Adolph, Rob
148
Lyons, Tom
149
Wilmer, Tony
149
Zanassi, Joe
149
Selkirk, Carl
151
Thompson, Rob
151
Raymer, Marshall
151
Donnelly, Michael
151
O'Grady, Tom
152
Blomberg, Bob
152
Moren, Peter
152
Gaughan, Kevin
152
Massier, Rex
153
Whitmore, Richard
153
Berg, Bob
153
Callan, Bob
155
Carroll, J. David
155
Guerin, Jay
155
Johnson, Ron
155
Ono, James
155
Early, Jeff
155
Heath, Ford
156
Swanson, Bruce
157
Wiley, Ronald
157
Miles, Gary
157
Pearson, Neal
158
Ladd, Doug
158
Beesley, Chuck
159
Ackerman, Robert
159
Keehan, Garth
160
Reed, Bob
160
Stewart, Earl
161
Faucett, Casey
171

 

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