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San Diego City: Rudolph Returns to Form
09 Aug 2009
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: San Diego City Amateur Championship, Torrey Pines Golf Club - South Course

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (August 8, 2009) -- Local legend Harry Rudolph, a former All-American at Arizona who played alongside Jim Furyk, won his first tournament in ten years on Saturday at Torrey Pines South Course.

Rudolph, a former California State Amateur champion, played the pro tours for many years, advancing to the final stage of "Q-School" but never gaining fully exempt status. He quit golf in 2000 to run his family's business, but after regaining his amateur status this year his game appears to be as sharp as ever.

Using a long iron to reach 200 yard-plus par three's where many players reached for Hybrids, and driving the ball on a string, Rudolph began the tournament with rounds of 67-65 at the tricky Balboa Park Golf Course last Saturday, and a fully-tipped Torrey Pines North Course on Sunday. Even with a week between second and third rounds, it was going to take some serious help from Rudolph if anyone was going to catch him, and he offered none by posting a steady 73 on the South course en route to a 6 stroke victory over Connor Driscoll.

Rudolph, ironically, had never played the San Diego City, and now he has his name on the 73 year old trophy.

"It's fun to win a tournament in my hometown," said Rudolph, 39.

Jamie Puterbaugh of Carlsbad, who has been set back by injuries this year, couldn't defend and go for five straight titles.

Southern California Golf Association Senior Champ Howie Knodt of Chula Vista won the Senior Division by two strokes over Coronado's Steven Hakes, at 3-under 213.

Christy Fogerty won the Women's Division, also by three, over Petra Cole and Kristen Allard.

Final results follow from Balboa Park G.C. (August 1); Torrey Pines North (August 2); Torrey Pines South (August 8):

MEN'S DIVISION        
Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Harry Rudolph 67 65 73 205
Connor Driscoll 74 68 69 211
Bucky Coe 71 70 73 214
John Kollus 69 76 71 216
Matt Christensen 72 69 76 217
Patrick Duncan Jr. 69 72 77 218
Jason Reddick 72 72 74 218
Alex Grieb 76 68 76 220
Patrick Baxter 73 74 74 221
Graham Brockington 74 74 74 222
Andrew Ok 69 79 75 223
Kyle Recter 75 74 73 222
Ryne Scholl 75 70 77 222
         
WOMEN'S DIVISION        
Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Christy Fogerty 80 75 77 232
Petra Cole 78 75 82 235
Kristen Allard 81 75 79 235
Taylor Doyle 80 77 79 236
Kimberly Johnson 77 82 78 237
Rebecca Song 80 78 80 238
Jessica Howe 78 79 83 240
Hillary Packard 77 82 82 241
Samantha Roberts 82 76 83 241
Kendra Vallone 76 81 85 242
         
SENIOR DIVISION        
Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Howie Knodt 69 73 71 213
Steven Hakes 70 72 73 215
Robert Stermon 77 69 77 223
John Hoffman 75 72 77 224
Bill Brammer 75 75 75 225
Richard Braun 74 77 75 226
Craig Blanke 73 76 78 227
James Cylke 74 76 81 231
Steve Wilson 76 76 83 235
Kent Houston 81 77 78 236
Warren Shafer 79 82 75 236

 

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