Gandranata leads Alameda Commuters

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 24, 2010) -- George Gandranata fired 5 under 67 Saturday to take a one stroke lead into the final round of the 83rd Alameda Commuters Championship. But Gandranata should be anything but comfortable at the top of the leaderboard -- he is trailed by 4-time Alameda Commuters champion Rick Reinsberg, who fired a 6 under par 65 to get right into the thick of things heading into Sunday.

Once again, firm, fast greens and tucked pins greeted the players on a wonderful spring day. Along with Gandranta's 67 and Reinsberg's 65, 36-hole co-leader Scott Olds fired 70 to stand alone in 3rd place at 207, grabbing a spot in the final pairing.

Carlos Briones of San Lorenzo posted 69 to hold the 4th spot at 209. Briones, played an up and down round that included a double bogey 6 at the 12th. He will play in the second to last group with Patrick Grimes (72, 210) and Kevin Wentworth who played himself back into the tournament (69, 210).

In Senior action, defending champion Jim Knoll fired 67 to take a one stroke lead over Rob Adolph (68) and NorCal standout, Gary Vanier (69).

Alameda's Mark Merrigan fired 34 going out, but came in 42 to fall back to the middle of the pack with a 76.

The big question of the Senior tournament was: Where's Bobby?  6-Time Commuters Champion Bob Blomberg was rushed to the hospital to have emergency surgery prior to the tournament and had to withdraw. For many contestants, the Commuters isn't the Commuters, without Bob Blomberg.

Third round results from the Alameda Commuters Championship, and first round results from the Senior Division follow: (Note, to view final round tee times, visit the Alameda Commuters website>)

  Pos Player   Scores
  1 George Gandranata   68-69-67--204
  2 Rick Reinsberg   70-70-65--205
  3 Scott Olds   70-67-70--207
  4 Carlos Briones   69-70-70--209
  T5 Patrick Grimes   68-70-72--210
    Kevin Wentworth   66-75-69--210
  T7 Adam Barkow   70-70-71--211
    Bruce Hanavan   70-72-69--211
    Philip Snow   72-71-68--211
  T10 Anthony Barrera   72-71-69--212
    Scott Hardy   72-68-72--212
    Domingo Jojola   69-72-71--212
    Kevin Lucas   72-70-70--212
    Taylor Travis   73-68-71--212
  T15 Matthew Hansen   72-71-70--213
    Josh Stone   72-72-69--213
  17 Curtis Loop   68-76-70--214
  T18 James Back   69-74-72--215
    Eric Crociata   72-72-71--215
    Matt Montez   73-71-71--215
    Justin Pagila   69-75-71--215
  T22 Matthew Anderson   74-72-70--216
    Matt Crawford   74-71-71--216
    Geoff Gonzalez   71-71-74--216
    Anthony Machi   72-71-73--216
    Carter Pool   71-71-74--216
    Cody Robinson   76-64-76--216
  T28 Kaz Hoffman   72-72-73--217
    Chris Jensen   71-71-75--217
    Ryan Sloane   72-71-74--217
    Ben Geyer   70-75-72--217
  T32 Roberto Galletti Jr.   76-70-72--218
    Scott Hess   72-74-72--218
    Jamie Looper   71-72-75--218
    R.C. Orr   76-70-72--218
    Dalan Refioglu   73-72-73--218
  T37 Akshay Maliwal   73-72-74--219
    Steven Wight   72-74-73--219
  T39 James Hay   71-74-75--220
    Paul Smith   74-71-75--220
  T41 Chris Ellis   72-73-76--221
    Michael Haenel   71-73-77--221
    Jeffrey Haluska   75-71-75--221
  T41 Craig Kilcoyne   71-74-76--221
    Andrew Roberts   71-74-76--221
  46 Gary Brown   76-69-77--222
  47 Scott Terry   71-70-82--223
  T48 Taylor Bromley   73-73-80--226
    Thomas Harmon   71-73-82--226
    Brooks Price   74-72-80--226
  51 Stan Morrison   70-75-85--230
  52 Jamie Core`   74-69-WD--WD

Pos Player   Rd1
1 Jim Knoll   67--67
2 Rob Adolph   68--68
3 Gary Vanier   69--69
T4 Scott Anderson   71--71
  Dan Bieber   71--71
T6 Jeff Burda   72--72
  Jay Guerin   72--72
  Herb Jensen   72--72
  Peter Moren   72--72
T10 Mark Miller   73--73
  Tom O'Grady   73--73
  Marshall Raymer   73--73
T13 Paul Balatti   74--74
  John Enright   74--74
  Kevin Gaughan   74--74
  Bob Olds   74--74
  Greg Saiki   74--74
  Vic Shellenberg   74--74
T19 Doug Johnson   75--75
  Greg Olson   75--75
  Earl Stewart   75--75
  Bruce Swanson   75--75
T23 Chuck Beesley   76--76
  Ron Johnson   76--76
  Mark Merrigan   76--76
  Ronald Wiley   76--76
  Ben Whipple   76--76
  Dave Kinser   76--76
T29 Michael Donnelly   77--77
  Jeff Early   77--77
  Carl Selkirk   77--77
  Rob Thompson   77--77
  Joe Zanassi   77--77
  Neal Pearson   77--77
  James Ono   77--77
T36 Robert Heaton   78--78
  Roly Lamontagne   78--78
  Tom Lyons   78--78
  Rex Massier   78--78
T40 Neil Duffy   79--79
  Merton Goode   79--79
  Alan Schneider   79--79
  Tony Wilmer   79--79
T44 Marco Dusi   80--80
  Steve Lund   80--80
  Bob Reed   80--80
  Jim Spence   80--80
T48 Bob Callan   81--81
  Gary Shemano   81--81
50 Giuseppe Beato   82--82
T51 Walt Edgerley   84--84
  Ford Heath   84--84

Results For Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament
1CAGeorge GandranataEmeryville, CA18068-69-67-67--271
2CARick ReinsbergLafayette, CA12070-70-65-70--275
3CAScott OldsAntioch, CA6070-67-70-71--278
T4CAKevin LucasFolsom, CA6072-70-70-68--280
T4CAJosh StoneStockton, CA6072-72-69-67--280

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ABOUT THE Alameda Commuters

What's in a name? In the case of the Alameda Commuters Championship, the logo of the almost 90 year old tournament would be a dead giveaway. It's a steam ferry, which was the only way to "commute" to San Francisco from the East Bay before the Bay Bridge was built. Started as an informal event -- the original first prize was a bag of nails -- the tournament has grown into one of the top independent events in California.

A dedicated tournament committee prides itself on running the two weekend, 72-hole competition as if it were a PGA Tour event. Two of the best public courses at the city-owned Chuck Corica Golf Complex are prepared with care. Slick greens, Sunday pins, and even that rarity in amateur golf – spectators are all part of the fun. The roped-off scoreboard is a particular area of pride for the "green jackets" who were wearing dark green blazers before they were made popular by another tournament you might be aware of in Augusta Georgia. The 250 player championship division is cut to 50 and ties for the second weekend, at which time the 36-hole senior division tees off to join them.

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