Carlsbad, CA- (Feb 18, 2005) The amateurgolf.com tournament series has already played three events in 2005-- The Livermore Valley Championship, the Silicon Valley Amateur, and The Wine Country Cup. All three courses carried course ratings north of 73 and slopes in the 130's and 140's from the back tees.
Naturally, many players showed a bit of winter rust in these January and February events, and some of our 'regulars' opted for the slopes or other winter activities in lieu of playing.
Bob Niger of El Dorado Hills definitely wouldn't be one of those players waiting for the warm weather. Niger is dead serious about the game, rising most mornings to hit balls or work on his short game prior to work and then playing nine holes to end his day. Niger took placed 11th in the Livermore Valley, then shot a solid 145 to finish third at Coyote Creek in San Jose at the Silicon Valley Am. His determintation really showed through the first weekend in February at StoneTree, at the Wine Country Cup, where Niger avenged a tough finish in 2004 to win the Wine Country Cup at StoneTree with a 2-over-par 146 including a rock solid final round of 72 over a wind-swept course.
Niger has accumulated 340 points -- 100 points more than Livermore Valley Champion Darryl Donovan of Gilroy -- to hold his spot at the top of the Championship Division points list.
Rob Thompson has the most overall points of any divisional player, with a total of 440 the results of nearly 'sweeping' the Senior Division in 2005. Thompson came out strong and won the first two events, and a difficult final round forced him to finish with 'only' 40 points at the Wine Country Cup but he still leads Carl Selkirk of Chico by 120 points. Selkirk finished runner-up at both Livermore and the Wine Country, and he missed the Silicon Valley Amateur.
The most interesting race is in the Net Division, where Mason Gunn has a small 20 point lead over Fred Behling. Gunn grabbed 200 of his 240 points at the Livermore Valley, while Behling won 200 points for first place in his 'backyard' at the Silicon Valley Am. Cameron Farah, who won the Wine Country Cup, is just 15 points behing Behling at 205.
Players can earn points in any amateurgolf.com event; we will hold a season ending match play event at the end of the year with top points earners in each division being invited. Stay tuned for details on this exciting competition, and visit the official website of the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series at: