Novato, CA (Jan. 29, 2011) -- Almost since the beautifully challenging StoneTree Golf Club opened for play at the turn of the millennium, amateurgolf.com has been hosting an event there. And at most, if not all, of those events, Randy Haag has been in the mix. With four Wine Country Cup titles under his belt, and a two shot lead heading over Eric Grimberg the final round, after posting 2-under 70 in the first round, figure on Haag being tough to beat on Sunday.
One thing is for certain, he won't be laying up. Our staff has watched first hand as the long, straight driving Haag has hoisted a tee ball over the hazard on No. 9, and one year the 2010 British Senior Open low am put the tournament to bed with a 260 yard 3-wood to the par-5 16th hole.
A host of top quality players like Eric Grimberg of Moraga (72), and Eric Ash of Loomis plus Kevin Kobalter of San Rafael (73), are in excellent position to catch Haag, especially if weather plays a factor. Kobalter, a Meadow Club member, has many winter rounds at StoneTree under his belt.
Mark Miller, who owns two senior division titles, has a three stroke lead in that division over Ron Johnson of Walnut Creek and Bob Schoenherr of San Jose after posting 74.
The Net leader board is dominated (not surprisingly since there is so much local knowledge at Stone Tree) by members of the active StoneTree Players Club, who include this tournament as a points event in their player of the year race. David Tewhill of Mill Valley has. Two stroke lead over Nickolai Mathison of Sonoma. One non-StoneTree member, amateurgolf.com regular Matt Romig, has himself in the mix at 73. Please click the link below for results and access to round two pairings.
View results for amateurgolf.com 2011 Wine Country Cup