Three share lead at Alameda Commuters

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 9, 2011) -- Breezy Conditions, firm greens and brutal rough elevated first round scores Saturday at the 84th Annual Alameda Commuters.

Jack Persons, Josh Stone, and Ricky Stockton share first round lead with 3 under 68's. 52 players lurk at 75 or better.

The cut is projected at 150 for final weekend.

First Round Leaders:

-- 68 --
Jack Persons
Josh Stone
Ricky Stockton

-- 69 --
Ben Peters

-- 70 --
Andrew Roberts
Anthony Barrera
Rick Reinsberg
Ryan Thomas
Shotaro Ban
Wes Sandroni

-- 71 --
Andrew Biggadike
Christopher Moreno-Hunt
George Gandranata
R.C. Orr
Roshan Chekuri
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. A notable recent past champion, and scoring record holder, is PGA Tour player Matt Bettencourt.

Note: The Senior Division is 36 holes, played on second weekend. Online registration is only available for Championship Division. Seniors should email Bob bg olf@comcast.net for an entry form.

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