ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 16, 2011) -- With course conditions and interesting pin placements in place, Saturdays play began with 54 players vying for the Commuters crown. The fact is simple -- third round in the Commuters is moving day; that time where players can fire a solid round and move up the leader board.
36-hole medalist, Ricky Stockton, hung onto his spot after 54-holes shooting even par 71 to stand tied for the lead at 4-under 209. However with 14 players firing red numbers, that leader board just got more crowded -- 3-time Commuters champion Rick Reinsberg fired a 1-under par 70 and shares the top spot with Stockton. Right behind these two is 2010 Commuters champion, George Gandranada, who fired a 2-under par 69 and stands one back of the leaders at 210.
Ryan Thomas, former De La Salle star and current Chabot College standout, is two back at 211. Thomas, a former Alamedean, took advantage of his course knowledge, firing 68 on Saturday. Ryan Sloane kept the pressure on and fired 69, to stand 4 back at 213 and rounds out the top 5.
In the highly competitive 24th annual Alameda Commuters Senior division, 48 players teed it up to see if they could fire the shots and de-throne 2009-2010 Commuters champion Jim Knoll. Knoll, the current NCGA Senior champion, fired back with a 5 under par 66, and holds a four stroke lead over a solid group of players that includes Casey Boyns, John Enright, Scott Anderson and Rob Thompson.