MONTEREY, Calif. (December 4, 2011) -- For
the second-straight year, a Cal Bear golfer has
won the Christmas Classic. But it took a three-
way playoff to determine the outcome.
Jeffrey Hamm of Danville posted rounds of 3-
under 67 (Pacific Grove) and 2-under 70 (Del
Monte) to catch first-round leader Nick Sako
(65-72) who was playing with him in the final
Sako fired straight for the pin at No. 18, and,
despite losing out on the chance for a
regulation victory, gutted out a bogey by
getting up-and-down from behind the green
after his first pitch shot came up short of the
"extreme" pin placement.
The scoreboard showed one other 5-under
total, the result of Grant Rappleye's Sunday-low
round of 5-under 67 at Del Monte on top of an
even par round at Pacific Grove.
The playoff started on the par-5 17th, where
Rappleye looked to be in control after playing
his second shot to the front fringe. After
running his eagle try by the cup, he missed a
slick down-hill putt and the come-backer for
par, opening the door for Sako and Hamm,
who both had putts in the 15-foot range.
Senior Div. Champ
Both players left three-foot putts for par --
Hamm converted his while Sako's slid by.
In the Senior Division, first-round leader Jim
Knoll (65 at Pacific Grove) came in with a 73 to
post 4-under for a two-stroke victory over
tournament founder Casey Boyns and Mark
Miller. Knoll, the 2011 NCGA Senior Player-of-
the-Year, was just one stroke from posting the
same score as the winner of the Championship
flight and played the same tees.
Knoll praised the Del Monte greens as being
"the best at any public facility in Northern
California" and many players agree. If you
haven't played this historic gem, it's time to call
831-373-2700 and make a tee time.
Vincent Steele of Concord "hung on with both
hands" to claim the Net Division title by one
stroke to edge Todd Knapp of Salinas. Steele
had what he called an, "interesting round," on
Sunday. His only par of the day came on the
last hole, the 218-yard par-3 14th. It was the
par he needed, to post Net rounds of 65-76, 1-
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