Stocker Cup Invitiational: Two Tied for Early Lead

By Ron Salsig, for amateurgolf.com

CARMEL, CA (October 13, 2005) -– Last week was for the pros, this week the amateurs.

One week after his success at Harding Park, Sandy Tatum is hard at work at another pet project. The Stocker Cup is Tatum’s attempt to bring a major, world-class amateur golf championship to the west coast, very much like Harding Park brought professional golf back to San Francisco.

“A key element in the selection of Walker Cup players has been the major amateur invitationals on the east coast,” Tatum said. “Save for the Pacific Coast Amateur, there really were no similar opportunities for golfers in the west, prior to the Stocker Cup.”

The Stocker Cup began in 1991, but only recently has it caught the attention of world-class amateurs, after switching to a mid-am format. Craig Doell, the defending champion, epitomizes the kind of player this invitational solicits, as arguably Canada’s best amateur golfer.

The best amateurs from North America came to the highly regarded Preserve Golf Club in the hills south of Carmel Valley, but Thursday’s first round was a celebration of local talent. Nick Ushijima, the 2000 San Francisco City champ at Harding, and Terrence Miskell, winner of the 1986 California State Amateur, share the lead at 1-under-par 71.

“I just returned from Japan so I guess I’m an international player now,” said the likeable Ushijima, who had six birdies in his round, more birds than any other player.

Miskell, who also won the 1990 Pacific Coast Amateur, has retired from a professional golf career and now calls himself a house-husband.

“My wife supported me while I played pro golf and now it’s my turn to give back,” said Miskell, whose wife is an M.D.

The Salinas native had a two-stroke lead before making bogeys on the final two holes.
George Kelley, age 55, did most of the talking the night before in the pairings party as the MC. But he was the talk of the tournament the next day, after an even-par round of 72 and a tie for third place.

Kelley is tied with Chip Lutz, two-time club champ at Pine Valley, Chris Carlson of Colorado, Northern Nevada Player-of-the-Year Joe Sanders, Olympic Club club champ Phil Huff, and Jeff Wilson, who was low amateur in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Stocker Notes:
Tatum is currently back east, selling both Harding Park and the Stocker Cup to the USGA, but he will be here over the weekend. Tatum is also the co-designer of The Preserve with Tom Fazio … Ushijima also leads the best-ball competition in the Crosby-like format, teaming with Jon Reynolds of Oakland for a 62 and a two-stroke lead … Defending champ Doell shot a 79 … Paul Simson of North Carolina, the low amateur at the 1998 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, dazzled everyone with a course-record tying 65 in Wednesday’s practice round, the first time he ever saw the course. He shot 74 in the first round.

Ron Salsig can be reached at rsalsig@pacbell.net

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First round results from the Stocker Cup Invitational, played at The 7067 yard, par-72 Preserve Golf Club:

(Note: Leading team scores are shown below individual A player scores)

Pos Name Club Round 1
T1 Terrence Miskell Dos Rios Golf Club 33-38--71
T1 Nick Ushijima Olympic Club 35-36--71
T3 Chip Lutz Pine Valley 35-37--72
T3 Chris Carlson Highlands Ranch 38-34--72
T3 George Kelley Stevinson Ranch 35-37--72
T3 Phil Huff Olympic Club 37-35--72
T3 Jeff Wilson Green Valley Country Club 35-37--72
T3 Joe Sanders Incline Village Golf Club 36-36--72
T9 Steve Nichols Walnut Hills Country Club 36-37--73
T9 Kenny Weixel New Albany Country Club 35-38--73
T9 Tripp Davis Belmar Golf Club 38-35--73
T12 Alex Stamey Olympic Club 38-36--74
T12 Dave Rathjen The Golf Club 37-37--74
T12 Jerry Ledzinski Quail Lodge 35-39--74
T12 Paul Simson North Ridge Country Club 37-37--74
T16 Brad Wilder Triple Crown Country Club 38-37--75
T16 Scott Crawshaw Brookside Golf Club 38-37--75
T16 Mike Goodes Pennrose Park Country Club 37-38--75
T16 Dave Nelson Montreux Golf and Country Club 37-38--75
T20 Gene Elliott Glen Oaks Country Club 39-37--76
T20 Jim Lehman Windsong Farm Golf Club 36-40--76
Dave Capel Stevinson Ranch Golf Club 35-42--77
Mark Maguire Claremont Country Club 39-38--77
Joe Hillman Wolf Run Golf Club 37-40--77
Keith Kinsel Oakmont Country Club 39-38--77
Bowen Osborn Windsong Farms 38-39--77
Mike Rowley San Luis Obispo Country Club 39-39--78
Mark Gardner Redlands Country Club 41-37--78
Bob Niger Serrano Country Club 39-39--78
Steve John Tehama Golf Club 39-39--78
Greg Lopez Dove Canyon Country Club 39-39--78
Garrett Larson UC Golf Club 36-42--78
John Pate The Valley Club 40-38--78
Kevin Todey Saticoy Country Club 40-39--79
Craig Doell Victoria Golf Club 39-40--79
Mike Kelley New Albany Country Club 42-37--79
Gary Young Scratch Players 38-41--79
Jimmy Bryan Latrobe Country Club 39-41--80
John Balfanz Stockdale Country Club 41-39--80
Rob Martin Rancho Murieta Country Club 38-42--80
Graham Banister Wildwood Green Golf Club 41-39--80
Stan Lent The Preserve Golf Club 38-43--81
Todd Barsotti San Joaquin Country Club 40-41--81
Matt Foley Los Altos Golf and Country Club 41-42--83
Sal Felice San Juan Oaks Mission Golf Club 42-41--83
Brian Thibault Cinnibar Hills Golf Club 40-44--84
John Benson Totteridge Golf Club 44-40--84
Jerry Maatman Chicago Golf Club 40-44--84
Trent Tessler Scratch Players Golf Club 42-43--85
Will Johnson North Ridge Country Club 42-43--85
Patrick Pernice amateurgolf.com 44-42--86
Pat Mateer Spyglass Hill 42-46--88

TEAM RESULTS (Top 10 only shown):

62 - Nick Ushijima, Olympic Club, Jon Reynolds, Claremont Country Club
64 - Phil Huff, Olympic Club, Keith Anderson, Claremont Country Club
64 - Joe Sanders, Incline Village Golf Club, Mike Flynn, OlympicClub
65 - Alex Stamey, Olympic Club, Mike Klassen, Monterey Peninsula Country Club
65 - Chip Lutz, Pine Valley, Dick Doerr, Montreux Golf and Country Club
65 - Tripp Davis, Belmar Golf Club, John Bottomley, The Preserve Golf Club
66 - Brad Wilder, Triple Crown Country Club, Jim Rheim, Monterey Peninsula C.C.
67 - Chris Carlson, Highlands Ranch, Jim Fletcher, Los Altos Golf & Country Club
67 - Greg Lopez, Dove Canyon Country Club, Mike Michalski, Meadow Club
67 - Kenny Weixel, New Albany Country Club, Kelly Erardi, Monterey Peninsula C.C.
67 - Paul Simson, North Ridge Country Club, John Rodenburg, Rumson Country Club
67 - Mike Kelley, New Albany Country Club, Bob Ceremsak, Lake Merced Golf Club

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