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Stocker Cup Invitational: Ushijima, Miskell share lead

CARMEL, California (October 14, 2005) -– Two former Northern California golfers used their former local knowledge to continue leading the prestigious Stocker Cup after the second round.

Nick Ushijima and Terrence Miskell, who tied for the opening round lead with identical scores of 71, both shot 73 on Friday to remain deadlocked at even-par 144 on the tough Preserve Golf Club in the hills south of Carmel Valley.

Paul Simson of Raleigh, North Carolina shot the low round of the day, a 1-under-par 71, to move up to solo second place at 145, one shot back.

Tripp Davis (74), Phil Huff (75), Jeff Wilson (75) and Kenny Weixel (74) are tied for fourth at 147.

Ushijima, a former Stockton resident, flew in from Japan just for the Stocker Cup and will fly back on Sunday night. Miskell, who grew up in Salinas, moved to Texas while he pursued a career in pro golf. Both credit their knowledge of bent and poa annua greens for their success.

“Now that I’ve lived in Texas for awhile I’m trying to read grain in these greens, which is stupid,” Miskell said. “The greens around here are mostly poa, and there is no grain. I guess I kept my feel for them.”

Ushijima, who moved to Japan a year ago, came back from a rough start. He bogeyed the third and fourth holes, and doubled the sixth.

“It wasn’t pretty starting out,” he said. “But I had four birds coming in after that, so I’m happy. These greens are tough, but I have something of a feel for them.”

Ushijima is also happy with his partner, Jay Reynolds of Oakland, who carried him through his rough patch in the team competition. The Ushijima-Reynolds team shot a 63 for a 125 total, good for a six-shot lead. The team competition ends Saturday, with the top amateurs competing for the cup on Sunday in a format similar to the old Crosby at Pebble Beach.

Defending champion Craig Doell of Canada (79-72) summed up the problems most of the field is having with these greens.

“I had 39 putts yesterday and 33 today,” he said. “These greens are very fast, much faster than last year. If you get on the wrong side of the hole, you can be putting for awhile.”

Stocker Notes:
George Kelley, the 55-year-old MC of the pairing party who shot a remarkable 72 in the first round, threw his back out on the range warming up and almost withdrew. “A doctor gave me some medicine that had me dizzy for awhile, but at least I could play,” Kelley said. He shot 42 on the front and 37 on the back for a 79 … Simson holds the mantel now for the over 50 set, in third place … Tom Lehman’s brother, Jim, shot 76-78 … Phil Huff and Keith Anderson are tied with Simson and John Rodenburg for second place in the team competition … Six players were tied for third after the first round at 72, none of the six shot better than 75 on Friday.

Ron Salsig can be reached at rsalsig@pacbell.net

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION
Pos Player Club Scores
T1 Nick Ushijima Olympic Club 71-73--144
T1 Terrence Miskell Dos Rios Golf Club 71-73--144
3 Paul Simson North Ridge Country Club 74-71--145
T4 Jeff Wilson Green Valley Country Club 72-75--147
T4 Phil Huff Olympic Club 72-75--147
T4 Kenny Weixel New Albany Country Club 73-74--147
T4 Tripp Davis Belmar Golf Club 73-74--147
T8 Dave Nelson Montreux Golf and Country Club 75-73--148
T8 Chip Lutz Pine Valley 72-76--148
T10 Scott Crawshaw Brookside Golf Club 75-74--149
T10 Steve Nichols Walnut Hills Country Club 73-76--149
T10 Alex Stamey Olympic Club 74-75--149
T10 Chris Carlson Highlands Ranch 72-77--149
T14 Joe Sanders Incline Village Golf Club 72-78--150
T14 Mike Goodes Pennrose Park Country Club 75-75--150
T16 Craig Doell Victoria Golf Club 79-72--151
T16 Bob Niger Serrano Country Club 78-73--151
T16 George Kelley Stevinson Ranch 72-79--151
T19 Joe Hillman Wolf Run Golf Club 77-75--152
T19 Gene Elliott Glen Oaks Country Club 76-76--152
T19 Bowen Osborn Windsong Farms 77-75--152
T19 Keith Kinsel Oakmont Country Club 77-75--152
T19 Jimmy Bryan Latrobe Country Club 80-72--152
T19 John Balfanz Stockdale Country Club 80-72--152
John Pate The Valley Club 78-75--153
Mike Kelley New Albany Country Club 79-74--153
Dave Rathjen The Golf Club 74-79--153
Gary Young Scratch Players 79-75--154
Jim Lehman Windsong Farm Golf Club 76-78--154
Mark Gardner Redlands Country Club 78-77--155
Brad Wilder Triple Crown Country Club 75-80--155
Steve John Tehama Golf Club 78-77--155
Jerry Ledzinski Quail Lodge 74-82--156
Mike Rowley San Luis Obispo Country Club 78-78--156
Dave Capel Stevinson Ranch Golf Club 77-79--156
Greg Lopez Dove Canyon Country Club 78-79--157
Graham Banister Wildwood Green Golf Club 80-77--157
Garrett Larson UC Golf Club 78-80--158
Mark Maguire Claremont Country Club 77-81--158
John Benson Totteridge Golf Club 84-74--158
Todd Barsotti San Joaquin Country Club 81-78--159
Jerry Maatman Chicago Golf Club 84-75--159
Brian Thibault Cinnibar Hills Golf Club 84-75--159
Trent Tessler Scratch Players Golf Club 85-75--160
Matt Foley Los Altos Golf and Country Club 83-77--160
Will Johnson North Ridge Country Club 85-76--161
Rob Martin Rancho Murieta Country Club 80-82--162
Sal Felice San Juan Oaks Mission Golf Club 83-80--163
Kevin Todey Saticoy Country Club 79-85--164
Stan Lent The Preserve Golf Club 81-85--166
Pat Mateer Spyglass Hill 88-78--166
Patrick Pernice Amateurgolf.com 86-85--171

TEAM COMPETITION (Top 10 and ties shown)
Pos Team Score
1 Nick Ushijima, Olympic Club, Jon Reynolds, Claremont Country Club, 62-63 125
T2 Phil Huff, Olympic Club, Keith Anderson, Claremont Country Club, 64-67 131
T2 Paul Simson, North Ridge Country Club, John Rodenburg, Rumson Country Club, 67-64 131
T4 Greg Lopez, Dove Canyon Country Club, Mike Michalski, Meadow Club, 67-66 133
T4 Tripp Davis, Belmar Golf Club, John Bottomley, The Preserve Golf Club, 65-68 133
T4 John Benson, Totteridge Golf Club, Matt Tunney, Olympic Club, 71-62 133
T7 Kenny Weixel, New Albany Country Club, Kelly Erardi, Monterey Peninsula C.C. 134
T7 Joe Sanders, Incline Village Golf Club, Mike Flynn, OlympicClub, 64-70 134
T9 Alex Stamey, Olympic Club, Mike Klassen, Monterey Peninsula Country Club, 65-69 136
T9 Joe Hillman, Wolf Run Golf Club, Ken Hopper, San Joaquin Country Club, 68-68 136
T9 Trent Tessler, Scratch Players Golf Club, Robby Robinson, Hiwan Gold Club, 70-66 136
T9 Rob Martin, Rancho Murieta Country Club, Bill Chatham, North Ridge Country Club, 136

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