Stocker Cup Invitational: Senior Golfer Grabs Lead

By Ron Salsig

CARMEL, Ca (October 15, 2005) – A senior golfer leads the way going into the final round of the prestigious Stocker Cup.

Paul Simson of North Carolina, age 54, shot a 3-under-par 69 at The Preserve Golf Club in the third round to grab a three-shot lead over his younger competitors with a 1-over total of 214.

Jeff Wilson of Vallejo, who was the low amateur in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, shot a 70 to take sole possession of second place at 217. Salinas native Terrence Miskell (74) and Tripp Davis (71), a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Mid-Am this year, are tied for third at 218.

An overnight rain softened the greens, much to the delight of the golfers competing for this championship. The Preserve had not given up a score in the 60s in the first two rounds, but three 69s were posted on Saturday. Gene Elliott and Trent Tessler also broke the barrier.

Simson created a buzz when he played his first practice round at The Preserve on Wednesday, posting a 65.

“The course just fit my eye,” he said. “I fell in love with it right away.”

It may seem unusual for a senior to lead a mid-am championship, but this 54-year-old is no stranger to beating much younger golfers. He won the Carolina Amateur Championship this year, beating players half his age. With old age comes wisdom, and his strategy on Saturday paid off handsomely.

“I’ve been able to keep the ball in pretty good position on the greens,” he said. “I’ve avoided those downhill putts that can lead to disaster.”

Overnight leaders Miskell and Nick Ushijima had their problems in the third round. Miskell hit 16 greens, but still had to birdie the final two holes for his 74. Ushijima skied to a 77, which left him tied for fifth place.

Ushijima came home with a prize, in spite of his double bogeys. He and partner Jon Reynolds of Oakland held on to win the team championship, which ended Saturday, by one stroke over the team of Simson and John Rodenburg. Ushijima and Reynolds posted a 69 for a 194 total. Simson and Rodenburg had a 64 for a 195 total. Trent Tessler and Robby Robinson tied for third at 199 with Phil Huff and Keith Anderson.

The Preserve may have given up some birdies on Saturday, but the lead is still over par. This course is tough.

Stocker Notes:
The cut to the low 20 golfers came at 14-over-par 227 … George Kelley, age 55, who was tied for second after a first-round 72, came home with an 81 on Saturday to miss the cut. “It was too cold, my shoulder hurts and my back is still out,” he said with a smile … Gene Elliott had an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole in his round of 69, hitting a 3-wood to 12 feet from the cup … Will Johnson redeemed himself well after an opening round 85, following with a 76 and a 73, but The Preserve bit him on the final hole with a four-putt.

Ron Salsig can be reached at rsalsig@pacbell.net

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Third round results from the Stocker Cup, played at the par 72, 7067 yard Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, California:

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Note: Qualifiers play final round on Sunday 10/16)
Pos Player Club Scores
1 Paul Simson North Ridge Country Club 74-71-69--214
2 Jeff Wilson Green Valley Country Club 72-75-70--217
T3 Terrence Miskell Dos Rios Golf Club 71-73-74--218
T3 Tripp Davis Belmar Golf Club 73-74-71--218
T5 Gene Elliott Glen Oaks Country Club 76-76-69--221
T5 Nick Ushijima Olympic Club 71-73-77--221
T7 Dave Nelson Montreux Golf and Country Club 75-73-74--222
T7 Alex Stamey Olympic Club 74-75-73--222
T9 Mike Goodes Pennrose Park Country Club 75-75-73--223
T9 Chris Carlson Highlands Ranch 72-77-74--223
T9 Kenny Weixel New Albany Country Club 73-74-76--223
T12 Craig Doell Victoria Golf Club 79-72-73--224
T12 John Balfanz Stockdale Country Club 80-72-72--224
T14 Chip Lutz Pine Valley 72-76-78--226
T14 Bob Niger Serrano Country Club 78-73-75--226
T14 Steve Nichols Walnut Hills Country Club 73-76-77--226
T14 Phil Huff Olympic Club 72-75-79--226
T18 Bowen Osborn Windsong Farms 77-75-75--227
T18 John Pate The Valley Club 78-75-74--227
T18 Jimmy Bryan Latrobe Country Club 80-72-75--227
Failed to qualifyfor final round
Joe Hillman Wolf Run Golf Club 77-75-76--228
Trent Tessler Scratch Players Golf Club 85-75-69--229
Jim Lehman Windsong Farm Golf Club 76-78-75--229
Keith Kinsel Oakmont Country Club 77-75-78--230
Scott Crawshaw Brookside Golf Club 75-74-81--230
Brad Wilder Triple Crown Country Club 75-80-75--230
Joe Sanders Incline Village Golf Club 72-78-80--230
Graham Banister Wildwood Green Golf Club 80-77-73--230
Dave Rathjen The Golf Club 74-79-78--231
George Kelley Stevinson Ranch 72-79-81--232
Todd Barsotti San Joaquin Country Club 81-78-73--232
Greg Lopez Dove Canyon Country Club 78-79-75--232
Mike Kelley New Albany Country Club 79-74-80--233
Gary Young Scratch Players 79-75-80--234
Will Johnson North Ridge Country Club 85-76-73--234
Steve John Tehama Golf Club 78-77-79--234
Mark Gardner Redlands Country Club 78-77-79--234
Dave Capel Stevinson Ranch Golf Club 77-79-79--235
Mark Maguire Claremont Country Club 77-81-79--237
Garrett Larson UC Golf Club 78-80-79--237
Jerry Ledzinski Quail Lodge 74-82-81--237
Jerry Maatman Chicago Golf Club 84-75-79--238
Matt Foley Los Altos Golf and Country Club 83-77-78--238
Mike Rowley San Luis Obispo Country Club 78-78-82--238
Brian Thibault Cinnibar Hills Golf Club 84-75-81--240
John Benson Totteridge Golf Club 84-74-83--241
Rob Martin Rancho Murieta Country Club 80-82-81--243
Sal Felice San Juan Oaks Mission Golf Club 83-80-84--247
Pat Mateer Spyglass Hill 88-78-82--248
Kevin Todey Saticoy Country Club 79-85-85--249
Stan Lent The Preserve Golf Club 81-85-87--253
Patrick Pernice Amateurgolf.com 86-85-87--258

TOP 10 TEAM RESULTS (Note: Team competition concluded on Saturday 10/16)
Pos A Player Club B Player Club Scores Tot
1 Nick Ushijima Olympic Club Jon Reynolds Claremont Country Club 62-63-69 194
2 Paul Simson North Ridge Country Club John Rodenburg Rumson Country Club 67-64-64 195
T3 Trent Tessler Scratch Players Golf Club Robby Robinson Hiwan Gold Club 70-66-63 199
T3 Phil Huff Olympic Club Keith Anderson Claremont Country Club 64-67-68 199
5 Tripp Davis Belmar Golf Club John Bottomley The Preserve Golf Club 65-68-67 200
6 Todd Barsotti San Joaquin Country Club Charles Mazzola Sequoia Country Club 70-68-63 201
T7 Alex Stamey Olympic Club Mike Klassen Monterey Peninsula C.C. 65-69-68 202
T7 John Benson Totteridge Golf Club Matt Tunney Olympic Club 71-62-69 202
T9 John Balfanz Stockdale Country Club Carl Borders Olympic Club 73-64-66 203
T9 Mike Kelley New Albany Country Club Bob Ceremsak Lake Merced Golf Club 67-70-66 203
T9 Rob Martin Rancho Murieta Country Club Bill Chatham North Ridge Country Club 68-68-67 203
T9 Kenny Weixel New Albany Country Club Kelly Erardi Monterey Peninsula C.C. 67-67-69 203

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