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Metropolitan Amateur: Marshall (6-under) Wins by 1

Oakland, California (October 30, 2005) -- Final results from the Metropolitan Amateur are now in, and the competition was keen once again.

Matt Marshall of Los Gatos followed his wonderful first round 66 with a 72 to win the Championship by 1 over Chris Jensen, while Frank Abbott fired even par to win the Senior division and Shane Davis (who holed out from 140 yards for eagle at No. 18 in round one) shot 67 on Sunday for a 12-under-par net total of 132 and a Net victory he called his "biggest ever."

Marshall faced heavy pressure all day on Sunday from Chris Jensen, and the players were tied heading into No. 16. It was there that Marshall hit the two shots that likely won him the tournament.

After he hit a ball he later called "mud covered" from the rough on the short par-4 to well over the green to the right on his second shot, Marshall faced a shot that was easily a '10' on the degree-of-difficulty scale -- blind, uphill, from a whispy lie in the rough with no green to work with and a bush thrown in for good measure.

Marshall executed a perfect full-swing flop shot to 12 feet and made the putt. Just another ho-hum par, which obviously fired up the small in stature but long in distance player for the par-5 seventeenth. Marshall pounded a drive down the middle there, and followed it with a 3-iron to 20 feet and a two putt birdie. When Jensen's long iron shot found the hazard, he made bogey and allowed Marshall to enjoy a two shot lead on the 18th tee. Despite a bogey from over the green on No. 18, Marshall was able to secure the victory by 1 when Jensen's 20 foot birdie try failed to drop.

Shane Davis had an easier time in securing his Net Division title, as he was able to rely on a "one shot at a time" approach to follow his first round 65 with a net 67 on Sunday in one of the most consistent Net Division wins in recent amateurgolf.com events. He'll be back for more, after discovering tournament golf only recently.

And score another victory for software consultant Frank Abbott of Napa. Abbott fired an even par total of 144 for the weekend to edge realtor Tom Lyons by three strokes for the Senior Title.

Thanks to Metropolitan Golf Links for hosting our 3rd annual tournament and to all staff and players for participating.

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Final results from the 2005 amateurgolf.com Metropolitan Amateur, played at the par 72 Metropolitan Golf Links:
(please scroll down for winner photos)

Championship Division
Pos Player Name
+/-
Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Matt Marshall, Los Gatos, CA
-6
66 72 138
2 Chris Jensen, Los Altos, CA
-5
69 70 139
3 Keigo Painter, Burlingame, CA
-3
72 69 141
4 Nick Podesta, Yuba City, CA
-1
71 72 143
T5 Freddy Wolfe, Piedmont, CA
E
72 72 144
T5 Martin Renaud, Hayward, CA
E
76 68 144
7 Kent Yamane, San Jose, CA
+1
75 70 145
8 Chris Brauner, Austin, TX
+3
72 75 147
9 Eric West, Berkeley, CA
+4
73 75 148
T10 Dennis Hong, Los Altos Hills, CA
+6
76 74 150
T10 Elliott Wainwright, Palo Alto, CA
+6
73 77 150
T12 Brian Thibault, San Jose, CA
+7
77 74 151
T12 Greg Hutton, Oakland, Ca
+7
75 76 151
T12 Ryan Gonzalez, Burlingame, CA
+7
74 77 151
T15 John Turnacliff, Novato, CA
+8
77 75 152
T15 Ryan Collins, Lafayette, CA
+8
75 77 152
T15 Thomas Duensing, Petaluma, CA
+8
78 74 152
T18 Andrew Biggadike, Palo Alto, CA
+9
76 77 153
T18 Aris Pope, Oakland, CA
+9
76 77 153
20 Matt Couch, Tracy, CA
+10
77 77 154
T21 Patrick Pernice, Oakland, CA
+11
78 77 155
T21 Phil Gill, Alameda, CA
+11
80 75 155
T23 Max Rausch, Palo Alto, CA
+12
76 80 156
T23 Robert Goodwin, Atherton, CA
+12
83 73 156
T25 Cary Chiappone, Oakland, CA
+13
77 80 157
T25 Chip Doyle, Castro Valley, CA
+13
76 81 157
T27 Joachim Wahlstrom, San Francisco, CA
+15
78 81 159
T27 Min-Wook Woo, Davis, CA
+15
79 80 159
T27 Nic Durst, yuba city, CA
+15
80 79 159
30 Pete Wlodkowski, Carlsbad, CA
+17
82 79 161
31 James Reichert, Alameda, CA
+22
82 84 166
T32 Alex Henry, Daly City, CA
+23
82 85 167
T32 John Allison, Santa Maria, CA
+23
82 85 167
T32 Tak Taoyama, San Jose, CA
+23
83 84 167
35 Michael Spiegel, San Francisco, CA
+24
90 78 168
36 Kevin Klatt, San Diego, CA
+30
87 87 174
37 Matthew Wallach, Los Altos, CA
+32
87 89 176
T38 Andrew Overton, Livermore, CA
WD
81 WD WD
T38 Daniel M Greenhalgh, San Francisco, Ca
WD
86 WD WD
T38 Erik Hallgrimson, Los Gatos, CA
WD
80 WD WD
T38 Jon Witrado, Turlock, CA
WD
85 WD WD
T38 Phillip Herrera, Stockton, CA
WD
78 WD WD
T38 Scott Gilgallon, San Francisco, CA
WD
84 WD WD
T38 Steve Harvey
NC
80 NC NC
Senior Division
Pos Player Name
+/-
Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Frank Abbott, Napa, CA
E
71 73 144
2 Tom Lyons, Pleasanton, CA
+3
75 72 147
3 Robert Rowland, Danville, CA
+5
74 75 149
4 Doug Ladd, Alameda, CA
+10
76 78 154
5 Neal Pearson, San Leandro, CA
+12
79 77 156
6 Terry Ackerman, Piedmont, CA
+14
81 77 158
7 James Miller, San Francisco, CA
+17
80 81 161
8 Kevin Gaughan, Danville, CA
WD
73 WD WD
NET Division
Pos Player Name
+/-
Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Davis, Shane, Livermore, CA
-12
65 67 132
2 Sly, Mike, Los Altos, CA
-6
71 67 138
3 Fagan, Robert, Pleasanton, Ca
-3
70 71 141
4 Marinello, James, Concord, Ca
-2
76 66 142
T5 Burch, Russ, Walnut Creek, CA
-1
71 72 143
T5 Thurman, Jim, Clayton, CA
-1
70 73 143
T7 Goldie, Bart, Oakland, CA
+1
72 73 145
T7 Steele, Vincent, Concord, CA
+1
69 76 145
T9 Kuper, Daniel, Sunnyvale, CA
+2
72 74 146
T9 Rush, Noel, Pacifica, CA
+2
74 72 146
11 Koshaba, Gary, San Francisco, CA
+3
77 70 147
12 Richardson, Al, Santa Clara, CA
+4
67 81 148
13 Strahan, Bill, Burlingame, CA
+5
78 71 149
T14 Farah, Cameron, San Anselmo, CA
+6
77 73 150
T14 Howard, Bernard, Los Angeles, CA
+6
76 74 150
T16 Reid, David, San Mateo, CA
+9
78 75 153
T16 Smith, Kevin, Richmond, CA
+9
73 80 153
18 Sevillano, Evelio, Santa Clara, CA
+10
74 80 154
19 Yu, Korsen, Sunnyvale, CA
+11
80 75 155
T20 Maas, Tim
+12
75 81 156
T20 Stinson, Bruce, Emeryville, Ca
+12
77 79 156
22 Henry, Alan, Daly City, CA
+13
80 77 157
T23 Cowan, Craig, Pacifica, CA
+16
76 84 160
T23 Heller, Lucas, Piedmont, CA
+16
79 81 160
25 Castillo, Ray, San Mateo, CA
+25
84 85 169
26 Spizuoco, Chris, San Francisco, CA
WD
70 WD WD

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