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amateurgolf.com San Diego County Am: Bakke wins by 5

Fallbrook, California (November 8, 2005) -- Tuesday marked the conclusion of the Inaugural San Diego County Amateur, a first year tournament played at The Golf Club of California. Players were treated to two days of challenging golf on an extremely well manicured facility from tee to green. The greens, running close to 12 on the stimpmeter, were some of the finest we play.

But miss a green in the wrong place, and these slick, sloping surfaces demand a deft touch and a variety of shots. Take Joe Johnson for instance. In Monday's first round, Johnson, a member of the Golf Club of California, found the greenside bunker with his approach to the short par-4 12th. From there, he hit what looked like a safe bunker shot. But with a water hazard just inches from the putting surface, Johnson's ball trickled in a-la TPC at Sawgrass, number 17. "I've hit that shot before," bemoaned Johnson, who came back after a first-round 79 with a 70 on Tuesday to tie for 4th at 149.

Most of the 5-handicap and under field had trouble breaking 80 in the first round, but none complained about the fairness or conditioning of this wonderful new country club. Many of them lost strokes on the water guarded par-3 18th, where not only does the player have to negotiate the nerve-wracking 200 yard carry, they then have to master a firm, sloping green.

Luke Bakke, a former Arkansas Amateur Champion now living in Del Mar, headed to the 18th tee on Tuesday in the second-to-last group at 5-under-par on the day, and tournament. His final round outfit could be easily spotted from the clubhouse 300 yards away -- lime green pants, bright yellow shirt and matching John Deere cap that only a guy with six birdies and one bogey on the day could get away with.

Bakke's tee shot found the surface, but three putts later he wondered if his 140 total was going to be enough to hold off his friend Patrick Stolpe, playing in the final pairing behind him.

"I knew Stolpe was capable of posting a low number, and I fully expected it from him on Tuesday," explained Bakke. "I thought that three-putt might make a difference."

As it turned out, Bakke had room to spare as Stolpe shot 74 for a 1-over-par total of 145. In all, only 6 rounds under par were posted over the two rounds, and this at a course that measures a relatively 'short' 6850 yards.

In the Senior Division, Jim Myers of Oceanside held on to win by four strokes although on a couple of holes a balky putter gave his competitors brief hope of making up some of the five shot lead Myers took into the final round after a solid 73 on Monday. His total of 73-75=148 was good for a 4-stroke victory over Eugene Medlock of Westlake Village and Lloyd Sappington of Rancho Santa Fe. The Net Division was small, but spirited, with Peter Hlavin of Trabuco Canyon winning by 4 over Scott Henrikson of Carlsbad. Hlavin kept pretty close to his handicap, shooting a 2-over-par net total of 146.


Tournament Notes:

- In Tuesday's final round, Andrew Bostrom of Del Mar aced the par-3 seventh hole with a 7-iron. It was Bostrom's second career hole-in-one; he made his first earlier this year

- Jonathan Dudley, a friend of Bostrom's who grew up in Vermont, holed out a wedge from 120 yards for an eagle three at the par-5 fourteenth. Dudley passed many players on the leaderboard on Tuesday, as he shot 2-under-par 70, the second lowest 18 hole score at the challenging Golf Club of California layout

- Special thanks to GC of California General Manager Scott Bentley, Head Professional Ken Foster, and Tournament Coordinator Denny Dalton, and the entire staff of the Golf Club of California for providing a warm welcome for our first major event in the San Diego region. We hope to make it an annual affair!



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Final results from the amateurgolf.com San Diego County Amateur, played at The Golf Club of California

- Championship: 6850 yards
- Senior and Net Divisions: 6497 yards

Championship    
Pos
Name Rd1 Rd2
Tot
1
Luke Bakke, Little Rock, AR 72 68
140
2
Patrick Stolpe, La Jolla, CA 71 74
145
3
Jonathan Dudley, San Diego, CA 77 70
147
T4
Rick Nolan, Trabuco Canyon, CA 71 78
149
T4
Patrick Sullivan, Del Mar, CA 78 71
149
T4
Joe Johnson, Carlsbad, CA 79 70
149
T7
Joel Fieri, San Diego, CA 74 76
150
T7
Andrew Bostrom, Del Mar, CA 75 75
150
T7
Pat Kelly, Garden City, NY 79 71
150
10
Eric West, Berkeley, CA 72 79
151
11
Colin Featherstone, Fallbrook, CA 75 77
152
T12
Alan Scheer, Spring Valley, CA 80 74
154
T12
Brian Coates, Oceanside, CA 80 74
154
T12
Dan Bellock, Vista, CA 77 77
154
T12
Brandon Harkins, Walnut Creek, CA 79 75
154
Tyler Smith, San Juan Capistrano, CA 76 79
155
Brad Gibson, del mar, CA 80 76
156
Rick Bojalad, Scottsdale, AZ 75 83
158
Donald Hiebing, San Diego, CA 81 77
158
Robert Speck, San Diego, CA 80 79
159
Danny Baedeker, Huntington Beach, CA 80 80
160
Dylan Pelletier-Ross, Claremont, CA 80 80
160
Andrew Fluor, Newport Beach, CA 83 78
161
derek holloway, el cajon, CA 83 78
161
Chris Moreno-Hunt, Berkeley, CA 80 83
163
Brian Thibault, San Jose, CA 80 84
164
Eric Akeson, Peoria, IL 83 82
165
Frank Chiu, Morongo Valley, CA 83 82
165
jose bernatene, san bernardino, CA 86 79
165
Pete Wlodkowski, Carlsbad, CA 84 82
166
Dan McCormick, Trabuco Canyon, CA 85 81
166
Patrick Walker, San Clemente, CA 86 80
166
Kevin Hartsoch, Playa del Rey, CA 87 81
168
Mike Lambert, carlsbad, CA 89 79
168
George Jackson, Murrieta, CA 88 81
169
Joey Colina, Tappahannock, VA 83 87
170
Anthony Loiacono, San Diego, CA 87 83
170
Troy Laughlin, Placentia, CA 85 86
171
Jim Holleran, Playa del Rey, CA 85 87
172
Paul Farah, San Diego, CA 86 86
172
Jack Kim, Los Angeles, CA 85 88
173
DJ Heller, Escondido, CA 87 86
173
Steve Batte, Las Vegas, NV 90 84
174
John Allison, Santa Maria, CA 85 93
178
John Finney, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 87 91
178
Tony LaMontagne, San Marcos, CA 87 91
178
Josh Mecouch, Claremont, CA 85 94
179
Bob Dillon, Scottsdale, AZ 90 92
182
Jonathan Barber, San Diego, CA 95 90
185
John Lane, Murrieta, CA 92 94
186
Christopher Vance, Twentynine Palms, CA 98 103
201
David Neish, Aliso Viejo, CA 80 WD
Mark Scheibach, Bermuda Dunes, CA 83 WD
James Seat, San Clemente, CA 92 WD
Clarke Rheney, Houston, TX WD  
Jason Cook, Long Beach, CA WD  
Perry Lo, Fremont, CA WD  
Alexander Resurreccion, Long Beach, CA NS  
Bill Weil, Oceanside, CA NS  
Chris Jeffra, Canyon Country, CA NS  
Gerry Simoni, carlsbad, CA NS  
Landin Simek, Wilmington, NC NS  
     
Senior Division    
Pos
Name Rd1 Rd2
Tot
1
Jim Myers, Oceanside, CA 73 75
148
T2
Eugene Medlock, Westlake Village, CA 78 74
152
T2
Lloyd Sappington, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 78 74
152
4
John R Jones, La Quinta, CA 80 80
160
5
Ted Safford, San Diego, CA 81 81
162
Wayne Spencer, San Bernardino, CA 78 85
163
G. Scott Howard, Fox Island, WA 79 86
165
Lee Mason, San Diego, CA 83 82
165
Dave Sixt, San Diego, CA 85 84
169
Gordon Pogorelc, Centralia, WA 89 81
170
John Vogel, Moorpark, CA 90 83
173
Frederick Baedeker, Huntington Beach, CA 87 87
174
Matt Bowden, Newport Beach, CA 95 81
176
Thomas Klauda, La Jolla, CA 80 WD
Greg Mcmaster, temecula, CA NS  
henry stotsenberg, murrieta, CA WD  
Net    
Pos
Name Rd1 Rd2
Tot (Net)
1
Peter Hlavin, Trabuco Canyon, CA 74 72
146
2
Scott Henrikson, Carlsbad, CA 76 74
150
3
I. Joe Ceniceros, La Mirada, CA 84 67
151
4
Pete Reeves, Indio, CA 85 78
163
5
Gilbert Fernandez, LAKEWOOD, CA WD  
6
Mark Weidmann, Los Angeles, CA NS  
     
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