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Kim Wins Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (April 3, 2005) -- The 3rd Annual Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur Championship was played on April 2nd and 3rd at Tijeras Creek Golf Club and players competed for a chance to not only claim the title of 'City Champion', but also a $500 gift certificate and entry into the 106th Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Amateur Championship to be held July 8th-10th at Tijeras Creek

After posting a solid round of 1-under par 71 on Saturday, Kevin Kim found himself in 2nd place, sitting three shots behind Cameron Tringale's impressive 1st round score of 68. Not to be discouraged, Kim managed to put together back-to-back rounds of safe, steady play to finish the tournament at 1-under par 71-72-143 that resulted in a two stroke victory over Tringale who faltered on Sunday, posting a 77 to trade places with Kim and finish 2nd (68-77-145).

The low score of the tournament belongs to Tringale and Joel Fieri of San Diego who carded a 68 on Sunday by shaving 12 strokes off of his 1st round score of 80 to finish in a tie for 5th place at 148. Other notable finishes include SCGA President and Saddleback College golf coach Bill Cunerty who claimed a tie for 7th place with a score of 77-73 - 150. Meanwhile, Tijeras Creek General Manager Rick Convertini shot 81-84-165 and last year's runner-up, David Kendall finished tied for 8th with a final score of 76-75-151.

After orchestrating another successful event for the 3rd year in a row, Tournament Founder and Director Dave Hopkins has now put his signature on a great tournament that has just made an indelible mark on the local tournament circuit. Making the tournament a qualifier for the SCGA Amateur Championship certainly helped secure a quality field while going a long way toward legitimizing the young event.

Furthermore, the course is looking as lush as I have seen it and the outstanding playing conditions will apparently contribute to the return of many players to next year's tournament. After shooting 76-74-150 to tie Coach Cunerty and Masao Sugimoto for 10th place and a tee prize of $130 in script, Marc Kearns of Irvine gave immediate feedback about his experience at this year's event, "Tijeras Creek is in excellent condition. The tournament was great. I'll make sure I come back next year!"

Participant Scott Blair, who shot a 79-81-160, commended Hopkins on his efforts and course conditions, "Great job with the tourney, I enjoyed myself and the course was in great condition… Keep me in the loop for your next event."

Expressing his satisfaction with the results, Hopkins summarized the weekend this way, "The tournament went over very well. Hopefully the combination of a competitive field, strong sponsorship support by Cox Communications and Sake Sushi as well as the beautiful conditions gave every player a positive experience that brings them back next year."

The RSM Net Championship & Senior Championship will be held this Fall with dates to be announced, so competitive golfers who carry an index should check the Tijeras Creek web site at www.tijerascreek.com for information as details are finalized in the coming months.

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Final results from the Rancho Santa Margarita Amateur, played at Tijeras Creek Golf Club:

Player Rd2 Rd1 Tot hometown
Kim, Kevin 71 72 143 Lake Forest
Tringale, Cameron 68 77 145 Laguna Niguel
Carlyle, Scott 73 73 146 Hermosa Beach (San Diego State)
Davis, Joey 71 75 146 Rancho Santa Margarita
Puterbaugh, Jason 71 76 147 Carlsbad
Fieri, Joel 80 68 148 San Diego
Goldberg, Aaron 72 76 148 Carlsbad
Hess, Brian 75 73 148 La Mesa
Davis, Mike 72 77 149 Placentia
Cunnerty, Bill 77 73 150 Missio Viejo
Kearns, Marc 76 74 150 Irvine
Sugimoto, Masao 77 73 150 San Diego
Amin, Rizal 76 75 151 Temecula
Hoffenberg, Danny 75 76 151 Simi Valley
Kendall, David 76 75 151 Irvine
Zeuske, David 75 76 151 Coto de Caza
Bittick, Jason 76 76 152 Anaheim
Grant, Jeff 75 77 152 Rancho Santa Margarita
McKelvie, Kevin 71 81 152 Aliso Viejo
Ober, David 75 77 152 Riverside
Smith, Carl 77 75 152 Laguna Beach
Valley, Kyle 75 77 152 Irvine
Chopra, Amit 75 78 153 Newport Coast
Cook, Leigh 73 80 153 Rancho Santa Margarita
Simoni, Gerry 77 76 153 Carlsbad
Cassidy, Jason 78 76 154 Costa Mesa
Dehuff IV, Bo 74 80 154 Coto de Caza
Kwon, Chris 77 77 154 Duarte
Lopez, Joseph 78 76 154 Chino Hills
Dwight, Ryan 75 80 155 Dove Canyon
Lederer, Brett 77 78 155 Lakewood
Thomas, Denny 77 78 155 Rancho Santa Margarita
Frost, Kory 80 76 156  
Medlock, Eugene 81 75 156  
Rhorer, David 76 80 156  
Creamer, Greg 80 77 157  
Greek, Andy 76 81 157  
Harney, Daniel 77 80 157  
Johnson, Joseph 78 79 157  
Cumella, Christopher 79 79 158  
Hawkins, David 80 78 158  
Kim, Yung 77 81 158  
Lindesay, Nick 79 79 158  
McCabe, Andy 82 76 158  
Ouimet, Matthew 78 80 158  
Kosolchareon, Michael 77 82 159  
Magnus, Rick 79 80 159  
Ritter, William 76 83 159  
Van Wieren, Norm 78 81 159  
Blair, Scott 79 81 160  
Hanks, John 79 81 160  
Honerkamp, David 77 83 160  
Stearns, Alan 81 79 160  
Travers, Scott 77 83 160  
Barber, Daniel 79 82 161  
Bradford, Erik 80 81 161  
Erling, Bob 75 86 161  
Curtier, Jacob 83 79 162  
Hong, Tran 83 79 162  
Morris, John 82 80 162  
Walsh, Josh 88 74 162  
Fox, Michael 82 81 163  
Heusser, Mike 78 85 163  
Petke, Jonathan 83 80 163  
Sumida, Mark 86 77 163  
Woo, Min 82 81 163  
Hug, Tom 80 84 164  
Ober, Jeffrey 83 81 164  
Convertini, Rick 81 84 165  
Norys, Tom 81 84 165  
Rutter, Matthew 81 85 166  
Temple, Marty 80 86 166  
Donovan, Daniel 83 84 167  
Stires, Todd 86 81 167  
Aitken, Andrew 84 84 168  
Meyer, Greg 83 85 168  
Tringale, Jon 82 86 168  
Goettsch, Jeff 89 85 174  
Sandoval, Bryan 90 84 174  
Rapp, James 86 89 175  
Perez, Duke 92 84 176  
Yniguez, Alfred 85 92 177  
Marasigan, Kix 85 93 178  
Kechum, Mike 88 91 179  
Nevel, Tom 98 85 183  
Chiou, Craig 95 92 187  
Butkys, Kristofer 73 wd wd  
Running, Mark 73 wd wd  
Wanamaker, Mike 78 wd wd  
Deltondo, Peter 79 wd wd  
Kavanaugh, Charles 81 wd wd  
Bishop, Andrew 82 wd wd  
Tigert, Randy 82 wd wd  
Vukson, John 84 wd wd  
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