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amateurgolf.com Diablo Vly Championship: Final Results

BRENTWOOD, CALIFORNIA (March 12, 2006) --Storm was the operative word today as players braved rain, hail, wind and low winter temperatures. Heavy overnight rain had some wondering if the final round of the Diablo Valley Amateur would actually be played.

But like Tiger's streak of consecutive cuts made, the amateurgolf.com record of never losing a round to rain is intact after five years. Once 7:00am rolled around, the wind kicked up and quickly dried the greens so that the tournament could get underway. Conditions were tough, however, as the rain and cold winds steadily worsened throughout the day. But we got it in, and a collective thank-you to all players for giving it a go. Hopefully your games will be tougher for it.

SENIOR DIVISION
Seniors finished in the best of the weather. Low of the day was Tom Lyons with 72 bringing him 4th place. Winner Rob Thompson who shot a steady 73 – 73 held off joint first round leader Bob Olds who posted 76 today. Olds tied for second with William Goodwin, both locals from Brentwood.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
A lot of rain and the odd hailstorms did nothing to throw first round leader, Bob Niger off his game today. Although he quietly states "I really don't like playing in this kind of weather", no-one will believe him. He followed yesterday’s 3 under par 68 with a 72 to shoot 140 and win the tournament by 5 strokes from Matt Couch at 145. Dave Capel, who also played in the leading group scored 72-75 to finish in 3rd place with 147.

John Ramirez III equaled the low round today with 72, and moved himself 10 places up the leader board to finish tied 6th.

NET DIVISION
Local players walked away with the net division. Winner Mike Casey scored 69 – 73 to finish 142. 2nd place went to Sean Price of Discovery Bay with 146, and 3rd to another local Larry Fillmore with 148.

TOURNAMENT NOTES:
- Special thanks to Liz McQueen and Trisha Williams of amateurgolf.com for running a fine event, and to Tim Eldridge of Shadow Lakes for being there for us this weekend. Tim is a former NCGA staffer who now runs tournaments and groups at Shadow Lakes; contact him at teldridge@troongolf.com if you are interested in having a group at Shadow Lakes.

- Many of you recognized "Long Driver" Eric Jones of Orinda (hey, he's not an amateur any more, but we still like him!) who helped us get the tournament started on Saturday. Eric was one of the original members of amateurgolf.com, and he has since graduated to the LDA Tour, where he has captured the Re/Max National Long Drive Senior Championship as well as other titles. amateurgolf.com will be working together with Eric on a Tournament Players School at Poppy Ridge starting the weekend of April 15-16; for more information visit www.longdrivechamp.com or contact Eric at 650-274-3890. The school is just $895 for two days of intensive workshops including emphasis on the mental side of the game with Glen Albaugh.

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com Diablo Valley Amateur, played at the Par-71, 6577 yard Shadow Lakes Golf Club:

CHAMPIONSHIP
Pos Player Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Bob Niger 68 72 140
2 Matt Couch 70 75 145
3 David Capel 72 75 147
4 Jack Paton 73 75 148
5 Steve Wilson 73 76 149
6 Samuel Chavez 74 76 150
7 John Ramirez III 78 72 150
8 Jeff Vetterick 76 76 152
9 Robert Matias 75 78 153
10 Andrew Bowdish 77 77 154
11 John Turnacliff 76 79 155
12 Mark Casey 77 78 155
13 Arvo Voip 78 78 156
14 Jim Williams 79 77 156
15 Matt Sullivan 81 75 156
16 Garth Watrous 78 80 158
17 Chip Doyle 83 75 158
18 Eric Smith 72 87 159
19 Wesley Leith 75 84 159
20 Mike Granelli 82 77 159
21 Dave Curley 85 74 159
22 Chris Kilkenny 78 82 160
23 Blake Bertrand 83 78 161
24 Grant Sparkes 78 84 162
25 Kyle Dowden 81 82 163
26 Logan Woodruff 83 80 163
27 Patrick Pernice 85 78 163
28 Rick Shumate 82 82 164
29 Alex Henry 88 77 165
30 David Hawkins 80 86 166
31 Randy McKinley 80 86 166
32 Joseph Woo 78 90 168
33 Christian Larsen 86 83 169
34 Todd Edwards 82 88 170
35 Nicholas Comegna 81 89 170
36 Matthew Garcia 82 89 171
37 Ken Sisler 85 86 171
38 Brandon Harkins 81 WD
39 Albert Conceicao 82 WD
40 Brian Geraty 82 WD
41 Larry Lopez 85 WD
42 Michael Park 85 WD
43 Jason Stone 78 77 DQ
44 Aaron Dean NC
45 Darian Shingu WD
46 Les Cheong WD
SENIOR DIVISION
Pos Player Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Rob Thompson 73 73 146
2 Bob Olds 73 76 149
3 William Goodwin 76 73 149
4 Tom Lyons 79 72 151
5 Dave Stone 77 78 155
6 Earl Stewart 81 74 155
7 Joe Zanassi 79 77 156
8 Shelton Washburn 77 79 156
9 Tom Kintigh 83 79 162
10 Ron Erkenbrecher 88 WD WD
NET DIVISION
Pos Player Rd1 Rd2 Tot
1 Mike Casey 69 73 142
2 Sean Price 75 71 146
3 Larry Fillmore 71 77 148
4 Jim Thurman 74 76 150
5 Michael Kinch 75 75 150
6 Keith Price 80 70 150
7 James Priscaro 78 76 154
8 Michael Gravely 74 81 155
9 Gary Koshaba 75 83 158
10 Dave Joenk 82 79 161
11 Will Harris 81 82 163
12 Vincent Steele 81 82 163
13 James Grensted 82 81 163
14 Al Richardson 81 83 164
15 Tim Yager 86 88 174
16 Ryan Hopkins 91 84 175
17 Shane Davis 78 WD
18 Justin Moroyan 87 WD WD
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