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BANDON, OREGON (APRIL 19, 2005) -- Nowhere in golf is the ability to improvise more important than on a links course, as Brad Mombert found out in the third round of the amateurgolf.com Two Man Links Championship at Pacific Dunes.

Mombert, 24, who played college golf at the University of Oregon, is paired with fellow Bend, Oregon resident Jay Audia in the Championship Division. After his team suffered a double bogey at No. 2, Mombert was looking for a big drive at No. 3, a par five. But his into-the-face-of-the-wind drive's hook got grabbed so hard by a gust that it wound up in the fairway bunker on the adjacent 12th hole. With a hedge of gorse separating the fairways of the two holes, it can seemed like another world in the 'wrong fairway,' but chipping out wasn't an option.

"I only saw one play from there," explained Mombert. "Hit it up the 12th fairway and try to cross back over from there."

Mombert's shot, struck solidly from the bunker, found the 12th green. ("It would have been an awesome shot if I was playing the 12th," he said) and from there he took relief, wedged over the gorse to 8 feet, and made the putt for a routine birdie four.

That kind of creativity led to 3 more birdies for Audia and Mombert, on Nos. 5, 9, and 16, plus an eagle 3 on the 18th, where Audia chose a putter from the large dune to the left of the green and judged the speed so perfectly that the group felt like they were watching Tiger on No. 16 at Augusta as the ball trickled down the slope and made it's final revolution into the cup.

"We were looking for the Nike logo as it dropped in, but we all laughed as we realized it was a Callaway," joked Audia.

That eagle allowed Audia and Mombert to cap off a day that didn't start so well with a fine 3-under-par 68 and a four stoke lead heading into Wednesday's final round of the 72 hole championship. They are trailed by Erik Hallgrimson of Los Gatos, California and amateurgolf.com Founder Pete Wlodkowski, of Carlsbad, California, who shot 2-under par 69 at Pacific Dunes on Tuesday to stand at 2-under-par 212. Floridians Scott Hurley and Brian Johnson are another 4 shots back at 216.

In the Net Division, the team of Oregon-transplant Kevin MacGillivray (Portland) and Ken Griffiith of Rocklin, California didn't suffer too much from 'post low number lettdown' as they managed a respectable 3-under-par net 68 on Tuesday after their jaw-dropping 61 on Monday at Bandon Dunes. MacGillivray and Griffith could have made the lead insurmountable with another low number on Tuesday. Although they have an 8-stroke lead, they have a few demons to exorcise, as they lost a similar lead in this event last year.

Judging by their high level of focus (the two can be often found at the range after each round), smart money is on MacGillivray and Griffith to close the deal this time.

Father and Son team Jim and T.J. Tarbell of Colorado fired the low round of the day in the Net Division, a 6-under-par 65 at Pacific Dunes. The round was highlighted by T.J's gross birdie (with a stroke) on the treacherous 13th hole, a par four along the Pacific Ocean that played into a strong headwind. A wise intervention by their caddie helped the cause. "I was going to hit a 4-iron, but my caddie gave me the 3-iron," said Tarbell. "I hit it 15 feet past the pin and made the putt." His father, Jim, was still in the hole, but "quite pleased" to pick up two strokes.

Jack Robinson and Gil Wymond have a good poker hand going, as they have fired consecutive rounds of 72-73-74 to stand at 219 and stand just a stroke clear Gordon Pogorelc, of Centralia, Washington, and Scott Howard, of Fox Island, Washington, who fired a 72 on Tuesday to get to 220 at the 54-hole point.

CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION
POS FIRST LAST CITY ST RD1 RD2 RD3 TOT
1 Jay Audia Bend OR 70 70 68 208
  Brad Mombert Bend OR        
2 Pete Wlodkowski Carlsbad CA 72 71 69 212
  Erik Hallgrimson Los Gatos CA        
3 Scott Hurley Coral Springs FL 72 75 69 216
  Brian Johnson Coral Springs FL        
4 Bill Roberts Edmond OK 72 73 72 217
  Brad Kropp Edmond OK        
T5 John Holt West New York NJ 68 72 78 218
  W. Geoffrey Waldau Salisbury NC        
T5 Gregg Hemphill Ladera Ranch CA 71 70 77 218
  Jamie Diez Ridgewood NJ        
7 Steve Robinson Belmont CA 70 74 76 220
  Jay Weiss Santa Clara CA        
T8 Philip Dunn Fort Bragg CA 72 76 74 222
  Hank McCusker Mendocino CA        
T8 Skip Pankewich Ft. Worth TX 77 71 74 222
  Brian Coates Oceanside CA        
10 William Hines Greenville SC 75 75 76 226
  Bentley Hines Atlanta GA        
11 Brad Klaus Menlo Park CA 76 79 77 232
  James Farrey Belmont CA        
12 Matthew Rutter San Diego CA 76 83 79 238
  Michael Mosebrook San Diego CA        
13 Sherman Haggerty El Dorado Hills CA 74 72   WD
  Frank Dall El Dorado Hills CA        
                 
NET DIVISION
POS FIRST LAST CITY ST RD1 RD2 RD3 TOT
1 Kevin MacGillivray Portland OR 67 61 68 196
  Kenneth Griffith Rocklin CA        
2 Stephen Janachowski Mill Valley CA 70 67 66 203
  Greg Leograndis Larkspur CA        
3 Jeff Freitas Leesburg VA 69 68 68 205
  Geoff Brandquist Leesburg VA        
T4 Al Richardson Santa Clara CA 70 71 66 207
  Jim Thurman Clayton CA        
T4 Jim Tarbell Larkspur CO 74 68 65 207
  TJ Tarbell Larkspur CO        
6 Charles Mazzola Oakland CA 67 72 71 210
  George Gilio Newbury Park CA        
T7 Tom Terry Leesburg VA 69 71 71 211
  Rob Tidgewell Leesburg VA        
T7 George Stevens Washington DC 71 69 71 211
  Michael Stevens Studio City CA        
T7 Tim Burke LaVerne CA 72 70 69 211
  Norm Boucher Rancho Cucamonga CA        
T7 Scott Blackley Leesburg VA 68 75 68 211
  Rick Mix Herndon VA        
11 Gary Pilc Boston MA 69 71 73 213
  Kevin Baum Princeton Junction NJ        
12 Mike Ballard Denver CO 76 72 78 226
  Mark Balent Parker CO        
13 Michael Tiret Mill Valley CA 78 72 80 230
  Richard Goldstein Pleasanton CA        
                 
SENIOR DIVISION
POS FIRST LAST CITY ST RD1 RD2 RD3 TOT
1 Jack Robinson Modesto CA 72 73 74 219
  Gil Wymond Modesto CA        
2 Gordon Pogorelc Centralia WA 75 73 72 220
  G. Scott Howard Fox Island WA        
T3 Brian McGuire Vancouver CAN 71 77 75 223
  Norm Duncan Vancouver CAN        
T3 Jim Deveney Manchester MA 76 75 72 223
  Jesse Cunningham Palm Beach FL        
5 Ross Hamilton Fairfield CA 69 77 79 225
  Rex Massier Concord CA        
6 Bayne Boyes Vancouver CAN 81 85 80 246
  Edward Pearce Vancouver CAN        
ABOUT THE amateurgolf.com 2005 Two Man Links Championship at Bandon Dunes

Fourth Annual event, celebrating two of America's finest links golf courses, located in Bandon, Oregon. Visit the official tournament website for more information at www.amateurgolf.com/bandon. Three Divisions, Scratch, Senior Scratch, and Net.

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