Stocker Cup: Brad Wilder up one through first round
Brad Wilder
Brad Wilder

CARMEL, Calif. — Kentucky's Brad Wilder leads by a stroke over Jerry Ledzinski, and by two over the defending champion Brady Exber, at the Stocker Cup Invitational through the opening round.

After a year absence from The Preserve Golf Club, the tournament has returned to its regularly hosted site in the hills above Carmel. Wilder, who reached the semifinals at the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur, birdied three of his last four holes to post his solid first-round score.

Ledzinski, of Carmel, had a couple birdies of his own down the stretch to card 69, while Exber overcame two mid-round bogeys to shoot 70.

Craig Doell is the only other player under par, at 71, while five players sit tied for fifth place at 72.


The second-place holder Ledzinski, who is paired up with founder Pete Wlodkowski, are on top in the team portion of the competition. They best- balled 6-under par 66 and are a stroke ahead of Wilder and his partner Nick Fezcko.

Behind them is a four-way tie for third place at 4- under, including the reigning individual winner Exber and his partner Dusty Allen, who both hail from TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Craig Doell and Erik Stocker, as well as Jason and Jack Anthony are also in after 18 holes at 68. Stocker is the son of Pete Stocker, the tournament's name sake.


Tied at 64 are the teams of Brad Wilder and Fezcko and Jerry Ledzinski and Pete Wlodkowski. The are trailed by a pack of 66s that includes TPC Summerlin members Brady Exber (the 2014 individual winner) and his partner Dusty Allen, a former Major League Baseball player. Also at 66 are father and son team Jason and Jack Anthony, Craig Doell and Erik Stocker, as well as 2015 USA Walker Cup team member Mike McCoy of Iowa and his partner Mike Machette of Piedmont, California, a former professional tennis player.

One notable "B Player" performance was by Andrew Doll of the Olympic Club. Doll, a 10 handicapper, recorded an amazing 5 natural birdies including one on the hole that drove a few players to tears, the 4th. With a pin placement on the right edge of the green's top tier, and surfaces running at 12-13 on the stimp, Doll cooly rolled in a 24 foot putt for birdie, with 3 feet of break.

Results: Stocker Cup
1NVBrady ExberLas Vegas, NV40071-68-70=209
T2IAGene ElliottW. Des Moines, IA30075-66-71=212
T2KYBrad WilderFort Wright, KY30068-72-72=212
T4CAJerry LedzinskiCarmel, CA20069-70-75=214
T4CAJason AnthonyFairfield, CA20072-68-74=214

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ABOUT THE Stocker Cup

The Stocker Cup was founded in 1991 to honor the memory of Peter Stocker. Peter and his partners Bill Harlan and John Montgomery founded San Francisco's Pacific Union Company, a highly successful real estate development company. The firm initiated the development of The Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre residential and golf community located above Carmel. Meandering through the winding road to The Preserve's centerpiece -- the top-100 rated golf course -- has been described as "driving through a California postcard." The Stocker Cup was played from 1991 to 1999 at Pebble Beach and its surrounding golf courses, before moving to the Tom Fazio and Sandy Tatum designed Preserve G.C. In the words of former USGA President Tatum: "Peter Stocker was the quintessential amateur golfer. He loved golf with a passion. He would have loved this tournament."

54-hole individual competition with a simultaneous best-ball event, similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Invited Mid- Amateur players are either paired with a single digit amateur or can propose their own partner to be introduced and invited by the Committee. 

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