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OAKLAND, California (October 28, 2006) -- Martin Trainer's playing partners were cheering him on today at Metropolitan Golf Links, which is generally what happens among competitive players when they witness the kind of round the 15-year-old was having on Saturday.

Although Trainer's 12 foot birdie putt on No. 9 (his final hole) power-lipped out for 63, his round of 8-under-par 64 left his playing partners in awe of a nearly-perfect round.

"Martin was swinging like a tour player today," said playing partner Patrick Pernice, who should know - his brother Tom is among the top 30 players on the PGA Tour money list. "I was hoping he would tie the course record so I could give my friend Dong Yi [the course record holder at 63] a hard time."

Trainer credited recent experience playing with Champions Tour players John Mahaffey and Dick Mast at the First Tee Open, plus a swing change, (working with John McMullin at Palo Alto Golf Course) in helping him to a career best day.

"I'm trying to swing on plane, and it's starting to work for me," said Trainer, who advanced as far as the round-of-16 in this year's San Francisco City Championship. "I also learned a lot playing with the senior pros at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach."

Trainer, who was paired with John Mahaffey in the relatively new Champions Tour event that pairs senior pros with juniors who advance through regional qualifying, said that Dick Mast took a lot of time teaching him the intricacies of the game during a practice round.

"Mr. Mast told me to keep it below the hole, and I did that well today," explained Trainer.

But you don't shoot 64 without the complete package, and Trainer may have showed his abilities best today at the par-5 17th hole, his 8th. He split the middle with a 300-plus yard drive, and followed it with a four iron that left him with a 12-footer, which he converted for eagle. He closed the nine at 32, and did the same on the front, forcing the rest of the field into chase-mode on Sunday. The closest pursuer is Andrew Bowdish of San Jose, who shot 4-under-par 68, and 2 strokes back is recent winning NCGA Cup Team member Arvo Voip, who posted 70.

In the net division, Tamara Holmes of Albany, a 12 handicapper who splits her golf time between Tilden Park and Metropolitan Golf Links, is in position to become the woman to win an event. Holmes shot a net 66 to lead a pack of three veterans who posted 67.

Tom Lyons leads the senior division after posting a 3-under-par 69. Lyons, a Pleasanton-based real estate agent, leads former Alameda Commuters Senior Champ Jay Guerin of Alameda by one.

First round results from the Metropolitan Amateur, played at the par-72 Metropolitan Golf Links:

Name Hometown R1
Martin Trainer Palo Alto, CA 64
Andrew Bowdish San Jose, CA 68
Arvo Voip Magalia, CA 70
Jason Stone Antioch, CA 71
Justin Tambunting Elk Grove, CA 71
Greg Hutton Oakland, CA 72
Mike Granelli Clayton, CA 72
Samuel Chavez Hillsborough, CA 72
Bryan Kiss Coronado, CA 73
Buck Branson San Francisco, CA 73
Taylor Travis Fremont, CA 73
Andrew Biggadike Palo Alto, CA 74
Brian Thibault San Jose, CA 74
Chip Doyle Castro Valley, CA 74
Jim Heidel Burbank, CA 74
Matt Cohn San Francisco, CA 74
Matthew Garcia Burlingame, CA 74
Bryan Martin Thousand Oaks, CA 75
Jack Paton Hillsborough, CA 75
Randy Haag Burlingame, CA 75
Stan Morrison San Francisco, CA 75
Patrick Pernice Oakland, CA 76
Sal Felice II Hollister, CA 76
Blake Andrus El Dorado Hills, CA 77
Jon Mygrant Redding, CA 77
Mason Mallory Hillsboro, CA 77
Michael Shwe Cupertino, CA 77
Randall Schwartz Burlingame, CA 77
Bradford Thomas San Anselmo, CA 78
Weston Payne Menlo Park, CA 78
Zach Burton Manhattan, KS 78
Keith Schwartz Burlingame, CA 79
Mark Douglas San Jose, CA 79
Matthew Wallach Los Altos, CA 79
Evan Green San Francisco, CA 80
John Hasse Berkeley, CA 80
Jon Burkard Alameda, CA 80
Albert Conceicao San Jose, CA 81
Mathew Park Alameda, CA 81
Sean Nadir Los Altos, CA 81
Esan Geroux Mill Valley, CA 82
Martin Renaud Hayward, CA 82
Todd Edwards Sunnyvale, CA 82
Donald Gerber Menlo Park, CA 84
Ryan McCole El Cerrito, CA 85
Andrew Brooks San Francisco, CA 86
Adam Cioth San Francisco, CA 88
Name Hometown
Tom Lyons Pleasanton, CA 69
Jay Guerin Fremont, CA 70
Mark Miller Antioch, CA 72
Daniel Kuper Sunnyvale, CA 77
Terry Ackerman Monterey, CA 77
Bob Reed Fremont, CA 78
James Clouser Danville, CA 78
Michael Donnelly Clayton, CA 78
Mike Reidy Pleasanton, CA 78
Walt Edgerley Pleasanton, CA 82
Thomas Hitchcock San Mateo, CA 83
Kevin Tierney Sunnyvale, CA 85
Tamara Holmes Albany, CA 66
Lucas Heller Piedmont, CA 67
Gary Koshaba San Francisco, CA 67
Vincent Steele Concord, CA 67
James Grensted Belmont, CA 70
Joe Garske Vacaville, CA 70
Fred Luper Suisun, CA 71
Russ Burch Walnut Creek, CA 71
Bryan Dailey Signal Hill, CA 71
Dave Nikitin Vacaville, CA 71
James Murphy San Francisco, CA 73
Gary Basilio Novato, CA 73
Korsen Yu Sunnyvale, CA 73
Roger Soell Salinas, CA 73
Bill Strahan Burlingame, CA 74
Harvey Hunter Elk Grove, CA 75
Bart Goldie Oakland, CA 76
Jeff Kier San Jose, CA 77
Noel Rush Pacifica, CA 77
Kevin Smith Richmond, CA 78
Philip Hacker Martinez, CA 78
I. Joe Ceniceros La Mirada, CA 79
Robert Vernon San Francisco, CA 80
Al Richardson Santa Clara, CA 82
Mike Sly Los Altos, CA 83
Morrie Birnbaum Concord, CA 85
Bruce Stinson Emeryville, CA 87
Paul Agriesti Orinda, CA 87
Renato Madamba Albany, CA 99

ABOUT THE 2006 Metropolitan Amateur

SUNDAY TEE TIMES - A 7:30 SHOTGUN START IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY. (please remember to turn your clocks back). NCGA Points and Senior Points event at the wonderful Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland. Entry fee includes two rounds of golf, generous prize fund. (carts not included at this very walkable course) Morning starting times will be utilized both days. Field limited to 120 players.

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