Alameda Commuters begins Saturday
2016 champion Peter Kuest is now a freshman at BYU <br>(BYU Athletics Photo)
2016 champion Peter Kuest is now a freshman at BYU
(BYU Athletics Photo)

ALAMEDA, CA (April 19, 2017) - One of Northern California’s most prestigious amateur events is back.

Beginning this weekend, play will begin at the annual Alameda Commuters Championship at Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.

The championship has definitely come a long way. Back when it was originally held in 1928, the winner got a keg of nails. The last place finisher, meanwhile, was awarded with a sack of manure.

Among those penciled in to tee off in this year’s rendition are 2015 NCGA Player of the Year Nick Moore , 2014 NCGA Amateur Stroke Play winner Bobby Bucey, current NCGA Player of the Year points leader Jason Anthony and Junior Tour of Northern California member Yealimi Noh. Noh, a high school sophomore from Concord, is currently in second place in the standings for JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year honors.

At last year’s championship, Peter Kuest, a senior at West Clovis High in Bryson DeChambeau’s hometown, posted a final round 73 to become the youngest champion in the event’s history.

Kuest flirted with the record 72-hole championship total of 266 before coming in at 15-under 269. Jonathan De Los Reyes, a senior at St. Mary’s, tied the tournament record for low score (18-under) en route to cruising to a win in 2014. The record was originally set by former NorCal amateur great and current PGA Tour member Matt Bettencourt in 2002.

There will also be a Senior Championship. Record five-time NCGA Senior Player of the Year Jim Knoll holds the mark for most Senior victories with four.

Play in the 72-hole Championship begins Saturday with the second round to be held on Sunday. Play will then wrap up the weekend of April 29-30. The Senior Championship, a 36-hole event, will be held the weekend of April 29-30.

Due to the continued renovation of the new Jack Clark South Course, all tournament play will be held on the Earl Fry North Course.

ABOUT THE Alameda Commuters

**Format for 2021: 36 holes stroke play. Max handicap 5.2.

What's in a name? In the case of the Alameda Commuters Championship, the logo of the almost 90 year old tournament would be a dead giveaway. It's a steam ferry, which was the only way to "commute" to San Francisco from the East Bay before the Bay Bridge was built. Started as an informal event -- the original first prize was a bag of nails -- the tournament has grown into one of the top independent events in California.

A dedicated tournament committee prides itself on running the two weekend, 72-hole competition as if it were a PGA Tour event. Two of the best public courses at the city-owned Chuck Corica Golf Complex are prepared with care. Slick greens, Sunday pins, and even that rarity in amateur golf – spectators are all part of the fun. The roped-off scoreboard is a particular area of pride for the "green jackets" who were wearing dark green blazers before they were made popular by another tournament you might be aware of in Augusta Georgia. The 250 player championship division is cut to 50 and ties for the second weekend, at which time the 36-hole senior division tees off to join them.

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