Vanier defends title at Alameda Commuters Super Senior
Gary Vanier, Mike Parnow and Alameda Commuters Committee member Bob Blanchard
Gary Vanier, Mike Parnow and Alameda Commuters Committee member Bob Blanchard

Gary Vanier defended his title in the Alameda Commuters Super Senior, but this year’s win came with slightly less effort. Vanier had to defeat Jim Knoll in extra holes last year to claim the title. This year’s victory came with a four-shot cushion.

Vanier, a Pleasant Hill, Calif., resident, logged a 2-under 70 at Corica Park’s South Course on Wednesday that was the best round of any competitor for two days. After an opening 75, it left Vanier at 1-over 145, and four shots clear of runner-up Mike Parnow.

A year ago, Vanier completed the major feat of following up his super senior title in this event with a senior title. In winning the super senior and senior tournaments, the then-67-year-old played four consecutive rounds at 7-under par, matching his age in one of those rounds.

Parnow, in finishing runner-up, was at 5 over after rounds of 77-72. Frank Pieper finished four shots behind him in third after rounds of 78-75.

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ABOUT THE Alameda Commuters Super Senior & Legends

Introduced in 2018, this is the Super Senior division of long running event played over two weekends at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda. The Super Senior Division is a 36 hole stroke play event open to all players 65 and older with a 9.5 index or lower; the Legends Division (introduced in 2023) is for players ages 72 and older with a 9.0 index or lower.

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