Anthony scores four-shot win at Alameda Commuters
Jason Anthony (right) with Aaron Chen (Photo submitted)
Jason Anthony (right) with Aaron Chen (Photo submitted)

Jason Anthony, a Fairfield, Calif., resident, set himself up for a run during the first weekend of the Alameda Commuters. He closed it out on the second weekend.

Anthony logged closing rounds of 66-72 at Corica Park Golf Course in Alameda, Calif., on Masters weekend to win the title by four shots. Anthony was four shots better than runner-up Aaron Chen of Fremont, Calif., who finished at 4 under for the tournament.

It’s a redeeming win for Anthony, who last month came up short in his effort to defend his San Francisco City Amateur title. Anthony lost in the 36-hole final despite playing brilliant golf in the weeks-long event. There have been close calls in this event before, too. He finished inside the top 3 in 2017 and in 2015, and tied for second in 2014.

Anthony finished 72 holes at 8 under, and as one of three players to get under par. Chen was 4 under, and Brendan Hy in third was 2 under. He had the second-best final-round score, a 4-under 68.

Jalen Griffin was solo fourth at even par, followed by three players in a tie for fifth, including Bobby Bucey and Domingo Jojola. Bucey was a semifinalist at the San Francisco City and Jojola scored top-5 finishes at last year’s NCGA Stroke Play and NCGA Mid-Amateur.

Results: Alameda Commuters
1CAJason AnthonyFairfield, CA18071-71-66-72=280
2CAAaron ChenFremont, CA12073-70-67-74=284
3CABrendan HySan Ramon, CA6074-72-72-68=286
4CAJalen GriffinSan Francisco, CA6073-73-70-72=288
T5CAJonathan TanihanaSacramento, CA6074-73-72-70=289

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ABOUT THE Alameda Commuters

What's in a name? In the case of the Alameda Commuters Championship, the logo of the almost 100 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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