AGC Winter Invitational: Pang gets first am win at Corica Park
By the time the skies cleared, Darren Pang was the champion
By the time the skies cleared, Darren Pang was the champion

Darren Pang, a 16-year-old from San Ramon, shot a 2-under 70 in the wind and rain at Corica Park South Course to run away with the AmateurGolf.com Winter Invitational presented by Callaway.

After ideal scoring conditions in the first round on Saturday, the weather moved in and buffeted the players with wind and rain throughout the morning. Scores were higher across the board as a result. After 19 par-or-better rounds on day one, there were only four such rounds on Sunday.

Pang, a high school junior, shot his best-ever competitive round on Saturday, a 67, to get into the final group one shot behind TCU sophomore Justin Gums. But as nearly everyone else was losing shots in the challenging conditions, Pang held firm. By the time he eagled the par-5 15th for the second day in a row, the tournament was effectively his.

He closed with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot win and was the only player in the field to break par both days.

Alex Chin, a junior at the University of San Francisco, had the low round of the day, a 3-under 69, to pull into a second-place tie at 2 under with Connor Motherway, a freshman at Nevada, who shot a 73.

Gums never could get anything going on Sunday, shooting a 77 without a birdie and sliding to a tie for fourth place at 1 under with St. Mary's junior Ashkaan Hakim (71) and Pepperdine University senior Joshua McCarthy.

Four players, including former San Francisco City champion Daniel Connolly, were tied for 7th at one over par.

Senior champ Pete Wlodkowski,
Low Mid-Am John Jennison
John Jennison won the low mid-amateur prize, finishing at 3 over par and clearing the rest of the mid-am subdivision by seven shots.

In the Senior Division, AmateurGolf.com founder Pete Wlodkowski of San Diego picked up a three-shot win over Tony Ralph of Sunnyvale with a 76 in the tough conditions that gave him a 4-over 148 total. His lead was threatened by a double on the 14th hole, but he rebounded with a birdie on the next hole and a couple of pars to finish.

Gomer Piearcy and Glenn Andrade, who won the AGC Christmas Classic in Monterey two weeks ago, shared third place with Bryan Lynn rounding out the top five.

Results: AGC Winter Invitational
1CADarren PangSan Ramon, CA10067-70=137
T2CAAlex ChinPleasanton, CA6573-69=142
T2NVConnor MotherwayReno, NV6569-73=142
T4CAAsh HakimSan Ramon, CA3072-71=143
T4CAJoshua McCarthyDanville, CA3070-73=143

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ABOUT THE AGC Winter Invitational

The Winter Invitational is now open to all players who satisfy the handicap requirements. Join us at the completely renovated Corica Park South Course -- it's the home course of AmateurGolf.com!

This is a gross competition with Championship, Senior and Women's divisions. There will be no Net division.

For players age 25-49. Compete alongside the younger players in the Championship Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and if there are at least 10 Mid- Ams, a separate prize and trophy will be awarded.

For players age 65+. Compete alongside the younger players in the Senior Division, (same tees, same prize opportunities) and a separate prize and trophy will be awarded for low super senior.

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