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Stocker Cup Preview: top mid-am field returns to The Preserve
After a one-year pandemic hiatus, the 29th annual Stocker Cup is set to tee off at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, Calif.

Two-time Stocker Cup champion, Joseph Deraney, of Belden, Miss., will return to defend his title, as will another two-time winner and 2018 Champion, John Sawin of Pebble Beach. The field also includes 2019 runner-up Tug Maude, who just weeks ago fired 63 in the final round to win the Pennsylvania Mid-Amateur title. Jason Anthony (Fairfield, Calif.) is returning fresh off a run to the semi-finals at the Crump Cup at Pine Valley. Anthony finished T6 in the 2019 Stocker Cup.

Related: Joe Deraney wins his second Stocker Cup title

Three members of the 2021 field advanced to match play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur in September: Jeronimo Esteve (Miami, Florida), 2019 4th place finisher Colby Harwell (San Antonio, Texas), and Stephen Hale of Bakersfield. Hale, a former Cal Berkeley standout, also qualified for the U.S. Amateur earlier this year. Harwell advanced all the way to the quarterfinals.

The 54-hole individual competition features a simultaneous best-ball event, similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The 48 invited Mid-Amateur players are either paired with a single-digit amateur or can propose their own partner to be introduced and invited by the Committee.

“We are thrilled to have the Stocker Cup return,” said head golf professional Riley Ramones, who will be hosting his first Stocker Cup since joining The Preserve's professional staff on April 1st of this year. “Our course is ready to welcome these fine amateur competitors and with the current firm and fast conditions of our Santa Ana Hybrid Bermudagrass fairways, the players are in for a great challenge.”

The Stocker Cup was founded in 1991 to honor the memory of Peter Stocker, a real estate developer who was one of the partners behind the creation of Santa Lucia Preserve and considered “the quintessential amateur golfer.”

The Preserve Golf Club is a highly regarded Tom Fazio Design, rated by Golf Digest among America’s top 200 golf courses. For the Stocker Cup, the course will be set up to approximately 7100 yards. This year’s event will feature “at the turn” scoring powered by Golf Genius, AmateurGolf.com, and the NCGA.

FEATURED PLAYERS

Jason Anthony (Fairfield, Calif.) - 2021 Crump Cup semi-finalist, 2021 Northern California Valley Amateur winner and 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier.

Joseph Deraney (Belden, Miss.) - Winner of the 2021 Lupton Invitational and 2021 C.B. MacDonald Invitation Tournament Runner-up. 2019 Stocker Cup winner.

Colby Harwell (San Antonio, Texas) - 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying Medalist.

John Sawin (Pebble Beach, Calif.) - 2021 Crump Cup Semifinalist, 2018 Stocker Cup champion.

Bobby Leopold (Coventry, R.I.) - 2021 Rhode Island Amateur Champion

Jeronimo Esteve (Miami, Florida) - 2021 Crump Cup medalist, 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur round-of-64, 2021 Carlton Woods Invitational champion.

Stephen Hale (Bakersfield, Caif.) - 2021 Southern California Mid-Amateur winner, 2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur round-of-64, and 2021 U.S. Amateur qualifier.

Tug Maude (Atlanta, Georgia) - 2021 Pennsylvania Mid-Amateur champion, 2019 Stocker Cup runner-up

The full list of competitors, including rankings results and biographies, can be found at: http://stockercup.com/contestants/

The list of B player partners can be viewed at: https://www.amateurgolf.com/amateur-golf-tournaments/9551/Stocker-Cup-2021-Invitational--B-Player-

ABOUT THE Stocker Cup

The Stocker Cup was founded in 1991 to honor the memory of Peter Stocker. Peter and his partners Bill Harlan and John Montgomery founded San Francisco's Pacific Union Company, a highly successful real estate development company. The firm initiated the development of The Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre residential and golf community located above Carmel. Meandering through the winding road to The Preserve's centerpiece -- the top-100 rated golf course -- has been described as "driving through a California postcard." The Stocker Cup was played from 1991 to 1999 at Pebble Beach and its surrounding golf courses, before moving to the Tom Fazio and Sandy Tatum designed Preserve G.C. In the words of former USGA President Tatum: "Peter Stocker was the quintessential amateur golfer. He loved golf with a passion. He would have loved this tournament."

FORMAT:
54-hole individual competition with a simultaneous best-ball event, similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Invited Mid- Amateur players are either paired with a single digit amateur or can propose their own partner to be introduced and invited by the Committee. 

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