Late eagle gives Forest opening-round lead at Winter Invitational
Beau Forest (AmateurGolf.com photo)
Beau Forest (AmateurGolf.com photo)

Former University of the Pacific golfer Beau Forest leads a tight group of par-or-better players after round one of the Amateurgolf.com Winter Invitational, presented by Callaway Golf.

Forest, who last played for the Tigers in the 2019-20 season as a redshirt junior, eagled the par-5 15th at Corica Park’s South Course in Alameda, Calif. to jump to four-under, where he would remain to post 68. He was the third group to finish on Saturday and will head to Sunday primed for a shootout as 17 players rest at or below par, including a four-way tie for second place just one shot back.

Leonardo Vieira, who medalled at the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifying at Stanford Golf Course, joined Forest in eagling the 15th to help close out his opening-round on an upbeat note. Vieira, a native of Castro Valley who calls Corica Park his home course, finished solo second at last year’s Winter Invitational behind Pepperdine star Josh McCarthy, who has since turned pro.

Brendon Choe of Orinda, Marc Engellenner of Rocklin, and newly-appointed Pacific men’s golf assistant coach Andy Moren round out the group of 69s, with Moren’s bogey-free day featuring an eagle at the drivable par-4 eighth.

Engellenner will be looking to cap off an impressive 2021 campaign -- which included a four-shot win at the Sacramento City Championship (thanks to a final round 62) and a November win at the Dixie Mid-Master in Florida.

Both Engellenner and Moren share the Mid-Amateur lead by two over Andrew McDonald and Jerry Ledzinski. Playing in the second to last group with barely enough light to finish and the temperature dropping into the low 40's, Ledzinski hit the pin with his second shot with a 9-iron from 145 yards out to set up a a tap-in birdie on the finishing hole.

In the Senior Division, only Tony Ralph of Sunnyvale was able to post a red number in the first round. His three consecutive back-nine birdies gives him a one-shot lead over Gomer Pearcy. Pearcy, of Aptos, had the lead for most of the day but succumbed to a three-over 39 on the backside despite eagling the 15th.

Tied for third at 74 are Craig Miyamoto of Sacramento, as well as 2021 Christmas Classic Senior winner Michael Staskus. For Staskus, his round gives him the Super Senior lead by one over Jim Williams.

The Net flight is led by Randall Schwartz at 72, followed closely by Tom Natividad at 73.

by Conner Penfold, special to AmateurGolf.com

Results: AGC Winter Invitational
1CABeau ForestRedding, CA10068-71=139
T2CANate JetterPleasanton, CA6574-66=140
T2DenmarkKristian BressumDenmark6571-69=140
T4CAGriffin LongDavis, CA3072-69=141
T4CAJake BettencourtClovis, CA3072-69=141

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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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