amateurgolf.com Monterey Peninsula 4 Ball

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, CA (July 3, 2005) -- As 80,000 plus bikers descended on the town of Hollister for the nation's 2nd biggest biker rally, a spirited group of amateur golfers hit nearby San Juan Oaks for the amateurgolf.com Monterey Peninsula Four Ball. The event, founded 14 years ago as the Easter Classic by 2-time California Amateur champion Casey Boyns, was moved to San Juan Oaks this year from Del Monte.

Players were mostly unaffected by the large number of bikers in the area (perhaps 7:00am isn't their favorite time for a wake-up call) but Mark Miller and Mike Harding, commuting down from the Bay Area, almost missed the event due to a power outage in Antioch. They were assessed a two stroke penalty Saturday morning, then proceeded to fire a 6-under round of 66, three strokes off the blistering pace of 9-under-par 63 set by Chuck Richesin of Woodbridge and Tom O'Grady of Los Altos. It's always tough to follow up a really low round the next day, and Miller and Harding were able to chip away, and finally pass the first round leaders with a 66 for a 132 tournament total. Richesin and O'Grady, while they cooled off overnight, still posted a solid round of 70 to easily finish second at 133. Bob Cayton and Neil Duffy, who have played in most if not all of amateurgolf.com's Monterey area events, posted 139 for third place.

The Championship Division played a course that was 300-400 yards longer, but with a winning score 6 strokes higher than their older counterparts they were happy to give the Seniors their own division. amateurgolf.com Founder Pete Wlodkowski, 43, teamed up with Andrew Temple, 20, who he met during his days at Oakland's Sequoyah Country Club to edge Eric Lillibridge and Jason Anthony of Fairfield by 1 stroke for the Championship. Temple is a student at Indiana University, where he is working hard on school and a regular spot on the highly competitive golf team. He nailed a crucial 4 foot par save on the last hole to take the pressure off of Wlodkowski, who rushed his 20 foot birdie putt 6-feet past the cup and yielded to his partner's younger nerves and pure putting stroke. First round leaders Tim Flynn and Eric Tis of Manhattan Beach slid to a 73 and finished 4th, while their travelling companions Lawrence Haggquist of Monterey and Dan Sullivan of Pasadena fashioned a second-straight 70 to grab 3rd place at 140.

Al Richardson of Santa Clara posts as many rounds as anyone in the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series, so his first ace was long overdue. Richardson, paired up with Jim Thurman of Clayton (the two also played in the Two Man Links at Bandon Dunes together) nearly flew his 8-iron on No. 16 into the cup as it bounced once and quickly in during the final round. Richardson's ace, although it cost him money at the bar, helped he and Thurman win the event since a cardoff with Joe Ceniceros and Phillip Hacker was decided using Sunday's back-nine score. Steve Batte of Las Vegas and Greyson Prinzing of Santa Clara finished a stroke back in third place.

amateurgolf.com's next event, the 2005 Match Play Championship, is set for September 16-18 at Roddy Ranch in Antioch. The top 8 players in each division will be 'exempt' into the season ending amateurgolf.com Match Play championship, while the next 8 spots for match play in each division will be determined by an 18 hole qualifier, the Friday before the event (Sept 16). We will have the final points list posted by July 5, and allow players to register until August 1st before selecting the top 8 players on the points list from those who have entered. Likely, this will mean that players below the 8th spot will be exempt. Visit www.amateurgolf.com/tour for more info and to register.

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com Monterey Peninsula Four Ball, played at the par-72, San Juan Oaks Golf Club:

First1 Last1 City1 First2 Last2 City Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Andrew Temple Berkeley Pete Wlodkowski Carlsbad 70 68 138
Jason Anthony Fairfield Eric Lillibridge Fairfield 71 68 139
Lawrence Haggquist Monterey Dan Sullivan Pasadena 70 70 140
Tim Flynn Manhattan Beach Eric Tis Manhattan Beach 68 73 141
Mark Clarke Aromas Rick Myers Aptos 73 73 146
Ron Freeman San Jose Jim McCarley Hollister 71 76 147
Jack Emmons Pleasanton Brent Washer Stockton 73 75 148
Vance Verderame Belmont Jeff Atkinson Half Moon Bay 75 73 148
Will Haydon Palo Alto Blake Kiernan La Honda 76 72 148
Dan Koehn Oakland Greg Wardle San Francisco 74 75 149
Mitchell Confer Menlo Park Dean Prince Pacifica 76 78 154
Randy Shirbroun San Francisco Barry Tripp San Jose 77 77 154
Les Cheong San Jose Jim Perko San Jose 79 78 157
Steve Lim Cupertino Daniel Lim Cupertino 75 wdj wd
  SENIOR DIVISION              
First1 Last1 City1 First2 Last2 City Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Michael Harding Antioch Mark Miller Antioch 66 66 132
Tom O'Grady Los Altos Charles Richesin Woodbridge 63 70 133
Bob Cayton Aptos Neil Duffy Santa Cruz 68 71 139
Mike Brownfield Indian Wells Stanley Lent Carmel 71 69 140
Tim Harper San Jose Clem Richardson Salinas 70 72 142
Mike Grafft Ventura Mike Roark Sausalito 76 72 148
  NET DIVISION              
First1 Last1 City1 First2 Last2 City Rd1 Rd2 Tot
Al Richardson Santa Clara Jim Thurman Clayton 67 65 132*
I. Joe Ceniceros La Mirada Philip Hacker Martinez 66 66 132
Steve Batte Las Vegas Greyson Prinzing Santa Clara 65 68 133
James Kline Milpitas John Wolfe Milpitas 68 66 134
Mason Gunn Sacramento Todd Knapp Salinas 66 69 135
Jeff Lerner San Jose Rick Pittenger San Jose 67 69 136
Morrie Birnbaum Concord Charles Chavez Half Moon Bay 69 69 138
David Staszko San Jose Greg Staszko San Jose 69 69 138
Bill Foley San Ramon Jim Robertson Moraga 65 75 140

ABOUT THE amateurgolf.com 2005 Monterey Peninsula Four Ball

A 36 Hole, 2-man best ball event with scratch, senior scratch, and handicap divisions. NCGA Points event- part of the amateurgolf.com Tournament Series.

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