Miller wins AGC Tour Championship

STEVINSON, California (December 21, 2009) -- Mat Miller of Pleasanton won the Championship Division of the amateurgolf.com Tour Championship by 2 strokes over the weekend, following up a first round 68 with an even par 72 in round two to finish at 4-under. Four players tied for second at 2-under -- Sam Smith of Turlock; Michael Weaver of Fresno; Derek Ernst of Clovis; and Eric Mina of Fremont.

Miller had an amazing run on Saturday, going 6-under for his final 10 holes, including a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie run on holes 9-12 and a cap-off birdie on the par-5 closing hole. Back nines of 31 don't come too often at Stevinson Ranch, particularly in chilly December weather.

The stretch of holes 16-18 is Stevinson's version of "Amen Corner." On Sunday, Miller was in charge within his final round pairing, but briefly let the field of contenders back in the tournament when he made double-bogey on the treacherous par-3 16th. The University of San Francisco golfer quickly righted his ship with a par-birdie finish.

Rob Thompson won the Senior Division at 148, making birdie on the final hole to edge amateurgolf.com Senior Player-of-the-Year Mark Miller by 1. Mike Donnelly took third place.

In the Net division, Terry O'Prey grabbed the win, but Korsen Yu of Sunnyvale got the Tour Championship crystal (O'Prey was ineligible but played as an open contestant). Yu also claimed the amateurgolf.com Net Player-of-the-Year title with his win.

Randy Haag of Burlingame couldn't play the Tour Championships due to a date conflict with the Dixie Amateur in Florida (he shot 76-69 to miss the final cut by 1), but he had already clinched his third straight amateurgolf.com Championship Division Player-of-the-Year title.


Dr. Glen Albaugh, and "Winning the Battle Within"
Dr. Glen was at Stevinson over the weekend, working with Nationwide Tour player Matt Hansen (who holds the amazing course record of 59 at Stevinson Ranch). I had a chance to work with Glen and Matt on several practice drills and mental exercises that I know will help me play tension free golf and score better. We're working on a two-day seminar for later this year at none other than Stevinson Ranch... By the way, if you would like to order a copy of Glen's book, you can find it on Amazon.com or by visiting: www.wbwgolf.com.

Special Thanks to the golf staffs, food and beverage operations, maintenance crew, and everyone that makes us proud to call Stevinson Ranch "The Home Course of amateurgolf.com." In addition, my personal thanks to Jeff Cederlind and the Turlock Christian High School golf team players who helped us as spotters and scorekeepers.

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Final results from the amateurgolf.com 2009 Tour Championship presented by Bridgestone Golf, played Dec 19-20, 2009 at the 7205 yard, par 72 Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Stevinson, CA:

Pos Rd1  Rd2   TOTAL 
1 68 72 140 Mat Miller  Pleasanton, CA  
2 72 70 142 Sam Smith  Turlock, CA  
2 73 69 142 Michael Weaver  Fresno, CA  
2 72 70 142 Derek Ernst  Clovis, CA  
2 71 71 142 Eric Mina  Fremont, CA  
6 69 74 143 Grant Norton  Rancho Murieta, CA  
6 70 73 143 Pace Johnson  Fresno, CA  
8 70 74 144 Darryl Donovan  Morgan Hill, CA  
9 71 74 145 Matthew Hansen  Los Osos, CA  
10 75 73 148 Nick Green  Chico, CA  
10 69 79 148 George Gandranata  Emeryville, CA  
12 72 79 151 Tommy Economou  Hillsborough, CA  
13 76 76 152 Tanner Makimoto  Roseville, CA  
14 77 76 153 Cameron Rappleye  Elk Grove, CA  
14 73 80 153 Sean Nadir  Los Altos, CA  
16 81 73 154 Matt Williams  San Jose, CA  
16 78 76 154 Nick Neri  san jose, CA  
18 80 75 155 Justin Marchiando  Carmel, CA  
19 76 81 157 Brian Swenson  Dublin, CA  
20 77 81 158 Albert Conceicao  San Jose, CA  
20 75 83 158 Paul Smith  Turlock, CA  
22 74 86 160 Jonny Baxter  Pleasanton, CA  
23 77 85 162 Gary Leung  Morgan Hill, CA  
24 84 79 163 Will Roberts  Los Altos, CA  
25 84 83 167 Sean Etow  Aptos, CA  
26 86 84 170 Keith Schwartz  San Mateo, CA  
27 90 84 174 Hasan Doxey  altadena, CA  
-- dns dns dns Paul Rice  Redlands, CA  
-- 74 dq dq Taylor Travis  Fremont, CA  
-- 79 nc nc Garrett Fogel  Dublin, CA  
-- wd wd wd Phillip Herrera  Stockton, CA  
-- wd wd wd Mark Mance  San Francisco, CA  

Senior Championship
Pos Rd1  Rd2   TOTAL 
1 72 76 148 Rob Thompson  Merced, CA  
2 75 74 149 Mark Miller  Antioch, CA  
3 78 74 152 Michael Donnelly  Clayton, CA  
4 77 77 154 Ben Whipple  El Dorado Hills, CA  
4 79 75 154 Greg Saiki  Sanger, CA  
6 73 82 155 Neil Duffy  Santa Cruz, CA  
6 78 77 155 Peter Moren  Danville, CA  
8 74 82 156 George Kelley  Stevinson, CA  
9 76 82 158 Joe Beato  Fresno, CA  
9 79 79 158 Bob Olds  Brentwood, CA  
11 76 83 159 Mike Barr  Fresno, CA  
12 79 81 160 Michael Kinch  Ripon, CA  
13 85 78 163 Charles Richesin  Lodi, CA  
14 79 85 164 Sherman Haggerty  El Dorado Hills, CA  

Pos Rd1  Rd2   TOTAL 
1 73 69 142 Terry O'Prey  Pleasanton, CA  
2 68 76 144 Korsen Yu  Sunnyvale, CA  
3 70 79 149 Tim Yager  San Jose, CA  
4 75 79 154 Charles Balisha  Turlock, CA  
4 75 79 154 Al Richardson  Santa Clara, CA  
6 78 77 155 Scott Carelli  San Francisco, CA  
7 77 81 158 Lyle Covino  San Francisco, CA  
8 84 75 159 Patrick McKenna  El Dorado Hills, CA  
9 77 84 161 Vincent Steele  Concord, CA  
10 85 79 164 Dave Nikitin  Vacaville, CA  
11 79 88 167 Del Hocker  San Jose, CA  

ABOUT THE amateurgolf.com Tour Championship

For the first time ever, amateurgolf.com will conduct a season-ending Tour Championship! While the tournament is geared towards rewarding our top players, it is an official "NCGA Points" event and therefore open to all players who meet handicap requirements. (Please see notes below.) The host course, Stevinson Ranch, is a fitting venue -- it is after all the "home course of amateurgolf.com".

Criteria for entry are as follows:

* Top 60 players in Scratch, Senior, and Net Divisions through the Christmas Classic

* Players must play in at least two amateurgolf.com events, the Christmas Classic (Dec. 5-6) can be the second event, for those players who have only played once this year

* All tournament winners from the past seven years are also exempt, regardless of points achieved or number of tournaments entered in 2009

* OPEN DIVISION: All non-exempt players based on the above criteria may enter the Open Division and play for NCGA points and prize fund only, not trophies or amateurgolf.com points.

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