Gregor Main leads AGC Silicon Valley
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2010) -- Last year, Gregor Main and John Murphy ended the Silicon Valley Amateur tied, and continued that way despite several holes of sudden death. When darkness set in, the players were declared co-champions.
It was probably the best finish in amateurgolf.com history - Murphy was three strokes back and holed an 8-iron from 160 yards to get into the playoff.
Murphy is not in the field this year (his brother Brian, a Cal Freshman is playing however) but Main, a UCLA standout from Danville, continued right where he left off in 2009 with a first round 66. Cal player Stephen Hale is one shot back in a field that is so strong (with four colleges having multiple players entered) that seven players shot under 70.
In the Senior Division, Neil Duffy of Santa Cruz continued his solid play -- he was runner up at the Christmas Classic in December -- his 68 gives him a three stroke lead over Fresno area Veterinarian Greg Saiki. Kevin Smith (Martinez) and Andrew Hickson (Vacaville) top the Net board at 71.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Play on Sunday is an 8:30am shotgun in order to give us the best chance to beat the storms that are moving into the area.
ABOUT THE AGC Silicon Valley Amateur
The Silicon Valley Amateur is the first
tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a
champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won
2016 title. Just over 4 years later, he won the PGA
Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park
2021 marked the announcement of Baylands Golf
Links as the tournament's new host venue. And wow,
did players enjoy it. It's
location in Palo Alto is fitting -- as the original garage
where Hewlett Packard was founded is located there,
and today's biggest tech companies dot the area
like the Canadian Geese on the fairways and
near Baylands in the winter. Like
Corica Park in Alameda, Baylands was recently
completely redesigned as a new course from the dirt
up, under the hand of architect Forrest Richardson,
the results are stunning.
This is a gross competition with Championship, Senior and Women's divisions. There will be no Net division.
For players age
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
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