84th Alameda Commuters tees off Saturday

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 6, 2011) -- The 84th Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament is set to begin play April 9-10 and 16-17, 2010 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

The Alameda Commuters is one of Northern California's more prestigious and premiere amateur golf events. The event has been played at the Alameda golf course, since its inception in 1927.  The event is played as a 72 hole stroke play format.    

Starting times for the first two rounds have been posted at www.alamedacommuters.org. Scheduled to compete for the 2011 Commuters Championship are: 2010 Champion: George Grandanata (shown at left) along with past “Commuters” champions Rick Reinsberg ( ’03-‘04’- 06’-07), Darryl Donovan (’00-01’) and current NCGA Player of the Year, Randy Haag (1994). Alamedan’s playing in the championship division are: Michael Schmitz, Andrew Wood, Rob Schmitz, Alameda Golf Club Champion Rich Schacht, Matt Hettich, Shawn Shelby, Patrick Byrne, and Patrick Wlazio.

The Alameda Commuters is also proud to announce the 24th annual Alameda Commuters Senior Golf Tournament to be conducted April 16th and 17th.  The Alameda Commuters Senior division, for amateur golfers over 55, continues to attract one of the strongest senior amateur fields in Northern California. Scheduled to compete are: Jeff Burda, John Enright, Mark Miller, all who will play along with 2 time defending champion Jim Knoll. Alameda’s Bob Blomberg who own 6 “Commuters” titles will also compete for the senior crown. He will be playing along side Alameda’s Mark Merrigan: one of Northern California’s finest players who is just coming off competing in the Northern California Senior Amateur championship.

All golf will be conducted at Alameda’s exceptional championship golf courses, located at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.  Play starts at 7:30 am April 9-10, 2010.

Spectators are encouraged and entry is free.

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ABOUT THE Alameda Commuters

What's in a name? In the case of the Alameda Commuters Championship, the logo of the almost 90 year old tournament would be a dead giveaway. It's a steam ferry, which was the only way to "commute" to San Francisco from the East Bay before the Bay Bridge was built. Started as an informal event -- the original first prize was a bag of nails -- the tournament has grown into one of the top independent events in California.

A dedicated tournament committee prides itself on running the two weekend, 72-hole competition as if it were a PGA Tour event. Two of the best public courses at the city-owned Chuck Corica Golf Complex are prepared with care. Slick greens, Sunday pins, and even that rarity in amateur golf – spectators are all part of the fun. The roped-off scoreboard is a particular area of pride for the "green jackets" who were wearing dark green blazers before they were made popular by another tournament you might be aware of in Augusta Georgia. The 250 player championship division is cut to 50 and ties for the second weekend, at which time the 36-hole senior division tees off to join them.

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