Reinsberg, Stockton lead Alameda Commuters

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 16, 2011) -- With course conditions and interesting pin placements in place, Saturdays play began with 54 players vying for the Commuters crown. The fact is simple -- third round in the Commuters is moving day; that time where players can fire a solid round and move up the leader board.

36-hole medalist, Ricky Stockton, hung onto his spot after 54-holes shooting even par 71 to stand tied for the lead at 4-under 209. However with 14 players firing red numbers, that leader board just got more crowded -- 3-time Commuters champion Rick Reinsberg fired a 1-under par 70 and shares the top spot with Stockton. Right behind these two is 2010 Commuters champion, George Gandranada, who fired a 2-under par 69 and stands one back of the leaders at 210.

Ryan Thomas, former De La Salle star and current Chabot College standout, is two back at 211. Thomas, a former Alamedean, took advantage of his course knowledge, firing 68 on Saturday. Ryan Sloane kept the pressure on and fired 69, to stand 4 back at 213 and rounds out the top 5.

In the highly competitive 24th annual Alameda Commuters Senior division, 48 players teed it up to see if they could fire the shots and de-throne 2009-2010 Commuters champion Jim Knoll. Knoll, the current NCGA Senior champion, fired back with a 5 under par 66, and holds a four stroke lead over a solid group of players that includes Casey Boyns, John Enright, Scott Anderson and Rob Thompson.

Results: Alameda Commuters
1CARick ReinsbergLafayette, CA18070-69-70-67--276
2CARyan ThomasDanville, CA12070-73-68-67--278
T3CAGeorge GandranataEmeryville, CA6071-70-69-70--280
T3CARicky StocktonSalinas, CA6068-70-71-71--280
T5CAAnthony BarreraSan Jose, CA6070-70-75-68--283

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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 100 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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