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MORGAN HILL, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2012) -- Alex
Franklin of San Rafael climbed atop a crowded
leaderboard on Sunday to capture the
amateurgolf.com Silicon Valley Amateur by
three strokes. After nine players broke 70 on
Saturday, a tougher course and colder weather
sent scores soaring on Sunday.
Franklin's rounds of 67-71 were good for a
three-stroke victory over Michael Kim of Del
Mar. Defending champion Max Homa posted
rounds of 68-76 to finish in solo 6th.
Franklin is a Sophomore at College of Marin and
is in search of a college golf team to play for. If
he keeps shooting scores like he did at Coyote
Creek, against a very stellar roster of California
Division I and II players he won't be searching
It was Sunday's 71 in very windy, cold
conditions, with tough pins that set him apart
from the field.
"I putted really well on Saturday, but didn't hit it
that great," said Franklin.
"Today I hit everything solid and straight. That
was key with the way the wind was."
Indeed, scores ballooned in the tough
conditions. The par-5 17th hole for instance
saw saw some of the leading players make
scores of 12, 10, and a 9 to dash their hopes
down the stretch.
Franklin had two birdies, an eagle (On the 12th
hole, after hitting the par-5 green in two and
making a 50 foot bomb) and three bogeys. His
Saturday 68 was bogey free.
In the Senior Division, Dan Bieber shot 72-76 to
win by three over Mark Miller. Scott Carelli of
Menlo Park took home the Net title (again, by
three shots like the other two divisions) with a
total of 141.
There were two holes-in-one during the
tournament. (Where's that car when you need
• Wes Sandroni had his ace Saturday on the
Valley Course's 16th hole, where he used a 6
iron from 170 yards out and was able to watch
it land 2 feet short and roll right in.
• The other one was Sunday on the 2nd hole of
the Tournament Course by Nick Thomas who
used a hybrid from 202 yards and was able to
watch his ball land 15 feet short and roll in the
hole as well. Both golfers used Titleist Pro V1x's.
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.
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