Alex Franklin wins AGC Silicon Valley Amateur
15 Jan 2012
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for AGC Silicon Valley Amateur, Baylands Golf Links

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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 long.

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 it?)

• 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.

Results: AGC Silicon Valley Amateur
1CAAlex FranklinSan Rafael, CA10067-71=138
2CAMichael KimDel Mar, CA6568-73=141
3CAJoshua GrangerGlendora, CA3068-74=142
T4CABrandon HagyWestlake Village, CA3068-75=143
T4OREric GrimbergPortland, OR3071-72=143

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ABOUT THE AGC Silicon Valley Amateur

The Silicon Valley Amateur is the first AmateurGolf.com tournament to have, on its past winner's list, a MAJOR champion. That would be Collin Morikawa, who won the 2016 title. Just over 4 years later, he won the PGA Championship just up the road at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

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 map like the Canadian Geese on the fairways and wetlands 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, and 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 25- 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 super senior.

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