Johnson, Ban lead Alameda Commuters
Pace Johnson
Pace Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 27, 2013) -- Shotaro Ban continued his stellar play and fired a third-round 68 and remains atop the leaderboard at the 2013 Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament.

He has company, though.

Pace Johnson shot the low round of the tournament, carding a 64 on Saturday to move into a first-place tie at 9-under with Ban

Johnson was in the mix after last weekend's action but trailed the group of players at the top of the leaderboard. His red-hot 64, however, made up the gap and he'll enter Sunday's final round as the co-leader.

Ban, a red shirt golfer at top-ranked Cal, and Johnson are three shots ahead of the field.

Isaiah Salinda, who logged a runner-up finish at last month's San Francisco City Championship, is alone in third place.

Joshua Stone and Ryan Sloan are in fourth place after rounds of 68 and 66, respectively, on Saturday.

In the Senior Division, which kicked off action Saturday, a group of four players sits in the lead.

Tom O'Grady, Tony McBroom, Ken Noonan and Steve Hendrick are all atop the leaderboard after 1st Round 71s.

Gary Vanier, Ralph Costanzo, Marshall Raymer, Herb Jensen and Jim Knoll are all one shot back while another four players are two back of the leaders.

All told, there are 18 players within four shots of the leaders heading into what will surely be a wild final day of action.

Results: Alameda Commuters
1CAPace JohnsonFresno, CA18071-69-64-66--270
2CAJosh StoneStockton, CA12070-72-66-67--275
T3CAAndrew MorganLong Beach, CA6069-69-71-69--278
T3CAShotaro BanSan Jose, CA6069-67-68-74--278
T5CACarlos BrionesSan Lorenzo, CA6071-71-68-69--279

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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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