Pace Johnson wins Alameda Commuters
28 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Alameda Commuters, Corica Park - South Course, Pace Johnson Profile

ALAMEDA, Calif. (April 28, 2013) -- If not for a double bogey on a par 5 during Saturday’s round, Pace Johnson would have been even more excited about his weekend at the Alameda Commuters. Despite the 7, though, the 22-year-old Cal red shirt, closed brilliantly, firing weekend rounds of 64-66 to win with ease at the 2013 Alameda Commuters.

Johnson, of Fresno, was in the mix but trailed leader Shotaro Ban after the first two rounds of play last weekend. His red-hot 64 on Saturday was accompanied by another stellar round in Sunday’s finale and the field simply didn’t have a chance.

“I played well last weekend but didn’t sink any putts,” Johnson said. “So, this week, I was able to work on a lot of 15-footers and I started making putts.”

Johnson had shot 64 several times before but never in a competitive setting. He nailed nine birdies but was more proud of the way he bounced back after that double bogey.

“I birdied the first four holes and doubled the par-5 sixth,” he said. “But right after that, I bounced back and that really helped me out mentally.”

Ban, another Cal golfer who was the co-leader alongside Johnson entering Sunday, struggled with a 74 and finished tied for third place. Joshua Stone was the runner-up thanks to another solid weekend. He carded a 66 on Saturday and a 67 Sunday to close well.

Still, no one was catching Johnson.

“This was by far my best weekend of golf,” said Johnson, who plans to play a full schedule of events in California and across the country this summer. “It’s a really great win for me and hopefully it kickstarts one of my last years of amateur golf.”

Andrew Morgan of Long Beach shot a final-round 69 and finished tied with Ban in third place.

Carlos Briones and Jacob Soloman both played well in the final round, firing 69 and 67, respectively, and finished tied for fifth. Isaiah Salinda, who played his way to the championship match of last month’s San Francisco City Championship, finished tied for seventh along with Ryan Sloane.

In the Senior Division, Gary Vanier prevailed over Ken Webb in a playoff to take the title.

Vanier shot weekend rounds of 72-69 and finished tied after 36 holes of regulation play thanks to a final-round 69 from Webb.

Jim Knoll (72-71--143) was third while Jim Duncan (73-71--144) took fourth.

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

**Format for 2021: 36 holes stroke play. Max handicap 5.2.

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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